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

Registration closes March 1, 2018.

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

Saturday Afternoon Classes

    • 03/17/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Mendota 6 - 1st floor
    • 10
    Register

    Description: Cashmere, camel, silk, and yak—the range of prepared luxury fibers we modern spinners have at our fingertips would astound our textile predecessors. Today, we often find these fibers in blends—merino and cashmere, silk and yak, the enticing list goes on and on. These blends often combine fibers with very different characteristics. How we spin silk is typically different from how we might spin yak—how should we spin a blend of the two? This workshop will introduce you to a variety of luxury blends and methods to spin these special fibers to get the yarns you want.

    Skill Level: Ability to spin and ply a basic yarn

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Several spindles or a spinning wheel in good working condition, and spinning accessories you typically use.

    Materials Fee: $15


    • 03/17/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Monona - 2nd floor
    • 3
    Register

    Description: Learn how to add afterthought heels to your sock knitting skill set! Techniques learned include a waste-yarn version of an afterthought heel and a cut version of the afterthought heel. We will also discuss modifications you can make to any afterthought heel to help with fit.


    Skill Level: Advanced beginner

    Homework: Using a light colored dk weight yarn and needles to match, knit a flat swatch of 4 inches of stockinette. This will be cut, so don't use yarn you may need for another project.

    Tools Needed: 100 yards of a light colored dk weight yarn, needles to knit in the round your dk weight yarn that you are comfortable with (this may be dpns, magic loop or 2 circulars), Scissors, safety pin style stitch marker

    Materials Fee: None

    • 03/17/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 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, asymmetrical, 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. 

    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

    Optional: Beads and a flosser to add beads to the shawl in the body, edging or on the bind off. Make sure the beads fit on the yarn you have selected. Bead size 6/0 will usually fit on fingering to sport weight yarn.


    Skill Level: Advanced beginner

    Homework: No homework is required just bring your shawl yarn, needles and a pencil!

    Tools 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.

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/17/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Waubesa - 2nd floor
    • 4
    Register

    Description: In this class 3 hour class Laura introduces you to the “Novus” construction, her seamless yet structured modern aproach to the side-to-side sweater. She’ll cover how the construction works, how to modify the construction to fit your body, any necessary skills needed for the construction (i.e. provisional cast on, lifted increases, German short rows), and how to plug a stitch pattern or motif into it. (To see examples of this construction, check out her Vindur and Novus Jacket patterns!)Then we’ll discuss choosing yarn to knit your sweater and cast on for a sleeve. By the end of class you’ll be ready to independently knit your own sweater from the collection.

    Skill Level: Knit/purl; comfort reading a pattern; best for knitters who have knit a sweater before OR are adventurous first time sweater knitters.

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: DK or worsted weight yarn (this is just for swatching/learning techniques, not for your sweater), Size 6 – 8 needles

    We will be spending a fair amount of time talking about yarn choices, and then choosing yarn to audition for your sweater. Please don’t purchase yarn ahead of time unless you are sure you know what you want to use!

    Materials Fee: None

    • 03/17/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Kegonsa - 2nd floor
    • 32
    Register

    Description: Why spend all that time knitting a garment, only to stop short of making it look great! Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment off perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size, and in some cases can even mask your mistakes. In this workshop we will go over the three main methods of blocking (wet, steam and spray) and learn how to use all the tools such as blocking boards and wires. We’ll also discuss blocking unusual shapes, special stitch patterns, as well as learn a bit about different fiber properties. Come on, don’t stop short of the perfect finish!

    Skill Level: All

    Homework: None. Optional: bring a blocking project you have a question about. 

    Tools Needed: 

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/17/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Board Room - 2nd floor
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description: Join the Double Knitting Revolution! The Double Knitting technique has been around for centuries with only minor changes but has had a huge increase in popularity in recent years. Come and find out what everyone is talking about. In this class you'll learn:

     what IS double knitting?

     history of double knitting

     double knitting guidelines

     double knitting terminology

     how to double knit

     how to increase and decrease when double knitting

     how to double knit inside out

     how to make a sampler using double knitting techniques

    Skill Level: Know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: 2 different colors of basic worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn), needles in a size appropriate for your yarn, Paper for taking notes, Pen or Pencil, Stitch markers appropriate for your needles, Scissors, yarn needle

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/17/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Mendota 8 - 1st floor
    • 11
    Register

    Description: Try tapestry weaving and discover the unique characteristics of this ancient technique. Students will weave a small tapestry landscape using a variety of yarns from novelty to hand dyed. We will discuss loom set up, the basics of tapestry weaving, and how to approach designing a simple landscape. The instructor will provide looms and warp yarn, discuss the finishing of tapestry, and show examples of her work. All levels of experience are welcome.

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: None

    Materials Fee: $5



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