Cafe. Yarn. Friends

1162 Queen St. E. Toronto, ON. M4M 1L4
416 463 1162

All classes must be registered for in advance... Check out all of our class policy details here.

Beginner Knitting

 

Learn To Knit -- 101: The Basics

Fridays, April 1 & 8; 7:00-9:00pm
Sundays, April 3 & 10; 11:00am-1:00pm -FULL-
Thursdays, April 14 & 21; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-
Wednesdays, May 4 & 11; 7:00-9:00pm-FULL-
Wednesdays, June 8 & 15; 7:00-9:00pm
Thursdays, June 23 & 30; 7:00-9:00pm


This class is for the Complete and Utter Beginners! In this two session class (4 hours total) learn the knitting basics of how to cast on, knit, purl, cast off and, of course, how to decode those patterns. Never be afraid of your needles again...you will learn to make them do what you want them to!

Skills required: None at all!

 

 

 

LTK101

Cost - $60.00 *** Just bring yourself... yarn and needles are included!

Instructor: Robbie

 


 

Learn To Knit -- 102 : Taking Shape

Wednesdays, April 20 & 27; 7:00-9:00pm
Thursdays, May 19 & 26; 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesdays, June 22 & 29; 7:00-9:00pm

Attention Beginners Plus! Now that you are knitting and purling are you looking for something more adventurous... but not toooo adventurous? This class a great next step to Learn to Knit 101. Join us for a confidence building, what to do next class! In this two session class (4 hours total): step your knitting up to the next level with increasing and decreasing, and putting stitches together. Get a more in depth understanding of your stitches, decoding the patterns and how to move forward with the projects you aspire to.

Skills required: 101 Level skills needed: You are comfortable creating the knit stitch, the purl stitch and can cast on and bind off.

Cost:  $50.00

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy : worsted weight, smooth yarn in a light colour & 4.5mm needles


 

Knit a Hat in the Round
-- Don't be afraid of your DPNs!

Sunday, April 24; 2:00-4:00pm
Wednesday, June 1; 7:00-9:00pm

Hats? Mitts? Socks? Anyone? This class a great next step to Learn to Knit 102. In this 2 hours class we'll take the mystery out of knitting on double pointed needles and introduce you to the various ways of knitting in the round!

Get ready for tips and tricks for gaining control over what looks like unwieldy pointy sticks and look forward to a whole new adventure in knitting!

Skills required: 102 Level skills needed: You are comfortable creating the knit stitch, the purl stitch, work basic increases and decreases, and can cast on and bind off.

 

Cost:  $45.00*** includes DPNs

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy : 100g of a worsted weight yarn... Cascade 220, Diamond Chroma, Spud & Chloe Sweater, Juniper Moon Moonshine.

 


 

Project 911

Ongoing Help Classes

Friday Mornings : 9:30-11:30am

Get help with your Knitting and Crochet Questions

Tackle a new project with guidance!


Got some questions? Don't need a private class, but need more than a 3 minute quick peek, these sessions are for you too.  We can help you with a particular tricky stitch, instructions or need a quick demo of sewing up or such ...   These help sessions are meant to help you along with your project as issues arise.

 

Whether you are tackling your first sweater, or are an experienced stitcher tackling a challenge, this class is a fun way to grow your skills! You will get to see what others are asking and probably learn a thing or two from their questions as well. We'll help you with yarn choices, and teach you all the skills you need to create it, from understanding the instructions and checking your gauge, to starting, finishing and putting it together.

 

 

The Fine Print :

  • Pre-registration is required for each of these sessions so we can ensure everyone can get personalized attention

  • We need a minimum of 3 students to run a session and 48 hours notice is required for cancellation.

  • This class is suitable for all levels but please note that this is not a Learn to Knit/Crochet 101 class.  It is assumed you know at least the very basics. 

 

Cost - $25.00 per class

Please Pre-Register - Class size is limited to make sure people get enough attention.

NO CLASS ON THE FOLLOWING DATES -

FRIDAYS: April 29

Project Class students receive a
10% discount for Class Project Yarn Purchases

...during class

 


 

Making the Most of 

Thursday, May 12; 7:00-9:00pm

During this two hour class, you'll learn all the basics of Ravelry. We will discover stashing yarns, tracking projects, books and ideas. You'll also learn to navigate the social aspects of Ravelry, which has many features that allow you to connect with other knitters.

