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 Morning & All-Day Classes

    • 03/18/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Mendota 8 (1st floor)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description

    Cutting your knitting is a liberating experience. It really isn’t scary. It offers many benefits and opens up new construction and design possibilities. What exactly are steeks? Whilst knitting a sample for with centre front and armhole steeks we will discuss suitable yarns and how to plan for cutting. We will practise fully fashioned shapings, use of markers and securing methods. We look at possibilities for disaster management, adapting armholes and necks for cutting, making mixed gauge fabrics fit and Siamese sleeves. For our finale, we will make the first incision!
         

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Experience beginners upwards

    Supplies Needed

    • SHARP SCISSORS!
    • Darning needles - blunt
    • 3.5 - 4.5 mm x 40 cm circular needle, (US #4 - 6/16")
    • Yarn, preferable wool and wool blends, DK or sport (5 sts per ince) weight in at least 2 colours
    • Pencils
    • Eraser
    • Ruler
    • Usual knitting tools, including a crochet hook

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/18/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Mendota 5 (1st floor)
    • 14

    Description

    Discover how recycling can be the frugal knitter or crocheter's best kept secret.  Learn where and how to spot good sweaters for re-use.  Discover the tricks as we unravel yarn from existing garments, plus how to use that yarn in new projects. The cheapest (and greenest!) way to fill your stash with cashmere!

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Any

    Supplies Needed

    • Sharp scissors and a sweater you’d like to salvage for yarn.  The sweater should be clean and made of light colored, knitting gauge yarn

    • Optional Supplies: ball winder, niddy noddy, seam ripper or small gauge metal crochet hook

    • The instructor will have a limited supply of ready-to-rip sweaters available for purchase

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/18/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Monona (2nd floor)
    • 0
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    Description

    This class teaches how to knit two socks at the same time on magic loop. We’ll discuss both top-down and top-up techniques. A nice addition to the sock-knitter’s toolkit, this technique helps banish Second Sock Syndrome and ensures that your pair matches exactly.

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Intermediate; students must have knitted at least one pair of socks but need not have experience working with circular needles for sock knitting 

    Supplies Needed

    • 32-inch 4.5mm/US #7 circular needle
    • two colors of medium-weight yarn

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/18/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Wingra (2nd floor)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description

    Simple and clear instruction for creating and designing your own shawl from scratch!

    Grab that languishing ball of fingering weight yarn or a favorite skein you’ve been saving for just the right project, your needles, and a pencil and away you’ll zip designing your very own shawl in one of 10 selected shawl shapes. In class you’ll get in-depth instruction on designing your own shawl, instructions on exactly how to create the shape you are going for be it crescent, triangular, long-ended for extra wrapping, half-hexagon, assymetrical, semi-circle, or more! Your shawl may have lace, garter stitch, stockinette stitch, many textures, stripes, beads, etc.

    The sky is the limit and you’ll leave with an excellent understanding of how to design your own shawl from scratch from cast-on to bind-off and everything in between. In class you will plan and start your own shawl design from scratch. No homework is required just bring your shawl yarn, needles and a pencil!

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Intermediate

    Supplies Needed

    • Yarn: How big do you want your shawl to be? It’s really up to you how much yarn you’ll need!

    Here are some guidelines:

    100 grams of fingering weight yarn with at least 400 yards (This could also be several balls of different colors.)

    OR

    300-600 yards of a sport/DK/worsted weight yarn

    Needles & Gauge:

    Find a gauge that will make your knit fabric have a nice drape.  This is achieved by knitting at a slightly looser gauge than usual. These are my favorite needle sizes for shawl knitting and yarn weights:

    For fingering weight: US size 5-7

    For heavier weight yarn go up a size or two:

    Worsted weight: US 8 or 9

    DK weight: US 7 or 8

    Sport weight: US 6-7

    • Optional: Beads and a flosser or a tiny crochet hook that fits through the bead and can pull the yarn through as well.  Two 24 gram tubes of beads will usually do the trick. Make sure the beads fit on the yarn you have selected. Bead size 6/0 will usually fit on fingering to sport weight yarn.

