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




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

Instructor: Robbie

Learn To Knit -- 101: The Basics

Sundays, January 4 & 11; 11:00am-1:00pm -FULL-
Wednesdays, January 7 & 14; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-
Wednesdays, February 4 & 11; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-
Sundays, February 8 & 15; 11:00am-1:00pm
Thursdays, March 5 & 12; 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 will learn to make them do what you want them to!

Skills required: None at all!




Learn To Knit -- 102 : Taking Shape

Wednesdays, January 21 & 28; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-
Wednesdays,February 25 & March 4; 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

Learn To Knit Again -  A Refresher

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

For those who just need a refresher! Did you learn to knit once upon a time and maybe even remember knit and/or purl but are fuzzy on how to start and end, and some of the middle stuff, too? In this 2 hour class you will get a refresher and rediscover the joy that is knitting!

This class is for people who learned a while ago but think they have forgotten... we will bring you back up to speed and get you dreaming of your next project!


Cost - $45.00
just bring yourself... yarn and needles are included!

Instructor: Robbie




Cost:  $45.00*** includes DPNs

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy : 100g of a worsted weight yarn... Tanis Green Label, Cascade 220, Diamond Chroma, Spud & Chloe Sweater

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

Wednesday, February 18; 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 - $55.00 *** includes a cable needle and 1 skein of Cascade Magnum!

Instructor: Robbie

Cables Are Easy... Chunky Style Mitts!

Sunday, January 25; 11:00am-1:00pm

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 on great big, instant gratification size yarn... a quick project to be sure!

Come in for a confidence building exploration into the wonders of cables!

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.

Please bring or buy: 10.00mm DPNs



Project Help Classes - Ongoing

Tackle a new project with guidance!

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.

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 stitch manouever, instruction 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. 

The Fine Print :

  • Pre-registration is required for each of these sessions so we can ensure everyone can get personalized attention with an appropriate teacher.

  • 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 class.  It is assumed you know at least the very basics. This would be perfect for knitter's who have completed Learn To Knit 102 or the equivalent. 

Friday Mornings: 9:30-11:30am
Get help with your Knitting!
(and Crochet & Spinning on request)


Cost - $29.00 per class
...or SAVE when you sign up for 4 or more of these classes in the same calendar month at $25.00 per class.

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

...on class days.





Expand your skills





--Please bring: paper and pen, and any garment patterns you want help with.

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley

The Perfect Fit:
Make your garment most flattering!

Wednesday, January 21; 7:00-9:00pm

Every knitter has done it: knitted the wrong size garment. It’s a costly and time-consuming mistake – not to mention very frustrating! This class dives deep into the topic of garment sizing and fit, educating you on how to read and understand the sizing information presented in knitting patterns, and how to choose the right garment and the right size for you.

We’ll discuss key concepts of ease, fit and styling and explore how to determine how a particular type of garment should fit, and what fits and sizes work best for you. We’ll talk about how to measure yourself properly, and I’ll share tips for some easy garment alterations to make a garment its most flattering. Along the way, we’ll address some of the biggest misconceptions and misunderstandings that lead to ill-fitting garments.




Knit Faster... Continental Knitting

Saturday, January 24; 11:00am-1:00pm

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



Crochet For Knitters

Wednesday, January 28; 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



Painless Finishing

Wednesday, February 11; 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 quickly and easily 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.

Bring in your projects in need of finishing and learn the techniques to make your seams look seamless! Or if you just want to learn the techniques ...Bring in a few swatches to learn basics instead!

Skills required: Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off

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

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor: Kate Atherley



Cast Ons & Bind Offs - Indepth

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

There are five commonly used cast-on techniques: backwards loop, cable, knitted, long-tail and provisional. We'll teach them all to you, and help you understand which one is best for which type of project. And we'll share tips and techniques for casting off - how to make it loose and even, how to make a stretchy cast-off, and some uncommon, interesting and different methods for improving your cast-offs.

Skills required: Suitable for newer knitters.

--Please bring: 2 colours of scrap aran or worsted weight yarn and 4.5 or 5mm needles

Cost - $35.00
Instructor: Kate Atherley



WTF!?! What's The Fault-- Your Fixing Mistakes Guide

Saturday, February 28; 11:00am-1:00pm

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 safely ripping out stitches and rows, for fixing mistakes without ripping out, and for deciding when you don’t need to bother fixing at all.

Participants are encouraged to bring their "mistakes" with!

--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

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor – Kate Atherley










Lace Herringbone Shawl or Scarf

Saturday, January 24; 2:00-5:00pm

This pattern has two variations... a rectangular scarf and a great semi circular shawl.

You will learn about reading your stitches, double decreases, stretchy bind-offs and more! This pattern really shines great in striping yarns of any gauge.


Skills required:  This class is suitable for intermediate students that are comfortable with: Knit & Purl, Cast On & Off, Increases & decreases

Cost - $45.00
Instructor: Kate Atherley

Noro Ayatori (colour 11)


Noro Sekku

Please bring:

  • your chosen stripey yarn. Suggestions... Noro: Taiyo Sock, Silk garden, Taiyo Lace, Kureyon ;
    Turtle Purl: Striped Turtle Toes
  • needles to match your yarn choice ... we can help guide you.