There will be many demonstrations of advanced search techniques along the way, to help you search smarter, find patterns more easily, and make the most of your time online!

This class will include a demonstration using a laptop. Feel free to bring your own laptop, tablet or smart phone and follow along! Please have it fully charged, as there will not be access to outlets provided during the class.

Cost - $35.00
Instructor – RobbieL

 

 

Expand your skills

 


 

 

Fixing Knitting Mistakes

Sunday, April 17; 2:00-4:00pm

Oh no! Something’s wrong with your knitting? What’s the fault?! This 2 hour session will teach you how to spot and fix mistakes in your knitting, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned knitter.

We will share tips for picking up dropped stitches, safely ripping out stitches and rows, for fixing mistakes without ripping it all out, and for deciding when you don’t need to bother fixing at all.

Students are encouraged to bring their "mistakes" with!

 

Cost:  $35.00

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring your needles, a crochet hook (3mm is a good size to have on hand) and any questions and mishaps you might like advice on

 


 

Painless Finishing

Wednesday, May 18; 7:00-9:00pm

You've completed the knitting for your project, but too intimidated to finish it up?  This 2 hour session will teach you everything you need to know to and easily and confidently finish up and assemble your knitting projects. 

We'll cover seaming of all kinds, picking up stitches, weaving in ends and buttonholes -- and provide clever tips and techniques for reducing the finishing work, or at least to make it more fun.


--Please bring swatches and / or projects along with corresponding needles and wool needle

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

Blocking and Caring for your Knitwear

Saturday, June 25; 10:30am-12:30pm

Blocking: it’s a critical step in the finishing process for handknits, and is all too often ignored or skipped. It’s incredibly easy, and the value it provides is immense, taking an item from complete to truly, beautifully finished. In this session, I’ll demystify the process, and break it down by both fiber and project type. I’ll cover blocking for both one-piece items, and items that need to be seamed. We’ll talk about mats and wires and pins, and when & why they are needed – and when they’re not. We’ll also discuss proper care of knit items, addressing storage and moth prevention.

Please Bring: any items that need blocking.

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley

 


 

Knit Faster... Continental Knitting

Saturday, June 11; 10:30-12:30pm

Continental knitting is arguably a faster method of knitting as it minimizes the number of motions in creating a stitch. It is also a handy skill to be comfortable with in order to make colour work stranded / Fair Isle knitting a bit speedier with a more even tension.  But maybe even more exciting is to give your hands a bit of a different motion to help ward off repetitive strain.  We will look at the differences between picking and throwing your yarn, and how to maneuver the yarn overs and increases and decreases.

Skills required: you must already know how to knit for this class ... this class will focus on teaching you a new style or two to get you stitching faster but assumes you already can successfully work the basic stitches

--Please bring or buy a worsted weight yarn and 4.50mm needles.

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

Cables 101 - Easy Peasy

Thursday, June 16; 7:00-9:00pm


Feel like cables might be a little daunting? The dirty little secret behind cables are that they are pretty easy to master!

This 2 hour session will show you how to create those lovely twists and turns of knitting!Come in for a confidence building exploration into the wonders of cables!

102 Level skills needed: You are comfortable creating the knit stitch, the purl stitch, working basic increases & decreases, and can cast on and bind off.

 

 

 

 

Cost:  $40.00*** includes a cable needle

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy : 4.5mm needles and smooth worsted weight yarn ( 25-50g is fine)

 


 

A great intro to Fair Isle

Campbell Glen Mitts

Saturday, May 28; 1:30-4:30pm

The Campbell Glen fingerless mitts take a very traditional pattern and make them modern and fun. An ideal first colourwork project, this class equips you with all the skills you need to make them, reading charts, working with multiple colours, keeping your tension even. 

Skills required: Must be comfortable knitting in the round on DPNs

 

Cost - $70.00*** Includes yarn!
Instructor – Kate Atherley

Great 1st colourwork project

Please bring:

  • Bring 3mm and 3.25mm needles for working in the round (DPNs or long circular for magic loop)
  • class fee includes 2 colours of Spud & Chloe Fine ... please come early enough to wind your yarn choice!