    Provided in class

    Different options for casting on the shawl

    Instructions in recipe-form for creating 10 different shawl shapes

    Charts for several different stitch counts that can be included in your shawls

    Edgings ~ many clear options

    Cast-ons & Bind-offs ~ many different options

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/18/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Waubesa (2nd floor)
    • 0
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    Description

    This class teaches multiple ways of working with beads. It is the PERFECT introductory class! You will learn how to place beads with a crochet hook or superfloss, how to work with pre-strung beads in a variety of ways, and how to work with beads on bind-offs and i-cord. We’ll discuss choosing beads and yarn, along with how to look at an existing pattern in your library and how to add beads to it. This is a class for those with basic knitting skills who are ready to add a little bling to their knitting! 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 in a variety of innovative ways, beaded bind off, and beaded i-cord.
         

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    How to knit and purl, the desire to learn!

    Supplies Needed

    • Beading 101 handout- supplied by instructor in class 
    • Approx. 40 yards fingering weight yarn 
    • US Size 3 (3.25 mm) needles 
    • Approx 10 grams size 6/0 beads to match your yarn 
    • I will supply dental floss threaders and super floss in class, and will also have some beads for those that can’t find them!
    Kits will be available to purchase for $8 for those who don't have access to yarn and beads.

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/18/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Kegonsa (2nd floor)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description

    In a relaxed setting, Mary Jane introduces you to the world of stranded colorwork, often called Fair Isle knitting. In this technique class we will learn the basics, covering several methods of holding your yarns, reading charts, how to introduce new colors, what yarn dominance is, how to avoid tangled yarns, weaving in those pesky ends, and finishing techniques. This class is for absolute stranded knitting beginners and those looking to brush up on their technique. We will begin knitting a stranded colorwork headband or hat.
         

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Advanced Beginners, experience working in the round

    Supplies Needed

    • 2 or more colors of worsted weight yarn - make sure the colors have high contrast, 50-100 yards each
    • 16” circular needles in US 6 (4mm) and US7 (4.5mm)
    • one set of dpn in US 7 if making a hat
    • Your usual ditty bag of knitting notions, including stitch markers, tape measure, scissors and tapestry needle
    • Paper and pencil for notes

    Homework

    • On smaller needle cast on 84 stitches. Join for working in the round, taking care not to twist stitches. K1, p1 rib for 1 inch.

    • 03/18/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Mendota 6 (1st floor)
    • 4

    Description

    Come try tapestry! This basic technique of weaving cloth starts with very simple beginnings. In this class you will learn the basics of choosing yarns, warping the loom and weaving basic shapes. The sample piece you create may be kept as a future reference, used as a small mat or sewn into a pouch or pocket. Small looms and basic materials will be provided.

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Any

    Supplies Needed

    • None

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/18/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Boardroom (2nd floor)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description

    Learn to knit brioche, which creates a unique fabric that is very lofty! We will concentrate on the set up rows for a great beginning and when the pattern becomes obvious you will enjoy the relaxing rhythm of this stitch. Then we’ll add cables! If time allows, we will also talk about the knit-one-below method and Shaker knits.

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Intermediate

    Supplies Needed

    • 2 yarns of the same weight, sport or worsted preferred, each of contrasting color. One long variegated with a solid work well. (May want to bring some spare yarn to practice knit-one-below and Shaker.)
    • Needles to match yarn weight – Suggestion: sizes 4-6 for sport and 7-9 for worsted
    • Cable needle
    • Several stitch markers

    Homework

    • None

    Materials Fee

    • Handouts $3

    • 03/18/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Mendota 7 (1st Floor)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description

    Learn to turn wool into your own unique yarns! You’ll try many different spinning wheels during the class, learn the basic techniques to spin a single yarn, and create a two-ply finished skein. We'll also talk about using handspun yarns for knitting. No previous spinning experience required.

    This all-day workshop is designed for the person who has never tried spinning before! Spinning wheels will be provided.

    If students bring their own spinning wheel, it must be in excellent operating condition and completely assembled.

    Please, no antique wheels.

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Beginner

    Supplies Needed

    • None

    Homework

    • None

    Materials fee

    $20.00 covers a generous supply of spinning fiber, spinning wheel rental, and all equipment use. 


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