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 Morning & All-Day Classes

    • 03/17/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Mendota 6 - 1st floor
    • 14
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    Description: Longwool breeds of sheep produce lustrous locks that range from the bold, full curls of the Lincoln to the fine, corkscrew locks of the Bluefaced Leicester. We can prepare and spin these fibers in different ways to create yarns that are smooth and lustrous or wrapped in airy halos, and we can also incorporate undisturbed curls that look like the fleece itself. Kate, a longwool shepherd, will discuss the history of these breeds and the types of fleece characteristics to look for, as well as what to avoid. Delve into longwools with a range of fleece samples to try, as well as dyed locks, carded rovings, and combed tops.

    Skill Level: Ability to spin and ply a basic yarn

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Several spindles or working wheel, extra bobbins, and lazy kate. You will need handcards for this class—some will be available to borrow.

    Materials Fee: $10


    • 03/17/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Monona - 2nd floor
    • 1
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    Description: Learn how fiber content and construction of yarn can affect your knitting. Topics covered in class include making the correct fiber choice for your project, how spinning and plying of the yarn affect your finished product, questions to ask yourself when choosing yarn for a project, and how to best use technology to your advantage when selecting yarn.

    Skill Level: Beginner and beyond

    Homework: Bring any yarn or patterns that you would like help matching pattern/yarn to.

    Tools Needed: Your method of choice to take notes

    Materials Fee: None

    • 03/17/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Wingra - 2nd floor
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description: Do you love using self-striping and patterning sock yarn for knitting socks but get stuck when the stripes go awry at the heel? The super-popular Smooth Operator Afterthought Heel is the perfect solution for you! Join sock knitting expert, Susan B. Anderson, and work through her twist on the perfect fitting afterthought heel. In class you will be covering loads of sock knitting tips and tricks, and working through the Smooth Operator afterthought heel together in class. Techniques covered will include tips for making matching socks, putting in a waste yarn place holder in a different way, several ways to get rid of those pesky holes at the sides of the heel, a surefire tip to remember the Kitchener stitch every time and how to get rid of those donkey ears, a no-Kitchener version of heels and toes, and so much more! Come to class ready to work hard on your sock techniques through large group discussion, small group technique demonstrations and individual help.

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Homework: Come to class with a fingering weight sock cuff knit to your desired length and at the point where you want to start your heel. In class we are using the Smooth Operator Socks pattern, which will be provided in class. You can work in either magic loop or on double-pointed needles.

    Tools Needed: 100 grams of fingering or sock weight yarn, US size 1/2.25mm set of 5 dpns or a long circular for magic loop or your preferred method for working in the round on a small number of stitches. Be sure to check your gauge and adjust the needle size as needed, an extra set of needles in the same size (optional), Detachable stitch marker, Yarn needle, Ruler or tape measure, Waste yarn in the same weight, about 3 yards

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/17/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Waubesa - 2nd floor
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description: What is Shetland Lace? How does it differ from other lace styles? What are the tips and tricks you need to know to work it successfully? Laura will cover some history of Shetland Lace and then delve into techniques to help you knit it successfully. The class will cover basic increases and decreases, walk you through chart reading, and get you on your way to becoming a more advanced lace knitter! Skills gained in this class will translate over to many patterns that use lace stitches.

    Skill Level: Basic lace skills

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Shetland Lace Basics handout- supplied by instructor in class, Approx. 30 yards fingering or sport-weight yarn, US size 5 or 6 (3.75 or 4mm) needles, Stitch markers

    Materials Fee: None



    • 03/17/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kegonsa - 2nd floor
    • 6
    Register

    Description: Has the fear of finishing stopped you from knitting a sweater, or are you unhappy with your seams on accessories? Proper finishing is the difference between hand made and home made. Master the simple skills needed for the perfect finish. We will learn all the basic seaming techniques such as mattress stitch, shoulder graft and more. We’ll also look at picking up stitches horizontally, vertically and around a neck line. Don’t stop short of the perfect finish!