 


 

Brioche Knitting Intro

Wednesday, April 13; 7:00-9:00pm

Brioche knitting uses a simple and clever technique to create beautiful fabrics – deep ribs and fascinating colourwork. It’s not hard to work Brioche, but the instructions can seem enormously challenging. We’ll show you how to work the technique flat and in the round, in a single colour or in two colours. You’ll leave the class with all the skills and instructions you need to create your own Brioche hat or cowl.  Suitable for knitters with some experience.

Circular knitting skills needed:  You have at least 102 level skills and can successfully knit in the round with DPNs and circular needles.

Please bring:

  • 2 colours of worsted weight yarn:
    100m each for a hat
    200m each for a cowl
  • 4.5mm 16 inch circular needle

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor – Kate Atherley

 


 

Double Knitting 101

Saturday, May 21; 10:30- 12:30pm

Double Knitting is a fun and fascinating technique for creating colourful designs and double-thick fabrics for extra warm hats and mitts. This class will take you right from the very start, discussing two colour-cast on techniques, and how to work different types of double knitting: joined or not, with mirror-image color patterns, and with variable color patterns. We’ll also discuss tricky bits like increasing and decreasing.

After the class you’ll be well equipped to handle any double knitting pattern – including any of the amazing designs of Lucy Neatby or Alasdair Post-Quinn. 

Skills required: 102 level skills

 

Please bring:

  • 3.25mm (US #3) needle
  • 2 contrasting colours of DK yarn

 


Cost - $35.00***
Instructor – Kate Atherley

 


 

Intro into Lace Knitting

Wednesday, April 20; 7:00-9:00pm

Are you a newer knitter ready for a challenge? Are you looking to learn a new skill? Yarn overs, symmetrical decreases, and lifelines..oh my...

This introduction to lace will get you started on a straightforward lace pattern to build up confidence. We'll teach you the basics of lace knitting - including working from charts and written instructions, and build your skills with swatches. We'll also provide tips for making lace easier and more fun.

Skills required:  This class is suitable for students with Learn to Knit 102 level skills...you must be comfortable with: Knit & Purl, Cast On & Off, Increase & decrease

Cost - $35.00
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 

Please bring:

  • 4.5mm or 5mm needles.

 


 

Math For Knitters

Saturday, May 28; 10:30-12:30pm

In this 2 hour workshop class you will learn everything you need to know to figure out all those tricky math problems you encounter in your knitting. We'll cover such problem areas as calculating and adjusting for gauge, challenging instructions like "Increase 12 sts evenly distributed across the row", and how to make adjustments in patterns like adding waist shaping, or lengthening sleeves. Suitable for newer and experienced knitters - it's all about conquering your fear of the numbers and making you a more powerful knitter!

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

Knit Socks 101-Top Down

Saturday, May 21; 1:30-4:30pm
Saturday, June 11; 1:30-4:30pm

Learn the finer points of sock anatomy and create a small trainer sock to ensure you have the techniques down pat, and then you will cast on for a pair of cozy worsted weight socks for yourself to keep your toes warm on those chilly days... plus they knit up pretty quickly... a great way to learn.  

Circular knitting skills needed:  You have at least 102 level skills and can successfully knit in the round with DPNs and circular needles.

socks101

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Cost: $70.00*** includes scrap yarn
plus sock yarn & pattern

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring or buy: 4.0mm DPNs


Knit Socks from the
Toe Up

Saturday, April 23; 1:30-4:30pm

We expect you to have made at least one pair of top down socks before delving into this class... but it is great to give this a try to determine your favourite method! You will learn a really useful new cast on, and stretchy bind off too.

Circular knitting skills needed:  You have at least 102 level skills and can successfully knit in the round with DPNs and circular needles. and must have knit at least one pair of top down socks



Working your socks toe-up has several advantages

  • You can try them on as you knit for fit
  • You can use up all your precious yarn
  • You can stop at any height ... willy nilly
  • you can even store your working yarn inside the toe making for a really convenient project bag...cool

  Cost: $70.00*** includes scrap yarn plus sock yarn & pattern

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring or buy: 4.0mm DPNs

 


 

and we will happily reserve a copy of this book for class registrants to purchase (and get signed) the day of the class with a 10% discount.

