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, January 15 & 22; 7:00-9:00pm-FULL-
Sundays, January 24 & 31; 11:00am-1:00pm -FULL-
Thursdays, February 4 & 11; 7:00-9:00pm-FULL-
Wednesdays, February 10 & 17; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-
Sundays, February 21 & 28; 11:00am-1:00pm-FULL-
Wednesdays, March 2 & 9; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-
Thursdays, March 24 & 31; 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

Thursdays, January 21 & 28; 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesdays, March 23 & 30; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-

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, January 3; 2:00-4:00pm
Sunday, February 21; 2:00-4:00pm
Wednesday, March 16; 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
Saturday 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:
SATURDAYS:

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

...during class

 


 

 

 

Making the Most of 

Thursday, February 18; 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

 


 

Knit Faster... Continental Knitting

Saturday, February 6; 10:30-12:30pm-FULL-

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

 


 

Lizard Ridge Bootcamp

Wednesday, February 3; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-

Looking for a great easy to travel with, block by block project? Enchanted by Noro? Intrigued or intimidated by the pattern for this stunningly beautiful, innovative afghan project?

Learn all the techniques you need to tackle it in one 2-hour session. Master the ever popular Lizard Ridge blanket adding a great new technique to your repertoire! This is a fun and impressive looking project for those looking to take a step up in their skills or just looking for a new pattern to play with!

Skills required: Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off

 

lizard ridge

--Please bring 5mm needles!

Cost - $45.00*** Class materials include 1 ball of Noro Kureyon
Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 

Double Knitting 101

Saturday, March 12; 10:30- 12:30pm-FULL-

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

 


 

Campbell Glen Mitts

Saturday, February 6; 1:30-4:30pm -FULL-

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!

 


 

 

Cables Are Easy...

Sunday, January 31; 2:00-4:00pm
Sunday, February 28; 2:00-4:00pm

Feel like cables might be a little danting? 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!

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. And you have knit on DPNs before

 

Chunky Style Mitts!

Cost - $55.00 *** includes a cable needle and 1 skein of Cascade Magnum!

Instructor: Robbie

Please bring or buy: 10.00mm DPNs or 32” circular

 


 

Quick Mittens

Sunday, January 17; 11:00am-1:00pm
Sunday, 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
  • 100g of a heavy worsted weight yarn .. we recommend Diamond Chroma, Noro Kureyon, Cascade Eco Cloud, Spud & Chloe Sweater
  • stitch markers

 

 

Cost: $35.00

Instructor; Robbie

 


 

Thrummed Mitts

Sunday, February 7; 11:00am-1:00pm

Kick up the warmth about 12 notches with these BIG, SQUISHY, and super warm mittens... come learn to make these pillow like mitts. A fun and interesting little technique. In this class you will learn the basics of knitting with loose fibre, choosing appropriate materials, and other ways to use this technique!


Skills required: 102 level skills plus working in the round on DPNs

Cost - $50.00*** thrumming fiber included
Instructor: RobbieL

Homework: You will need to have knit up the cuff of one mitten in advance of the class so you can delve right in to the fun stuff! A Pattern will be emailed to you upon registration so you can get started on your homework!

Please bring:

  • 5.50mm Double Pointed Needles, or 32"Circs
  • and the cuff of one mitten finished.
  • You will be working with a aran weight yarn ... 100g.
    we recommend Diamond Chroma, Cascade Eco Cloud, Noro Kureyon

 


 

Knit Socks 101-Top Down

Saturday, January 9; 1:30-4:30pm
Saturday, March 12; 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

 


 

2 Socks on 2 Circs

Wednesday, March 9; 7:00-9:00pm

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.

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

 


Specialty Technique!

 

 

Shuttle Tatting 101

Sundays, February 7 & 14; 2:00 - 4:00pm -FULL-

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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