Classes

January and February 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.
Saturday Mornings 10:30 -12:00 Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24 – Julie Lindsey
Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 4 – Jody Oxley
Tuesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 24 – 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: $65 includes all materials

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

Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 4 – Jody Oxley

Tuesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 24 – 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 1:00 – 2:00 Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7 – 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 1:00 – 2:00 Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7 – 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 yourself.
Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21 – Jody Oxley
Monday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Mar 2, Mar 9, Mar 16 – 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)

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

Monday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Mar 2, Mar 9, Mar 16 – Karen Barnes

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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

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Kids (ages 10 and up) Can Knit HATS

This is a kid friendly version of Knit 102. If your kids can cast on and knit, they are ready to make a hat.
Saturday Mornings 10:30 – 12:00 Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7 – Linda Wallace

This is a kid friendly version of Knit 102. If your kids can cast on and knit, they are ready to make a hat.

Learn to: knit in the round with circular needles and double points

Cost: $75 – all materials included

Saturday Mornings 10:30 – 12:00 Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7 – Linda Wallace

No Knitting Required

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Needlefelted Woolbuddy

Tie one on a package or 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. Kids ages 10 and up are welcome to attend as well.
Saturday Afternoon 2:00 – 4:00 March 14 – Jody Oxley

Tie one on a package or 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. Kids ages 10 and up are welcome to attend as well.

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

Cost: $25 (materials not included)

Saturday Afternoon 2:00 – 4:00 March 14 – Jody Oxley

Mitts

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Chunky Mittens

These mittens are a quick introduction to mitten knitting and everyone loves wearing them. Surprise someone you love with a winter pick-me-up for Valentine’s Day.

Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Jan 28, Feb 4 – Jody Oxley

These mittens are a quick introduction to mitten knitting and everyone loves wearing them. Surprise someone you love with a winter pick-me-up for Valentine’s Day.

Learn: mitten construction, increases, decreases
Materials: 90 yards Rasta or Cast Away or Spud&Chloe Outer, 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 Jan 28, Feb 4 – Jody Oxley

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

Monday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Jan 12, Jan 19, Jan 26 – Karen Barnes

 

 

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Toe-up Socks

Start your socks at the toe and use up every bit of your beautiful yarn.
Thursday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12 – Lindsay Pekny

Start your socks at the toe and use up every bit of your beautiful yarn.

Prerequisite: Knit 102 or equivalent experience
Learn:
provisional cast on, short-row toe & heel, stretchy cast off
Materials: 100g fingering yarn & DPN’s #2, 100g dk yarn & DPN’s #4 or 100g worsted yarn & DPN’s #6; stitch markers. If you are not an experienced cuff-down sock knitter, previous class participants strongly recommend the worsted version.
Please bring a copy of the free
“Universal Toe-up Sock Pattern” from Knitty.com to the first class.
Cost:
$60 plus materials

Thursday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12 – Lindsay Pekny

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Felted Clogs

Felted clogs are a family favorite. Once you start, everyone is going to want a pair. Jody has made several pair and is happy to share her secrets.
Monday Evenings 7:30 – 9:00pm Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23 – Jody Oxley

Felted clogs are a family favorite. Once you start, everyone is going to want a pair. Jody has made several pair and is happy to share her secrets.

Learn to: increase, decrease, three needle bind-off, felting

Materials: Fiber Trends Felted Clog pattern, 24-inch circular needles size 10.5, 3 skeins Shepherds Wool, tapestry needle, stitch markers

Cost $45 + materials

Monday Evenings 7:30 – 9:00pm Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23 – Jody Oxley

Kick it Up a Notch - techniques you'll love

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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

 

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Steek this Coffee Cozy

Stranded colorwork is easiest in the round, but sometimes you want a cardigan. Cut it up with confidence! All the techniques you need can be learned making this coffee cozy, then you’ll be ready to move on to bigger things.
Friday Mornings 9:30 – 11:30 Feb 20, Feb 27 – Julie Lindsey

Stranded colorwork is easiest in the round, but sometimes you want a cardigan.  Cut it up with confidence!  All the techniques you need can be learned making this coffee cozy, then you’ll be ready to move on to bigger things.
Learn to: Knit stranded colorwork, work a crocheted steek (Don’t worry if you don’t crochet – we’ll learn the stitch you need!), pick up stitches
Prerequisites: Must be comfortable knitting in the round on DPNs, two circs, or with Magic Loop. Must be familiar with basic chart reading.
Materials: Size 5 needles – DPNs, one long circular needle (for Magic Loop) OR two circular needles, one stitch marker, Size F crochet hook, Three ½” buttons, small, sharp scissors (e.g. embroidery scissors), tapestry needle, sewing needle and thread (to sew on buttons)
Please download the free pattern from Ravelry.com and bring it to the first class.

Cost: $40 (materials not included)

Friday Mornings 9:30 – 11:30 Feb 20, Feb 27  – Julie Lindsey

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Fox Paws Workshop

This stunning stole is so intricate, you’d never believe it’s knit with only one color per row.
Tuesday Evening 7:00 – 9:00 January 20 – Julie Lindsey

This stunning stole is so intricate, you’d never believe it’s knit with only one color per row. Learn the creative increasing and decreasing that are the secret to this pattern. We’ll be making a swatch, so you can figure out the stitch before launching into longer rows. Some lace experience is required.