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley

Custom-Fit Socks

Wednesday, May 25; 7:00-9:00pm

This is a great compendium class to Kate's book
:Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet

Liberate yourself from pattern books and ensure your socks really fit properly! Learn how to create a completely custom top-down or toe-up sock pattern – for any yarn, and any foot.  We’ll cover knee socks, and discuss special fit requirements like high arches, flat feet, skinny and not-so-skinny ankles. We’ll show you how to deal with pattern stitches like lace, cables and colourwork, and how to manage differences in gauge and fabric stretch.  You’ll leave the class with guidelines for all your sock-fitting needs.

Skills required: Some experience with sock knitting required...at least a pair or two

Homework: please work a swatch in the round with the yarn and needles you wish to use ...so we have your gauge information to start calculating your numbers right away!

--Please Bring or Buy: your yarn and needles as well as your swatch as per the homework instructions

 

 


 

ADVANCED SOCKS

War & Peace Sock Method

--knit one sock inside the other...
cuz you can

Sunday, May 29; 1:30-4:30pm

Suffering from second sock syndrome? Bored with your usual way of knitting socks? Looking for a way to impress your friends and challenge yourself?

Learn to knit 2 socks AT THE SAME TIME - one inside the other, on the same needles using a double knitting technique! This method (known as "War and Peace", because it's mentioned in Tolstoy's epic novel) will expand your skills, and add an excellent new trick to your repertoire. Suitable for seasoned sock knitters seeking a fun challenge! The sock knitter's Mount Everest?

Skills required: must be a proficient sock knitter

 

--Please bring: 2 contrasting colours worsted weight (medium weight) yarn, and preferred needles for working in the round DPNs, magic lopp or 2 circulars.

Cost - $45.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley

 


 

Lanesplitter Skirt

Saturday, April 23; 10:30am-12:30pm

This skirt is such an entertaining and easy knit! And it looks so great too... on so many people! Come on in and learn the ins and outs of this very popular pattern from Knitty.com. We will discuss yarn choices, variation, finishing and get you going on your very own Lanesplitter!

We suggest having a look at this projects' Ravelry page to get a feel for what colours and variations you may want to whip this up in! Then pop in to the shop a little early to pick your yarn... Students will receive a 10% discount off the yarn for this project with class registration.

 

Skills required:  This class is suitable for students with Learn to Knit 102 level skills...you must be comfortable with: Knit & Purl, Cast On & Off, Increase & decrease

Cost - $35.00
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 

Please bring:

  • your chosen worsted weight yarn. The pattern calls for Noro Kureyon, Picture is Noro Silk Garden.
  • 5.0 - 6.0mm needles. (straight or 24" Circular)
  • a printout of the pattern found HERE

 


 

Crochet For Knitters

Wednesday, June 15; 7:00-9:00pm

Crochet is an incredibly useful skill for the knitter.  This 2 hour session teaches you how to bring the power of the crochet hook to your knitting -- to pick up dropped stitches and fix mistakes, for painless seaming, for creating decorative edgings and joins, and for the mysterious and wonderful provisional cast-on.

Skills required: Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off

Cost - $35.00***
--HOMEWORK: Please bring: two 6" squares of stocking stitch worked with 4 or 5mm needles and worsted weight yarn, some scrap yarn of the same weight in a contrasting colour and a 4.5mm crochet hook.


Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


Specialty Technique!

 

 

Shuttle Tatting 101

Sundays, May 8 & 15; 2:00 - 4:00pm

In these 2 sessions, you will be introduced to the delicate art of Shuttle Tatting, an old form of lace-making.

In class 1, you'll learn the structure of this lace by practicing a series of simple knots and loops, and how to follow a basic chain pattern.

In class 2, you'll learn to create rings and medallions.

The techniques involved can be used to make edgings, table decor, ornaments or jewellery. It is truly the most portable and economic way of making these embelishments, and can be carried in a pocket or a small pouch!

 

 

Cost:  $60.00*** Includes a tatting shuttle and materials

Instructor: Robbie

 

 


 

 

 

If you have a class request please continue to send us an email at thepurplepurl@gmail.com with "Class Request" in the subject line and we will try to accommodate your ideas and schedules. Let us know if evenings or weekends are best for you.

Thank you so much for your interest and support! We look forward to stitching with you!

 

Happy Stitching!
Jennifer & Miko

 

*** Class fees are to be paid in full at time of registration, either in person or with a credit card over the phone. Please check your schedule carefully, classes are non-refundable and non-transferable. Make-up classes are not available.
All class fees are subject to HST.

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