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.

Sunday Afternoon Classes

    • 03/18/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Mendota 6 - 1st floor
    • 9
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    Description: Soft, handmade buttons made from linen thread and bits of cloth were made in Dorset, England, as early as the beginning of the seventeenth-century. Come learn about the history of these special buttons, how they were traditionally made, and how we can adapt these buttons for very modern uses. Starting with Blandford Cartwheels, you will learn to make several ring-style, thread-wound buttons. Bring a set of US#3 knitting needles if you would like to also learn a fantastic knitted button-hole technique to go with your handmade buttons.

    Skill Level: All are welcome. No needlework skills necessary.

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: All equipment and materials necessary will be supplied during the workshop.

    Materials Fee: None



    • 03/18/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Monona - 2nd floor
    • 11
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    Description: Unlock all the potential found in a precious skein of handspun (spun by you or by others). Topics covered in this class include identifying ply structure, type of spin, yardage, and gauge. It also discusses swatching, tips and tricks for using every last yard, and patterns that shine in handspun yarn.

    Skill Level: This is a beginner and beyond class

    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

    • 03/18/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Wingra - 2nd floor
    • 6
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    Description: Come to class ready to work on an adorable pint-size hedgehog with a super unique seamless construction. This tiny toy is cleverly constructed and packs in a lot of techniques along the way! Through large group discussion, small group demonstrations and individual help renowned knit toy-designer, Susan B. Anderson, will help you become a more confident toy knitter. In class students will work on the Hedgie pattern but discussion and demonstrations will cover loads of toy-knitting tips and tricks in general such as face embroidery, stuffing tricks and tips, caring for knit toys, the best fiber content for toy-knitting, gauge tips, a universal tip for remembering the Kitchener Stitch, and a super-fun Twisted Loop stitch that can be used in different projects. The Hedgie project is small so some may even finish in class but everyone will leave with some new toy-knitting skills in their hands!

    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner and up

    Homework: Come to class with the necessary materials in hand and be ready to dive in and get to work! There are a couple of things to note before class:

    1. The preferred yarn for Hedgie is 100% wool. Do not bring a slick or slippery yarn because it will be more difficult to work with, especially for the Twisted Loop Stitch section of the toy.

    2. Check the gauge of your selected yarn and needles by knitting a swatch before class. The most important thing is that your gauge is not too loose. You should have a tight, dense fabric for your toy.

    Tools Needed: Yarn: 50 yards each of two contrasting colors, 100% wool is recommended but other fibers and blends will work fine as long as they are not too slippery or slick. The sample is knit in Quince & Co. Lark (100% American Wool) in the Bark (brown for the back) and Egret (white for the front and face) colorways.

    Needles: US size 5, set of 4 double-pointed needles or size to obtain gauge.

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/18/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Waubesa - 2nd floor
    • 0
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    Description: There are dozens of ways to cast on for your knitting! This comprehensive class will refresh your technique, teach you new cast on’s, and best of all help you understand where and when each cast on is best used.

    Skill Level: Only basic knitting skills required.

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: 20 yards smooth, light colored DK or worsted weight yarn, 20 yards smooth, bright colored DK or worsted weight yarn, US Size 7 or 8 straight or circular needles, 2 US Size 7 or 8 double pointed needles, One 4 - 5 mm crochet hook

    Materials Fee: None

    • 03/18/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Kegonsa - 2nd floor
    • 16
    Register

    Description: There are a couple of “magic” techniques that can add so much to our knitting. In this workshop we are going to explore all the ways we can use Magic Loop. We will learn how we can work circularly making any circumference without going to double pointed needles. You’ll be able to make sleeves, hats, socks or any small item in the round. Come on, add a little magic to your knitting!

    Skill Level: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. Recognize the knit and purl stitch and be able to work them in a pattern without supervision.

    Homework: On 40” circular needle CO 30 stitches

    Tools Needed: Any worsted weight yarn

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/18/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Mendota 8 - 1st floor
    • 20
    Register

    Description: Broomstick Lace is in revival mode! We will learn to start the project, a sampler scarf, with foundation chain, onto the basic “peacock” eye stitch, and then several variations, each separated by crochet or knit options. Yes, broomstick lace plays nice with knit, crochet, tatting and edgings for woven fabric. In class we will work on a piece that can be an eyeglass case, a cowl, a scarf or the start of something much larger.

    Skill Level: Must be able to chain and understand basic crochet stitches such as single and double crochet. If you opt for some sections to be knit, must be able to knit and purl.

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: 

    Sport weight yarn, cotton works and linen well in this technique

    Crochet hook, a range of sizes to match yarn, 4.5mm to 6.5mm

    Large knitting needle. The larger the size, the bigger the lace sections, suggestions 10.5 all the way to 50mm! If you have several large needles, why not change the size of the needle for each section? (Only a single needle is needed). Circulars work well too!

    If you opt to do the sections between the lace in knitting, bring a pair of size 5-6 needles

    Scissors

    Pencil/pen to take notes

    Stitch markers

    Materials Fee: None

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