Category: Classes

Classes for Beginners

Welcome new knitters!  One of our fondest wishes for Knit Fit! is to provide classes that inspire beginners and casual knitters to advance their skills and jump into the deep end with the rest of us!  We’ve compiled here a listing of our beginner-friendly classes.  You don’t need to know any more than casting on, knit and purl stitches, and binding off to do these classes, and there’s still plenty of time to learn the basics before November even if you’re a pre-beginner.

Plenty of experienced knitters will find new techniques to explore in this listing as well!  If you have questions about your skill level and preparation for any class please feel free to get in touch with us (contact – a t – knitfit – dot – info).

For further information, please see our registration guide pdf or CLICK HERE to register for classes.

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A Roving We Will Go: Knitting and Crocheting with Roving
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (3 hrs – Sunday 2-5 pm, $75)

We will learn to work with roving to create “yarns” (sans wheels and spindles!) of varying weights so you can customize your finished project to reflect your own personal style and flare. Don’t have your own style and flair? That’s okay… we’ll show you some tricks along the way to really make this FAB fun and unique way of working with roving something you can be proud of… and make your friends jealous of your new rove-hooking prowess.

Skill Level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $8 – includes roving
Student-supplied Materials:
• Crochet hooks and/or knitting needles

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Finishing Your Knits
Andrea Rangel (3 hrs – Sunday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, $75)

Learn to give your projects a professional finish. This class will cover all the topics needed to make a beautiful finished project. Learn to create clean, straight seams using mattress stitch. Invisibly weave in your ends using duplicate stitch. Learn bind-off methods including 3-needle bind-off and Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Practice grafting using Kitchener stitch, and get information all about blocking. We’ll also cover ways to reduce finishing by using seamless construction. You worked hard on that project; finish it flawlessly.

Skill Level: All
Homework: Bring three swatches – worsted weight Stockinette stitch – 4 in/10 cm x 4 in/10 cm, one not bound off.
Materials Fee: $2 – includes handouts
Student-supplied materials:
• Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors
• Appropriate knitting needles
• Tapestry needle
• Scissors

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Knitting Behind the Wheel

Mary Scott Huff (6 hrs – Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, continues Saturday 2-5 pm, $150)

Learn the simple rules of Color Theory…then break them! In this 6-hour class, we’ll explore the basic concepts of color theory through use of the color wheel, applying them to our class project. Each student will receive a yarn kit and pattern to knit a modular felted bag. Work each module to learn first hand what different color combinations can do!

Skill Level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $20 – includes Color Wheel bag kit, including 13 colors of yarn, color wheel, pattern, and Dorset button form.
Student-supplied materials:
• 1 pair size 4 (3.5 mm) dpn or other needles
• 1 pair size 6 (4 mm) dpn or other needles
• Tapestry needle
• Note taking supplies

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Knitting with Vintage Patterns
Jen Hagan (3 hrs – Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, $75)

Vintage knitting patterns can be a treasure trove of wonderful new projects—if only you could understand them! This class will show you how to navigate all the out-of-date language, materials, sizes, etc., that can make it so daunting to use these patterns and produce something wearable. We’ll talk about topics such as finding missing information and substituting yarn—basically we’ll unlock all the barriers keeping you from knitting that 50’s sweater-girl teaser or that 20’s tennis sweater if you want. Bring your own collected gems and let’s learn how to get these beauties onto your FO list!

Skill Level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None
Student-supplied materials:
• Vintage knitting patterns (optional)

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The “OH!” of MathShannon and Jason Mullet-Bowlsby (3 hrs – Saturday 2-5pm, $75)

Love it or hate it, math is an essential part of every stitcher’s life and in this class we’ll have you geeking out on crochet and knit math with our super easy methods for everything from averaging the number of decreases to calculating your gauge, figuring yarn amounts for your next project to, well, even altering existing or writing your own patterns! That’s right, we’re going to unveil the secrets that we use every day in our design studio to create everything from afghans and hats to runway couture. You’ll have more OH! moments than an herbal shampoo commercial!

