Classes

Fall 2014

Our friendly instructors make classes fun.

Save 10% if you register for these classes by Sunday, September 7th. 

Call 630 469-6085 or stop by the store to register.

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Getting Started – We Love Beginners

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Knitting 101: Start Here

If you’ve never picked up needles or need a little refresher, this class is for you. We will make simple squares and turn them into trendy fingerless mitts.

Tuesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Sept 23, Sept 30, Oct 7 – Jody Oxley

Friday Mornings 10:30 – 12:00 Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24 – Julie Lindsey

Monday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3 – Jody Oxley

If you’ve never picked up needles or need a little refresher, this class is for you.  We will make simple squares and turn them into trendy fingerless mitts.

Learn: how to cast on, knit, purl and bind  off
Cost: $60 includes all materials

Tuesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Sept 23, Sept 30, Oct 7 – Jody Oxley

Friday Mornings 10:30 – 12:00 Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24 – Julie Lindsey

Monday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3 – Jody Oxley

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Knitting 101: Parent / Child Version

This is a kid friendly version of Knit 101. If Mom (or Dad) already knows how to knit, how about sending a grandparent, aunt or uncle? This class makes a perfect cool weather activity.

Saturday Afternoons 1:30 – 2:30 Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25 – Julie Lindsey

This is a kid friendly version of Knit 101. If Mom (or Dad) already knows how to knit, how about sending a grandparent, aunt or uncle? This class makes a perfect cool weather activity.

Prerequisite: Children must be 8 or older
Learn:
how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off
Materials:
worsted weight yarn and #8 needles, tapestry needle
Cost
: $55 per person (all materials included)

Saturday Afternoons 1:30 – 2:30 Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25 – Julie Lindsey

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Knitting 102: Knitting in the Round

Here you aren’t just making a hat. You’re learning how to knit in the round, follow a pattern, and make something to fit. You can make a cotton baby hat or something warm and wooly for fall.

Monday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 Sept 15, Sept 22, Sept 29 – Jody Oxley
Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15 – Karen Barnes
Tuesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Nov 11, Nov 18, Dec 2 – Karen Barnes

Here you aren’t just making a hat. You’re learning how to knit in the round, follow a pattern, and make something to fit.  You can make a cotton baby hat or something warm and wooly for yourself. Prerequisite: Knitting 101 or equivalent experience

Learn: how to knit in the round, rib, decrease, make a swatch

Materials: worsted weight yarn, 16” circular needles #8, DPNs #8, stitch markers

Cost: $45 (materials not included)

Monday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 Sept 15, Sept 22, Sept 29 – Jody Oxley
Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15 – Karen Barnes
Tuesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Nov 11, Nov 18, Dec 2 – Karen Barnes

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Learn to Crochet:

Learn basic new stitches by making a series of dishcloths.

Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29 – Kristen Quain

Learn new stitches by making a series of dishcloths.
Learn to: chain, single crochet, double crochet

Cost: $60 includes all materials

Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 October 15, October 22, October 29 – Kristen Quain

Tips and Tricks

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Ravelry: Finding a Pattern for the Yarn you Love

You fell in love with the yarn; now find a pattern to make your heart sing.

Friday Morning October 3 10:30 – 12:30 – Julie Lindsey

You fell in love with the yarn; now find a pattern to make your heart sing.

Learn to: make Ravelry your favorite tool for discovering your yarn’s potential.  Learn to sort patterns by reviews, yarn weight, and analyze comments from other pattern users to determine whether your yarn will work well with your pattern choice.

Materials: iPad or Laptop (this is a hands-on class) and a skein of the yarn you love.

Cost: $25

Friday Morning October 3 10:30 – 12:30 – Julie Lindsey

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Paperless Patterns

So you’ve got an iPad, but can’t figure out how to use it for your patterns. This class will teach you the basics of downloading, saving and using patterns on your iPad.