    Skill Level: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, know simple increases and decreases (K2tog, SSK)

    Homework: Swatch # 1 & 2 : CO 28 st work in stockinette for 8”, BO

    Swatch #3: CO 28 st work in stockinette for 5” ending ready for a RS row. Form crew neck as follows:

    Next Row: Knit across 11 stitches. Attach a new ball of yarn, and bind off the center 6 stitches with the new yarn. Knit to the end of the row

    Note: You will now be working 2 sides at once, each with a separate ball of yarn

    Next Row: Purl both sides

    Next Row (RS): Knit to last 4 sts on first half, k2tog, knit 2.

    Next side: knit 2, ssk, knit to end.

    Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times.

    Knitting both sides at the same time, work even until 8”.

    Bind off 8 stitches on each shoulder

    Swatch #4: OPTIONAL - CO 36 stitches, work in garter (knit ever row) for 7”, BO

    Tools Needed: Yarn-- Worsted or Aran weight yarn (16 – 18 st per 4 inch) light colored yarn . Small separate ball of yarn.

    Needles – appropriate for yarn, a 24” circular needle 1 or 2 sizes smaller than the needle used to make swatches

    Notions – scissors, tapestry needle

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/17/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Mendota 6 - 1st floor
    • 14
    Register

    Description: This class will have several components: an active yoga practice addressing the particular concerns/needs of knitters; a breathing practice; a meditative knitting practice; a discussion and practice of knitting ergonomics.

    Skill Level: No previous yoga experience is needed

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Please bring a yoga mat and towel or blanket; a simple project for meditative knitting; items for "show & share."

    Materials Fee: None

    • 03/17/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Board Room - 2nd floor
    • 6
    Register

    Description: In Portuguese-style knitting the yarn is tensioned around a knitting pin on your shoulder or around your neck. Stitches are created by a flick of your thumb making this an easy way to knit without stressing your hands or wrists.

    Participants will learn:

    - The history of Portuguese Knitting

    - The advantages of Portuguese Knitting

    - How to Purl using the Portuguese method

    - How to Knit using the Portuguese method

    - How to Bind off using the Portuguese method

    - How to make a scarf using the Portuguese method

    - Increases using the Portuguese method

    - Decreases using the Portuguese method

    - Resources available on Portuguese Knitting

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

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Two very different colors of worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn). Either straight or circular needles in size appropriate for your yarn. Usual knitting accessories

    Materials Fee: $8.00 for Portuguese Knitting Pin and authorized handouts


    • 03/17/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Mendota 7 - 1st floor
    • 3
    Register

    Description: Interested in weaving but don’t want to make the big investment in a floor loom? Rigid heddle looms are affordable and versatile and a great way to put your stash of knitting yarns to another use! In this full day workshop, we will learn to warp the loom using the direct warping method, hemstitch, and weave a simple, yet beautiful, scarf or cowl to get you familiar with the loom. Other techniques including pick-up and lace will be demonstrated to show the versatility of the loom. 

    Skill Level: No previous weaving experience required. 

    Tools Needed: Scissors, tape measure, tapestry (blunt end, large eye) needle. You may also want to bring any yarns from your knitting “stash” that you’d like to incorporate into your project. This will be a great way to use up leftover yarns from knitting projects. Yarns of many colors, textures, and sizes can be combined in your weaving! There is no preparation necessary for this workshop.

    Looms will be provided. If students bring their own loom, it must be in excellent operating condition and completely assembled.

    Homework: None

    Materials Fee: $20 covers the yarn for warp, a workshop booklet, and use of all equipment. Yarn for weft will be available for purchase or students may bring their own.

    • 03/17/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Mendota 5 - 1st floor
    • 0
    Registration is closed

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

    A great basket to hold your latest knitting project! Starts with a wood base and finished with a swing handle.

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Instructor will provide tools needed

    Material Fee: 25.00


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