Classes

November 2014 thru January 2015

Our friendly instructors make classes fun.

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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.
Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17 – Jody Oxley
Saturday Mornings 10:30 -12:00 Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24 – Julie Lindsey

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

Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17 – Jody Oxley

Saturday Mornings 10:30 -12:00 Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24 – Julie Lindsey

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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 3:00 – 4:00 Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20 – 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 3:00 – 4:00 Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20 – 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.
Tuesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Nov 11, Nov 18, Dec 2 – Karen Barnes
Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21 – Jody Oxley

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)

Tuesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Nov 11, Nov 18, Dec 2 – Karen Barnes

Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21 – Jody Oxley

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Learn to Crochet:

Learn basic new stitches by making a series of dishcloths.

Wednesday Afternoons 1:00 – 2:30 Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28 – Lindsay Pekny

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

Cost: $65 includes all materials

Wednesday Afternoons 1:00 – 2:30 Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28 – Lindsay Pekny

No Knitting Required

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Needlefelted Woolbuddy

Hang them from a tree, tie one on a package, give one to a kid (or kid at heart). Whatever you do, your Woolbuddy is bound to bring a smile to everyone who sees it.
Tuesday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Dec 9 – Jody Oxley

Hang them from a tree, tie one on a package, give one to a kid (or kid at heart). Whatever you do, your Woolbuddy is bound to bring a smile to everyone who sees it. Pick any of our Woolbuddy kits and Jody will guide you through the process.

Learn: techniques for making a needlefelted animal
Materials: Woolbuddy Kit

Cost: $25 (materials not included)

Tuesday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Dec 9 – Jody Oxley

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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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

Socks

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You Can Knit Socks

Never knit socks before? We’ll take you through the traditional cuff to toe construction, sharing all our secrets for sock making along the way.

Wednesday Afternoons 1:00 – 3:00 Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17 – Lindsay Pekny
Monday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Jan 12, Jan 19, Jan 26 – Karen Barnes

Never knit socks before?  We’ll  take you through the traditional cuff to toe construction, sharing all our secrets for sock making along the way.

Socks are the perfect portable project. Learn now and be cozy all winter long.

Prerequisite: Knit 102 or equivalent experience and experience with DPNs
Learn:
knitting on double pointed needles, heal flap, turning the heel, picking up stitches, kitchener’s stitch
Materials:
Churchmouse sock pattern, 2 skeins Pediboo(or equivalent DK yarn), two sets of size 3 DPNs (so you can have two socks going at once). If you are very comfortable with DPNs you can use 100 grams of sock yarn and size 1 or 2 DPNs
Cost
: $60 plus materials

Wednesday Afternoons 1:00 – 3:00 Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17 – Lindsay Pekny
Monday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Jan 12, Jan 19, Jan 26 – Karen Barnes

 

 

The Neck's Best Thing

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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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Knit Fix

Tired of getting stuck every time your stitches don’t look quite right? Learn some simple fixes and you’ll soon be knitting into the night.
Monday Evening 7:00 – 9:00 Dec 8– Lisa Kartus

Tired of getting stuck every time your stitches don’t look quite right?

Lisa, author of the best selling book Knit Fix, will show you some simple fixes and you’ll soon be knitting into the night.

Prerequisite: Knit 102 or equivalent experience
Learn:
identify and repair drop stitches, twisted stitches and accidental increases without ripping out rows.
Homework:
Make two swatches with #8 or larger needles and some smooth yarn in worsted weight. Cast on 15 stitches. First Swatch: Knit 4 inches in garter stitch. Second Swatch: Knit 4 inches in stockinet stitch. Leave your work on the needles and bring them with you. We’ll be using these to practice knit fixes.
Materials:
Knit Fix book, light colored worsted weight yarn, size 8 needles, crochet hook
Cost:
$25 plus materials

Monday Evening 7:00 – 9:00 Dec 8– Lisa Kartus

 

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Choosing the Perfect Yarn Every Time

Unravel the mystery of which yarns work for which projects.

Sunday Evening 7:00 – 9:00 January 11 – 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.

If you’ve got a pattern you’re having trouble fitting with yarn or yarn with pattern, bring them along. We’ve had some lovely success stories from this class.

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 January 11 – Lisa Kartus

 

Isn't it Time You Made a Sweater

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Corinne Cardigan

Great first sweater project that is knit vertically and can be fit as you go.
Tuesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Dec 3, Dec 17, Jan 14, Jan 28 – Karen Barnes

Great first sweater project that is knit vertically and can be fit as you go.

Learn: provisional cast on, buttonholes, short rows (without wrap and turn), kitchener or 3-needle bind-off

Materials:  Size #6 -32 inch circular needle, 1125 – 1800 (check size) heavy DK or light worsted yarn such as String Theory DK or Ultra Pima, several pair of stitch holders or extra set of circular needles in #6 or smaller, buttons – 8 buttons – 4 for front, 4 for sleeves; tapestry needle

Homework: Make a swatch: Cast on 30 stitches and knit in ALL GARTER for 18 rows.

Please print free pattern from Knitty.com and bring to first class.

Cost: $60 (materials not included)

Tuesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Dec 3, Dec 17, Jan 14, Jan 28 – Karen Barnes

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Baby Sophisticate

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

Tuesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 17, Mar 3 – 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)

Tuesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 17, Mar 3 – Karen Barnes

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

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

Yarn Tastings

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Yarn Tasting – Shibui Mix Party

What do you do at a yarn tasting? Think of it like test driving a car. You’ll play a little and discover what you like and what you don’t. Both knitters and crocheters are welcome. You don’t need a lot of experience, just a sense of adventure.
Wednesday Evening 7:00 – 9:00 November 19

The Shibui collection includes skinny yarns that are nice on their own, but become magical when combined.  I know many of you hesitate to combine yarns because it seems difficult or you can’t imagine what the “new” yarn will be like. This tasting is for you.

What do you do at a yarn tasting?   Think of it like test driving a car.  You’ll play a little and discover what you like and what you don’t. Both knitters and crocheters are welcome.  You don’t need a lot of experience, just a sense of adventure.

During the evening, you will

  • have an opportunity to mix and match different Shibui yarns,
  • experiment with stitch patterns and needle sizes
  • try on garments from the Shibui Mix trunk show

In addition there will be:

  • 10% off all purchases made that night
  • Door prizes for a couple of lucky winners

And since we are tasting things, I thought you should also have a taste of what Glen Ellyn has to offer. Cabernet & Co has once again recommended two different bottles of wine and an appropriate snack to go with them.

Please join us; we would love to see you!

 

Cost: $35

Wednesday Evening 7:00 – 9:00 November 19

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   Wednesday Afternoons 12 – 2 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.