Skill level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• Note cards or notebook
• Measuring tape
• Calculator
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Professional Techniques for Hand Knitters
Lisa Ellis (3 hrs – Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, $75)

Are you a self taught knitter? Did your grandmother teach you how to knit? Have you noticed that your knitting doesn’t look as good as “hers”? Knitting techniques have come a long way and they can make a huge difference in the outcome of your project. This class will finesse your knitting skills to look professional and less “home made”. We will start with a prettier cast on, a cleaner ribbing, an easier selvage to seam, better looking decreases and finishing with the most elastic bind off out there. Tricks of the trade will be taught along the way – like how to transparently change colors in pattern and work a buttonhole that won’t grow in size!

Skill Level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None
Student-supplied materials:
• Light colored yarn in either DK, light worsted or worsted weight
• Needle size according to yarn label

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Recycled Yarn Making
Lee Meredith (3 hrs – Saturday 2-5 pm, $75)

Learn how to turn an old, unwanted sweater into a sweater quantity worth of new ready-to-knit yarn! We’ll go over all the details of what to look for when thrift store shopping for sweaters to recycle, what to avoid, and how to handle different types of sweaters and yarns. Then we’ll get hands-on and take apart sweaters – everyone will get their own reclaimed sweater to work with. You’ll learn tips and tricks gathered from years of experience, and you’ll leave with your new recycled yarn!

Skill Level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $10 – includes reclaimed sweater
Student-supplied materials:
• If you already have a sweater you’d like to recycle into yarn, feel free to bring it along, but you are not required to supply anything. Scissors and other tools will be provided for use in class.

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Stitch and Click
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby (3 hrs – Sunday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, $75)

Nothing is more disappointing than finishing a FAB fiber project and not being able to take an equally FAB photo of it.  In Stitch & Click we will show you how to show off your stitch work with great photos. Don’t have an expensive camera or equipment? No worries! We will show you simple tips and tricks to use what you have around the house to create photos that will really show off all that hard work you put into your stitching project. Bring your camera (ANY camera) and we will play with lighting techniques and tools to help you learn to take the best photos without breaking the bank. We’ll teach you to make smart choices for picking good basic lighting and DIY photography equipment.

Skill Level: All
Homework: None
Materials Fee: None
Student-supplied materials:
• Your camera

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Tunisian 101
Karen Ratto-Whooley (3 hrs – Sunday 2-5 pm, $75)

This is the perfect class for knitters to learn to crochet! Learn the 3 basic Tunisian stitches: Simple, Knit and purl stitches. Learn tips to prevent curling, ending off and picking up stitches.

Skill Level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $3 – includes handouts
Student-supplied materials:
• Size US I/9 Tunisian hook
• Smooth light colored worsted weight yarn
• Scissors
• Steel yarn needle
• Paper and pen for notes

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And of course, our evening events are for all skill levels, and all levels of interest in knitting!

OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION:

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Knitting
Friday, November 1, $25

Doors open 6pm, Talk begins at 7pm

Join us for an evening with Mary Scott Huff, in which she presents valuable life lessons learned from knitting.  Bring your knitting, your sense of humor, and your best pal to help us kick of Knit Fit! 2013 on Friday Night!

Mary Scott Huff is the author of The New Stranded Colorwork, and Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting, She fled the realm of Information Technology to pursue a more yarn-centered way of life. The many friends she found along the way have helped her become a nationally-recognized designer, teacher and author. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mary shares a wee little house there with her husband, two children, some Scottish Terriers, and more yarn than is strictly necessary.

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SATURDAY MOVIE NIGHT:

Game Knitting – Singles
Saturday, November 2, $15
Doors at 6pm, Intro to Game Knitting begins at 6:30pm

Join Lee Meredith aka Leethal on Saturday night to make a completely one-of-a-kind item by turning the act of knitting into a game played along with a movie! This is an informal event where you’ll learn how game knitting works to create a random stitch pattern in any project, and we’ll all game knit to Singles. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Skill level: All levels
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• Bring yarn and needles of your choice to knit a small simple project, like a dishcloth, wrist cuff, headband, or anything super basic, in any gauge you want

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No homework!

