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

 


 

LTK101

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

Instructor: Robbie

Learn To Knit -- 101: The Basics

Sundays, February 22 & March 1; 2:00am-4:00pm-FULL-
Thursdays, March 5 & 12; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-
Wednesdays, April 1 & 8; 7:00-9:00pm
Thursdays, May 7 & 14; 7:00-9:00pm
Thursdays, June 4 & 11; 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!

 

 


 

Learn To Knit -- 102 : Taking Shape

Wednesdays, February 25 & March 4; 7:00-9:00pm -FULL-
Wednesdays, April 15 & 22; 7:00-9:00pm
Thursdays, May 21 & 28; 7:00-9:00pm
Thursdays, June 18 & 25; 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

Sunday, March 8: 11:00am-1:00pm
Thursday, April 16: 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!

LTK101

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... Cascade 220, Diamond Chroma, Spud & Chloe Sweater, Juniper Moon Moonshine.

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

Sunday, March 8: 2:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday, April 29: 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, May 27: 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!

Thursday, March 19: 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 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.


 


 

Making the Most of 

Thursday March 26; 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

 


 

Pattern Writing for Knit Designers

Wednesday, March 4; 7:00-9:00pm

For experienced knitters who are interested in designing their own patterns and having them published... pick the brains of tech editor, author and designer Kate Atherley!
 

You’ve designed a great piece, and now it’s time to write up the pattern to share. Whether you want to self-publish or submit to a publication, this class will show you how to write up a clear and easy-to-follow pattern that works for any knitter. I’ll list the key items you need to include in every pattern, and the extras that make your pattern the best it can be. I will discuss sizing and fit, addressing grading and size ranges. I’ll share secrets for handling pattern stitches, written and charted.  I’ll talk about charting software & solutions, and provide tips for creating easy-to-use charts.  And I’ll share with you the three key tricks to make sure both knitters and editors love you!

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley

Her book (signed copies!) is available for purchase in the shop too! We would be happy to set one aside for you!

 


 

Handpainted Yarn

Saturday, March 21; 11:00am-1:00pm

Handpainted yarns can be wonderfully beautiful and fun to buy, but can be challenging to knit with. It can be difficult to find an appropriate pattern that works well with the colouring of the yarn. We’ll dive deep into how to “diagnose” a hand-dyed yarn – how to examine color changes and lengths of color and the types of the blending and contrasts versus tonal progressions. I’ll spend time on how to figure out how the yarn will look knitted up, provide guidance on how to best apply different types of colourways for the most attractive results, and talk about finding suitable patterns. I’ll bring lots of samples of both yarn and projects – some good, some bad.

Please Bring: any skeins you’re struggling with, and suitable needles. We’ll have some time to play with stitch patterns.

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley

 


 

Blocking and Caring for your Knitwear

Wednesday, April 8; 7:00-9:00pm

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

 


 

In the Round 2 - Circular Knitting Options

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

There are 3 different ways to knit in the round: on double-pointed needles, with magic loop or with two circular needles.  This class lets you practice on each to figure out which you prefer. We will also cover how to work a pattern written for one needle type on another and provide expert tips & techniques, no matter which way you like to go!

Skills required: Knit & Purl, Cast On/Off, and having knit in the round with one method before.

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor –Kate Atherley

 


 

 

 

Projects

 


 

Lanesplitter Skirt

Wednesday, May 6; 7:00-9:00pm

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

 

 

This skirt is such an entertaining and easy knit! And it looks so great too... on so many people!

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

 


 

Campbell Glen Mitts

Saturday, March 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 - $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!

 


 

Mittens Bootcamp -

Wednesday, March 11; 7:00-9:00pm

Last one until autumn

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

 


 

Thrummed Mitts

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

Last one until autumn

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.


Skills required: 102 level skills plus working 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 and 6.00mm 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

 


 

 


Knit Socks 101
-Top Down

Saturday, May 9; 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, 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 bag...cool

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.

 


 

Please bring:

  • a tape measure
  • pen and paper
  • calculator or an app on your phone
  • optional: any sock pattern you wish to extend

Knee Socks Clinic - make the your size!

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

Design your own custom-fit knee socks that hug your leg and are guaranteed to stay up! This classes teaches you the measurements and calculations you need to make the legs of your socks exactly right for you and everyone else you knit for. whether you work top down or toe up, with fingering or other yarns, I’ll share formulas that make it work. Bring your favourite sock pattern, whether top-down or toe-up, and we’ll add the leg.  Along the way, we’ll talk about sock fit and sizing, and provide some tips for ensuring that all your socks are the most comfortable they can be.

Please NOTE :
This is not a beginner socks class...we will assume you are already comfy knitting socks... so have made a couple of pairs of regular sized socks.

 

Cost - $35.00
Instructor:Kate Atherley

 


 

Entrelac

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

entrelac

 


 

Double Knitting

Wednesday, April 1; 7:00-9:00pm

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.  We’ll be working a pair of double-knit fingerless mitts to allow you to build skills and practice the techniques.

 

Skills required: 102 and Knitting in the round experience

 

Please bring:

  • 3.25mm (US #3) needles for working mittens: DPNs or magic loop as you prefer.

Cost - $35.00***
Instructor – Kate Atherley

 

 


 

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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