Learn to: special increases and decreases; tips on managing yarn tails; color exploration

Materials: fingering or sport-weight yarn in 2-5 colors (20-50g each); size 6 needles; Fox Paws pattern by Xandy Peters ($6 on Ravelry)

Cost: $25 + materials

Tuesday Evening 7:00 – 9:00 January 20 – Julie Lindsey

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Entangled Boot Cuffs

Step up your cold weather style with Entangled Boot Cuffs. With their longer length, Entangled Boot Cuffs work well with a variety of boots – from ankle to knee-high.
Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Jan 28, Feb 4 – Kristen Quain

Step up your cold weather style with Entangled Boot Cuffs. With their longer length, Entangled Boot Cuffs work well with a variety of boots – from ankle to knee-high. Wear these versatile boot cuffs four ways: Cables up, cables cuffed over, ribbing up, or ribbing cuffed over. One pair of cuffs – four different looks!

Learn to: work cables with(or without) a cable needle, work in the round on two circular needles instead of DPNs (optional)

Materials: Entangled Boot Cuff pattern, 250 yards of Shepherds Wool, US #5 and #6 (DPNs or two circulars), cable needle, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Cost: $40 + materials

Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 Jan 28, Feb 4 – Kristen Quain

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Lodgepole Hat

A timelessly classic tree motif makes a fresh statement on this simple color-work hat. A great first colorwork project!
Wednesday Afternoons 1:00 – 3:00 Feb 4, Feb 11– Lindsay Pekny

A timelessly classic tree motif makes a fresh statement on this simple color-work hat. A great first colorwork project!

Make a kid size or one for yourself.

Learn to: strand colorwork, follow a chart, ssk decrease, how to make a pom pom, fix colorwork mistakes

Homework: With main color and smaller needles, cast on and knit ribbing

Materials: Lodgepole Hat pattern, worsted weight yarn -115 (125, 150) yards MC; 60 (70, 80) yards CC; US #7 needles (or size needed to obtain gauge); 16” circulars and double pointed needles, US #5 needles (or 2 sizes smaller than gauge needles); 16” circulars, 6 stitch markers, tapestry needle

Cost: $40 + materials

Wednesday Afternoons 1:00 – 3:00 Feb 4, Feb 11– Lindsay Pekny

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.
Monday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 23, Apr 6 – 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 Kenzie, Feederbrook or Polwarth Shimmer, 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)

Monday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 23, Apr 6 – 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

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CustomFit Guided Knitalong

Would you like to make a sweater that fits and flatters?
Saturday afternoons 2:30 – 4:00 Jan 31 thru March 7 – Janet Avila and Julie Lindsey

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Would you like to make a sweater that fits and flatters? With CustomFit, we can take your knitting and your body and create a pattern perfectly suited to you. It works like this: we take your measurements (by appt.) you knit a swatch and choose your sweater elements (style, neckline, sleeve length, etc.) we create a pattern just for you. Design and fit are built in, so you get to make all the fun choices (“I want a long sleeved v-neck cardigan in Stone Soup Fingering!”), without worrying about the hard ones (“How much ease do I need in my waist?”).

You’ll start with your own 20-minute personal CustomFit appointment. We will take your measurements, then look at yarn and design choices. Once your swatch is complete, bring it back and we’ll create your custom pattern.

Then pop in to our knitalong sessions on Saturday Afternoons to join other knitters working on their CustomFit sweaters and ask questions. (Morale support/peer pressure is key to finishing a sweater.)

In April, we will have a “Wrap” Party with prizes to celebrate!

Cost: $60 (includes pattern, measurements and 6 knitalong sessions)

Saturday afternoons 2:30 – 4:00 Jan 31 thru March 7 – Janet Avila and Julie Lindsey

 

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Majuga

Make a beautiful cardigan that you’ll wear over and over again. Thursday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Feb 19, Mar 5, Mar 19, Apr 2 – Barbara Grauvogl

Make a beautiful cardigan that you’ll wear over and over again. It is a perfect project for variegated yarn since the stitch pattern eliminates pooling. Construction makes alternating skeins easy.

Learn: buttonholes, pick-up stitches, top down flat sweater construction, sleeves knit in the round

Homework: Make a 4×4 swatch and bring to first class

Materials: Size #7 – 32 inch circular needle (or size to obtain gauge), Size #4 – 40 inch circular needle (or 3 sizes smaller than need for gauge), double points or short circular for sleeves. 1260 – 2100 yards Malabrigo Rios or Classy with Cashmere, 6 buttons, 2 stitch markers, and tapestry needle, Malabrigo Book Six(available at String Theory)

Cost: $60 + materials

Thursday Evenings 7:00 – 8:30 Feb 19, Mar 5, Mar 19, Apr 2 – Barbara Grauvogl

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

Upcoming Events You Won't Want to Miss

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Save the Date

We always have a lot going on at String Theory. Take a look at just a few of our upcoming events and save the dates.

Knitting with Friends

Tuesday Afternoons 2 – 5   Wednesday Afternoons 12 – 2 Thursday Evenings 5 – 9    Friday Afternoons 2 – 5

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.

February 13 and 14: Ann Weaver will be offering classes at String Theory.  Stay tuned for details.

February 22: Golden Needle Awards

April 19: Sara Gresbach, knitwear designer, will bring a trunk show of her great designs.

April 25 and 26: Schurmeier Jewelry Show

June 7: 5th Annual Mystery KAL

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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.