Online Registration opens November 1 for MKG members 
and November 15 for non-members.

Registration closes March 1, 2017.

Madison Knitters' Guild has a "no refund" policy.

Saturday Afternoon Classes

    • 03/18/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Mendota 8 Room (1st floor)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description

    You have two hands? Get both of them working for you, with a yarn in each. We’ll look at the relative merits of operating your yarn with either hand. How to weave in either of the yarns at the back of the work without ever tangling or letting go of the yarns. Discussion about the differing gauges given by the different styles of stranding and colour dominance issues. How to convert flat designs to circular to utilize this technique. 
    Although we will deal mainly with the knit stitch the left-hand purl will be discussed and practiced if desired. Additonally we will look at needle attributes, flat ‘circular’ swatching and planning for cutting your knitting with or without a steek.

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Experienced beginners upwards. No two-handed experience necessary.

    Supplies Needed

    • One 40 cm/16 inch circular needle - please do not substitute a longer needle, of size 4 - 4.5 mm / US # 6 - 7
    • Darning needle
    • A slender crochet hook
    • Scissors
    • Magnetic board or ruler
    • 20g each approx of DK/Sport weight yarn (giving approx 5 - 6 inch in st.st.) in at least two colors

    Homework

    • Onto the circular needle, cast on 90 sts, work 4 rounds in Garter Stitch, (knit 1 round, purl 1 round) repeat, in a single color. Leave yarn attached.

    • 03/18/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Boardroom (2nd floor)
    • 12

    Description

    Now is where brioche becomes fun . . . increasing and decreasing creating movement in pattern. We’ll first start with a single color and then add complexity with two colors. For those wanting adventure, we will cover knitting brioche in one pass, including how to do increases and decreases. 

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    Skill level 

    Intermediate

    Supplies Needed

    • 2 yarns of the same weight, sport or worsted preferred. Two colors preferred. (You may want to bring some extra yarn to try various techniques.)
    • Needles to match yarn weight – Suggestion: sizes 4-6 for sport and 7-9 for worsted
    • Several stitch markers, the safety pin type

    Homework

    • None

    Materials Fee

    • Handouts $3

    • 03/18/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Monona Room (2nd floor)
    • 0

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    Description

    Curious about sock knitting but feeling intimidated? This class equips you for your first sock-knitting adventures. We get you started working in the round and give you all the skills you need. I’ll explain the two types of sock construction (toe-up and top-down) and the different ways to work them (DPNs, Magic Loop, and on two circular needles). You’ll learn how to read a sock pattern, how to understand sock sizing, and how to find great sock patterns. By the end of this class you’ll be well on our way to making your first sock.
         

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    Skill level 

    Knitters must be confident with knit & purl; experience working in the round helpful but not required

    Supplies Needed

    • 4mm/US #6 DPNs 
    • scrap medium-weight yarn in a light color
    • 250 yards of a washable medium-weight yarn to make your first socks 

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/18/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Wingra Room (2nd floor)
    • 0
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    Description

     Join renowned  knit-toy  designer for  some seriously  fun sheep  knitting and  toy-knitting  tips. The pattern will be provided for students. In class students will work on knitting their own Sheep! toys in either a textured wrap stitch, a loopy stitch or some simple stranded colorwork. Susan’s classes include large group discussion, small group demonstrations and individual attention. As students work on their selected sheep style loads of general toy-knitting tips and tricks will be taught as well. Tips and guidance on face embroidery, stuffing tricks, fiber choices, gauge information, and ways to get your toys to look great and to stand the test of time, and more will all be shared. Students will leave class being more confident toy knitters!
    Finished Sheep! measurements: Body length 4-inches, height 3.5-inches 

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Working in the round on a small number of stitches on double-pointed needles, increases and decreases