Saturday Morning 10:30 – 12:30 September 27 – Barbara Grauvogl

So you’ve got an iPad, but can’t figure out how to use it for your patterns.  This class will teach you the basics of downloading, saving and using patterns on your iPad.

Learn to: Download pdf patterns from Ravelry, Open pdf files from downloads and e-mail.  Save files to the cloud.  Retrieve files from the cloud and open them in a tool you can mark-up and take notes on, as you knit.

Materials: iPad

Homework: Prior to the first class 1) Sign -up for a Dropbox account (https://db.tt/l03XPcFA), 2) install Dropbox App (free) and 3)neu.Annotate+ PDF ($.99) on your iPad

Cost: $25

Saturday Morning 10:30 – 12:30 September 27 – Barbara Grauvogl

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Ravelry: Posting Projects

It is time you became a contributor to Ravelry! Ravelry is great for searching, but it only works because people post their projects. We will show you how easy it is to do.

Tuesday Evening October 21 7:00 – 9:00pm – Julie Lindsey

It is time you became a contributor to Ravelry!  Ravelry is great for searching, but it only works because people post their projects.  We will show you how easy it is to do.

Materials: bring your iPad or Laptop  – this is a hands-on class.

Cost: $25

Tuesday Evening October 21 7:00 – 9:00pm – Julie Lindsey

Socks

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Firestarter Socks

Toe up Socks

Thursday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Sept 25, Oct 2, Oct 9 – Julie Lindsey

Learn some new twists on the same old sock with this fabulous pattern designed for hand-painted yarns. Toe up construction, short row toe, cabling without a cable needle, this pattern has it all!
Learn to: short row toes/heels, cabling without a cable needle, Judy’s Magic Cast-on
Prerequisistes: Must be comfortable knitting in the round on DPNs, two circs, or with Magic Loop. Must be familiar with chart reading. Sock knitting experience is a plus, but not required.
Materials:  360 yards sock yarn (hand paints are great for this pattern, although solids would look nice too!). Feet larger than a women’s 8 may need more yarn (400 yards or so), Size 1.5 or 2 needles (or size to get gauge): DPNs, two circulars, or one long circular, Measuring tape, Stitch markers, Tapestry needle
Homework: Make a swatch to check your gauge – 32 sts and 41 rows/4″ (For best results, swatch in the round)

Please download the free pattern on Ravelry.com and bring a copy to the first class.

Cost: $60 (materials not included)

Thursday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Sept 25, Oct 2, Oct 9 – Julie Lindsey

 

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Beginner Socks

Once you knit a pair of these cozy boot socks in worsted weight yarn, you’ll want to make some for every member of your family. The larger gauge is perfect for your first socks.

Saturday Afternoons 1:30 – 3:00pm Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 4 – Jody Oxley

Once you knit a pair of these cozy boot socks in worsted weight yarn, you’ll want to make some for every member of your family.  The larger gauge is perfect for your first socks.

Learn: starting a project with double pointed needles, heel flap, turning the heel, picking up stitches, kitchener’s stitch

Prerequisite: Knit 102 or equivalent experience

Materials: Thuja pattern, 150g worsted weight yarn, 2 sets #6 dpns

Please download the free pattern from Knitty.com and bring it to the first class.

Cost $45 + materials

Saturday Afternoons 1:30 – 3:00pm September 20, September 27, October 4 – Jody Oxley

The Neck's Best Thing

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Shetland Ruffles

Whether you use self-striping or mini skeins or just two of your favorite sock yarns your wrap is going to be beautiful.

Saturday Morning 10:30 – 12:30 Oct 4 – Barbara Grauvogl

Whether you use self-striping or mini skeins or just two of your favorite sock yarns your wrap is going to be beautiful.

Learn to: Adjust the pattern for different yarns and size shawls

Materials: 800 yards total of fingering weight yarn divided among your colors, size 3 needles, stitch markers

Please buy your pattern on Ravelry and bring copy to class.