Who needs homework?  If you’re looking for classes you can just jump right into with no advance preparation (except gathering a few supplies), read on for homework-free sessions at Knit Fit!

(in alphabetical order)

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Beginner Pattern Writing
Jen Hagan (3 hrs – Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm, $75)

For knitters beginning to design on their own, the challenge of writing clear, standardized patterns worthy of indie sale or freelance work can be daunting. This class brings the beginner pattern writer up to speed and instills the confidence a new designer needs to be able to write patterns that will sell and that will keep customers coming back. We’ll cover topics such as what makes a complete pattern, how to make patterns easy to read, and to how to keep patterns concise. For pattern publishing, see Lee Meredith’s Self Publishing Your Own Knitting Patterns class.

Skill level: Intermediate knitting skills.  Also useful but not required: MS Office/Publisher/Excel, some charting program eg. Stitch & Motif Maker, Knit Visualizer, Intwined, etc.
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials: None

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Design-A-Monster Workshop
Rebecca Danger (3 hrs – Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm, $75)


Are you ready to be in the designer’s seat? Join toy knitting pattern designer Rebecca Danger for a fun day of making a custom monster, just the way you want! We’ll play with different body parts and limbs until you get a custom-creation to your liking. Students will go home with a special pattern with all kinds of different combinations of monster parts plus basic instructions for creating their own monsters so they can continue creating their own unique creatures at home.

Skill level: Intermediate (Basic skills + increases, decreases, knitting in the round using Magic Loop, picking up stitches.)
Homework: None
Materials fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• 1-2 colors of sock yarn (note: Rebecca will bring sock yarns that can be purchased in the class)
• A 40” Us Size 1 circular needle
• Basic knitting tool kit (scissors, stitch markers, etc.)

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Game Knitting
Lee Meredith (3 hrs – Saturday 6:30-9:30pm, Doors at 6pm, $15)

Make a completely one-of-a-kind item by turning the act of knitting into a game played along with a movie! This is an informal event where you’ll learn how game knitting works to create a random stitch pattern in any project, and we’ll all game knit to a Seattle-themed movie together.  Movie TBA. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Skill level: All levels
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• Bring yarn and needles of your choice to knit a small simple project, like a dishcloth, wrist cuff, headband, or anything super basic, in any gauge you want.

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Inspired Seamless Garments
Kristeen Griffin Grimes (4 hrs – Sunday 2-6:15pm with short break, $100)

Even if you have never constructed a seamless garment, best-selling author Kristeen Griffin-Grimes (French Girl Knits & French Girl Knits: Accessories), will inspire you to pick up your circular needles and start knitting without seams! This is a completely hands-on workshop covering all techniques needed to create a seamless sweater. The first half of the workshop focuses on special cast-ons, increases/decreases, methods of picking up stitches and joining, as well as creative use of circular needles. Practical tips for sizing seamless patterns for the perfect fit will be included. In the second portion, students will knit a mini-sweater using one of the 5 seamless methods covered.  Kristeen will provide a 13-page handout that covers all techniques.

Skill level: Intermediate
Homework: None
Materials fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• 2 sets of #7 circular needles, 24” long
• approximately 200 yds white or natural color good quality, worsted weight yarn (preferably wool or wool blend)
• ring markers
• tapestry needle
• small scissors

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Knit Different
Lisa Ellis (3 hrs – Sunday 2-5pm, $75)

This course aims to introduce knitters to the myriad ways there are to make a knit and a purl stitch. We will survey the many methods of knitting from around the globe and discuss their advantages and disadvantages. Throwers will try picking and pickers will try throwing, and two-handed colorwork will be introduced.

Skill level: All levels
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• Smooth worsted or bulky weight yarn in two different light to medium shades
• Appropriate knitting needles for yarn

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Knitting from Silk Hankies (Mawata)
Barbara Seeler (3 hrs – Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm, $75)

Learn how to knit directly from silk hankies (Mawata). Students will learn how to separate a few hankies from the supply, and attenuate the silk into fibers that can be knit just like yarn.  They will sample different dye patterns in the silk hankies to see what the pattern will look like when knitted. They will also learn what knitted stitches/patterns are appropriate for this technique.