    Supplies Needed

    • 50 grams of a sport weight yarn, preferably 100% wool, for a single color sheep For the colorwork sheep bring 3 colors of a sport weight yarn, preferably 100% wool, weighing in total about 50 grams. Important Yarn Note: 100% Wool will work best for this toy. A sticky rustic wool or 100% wool will make the knitting much easier especially for the Loopy version. Slippery yarns do not work as well for any of the three Sheep! versions. 
    Yarn used for samples: Quince & Co. Chickadee, sport weight, (181 yards/50 grams), 1 skein for the solid sheep, 3 skeins in contrasting colors for the colorwork sheep. Colors used: Loopy sheep: Chanterelle Textured sheep: Egret Colorwork sheep: Iceland, Pomegranate (Main Color) and Petal (Contrast Color) 
    • Needles: US size 3 (3.25 mm) double-pointed needles, set of 4, or size to obtain gauge Gauge: 6.5 sts per inch in stockinette stitch 
    • Detachable stitch markers 
    • Tape measure or ruler Yarn needle 
    • Polyester fiberfill 
    • Black embroidery floss 
    • Scrap yarn 
    • Cable needle

    Homework

    • Bring the necessary materials and come ready to work! 
    • Check your gauge and needle size. Successful toy knitting requires a tighter and denser gauge than for other types of projects. The tighter the gauge, the better the toy will turn out in the end.
    • Complete the base or belly of the Sheep! pattern before class. This part of the pattern will be emailed to you after you sign up for the class. Bring the completed Belly to class, it will have live stitches, and we will pick up from there and carry on!

    • 03/18/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Waubesa Room (2nd floor)
    • 0
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    Description

    This class focuses on building lace knitting skills and learning how to incorporate beads into your lace knitting. We will look at Nelkin Designs patterns that include these techniques (such as Entomology, Aventina, Ennoble, Winterlude, and Undulating Waves) and then practice on a sampler designed for the class to understand the concepts. This is a technique class that will give the students skills to independently integrate beads into their lace work while taking their lace knitting to the next level. Skills gained in this class will translate over to many of Laura’s patterns in her new book Knockout Knits. 
    How to shop for beads, working with prestrung and placed beads on single and double sided lace, nupps, chart reading, how to add beads to existing lace patterns.

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    How to knit and purl, work basic lace stitches, the desire to learn!

    Supplies Needed

    • Lace with Beads handout- supplied by instructor in class 
    • Approx. 25 yards fingering weight yarn, choose a solid or semi solid yarn in a light or bright colorway so you can see your lace work
    • US size 5 [3.75 mm] needles 
    • Approx 5 grams Size 6/0 and Size 8/0 seed beads
    • Optional: Crochet Hook that fits through beads 
    • Dental floss threaders and super floss will be provided
    Kits will be available to purchase for $8 for those who don't have access to yarn and beads.

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/18/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Kegonsa Room (2nd floor)
    • 0
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    Description

    What makes Scandinavian colorwork different from other world traditions? We will explore color choices and the classic motifs used in Scandinavian stranded knitting. Learn techniques for tacking down extra-long floats found in many motifs. We will learn the Norwegian purl and a way of executing garter stitch in the round. Explore ideas for combining motifs and adding colorwork to liven up your future projects. We will begin our exploration by starting a headband or hat.
         

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    Skill level 

    Intermediate, some experience working stranded colorwork in the round.

    Supplies Needed

    • Two or more colors of DK-weight yarn with high contrast, 100% wool preferred, 50-100 yards of each
    • 16" circular, the smallest size recommended on the ball band, and another one size larger
    • 1 set dpn in larger size if intending to finish hat.

    Homework

    • With smallest needle and color of your choice DK-weight yarn that you like, cast on 84 stitches, join for working in the round. Knit one round.

    • 03/18/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Mendota 6 Room (1st floor)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description

    Walk away from class with this lovely basket that you've made!

    This traditional wool- drying basket with legs, was structured so air could circulate  to dry the wool.  Today, use it to store  your current project or some of those extra  skeins of yarn!

    Basket measures approximately 12 x 8.

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    Skill level 

    Beginner

    Supplies Needed

    • Instructor will provide tools needed

    Homework

    • None

    Materials Fee

    • $25 paid to instructor for materials needed to make the basket

    • 03/18/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Mendota 5 Room (1st floor)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description

     Rumor has it  that there are  over 50  different cast-  on methods!  We'll learn a  few of the most  practical and  versatile –  including long-  tail, cable,  crochet, provisional - and the merits and drawbacks of each. This is an invaluable class that will change the way you start every new project.

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    Skill level 

    Advanced Beginner (confidence with knits & purls)

    Supplies Needed

    • Worsted or DK weight yarn
    • Needles appropriate for yarn weight
    • Crochet hook

    Homework

    • None

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