Cost: $25 (materials not included)

Saturday Morning 10:30 – 12:30 Oct 4  – Barbara Grauvogl

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Suke-Suke Cowl

Challenge yourself with this intriguing reversible stitch pattern.

Monday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 September 22, October 6 – Lisa Kartus

Challenge yourself with this intriguing reversible stitch pattern.

Learn:Folded hem, drop stitches, pleats

Materials: pattern by Olgajazzy (digital copy available for purchase at String Theory) 400 yards of worsted weight yarn (though others have experimented with sport or fingering weight versions), size 6 24” circular needle

Homework:cast on, join and knit first seven rows of pattern

Cost: $40 (materials not included)

Monday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 September 22, October 6 – Lisa Kartus

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Earth and Sky Shawl

We still have Stephen fever! This fantastic Stephen West shawl is the perfect way to learn easy intarsia knitting and play with color.

Wednesday Afternoons 1:00 – 2:30pm Sept 17, Sept 24, Oct 8 – Julie Lindsey

We still have Stephen fever!  This fantastic Stephen West shawl is the perfect way to learn intarsia knitting and play with color.

Learn: interesting start, easy intarsia
Materials: three colors of fingering or sportweight yarn Color A: 150, (150, 260)yds Color B: 65, (175, 175)yds Color C: 180, (225, 318)yds (yardage varies according to size), colors A and B need to be split into two balls, size 4 32” circular needles, two stitch markers, tapestry needle

Digital Pattern available at String Theory.

Cost: $45 (materials not included)

Wednesday Afternoons 1:00 – 2:30pm Sept 17, Sept 24, Oct 8  – Julie Lindsey

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Sister Syster

This lovely shawl even looks great on the wrong side. Lots of details that make it really special. Don’t let the complicated looking pattern intimidate you. It’s actually a fairly straightforward knit and the shape is easy to customize.

Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Sept 24, October 1, October 29 – Jody Oxley

This lovely shawl even looks great on the wrong side. Lots of details that make it really special. Don’t let the complicated looking pattern intimidate you. It’s actually a fairly straightforward knit and the shape is easy to customize.

Learn: unusual beginning and end, following a chart, how to adjust shawl shape and size, cables

Materials: 2 skeins of Manos del Uruguay Fino (or 900 yards fingering weight yarn),size 4 circular needle, cable needle

Please purchase pattern on Ravelry.com and bring to first class.

Cost: $60 (materials not included)

Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Sept 24, October 1, October 29 – Jody Oxley

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Beginning Lace Campanula

This is a good first lace project. The easy to knit pattern makes it a great traveling projec

Tuesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Oct 28, Nov 4 – Jody Oxley

This is a good first lace project.  The easy to knit pattern makes it a great traveling project that has a future as a treasured gift. And doesn’t everyone deserve a little cashmere in their life.

Learn to: read a lace chart, fix mistakes in lace

Materials: 1 skeins Pepperberry Cashmere Lace or 325 yards laceweight yarn, size 3 needles (or try fingering weight yarn on a size 5 needle)

Digital Pattern available at String Theory.

Cost: $30(materials not included)

Tuesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Oct 28, Nov 4 – Jody Oxley

Kick it Up a Notch - techniques you'll love

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Substituting Yarn

Unravel the mystery of which yarns work for which projects.

Sunday Evening 7:00 – 9:00 Sept 28 – Lisa Kartus

Substituting yarn, test-driving yarn, playing with yarn — we never quite know what to call this class, but everyone loves it.  Some of our customers have taken it more than once.

Unravel the mystery of which yarns work for which projects. Lisa explains the connection between gauge, fiber, needle size and your tension, and how to make the combination work for you, using our yarn as examples.

Learn to: select the perfect yarn no matter what the pattern calls for, make a proper swatch
Materials: pencil and paper
Cost: $25

Sunday Evening 7:00 – 9:00 Sept 28 – Lisa Kartus

 

Mitts

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Rasta Mittens

One skein of Malabrigo Rasta, a little instruction and you will have a pair of mittens ready for winter.

