Cafe. Yarn. Friends

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

 

 

 

 

Students must REGISTER IN ADVANCE for classes... we keep our classes fairly small and they tend to fill quickly! We ask that class project materials be purchased at The Purple Purl. Check out all our Class Policies and Student Discount details here.

     

    Beginner Knitting

     

    Learn To Knit 101: The Basics

    Saturdays, Feb 3 & 10; 9:30-11:30am FULL
    Thursdays, Feb 1 & 8; 7:00-9:00pm FULL
    Wednesdays, March 7 & 14; 7:00-9:00pm
    Saturdays, Mar 24 & 31; 9:30-11:30am

    This class is for the Complete and Utter Beginners! In this extensive beginner class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of knitting!

    Topics covered include starting a piece of knitting by casting on stitches, the basic knit stitch, the purl stitch, creating texture through mixing the two stitches, and how to end your knitting by binding off stitches. You’ll also learn how to follow a basic knitting pattern.


    This class includes:

    • Two 2-hour sessions (4 hours total),
    • a Pattern, Needles & Worsted weight yarn to get you started,

    Skills required: None at all!

    LTK101

    Cost - $75.00

    *** Just bring yourself... everything you need to get started is included!

    Instructor: Jennifer or Annie

     


     

    Learn To Knit -- 102 : Taking Shape

    Thursdays, Feb 15 & 22; 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.

    This class includes:

    • Two 2-hour sessions (4 hours total),
    • a Pattern

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

    Cost:  $59.00

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

    Instructor: Jennifer or Annie

     

     

    Learn to Knit in Round -

    Knit a Hat or Handwarmers
    Wednesday, February 7; 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!

    This class includes:

    • One 2-hour sessions (2 hours total),
    • a Pattern
    • 1 set of Double Pointed Needles

    Prerequisite: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 plus yarn which we will choose the day of.

    Instructor: Jennifer or Annie

     


     

    Project 911

    Help Clinics

    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 5 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! 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. 

     

    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 so give us a call to register a couple days in advance

     

    Cost - $25.00 per 2 hour class
    $15 per one hour
    - available for the second hour only 10:30-11:30am

    Reserve your space!

    Class size is limited to make sure people get enough attention.

    NO CLASS ON THE FOLLOWING DATES -
    February 16, 2018

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

    ...during class

     


 

 

Expand your skills

 


 

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 - $45.00***

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

Custom-Fit Socks with Kate Atherley

Sunday, February 4; 10:00am-12:00pm

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!

Instructor: Kate Atherley

 


 


Knit Socks from the
Toe Up

Sunday, February 4; 1:00-4:00pm

Once you’ve tackled top down socks, take the next step: working the other way. Learn how to make toe-up socks on double-pointed needles.

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

We teach you everything you need to know to work toe-up - You will learn a really useful new cast on, how and when to turn the heel, and an awesome stretchy bind off too. Once you’ve mastered the mini, you will get started on your first full-size sock with guidance and confidence!

This class includes:

  • One 3 hour session (3 hours total),
  • Three Patterns:A wee sock and an adult sock pattern in both worsted and fingering weight yarns
  • practice yarn

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


Instructor: Kate Atherley

Determine your favourite method!

  Cost: $59.00

Please bring

  • 4.00mm DPNs

 


 

 

Knit Socks 101-Top Down

Sunday, February 11; 1:00-4:00pm

If you’ve not made socks before, this is the class for you.

In this 3 hour class learn how to make top-down socks on double-pointed needles. Learn the finer points of sock anatomy by creating a mini “training sock!” We teach you everything you need to know to knit socks - from appropriate cast-ons to turning the heel to shaping the toe.

Once you’ve mastered the mini, we get you started on your first full-size sock. We share lots of tips and techniques, including easy ways to join the round – without twisting! -- handling the gusset pickup, and a beginner-friendly no-graft toe. Plus... We also demonstrate Magic Loop and patterns provided provide instructions for use of both DPNs and magic loop.

This class includes:

  • One 3 hour session (3 hours total),
  • Three Patterns:A wee sock and an adult sock pattern in both worsted and fingering weight yarns
  • practice yarn

Circular knitting skills needed:  You have at least 102 level skills and experience with DPNs is recommended.

Instructor: Kate Atherley

socks101

  Cost: $59.00

Please bring

  • 4.00mm DPNs

 


 


Brioche Knitting 101 -

Saturday, February 17; 10:00am-12:00pm

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. It’s particularly effective in two colours, and is an excellent way to tame a busy variegated yarn.

In this 2 hour class we will cover the skills for working brioche patterns, including reading the sometimes-complicated instructions, and fixing mistakes.

This class includes:

  • One 2-hour sessions (2 hours total),
  • Pattern : Brioche scarf

Skills required: 102 level skills and you are comfortable working in ribbing patterns like K1,P1

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Cost:  $45.00

Please bring :

  • 2x 100g - 200m skeins of worsted weight yarn in highly contrasting colours
  • 4.5mm 24" circular needles

 


 

Brioche Knitting 201 -
Increases an Decreases!

Saturday, February 17; 1:00-3:00pm


For knitters with a little bit of experience with Brioche knitting, this class will build confidence with the technique, and expand your skills.

Working through Kate Atherley's Omnishambles scarf pattern, we’ll focus on increasing and decreasing, and a key problem area for brioche: tidy edges. Along the way, we’ll provide tips and tricks for easier brioche, including fixing mistakes.

This class includes:

  • One 2-hour sessions (2 hours total),
  • Kate Atherley's Omnishambles scarf pattern

Intermediate Skill Level : This is NOT a beginner Brioche class ... knitters must be comfortable with the basics of Brioche.

Instructor; Kate Atherley

Learn to bend your Brioche!

Cost:  $45.00

Please bring :

  • 4.5mm 16 inch circular needle,
  • a 4-5mm crochet hook,
  • a 50gm ball of Noro Kureyon or Silk Garden,
    and 100m/110yds of worsted or aran weight solid-coloured contrasting yarn.

 


 


ahh... Closure - Buttons and Zippers

Sunday, February 18; 10:00am-12:00pm

This class is all about two key garment finishing details: dealing with buttons and zippers.

We begin with a discussion of buttonholes: what’s the best method to make them, how to keep them tidy and neat. And then once you’ve got the holes, we talk about how to attach the buttons to make sure they stay on and don’t get loose.

And then, of course, if you don’t want buttons, zippers are an option. We’ll talk about how to insert a zipper into knits.

This class includes:

  • One 2-hour sessions (2 hours total),
  • lots of helpful discussion

Skills required: 102 level skills

Instructor; Kate Atherley

NEW CLASS!

 

Cost:  $45.00

Please bring :

  • 4.5mm needles for working flat,
  • scrap worsted weight yarn

 


 

Knittin' Mittens

Sunday, February 18; 1:00-4:00pm

Learn how to make mittens on double-pointed needles in this 3 hour class. You will learn everything you need to know to knit mittens - from working in the round to creating the thumb to finishing the top. We will be working on big bulky yarn so they will knit up nice and quick and be perfect for the coming frosty weather!

This class includes:

  • One 3-hour sessions (3 hours total),
  • a Mitten Pattern,
  • and practice yarn

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

Instructor: Kate Atherley

 

Warm hands are easy!

Cost: $59.00

Please bring :

  • 3.75mm and 4.50mm Double Pointed Needles or long circular if you prefer magic loop
  • 100g of a worsted weight yarn .. we recommend Louisa Harding Amitola Grande, CascadeSpuntaneous Worsted, Sweetgerogia Superwash Worsted
  • 3 stitch markers

 


 

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!

 

 

*** 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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