Classes 2024

Class signups will begin May 27th and will continue until June 3rd.  You will have the option to add additional classes (availability pending) until the minute before classes start at SSK.  I will email a google form link on May 27th for people to fill out.  I would prefer that all current attendees of SSK try to get this filled out by June 3rd.  We will do our best to let you know what class(es) you will have by June 15th.    Class rosters will be linked here via a google document. If you have any questions, email or pm Laura  (laura@theknitgirllls.com) and she will help you.

How signups work:

Your SSK fee includes one class at no additional cost from one of our amazing teachers. We will ask that you choose your top four classes, and we will do our best to accommodate your request based on demand/class size.  Please be aware that some classes do require materials fees that will need to be paid ahead of time. I try to have everyone’s selections in before I assign classes. In the past 7 years, almost every single person who was attending SSK at the time of class signups was able to get their first choice class.  That’s something I am hopeful will happen again this year.  

Additional classes may be available for an extra $60 per class cost.  If you decide that you would like to add a class at anytime, just let Laura know via email and she will do our best to make that happen.

A special note about spinning classes:  If you would like to take a spinning class and are unable to bring a wheel  with you, we will have 4-5 wheels available for free rental.  We ask that you let us know on the class form because that may affect which session of class you will be able to take.  If you can only use or prefer a specific wheel, please let Laura know.

And now to the good stuff, classes being offered!

Kim McBrien Evans

Boob Camp: Bust Darts for Every Body
Learn life changing techniques for those of us with larger chests.
Sweaters look best when they fit us in our shoulders and properly
accommodate our chest. Bring your yarn, your needles and learn
how to choose a size and to construct 2 types of bust darts for your
chest, giving you endless choice for modifying any sweater pattern.

Homework:

  • Take measurements of your natural
    waist, your full bust/chest and your
    upper torso as per homework
    document, and bring them to class
    What to Bring:
  • Pencil, pen, notebook for making
    calculations
  • optional: calculator
  • Stitch markers
  • Measuring Tape

Bums and Bellies: Sweater Shaping for Your Body
Using your measurements and worksheets, we’ll look at how to
master the fit of sweater patterns to YOUR body, and what those
modifications look like in a simplified form.
Learn:

  • How to choose a size to start with.
  • How to compare your measurements to sweater schematics to
    learn how a “hybrid size” can be a solution when your
    measurements span more than one size.
  • What to do when your weight is carried more in front or back
  • What to do when your gauge and the pattern gauge don’t agree.
  • Where and how to place shaping darts to help with fit

Homework:
Come to class with a set of
measurements that include:

  • Upper torso measurement
  • Full bust measurement
  • Armhole depth
  • Natural waist circumference
  • Hip circumference at mid-hip
  • Bicep circumference
  • Wrist circumference
    Instructions for taking these measurements are in the handout
    What to Bring:
  • Pencil
  • Handout (Modifications workbook)
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Your measurements (see
    homework)

All About Sleeves
If the shoulders fit, the sleeves don’t. If the sleeves fit, the bust
doesn’t. These are common fit issues in our sweaters. Let’s fix
them!
We’ll explore:

  • An overview of sleeves and armholes
  • How the sleeve should fit
  • How to measure for armhole depth and sleeve fit
  • Easy fixes for quick sleeve fit
  • More detailed fixes to get the sleeve just right

Homework:

  • None
    What to Bring:
  • Handout
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler (minimum 18”)
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Pencil, pen for making notes and
    calculations
  • optional: calculator

Kira Dulaney

Visible Mending

Visible Mending is a creative way to extend the life of your clothing and household items while embellishing them for a unique look. We will cover basic patches with running stitch as well as more decorative embroidery and woven darns using Speedweve looms. After this class, you’ll look at holes and stains as opportunities rather than tragedies!

Materials: embroidery hoop, embroidery needles, embroidery floss, scissors. Optional: Speedweve style mending loom, 10 yards fingering weight yarn. We will provide fabric for practicing and/or patching, but you can also bring your own items to mend. 

Optional: materials kits are available, with embroidery kits (hoop, needle, fabric, embroidery floss) for $10, and options of Speedweve looms with needles and yarn for $30, $60, or $120.

Intro to Tapestry Weaving

Weaving is an ancient art that is easy to learn yet has endless possibilities. Unleash your creativity while playing with color and texture! We will use a simple frame loom to make an artistic wall hanging while exploring plain weave as well as rya fringe, soumak, and clasped weft weaving techniques.

Materials Kit: $40 Black Sheep Goods Pop Out Loom, scissors, darning needle, yarn.


Tips and Tricks for Crocheters

This class does require advanced beginner knowledge. Students need to already know the basics of chain stitch plus single crochet and/or double crochet, and if anyone needs to brush up Kira has a Beginning Crochet playlist on YouTube.

Kira has been crocheting since she was three years old, and has picked up lots of tips and tricks for the fastest, easiest, neatest projects. Learn her favorite shortcuts and uncommon but useful techniques in this fun class. 