Knitting with Beads - Featuring
Laura Nelkin Designs

Saturday, January 31; 11:00am-1:00pm

In this 2 hour class, you'll master the two main methods of knitting with beads: stranding and adding as you go.  Embellishing with beads is used extensively in lace knitting and as edges on garments and accessories.  Beads are perfect to add weight, bling, or subtle elegance to your handknitting. Such fun.

Skills required:  102 Level Skill

Included in the class fee is a kit from Laura Nelkin Designs to practice your beading techniques! You can choose yours at the time of registration or when you come in for class! Colours and styles will vary and be subject to what we have in stock.



Cost - $55.00***includes a kit to create a Mudra or Stereo bracelet

Instructor: Kate Atherley

Please bring pr buy:

  • 2.00 - 2.75mm DPNs (depending on kit)
HOMEWORK: Beads will need to be pre-strung before start of class, so if youcan pick up a kit in advance that its ideal... if not you will need to arrive at least 30 minutes before class to prepare this step.


Campbell Glen Mitts

Saturday, January 31; 2:00-5:00pm

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 - $60.00*** 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
    or Shelridge Ultra ... please come early enough to wind your yarn choice!


Slip Stitch Knitting - Easy Colour Play

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

Slip Stitch colourwork is a fun, fascinating, and amazingly easy way of knitting with multiple colours. Whether you have experience with colourwork or not, this class will show you the secret behind completely painless and guaranteed 100% tangle-free colourwork! Really! We’ll get you started with a hat project, and show you how to apply these ideas to all sorts of other projects.


Skills required:  This class is suitable for intermediate must be comfortable with: Knit & Purl, Cast On & Off, Increase & decrease and working in the round on DPNs

Cost - $35.00***includes pattern
Instructor: Kate Atherley


The Mod Squad Hat

Please bring:

  • 2 contrasting colours of worsted weight yarn
    Suggestions: Cascade 220, Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label
  • 5.0mm 16"circular needle, or 8"DPNs


Pi Shawls & the Rosetta Tharpe pattern

Saturday, February 28; 2:00-5:00pm

Elizabeth Zimmermann’s circular “Pi” shawl is a fabulous and fascinating project, and it's a great way to expand your lace knitting skills. It's also very easy to customize, and works well with any weight of yarn. Whether you want to work the beautiful Rosetta Tharpe pattern, Jennifer’s simple and chic eyelet verson, or you’re looking to dip your toe into lace design, this class is for you!

In this session, Kate will explain the mathematical principles that make it work – and show you how you can work one without having to worry about any math at all.

We’ll share the basic Pi shawl pattern, and talk through a variety of ways to customize your own – through yarn choice, by adding pattern stitches and lace motifs. We’ll discuss the technical details: the circular start and a variety of options for bind-offs and clever edgings that require no binding off at all. Along the way she’ll share tips for making lace knitting fun, and for ensuring your finished shawl is the most beautiful it can be.

Skills required: intermediate level knitters; lace experience not necessary, but you must have experience using DPNs

Cost - $50.00*** includes Rosetta Tharpe pattern
Instructor: Kate Atherley




Please bring:

  • 800-1000m of yarn and
  • DPNs AND a 16 inch circular needle to match yarn gauge
    • for sock/fingering weight, bring 3.75mm/US #5
    • for DK weight, bring 5mm/US #8



Mittens Bootcamp

Saturday, February 14; 11:00am-1:00pm

Learn how to make mittens on double-pointed needles in this 2 hour class. From cuffs, to creating the thumb, to finishing the top. Mittens are a great project that knit up nice and quick and are perfect for the coming frosty weather!

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

Please bring or buy:

  • 4.00mm and 5.00mm Double Pointed Needles or long circular if you prefer magic loop
  • stitch markers

Cost: $50.00*** includes yarn and pattern

Instructor; Kate Atherley




Knit Socks 101
-Top Down

Saturday, February 14; 2:00-5:00pm

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.













  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, March 7; 2:00-5:00pm

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

Cost:  $70.00***
Class materials included: yarn & pattern

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring or buy: 4.0mm DPNs


Cost:  $35.00

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Please bring or buy:

  • 2 contrasting colours of scrap worsted weight yarn
  • and two 16 inch 4.00mm circular needles


2 Socks on 2 Circs

Saturday, March 7; 11:00am-1:00pm

Learn how to knit two socks – at the same time, on two circular needles.  A nice addition to the sock knitter’s toolkit, this technique helps banish Second Sock Syndrome, and ensures that your pair matches exactly.  We’ll work a sample pair of mini socks to allow you to quickly learn and fully understand the method.  We’ll discuss both top-down and toe-up methods.

Note: Students must have knitted at least one pair of socks, but need not have experience working with two circulars.




Saturday, March 21; 2:00-5:00pm

Another great new technique to add to your repertoire! In this 3 hour class we will get you up to speed with this a fun and impressive looking technique for those looking to take up another knitterly skill.

Skills required: Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off

--Please bring 5mm needles ( straight or short circular)

Cost - $60.00*** Includes 3 balls of Noro Silk Garden or Kureyon
Instructor: Kate Atherley












If you have a class request please continue to send us an email at 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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