Wednesay Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Nov 5, Nov 12 – Jody Oxley

One skein of Malabrigo Rasta, a little instruction and you will have a pair of mittens ready for winter.

Learn: mitten construction, increases, decreases
Materials: yarn, free pattern, size 11 DPNs

Please download free Super Bulky Mittens for Women pattern from knittingpureandsimple.com and bring to first class.

Cost: $40 (materials not included)

Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Nov 5, Nov 12 – Jody Oxley

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POW Mitts

This pair of short mitts is a perfect quick stranded project for powering through the beginning of autumn. Two sizes make them great for ladies or young men. Make the Pow/Bam like the sample in our store, or the hip Pew/Pew version.

Thursday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Oct 16, Oct 23, Oct 30 – Barbara Grauvogl

This pair of short mitts is a perfect quick stranded project for powering through the beginning of autumn. Two sizes make them great for ladies or young men.  Make the Pow/Bam like the sample in our store, or the hip Pew/Pew version.

Learn:  Stranded/Fairisle knitting in the round using double points or two circle needles, how to increase in a stranded pattern to create the mitten gusset.  Optional: The Estonian Cast-on.

Materials:  2 contrasting colors of sock yarn.  Set of Double point needles or two 12′ circular needles – Size US1 and US2 for size small or Size US2 and US3 for the large  (Sizes:  Small 7″ around knuckles/Large 7.5″ around knuckles).  Pattern: Fightin’ Words by Annie Watts available on Ravelry.com for $5

Prerequisite:  Ability to knit in the round and some experience knitting with 2 colors

Please download and bring pattern and all supplies to the first class.

Cost: $60 (materials not included)

Thursday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Oct 16, Oct 23, Oct 30 – Barbara Grauvogl

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Fiddlehead Mitts

Make yourself a pair of gorgeous, lined mittens that can withstand even a Chicago winter, and learn some interesting techniques along the way.

Friday Mornings 10:30 – 12:00 Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Dec 5 – Julie Lindsey

Make yourself a pair of gorgeous, lined mittens that can withstand even a Chicago winter, and learn some interesting techniques along the way.

Learn: I-cord cast on, knitting a lining, Fair Isle colorwork, chart reading, picking up stitches

Materials: 2-6 colors of a sport, DK, or light worsted yarn – total 325 yards. 1 skein of Shibui Silk Cloud for lining. Use thinner yarn for smaller sizes. Needles: size 3,4, or 5 for S,M, or L gloves (DPNs, two circular needles, or Magic Loop circular) Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle

Digital Pattern available at String Theory.

Cost: $60(materials not included)

Friday Mornings 10:30 – 12:00 Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Dec 5 – Julie Lindsey

We've Got You Covered

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Pick Your Project

Do you have a pattern, but aren’t sure how to get started? Or maybe you set down your project and now you don’t know where you are. Do you travel a lot and need a class that fits your schedule?

Almost any Tuesday evening 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Kristen Quain

Do you have a pattern, but aren’t sure how to get started?  Or maybe you set down your project and now you don’t know where you are.  Do you travel a lot and need a class that fits your schedule?

Bring in whatever you are working on and get all your questions answered. Knit or crochet, it doesn’t matter.  Kristen is a master at both. Sign up for as many sessions as fit your schedule.

Learn: Kristen has helped people learn tocrochet flowers, join motifs into an afghan, decipher vintage patterns, sew  a seam, work a new stitch and much much  more.
Cost:
$20 per session plus materials

Almost any Tuesday evening  7:00pm – 9:00pm – Kristen Quain

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Baby Sophisticate

Baby sweaters are great projects to learn lots of sweater making techniques.
Added bonus: this sweater is adorable.