Materials: Bring your crochet toolkit, some easy-to-see yarn and appropriately sized crochet hook

Maggie Casey

Please be aware that none of these classes are beginner level. You need to be able to spin a continuous single and ply prior to taking a class.

ENGLISH LONGDRAW VS AMERICAN LONGDRAW

What is the difference between English longdraw (double drafting) and American longdraw? It
depends. We will spin wool and cotton both ways and you can see the difference yourself and add
another drafting method to your spinning repertoire.
Beginning spinning skills required.
Material fee $15
Students should bring:
Spinning wheel in good working condition and all its parts

SPINNING BIG AND LOFTY YARNS

Soft yarns, full of air, are a joy to knit and wear, but not so easy to spin. By choosing the right
fiber, tweaking our wheels, and choosing the right fiber, we can create those light and lofty yarns.
Beginning spinning skills required.
Material fee $25
Students should bring:
Spinning wheel in good working condition and all its parts, especially whorls and bulky flyers
Lazy kate and 3 bobbins

TWIST UNRAVELED

In this class we will unravel the mystery of twist. First, we will look at how to measure twist and
then practice ways of increasing or decreasing it in our yarn. Then, we’ll talk about some projects
and decide how much twist they might need and make samples.
At the end of the class twist won’t be so mysterious after all.

Materials fee: $10

Beginning spinning skills required. Students should be able to spin a continuous yarn and be
comfortable with their wheel.

Students should bring:
A Spinning wheel in good working condition and all its parts
Lazy kate and at least 4 bobbins

Olga Buraya-Kefelian

NOVELTY CABLES
Level: Intermediate
We all love the look of cabled knits but some of them can be quite complex to
execute! In this class you will be presented with 5 other novel options of creating
cables using other than the traditional technique! Students will be presented with a
headband accessory pattern to make using one of these techniques as well as
instructions for the other methods to try later!!
Skills needed: knowing how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off.
Skills learned:
Various cast on methods and their benefits
Ways of picking up stitches on the purl side and work welts.
Different methods for achieving 3D look of cables using 5 methods
How to perform several methods of cable decreases
Tips and suggestions on when to use all of these techniques in knitwear
Materials:
2-3 colors of 200 yds of worsted weight yarn for swatching
US 6 (4 mm) needle
US 7 (4.5 mm) needle
Double pointed needles in sizes US 4 (3.5 mm) and 5 (3.75 mm)

Crochet Hook Size F or G
Tapestry needle
Homework: None

MAGICAL BRIOCHE
Level: Advanced Intermediate
Learn a relatively unused technique of Double Brioche, discover various ways of
adapting and customizing it for your style of knitting, creating incredibly elastic
fabric and its use in knitwear. Create a completely reversible and incredibly elastic
top-down hat in either sizing of your choice, customizing crown height and choice
for brim. (brand new design using DITW+DITS called “Fireworks”).
Skills needed: knowing how to work basic brioche
Skills learned:
How to make a disappearing circular cast on.
How to work Brioche and Tuck techniques simultaneously in the same pattern in
the round and its nuances.
Learn how to work double brioche in solid or bicolor
How to increase in 2×2 Brioche rib
How to work several methods of elastic bind off
Materials
Approx. 200 yds each in MC and in CC of sport weight yarn
US 2 (2.75 mm) circular, 24-36” long
US 2 (2.75 mm) set of 5 dpns or 2 circulars or long circular (to work small
circumference in the round)
Removable stitch marker or safety pin
Cable needle
Homework: None

BRIOCHE AND BEYOND
Level: Beginner Intermediate
Ever wondered what the difference is and what is in common between Brioche and
Tuck and Fisherman’s rib and how to work them? Join this class to learn these
methods and know how to tell them apart and how to benefit from using either of
them. We will make this reversible cowl using either of the 2 methods. (Two cowl
pattern options available Reimei Cowl and Boshoku Cowl )
Skills needed: knowing how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off.
Skills learned:
Brioche stitch
Tuck stitch
Fisherman’s Rib
How to differentiate them and their best uses
Materials:
For Reimei Cowl
140 yds of chunky weight yarn in MC.
140 yds of chunky weight yarn in CC.
US 10 (6 mm) circular needle, 24″ or 36″
Crochet hook size G
For Boshoku Cowl
240 yds of chunky weight yarn.
US 11 (8 mm) circular needle, 24ʺ long
Crochet hook size G or H
For both as well:
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle
Please purchase a copy of either Boshoku Cowl or Reimei Cowl patterns and bring
to class
Homework
For Reimei Cowl:
Using the Crochet Chain method and Color A, CO 136 sts. Join work into rnd, pm at
the join.

Rnd 1: With Color A, knit.
Rnd 2: With Color A, purl.
For Boshoku Cowl:
Using the Crochet Chain method CO 101 sts. Join work into rnd, pm at the join.