Skill level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $15 – Includes sufficient hankies to get the concept plus 1 package of 0.5oz hankies to take home.
Student-supplied materials:
• Bring at least 3 different sizes of knitting needles from US 2-7.  On the smaller size if you knit loosely, on the larger size if you knit tightly, in the middle if you knit to gauge. Do not purchase any – just bring what you have – loaner needles will be available for use in class.  Any type of needle is OK.

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Make-A-Monster Workshop: Tips and Tricks to Make Amazing Toys
Rebecca Danger (3 hrs – Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm, $75)

What better way to learn the secrets of monster-making than to make a tiny toy with knitting pattern designer Rebecca Danger? Rebecca will teach you tricks and tips to toy-making by knitting a mini-monster with you. Does the thought of having to sew all those little bits together keep you from knitting toys? Rebecca can help you out! Perfect for knitters new to toys, or those who want to enhance their toy knitting skills, this class will cover the toy making basics: from different knitting techniques, to tools of the trade, to the perfect finish. Come learn new techniques to give you the confidence to start creating toys and walk away with a completed mini monster (or critter).

Skill level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: $10 – Mini monster kit, includes everything you need to make a mini monster or critter (excluding needles).
Student-supplied materials:
• A set of 4 or 5 US 5 (3.7s mm) dpns
• Basic knitting tool kit (scissors, stitch markers, etc)

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The “OH!” of Math
Shannon and Jason Mullet-Bowlsby (3 hrs – Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm, $75)

Love it or hate it, math is an essential part of every stitcher’s life and in this class we’ll have you geeking out on crochet and knit math with our super easy methods for everything from averaging the number of decreases to calculating your gauge, figuring yarn amounts for your next project to, well, even altering existing or writing your own patterns! That’s right, we’re going to unveil the secrets that we use every day in our design studio to create everything from afghans and hats to runway couture. You’ll have more OH! moments than an herbal shampoo commercial!

Skill level: Beginner
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• Note cards or notebook
• Measuring tape
• Calculator

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Planning to Pool
Gladys We (3 hrs – Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm, $75)

Handpainted yarns are beautiful, but can be difficult to work with because of the seemingly unpredictable way that the colors can pool. This class will help you take a new look at those gorgeous multicolored skeins in your stash in order to help you see new ways to work with them.  We’ll do some simple swatching and plan how to use your yarn to create new and original works of planned pooling art. See Gladys’ projects at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/wenat for examples.

Skill level: Intermediate – familiarity with backwards loop cast-on and provisional cast-ons, reading charts for lace, and (ideally) ability to memorize very simple lace patterns.
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• A selection of needles from US 4 through US 9
• A skein or sample skein of handpainted yarn. (Instructor will bring some mini-skeins to share, but your own needles are essential. Interchangeable needles are recommended but not required.)

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Self-Publishing Your Own Knitting Patterns
Lee Meredith (3 hrs – Saturday 2-5pm, $75)

Learn all the basics of self-publishing knitting patterns, from how to create a PDF file to how to go about selling your patterns and promoting yourself to the knitting community. We’ll talk about all elements of independent knitwear design publishing, but will not be going into specifics about the actual designing or pattern writing itself, as that is a whole separate area (see Jen Hagan’s Beginning Pattern Writing class). The class will focus mainly on digital self-publishing (selling PDF patterns online), not so much on print publishing.

Skill level: Intermediate
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials: None

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Sideways Edge Cast-On and Bind-Off
Lee Meredith (3 hrs – Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm, $75)

Learn how to knit a sideways edging while casting on stitches along the edge at the same time, avoiding the need to pick up stitches or sew seams later. This technique is done with increases and short rows and, once understood, can be integrated into patterns which call for picking up many stitches along an edge – perfect for hats with sideways brims or socks, mitts, and sweaters with sideways cuffs. Then learn the reverse, adding a knitted on sideways edge to a piece while binding off the stitches at the same time.