Monday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Sept 29, Oct 6, Oct 20, Oct 27 – Karen Barnes

Baby sweaters are great projects to learn lots of sweater making techniques.

Added bonus:  this sweater is adorable.

Learn: top down sweater construction, short row shaping, picking up stitches, buttonholes, finishing touches

Materials: Yarn: 2-3 skeins of Spud and Chloe Sweater for 12- month or 18 month size (don’t wind third skein) Needles: size 7  24 inch (or 32 inch) and DPNs  Notions: stitch holders (either blue or orange kind)or large safety pin type markers, tapestry needle.   Pattern: Baby and Child Sophisticate Pattern (digital copy available at String Theory). Do not use the free pattern – it is significantly different.

Homework: Make a 4×4 swatch, so you know which needles will give you the correct gauge (do not cut yarn – we will reuse it.)

Cost: $60 (materials not included)

Monday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Sept 29, Oct 6, Oct 20, Oct 27 – Karen Barnes

Instruction Your Way

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Create a Class

We would like to offer you a class that fits your schedule perfectly. You decide what you want to learn (socks, hats, mittens, lace, cables, beads…). You decide when you want to learn it. Let us know and we will set it up. See? It’s easy!

We would like to offer you a class that fits your schedule perfectly. You decide what you want to learn (socks, hats, mittens, lace, cables, beads…). You decide when you want to learn it. Let us know and we will set it up. See? It’s easy!

Need some ideas? Try these:

Chunky Cable Hat: two 1.5-hour sessions
Baby Sweater: three 1.5-hour sessions
Mittens: two 2-hour sessions
Learn to Crochet: two 2-hour sessions

This is a great option for kids’ classes:

Kids (age 10–12) Learn to Knit:three 1.5 hour sessions
Parent/Child (ages 8 – 12) Learn to Knit:
three 1.5 hour sessions
Kids Can Knit Hats: three 1-hour sessions

Cost:                                $10 per hour per person for 3 – 8 people
$15 per hour per person for 2 people
$30 per hour per person for 1

Upcoming Events You Won't Want to Miss

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Save the Date

Please join us, we would love to see you.

Knitting with Friends: Tuesday Afternoons 2 – 5 Thursday Evenings 5 – 9 Friday Afternoons 2 – 5 Sundays 12 – 4

Connections Jewelry Show: Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9

6th Annual Scarf Market: Friday, November 28 – Wednesday December 24

Knitting with Friends

Tuesday Afternoons 2 – 5   Thursday Evenings 5 – 9    Friday Afternoons 2 – 5     Sundays 12 – 4

You are always welcome to come hang out at our table and knit.  However, if you are looking for company, we’ve got informal groups that gather throughout the week.  Come see what we’re working on.

Connections Jewelry Show: Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9

We carry sterling silver shawl pins all year round, but once a year, Jerry and Susan Schurmeier  (my very talented parents) bring their entire inventory of pins, bracelets, necklaces and earrings to String Theory.  Bring your friends.  You don’t have to knit, to love jewelry!

6th Annual Scarf Market: Friday, November 28 – Wednesday December 24

Every year during the holiday season, we sell handmade scarves to raise money for a different local charity.  In the last four years we’ve donated over $20,000.  Because the scarves have been made and donated by our talented customers, we are able to turn over every dollar raised.  This year all proceeds benefit the homeless families served by Bridge Communities. Please tell your non-knitting friends that String Theory is a great place to shop for the holidays.

Our Registration Policy

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Our Registration Policy:

All classes are held at String Theory Yarn Co. Most classes are limited to 8 people in order to ensure that everyone gets individual attention. Payment for each class is due at registration. If String Theory cancels the class for any reason, we will refund your registration fee.  If you cancel at least one week prior to your scheduled class, you will receive a store credit for your registration fee. If you cancel less than a week prior to the class, you will receive store credit only if we are able to fill your spot.  Unfortunately, we are unable to provide make-ups.