Skill level: Intermediate – basic knitting skills plus a variety of increases and decreases.
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• Any yarn of your choice (a weight that you like working with best, something smooth and easy to work with)
• Needles sized to match, a circular needle is recommended (everything will be worked flat, but the flexible cord will make it easier to see what’s happening)
• A stitch marker

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Two-Handed Fair Isle
Lisa Ellis (3 hrs – Saturday 2-5pm, $75)

Andean hatTwo-handed Fair Isle is a must for anyone wishing to knit in color. Strands are woven in as you knit – thus eliminating the ugly strands in the back of the work that tend to get snagged, pulled, and puckered. We’ll learn how to pick and throw as we practice reading and knitting from a chart.  We’ll also learn a fun cast on technique as well as twining the earflaps. We will also cover dominant color, trapping yarn, and 2-color cast on method as well as knitting with both hands. Andean hat pattern (right) included.

Skill level: Intermediate – must be able to knit in the round and work with double pointed needles, increase, and decrease.  Experience knitting hats and some Fair Isle helpful but not necessary.
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials:
• US #9, 16-inch circular needle and dpns
• 100 yds of Aran weight wool yarn in main color
• 30 yds of Aran weight wool in highlighting color

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The Women Whose Knitting Made and Saved Their Lives: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater
Sylvia Olsen (2 hrs with intermission – Friday, 7-9:15pm, $30)
Doors open at 6pm, drinks and bites will be available before the program

Sylvia’s presentation is a wonderful story of Coast Salish knitters, who, almost one hundred years ago, created their own knitting style, a world-famous sweater and an industry that made and saved their lives. The history of the Cowichan sweater and the women who made them is a tale of innovation, hard work, hard times, ingenuity, beauty and love. Sylvia’s story is enhanced by stunning historical images and accompanied by a unique display of antique Cowichan sweaters. Sylvia lived most of her life in a Coast Salish community immersed in the knitting industry and brings a rare perspective to the story.

Skill level: All/suitable for non-knitters
Homework: None
Materials Fee: No
Student-supplied materials: None

Advanced Classes

Ready for a challenge?  The following Knit Fit! classes are aimed at advanced knitters.  Skills required for each are listed below – but keep in mind you have plenty of time to refresh your memory or get caught up before November.  These classes are wonderful opportunities to learn new techniques with the pros!

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The Elements of Hand Knitting Design
Andrea Rangel (6 hrs – Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm, continues Sunday 2-5pm, $150)

Take your knitting to the next level by designing your own projects. Learn how to choose stitch patterns, fiber, and yarn for any design and practice the basic procedure for making it happen. Plan a scarf or wrap design in class using the skills you learn.

Skill level: Advanced.  Students should be comfortable following patterns and somewhat familiar with working lace, cables, stranded color work, and textured (knit & purl) stitch patterns using charts and/or written instructions.

Homework: Swatching and planning between sessions
Materials fee : $2 – Includes handouts.
Student-supplied materials:
• Pictures of project inspirations
• 2 skeins of yarn (with labels) wound into balls to design with – one plant fiber and one animal fiber OR two very different weights.
• Needles appropriate for both yarns
• Calculator

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Shapely, Sexy Steeks
Mary Scott Huff (3 hrs – Saturday 2-­-5pm, $75)

Think stranded colorwork sweaters are all shapeless drop-­-shoulder boxes? Not anymore! Learn to plan and use the steeked openings in your knitting to make shaped and fitted stranded garments! In this workshop, you’ll learn to think like a sculptor, shaping knitting to your body, and not the other way around. Learn how a well-­-planned steek can actually speed up your knitting, minimize the finishing required in your garment, and perfect its fit! We’ll practice shaping on a miniature vest project, analyze patterns for steeked adjustments, and even discuss ways to incorporate steeks into non-­-stranded garments. Sexy!

Skill Level: Advanced (Basic knitting skills [knit, purl, increase, decrease], stranded colorwork knitting in the round, and familiarity with steek techniques).
Homework: Using at least 2 colors of 2-­-ply Shetland wool (such as Jameson’s) work a 60-­-st knitted tube in any charted pattern(s) you wish. This is the beginning of your miniature vest, so put ribbing at the bottom, if you’d like, and make the piece around 3 inches long. Do not bind off.
Class Supplies: 2-­-ply Shetland wool yarn in the colors of your choice (at least 2), with needles to achieve gauge stated on ball band (or your preferred gauge). 6 stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn, sharp shears for steeking , and either a hand sewing needle and thread for hand sewn steeks, or a crochet hook and yarn for crocheted steeks.

Classes for Beginners

Ready to move beyond the basics?  The following classes only require knowledge of casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off.  Though suitable for beginners, experienced knitters will also find a range of new techniques and ideas in these classes!

For full details including homework and supplies, see full class descriptions page.

Color Theory and the Albers Cowl – Ann Weaver

Albers CowlKnitters are constantly faced with color choices. The Albers Cowl is a perfect opportunity to experiment with color by using small amounts of yarn and simple techniques. This workshop will present the basics of color theory, like lightness, saturation, hue, and complimentary colors.  After discussing color theory, knitters will begin work on the Albers Cowl. This workshop will expand knitters’ color vocabulary and confidence in color combination choices. Knitters will learn how to pick up stitches from vertical and horizontal edges and will also learn a variety of finishing techniques.

Current Trends in Yarn Bombing (Talk + Workshop) – Leanne Prain
The first part of this session is a 45-minute talk, accompanied by a visual slideshow, about current happenings in the yarn bombing movement. This talk will explore a wide range of artists and their motivations. Among the trends: artists who make their living from yarn bombing; the rise of knit graffiti gangs and traditional spray paint graffiti artists embracing yarn bombing; the trend of yarn bombing in advertising; and communities organizing around yarn bombing.  This talk will be followed by a Q&A and stitch and bitch in which participants are invited to create a public yarn bombing together. We will be creating 5″ X 5″ squares to stitch together in a community yarn bomb. The more we can knit and crochet, the bigger the yarn bomb will be!

Fashion Forecasting – Cirilia Rose

This class will explore the world of fashion forecasting. Whether you work in a yarn store, design patterns or just knit for yourself and your loved ones, this class will sharpen your ability to find inspiration in the world around you. We’ll learn how to enliven our knitting with silhouettes that are current but not overly trendy, and how to overcome color ruts. You’ll leave this class with a better understanding of trend cycles and how they affect fiber folk.


Game Knitting – Lee Meredith
Make a completely one-of-a-kind item by turning the act of knitting into a game played along with a movie! This is an informal event where you’ll learn how game knitting works to create a random stitch pattern in any project, and we’ll all game knit to Say Anything together. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Knit Different – Cirilia Rose
This course aims to introduce knitters to the myriad ways there are to make a knit and a purl stitch. We will survey the many methods of knitting from around the globe and discuss their advantages and disadvantages. Throwers will try picking and pickers will try throwing, and two-handed colorwork will be introduced.

Knitting from Silk Hankies (Mawata) – Barbara Seeler
Learn how to knit directly from silk hankies (Mawata). Students will learn how to separate a few hankies from the supply, and attenuate the silk into fibers that can be knit just like yarn.  They will sample different dye patterns in the silk hankies to see what the pattern will look like when knitted. They will also learn what knitted stitches/patterns are appropriate for this technique.

Make-A-Monster Workshop: Tips and Tricks to Make Amazing Toys – Rebecca Danger
What better way to learn the secrets of monster-making than to make a tiny toy with knitting pattern designer Rebecca Danger? Rebecca will teach you tricks and tips to toy-making by knitting a mini-monster with you. Does the thought of having to sew all those little bits together keep you from knitting toys? Rebecca can help you out! Perfect for knitters new to toys, or those who want to enhance their toy knitting skills, this class will cover the toy making basics: from different knitting techniques, to tools of the trade, to the perfect finish. Come learn new techniques to give you the confidence to start creating toys and walk away with a completed mini monster (or critter).

The “OH!” of Math – Shannon and Jason Mullet-Bowlsby
Love it or hate it, math is an essential part of every stitcher’s life and in this class we’ll have you geeking out on crochet and knit math with our super easy methods for everything from averaging the number of decreases to calculating your gauge, figuring yarn amounts for your next project to, well, even altering existing or writing your own patterns!

The Perfect Hoodie – Shannon and Jason Mullet-Bowlsby
A great hoodie is a thing of beauty. Or, if not of beauty of comfy! Some of our fave garments to grab-and-go are our hoodies. Whether you’re off for a day of shopping, an evening of clubbing, walking the dog or lounging on a lazy weekend, a great hoodie is the perfect wardrobe addition for men and women (and children) alike. Short, long, oversized, undersized, supersized, whatever floats your boat! We’ll start from scratch and design a custom-made hoodie just for you!

Start to Finish: Planning Ahead for Happy Endings – 
Mary Scott Huff

“Rats! Why didn’t I think of that back when I started?” Ever ask yourself that when it’s time to finish your knitwear? It happens to us all when finishing gets left as an afterthought, in a fit of Start-itis. Here’s your chance to think things through before you begin, and a perfect excuse to start something new! In this class we’ll run through Mary’s checklist of pre-knitting decisions. Set yourself up for success by making informed construction choices. Learn how to prepare your garment for easy and elegant finishing, before you even start.

The Women Whose Knitting Made and Saved Their Lives: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater – Sylvia Olsen
Sylvia’s presentation is a wonderful story of Coast Salish knitters, who, almost one hundred years ago, created their own knitting style, a world-famous sweater and an industry that made and saved their lives. The history of the Cowichan sweater and the women who made them is a tale of innovation, hard work, hard times, ingenuity, beauty and love. Sylvia’s story is enhanced by stunning historical images and accompanied by a unique display of antique Cowichan sweaters. Sylvia lived most of her life in a Coast Salish community immersed in the knitting industry and brings a rare perspective to the story.

Yarn Bombing 101 – Leanne Prain
An introduction to the world of yarn bombing. What is it? Why is it named yarn bombing? Who does it? Why do they do it? How can I do it? All of these questions and more will be answered in this lecture and slideshow presentation.  The talk will be followed by a Q&A and ten-minute yarn bombing craft (Make Your Own Tiny Pom Pom Bomb) that is appropriate for all ages, including non-knitters.

Classes for Designers

We have a number of classes at Knit Fit! this year for knitters interested in moving into pattern design. We have a set of classes that work especially well together and arranged the schedule so that an aspiring designer would have time to get a great start all in one go!

The Knit Fit! Designing-and-Publishing 101 weekend looks like this:

Saturday morning: Elements of Hand Knitting Design with Andrea Rangel

A crash course in designing your own projects with attention to stitch patterns, fiber, yarn and the basics of putting it all together to plan a garment. This is a two part class for advanced knitters that continues Sunday afternoon, with homework in between.

Satuday afternoon: Self-Publishing Your Own Knitting Patterns with Lee Meredith
Learn all the basics of self-publishing knitting patterns, from how to create a PDF file to how to go about selling your patterns and promoting yourself to the knitting community. The class will focus mainly on digital self-publishing (selling PDF patterns online).

Saturday evening:  Face the age-old student dilemma–homework or beer, pizza, and Game Knitting with Lee Meredith?

Sunday morning: Beginner Pattern Writing with Jen Hagan
For knitters beginning to design on their own, the challenge of writing clear, standardized patterns worthy of indie sale or freelance work can be daunting. This class brings the beginner pattern writer up to speed and instills the confidence a new designer needs to be able to write patterns that will sell and that will keep customers coming back. We’ll cover topics such as what makes a complete pattern, how to make patterns easy to read, and to how to keep patterns concise.

Sunday afternoon: Part 2 of Elements of Hand Knitting Design (see above)

To register:
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Prefer a la Carte? Check out other options of particular interest to designers:

Color Theory and the Albers Cowl with Ann Weaver
Fashion Forecasting with Cirilia Rose
Inspired Seamless Garments with Kristeen Griffin Grimes
The “OH!” of Math with Shannon and Jason Mullet-Bowlsby (The Shibaguyz)
Sideways Edge Cast-On and Bind-Off with Lee Meredith
Start to Finish: Planning Ahead for Happy Endings with Mary Scott Huff