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List of Classes - January, February, March 2017

Our lovely waterfront location provides a peaceful setting to enjoy knitting with friends, both old and new. We offer day and evening classes, including beginning knitting and crocheting, specialty classes, private appointments and scheduled drop-in help sessions. We also have special workshops with some of today's most popular and experienced teachers from around the world.

To see our Special Workshops, click here.

Skill Levels, Homework & Pattern Purchasing

When signing up for a class, please note the skill level required and if there is homework.
If you do not hear about homework from us, please call the shop and inquire. Homework is designated by an * after the class name. 

Novice: Never even held a pair of knitting needles? You are a novice.

Advanced Beginner: Know how to cast on and bind off, knit and purl, increase and decrease without supervision.

Intermediate: Know a variety of stitches, how to use double points, knit in the round, and mid-level shaping without supervision.

Advanced: Know lace stitches and intricate stitch patterns, Fair Isle, and how to short row without supervision.

PATTERN INFORMATION: What does “purchase at shop”, “in-store Ravelry purchase” or “obtain at Ravelry.com” all mean?

Ways to obtain patterns continue to evolve. If a pattern on the ABYC Materials List indicates it can be purchased at the shop, that’s easy. We’ll just charge you for the pattern and hand you a hard copy. 

Some Ravelry patterns allow you to pay “in-store” and then Ravelry sends it to your Ravelry account or your personal email.

There are still other Ravelry patterns you can download either free or with payment on your own. 


 NOTE: If there is a class that you would like to take but it’s not offered when you are available, please let us know. Often we get requests to add a class at a different time, day, etc. If there are enough people interested we will certainly try and do that.

Class Policy: Class fee must be paid in advance to reserve your space. Class materials must be purchased at the shop in advance of the class. Teachers reserve the right to cancel a class with less than three sign-ups or a KAL with less than five sign-ups.

Cancellation Policy: Class and workshop fees are refundable or transferable up to two weeks before the start of the class. We cannot refund or transfer after that. 


For homework and materials lists, please click here.

To Download a PDF copy of the class list, click here.


Bring in any knitting or crocheting project you need help with. This is also the place to come to get started on a project. You must know basic knitting or crocheting skills to attend these sessions.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays  10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. plus
Saturdays    9 a.m. - 12 noon and Wednesday evenings  6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Session fee: $8.

Unable to attend our usual drop-in help sessions or need more individual help? Now you can schedule a one hour private appointment with Debbie.  
Fee is $45 per hour. 

KNIT/CROCHET 101         Skill Level: Novice
Learn the basics while knitting or crocheting your first project. Then with your instructor's assistance, you will select and begin a new project of your own choosing. Knitters will then be ready for Beyond Beginner. 
Four sessions. Class fee is $65, plus materials.
Saturdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18  9:00 - 11:00 a.m.     Instructor: Sandra D. Carter
Tuesdays, Feb. 21, 28, March 7 (3 sessions)  6:00 - 8:30 p.m.     Instructor: Debbie Quinn
Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25 (knit only)  9:00 - 11:00 a.m.     Instructor: Christina Giles

BEYOND BEGINNER      Skill Level: Beginner
Now that you’ve learned the knitting basics, you’ll want to tackle new projects. This class is designed to let you spread your wings with some assistance and guidance.
Three sessions. Class fee is $50, plus materials.
Saturdays, Jan. 21, 28 & Feb. 4  1:00 - 3:00 pm.     Instructor: Christina Giles
Thursdays, March 16, 23 & 30  1:00 - 3:00 pm.     Instructor: Debbie Quinn


intro-to-weaving-sINTRO TO WEAVING      Skill Level: Novice
Curious about weaving? Now you can learn to weave on a Cricket rigid heddle loom right here at ABYC! Carla will teach you to set up the loom and weave a beautiful scarf using a variety of yarns. This little loom is the equivalent of a 2-harness loom, allowing you to weave items such as table runners, placemats, purses, bags and more. The skills and techniques you learn using a rigid heddle loom also transfer to other types of looms, including table and floor looms. Another great way to play with fabulous yarns.
Workshop fee is $75 plus materials and $20 loom rental fee.
Sunday, January 29    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or
Sunday, March 12    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

roundhatROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND HAT*     Skill Level: Basic knitting and purling
You can make a great winter hat with your favorite yarns while learning “off –loom” weaving techniques. Round and round and round… first by weaving, then knitting until it’s done. Bet you can’t stop at just one…. Pre-requisite: Knowledge of weaving terms helpful; must be able to knit and purl without supervision. Loom provided for this class.
Two sessions. Workshop fee: $40, plus materials
Saturdays, Jan. 7 & 21  12:30 - 4:00 p.m.

tapestry2IT’S A TAPESTRY*     Skill Level: Adv. Beginner
It’s a wall hanging! It’s a picture! It’s an abstract! Tapestry weaving can be all these and more. Weave a sample that contains several basic tapestry weaving techniques. You can then use these techniques to create unlimited designs.
Pre-requisite: Completion of “Intro to Weaving” at ABYC or equivalent. Must be able to warp a rigid heddle loom.
One session. Workshop fee: $65, plus materials and $20 loom rental fee
Sunday, March 5  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

capricous-cowlTHE CAPRICIOUS COWL*     Skill Level: Adv. Beginner
The Capricious Cowl can be worn buttoned as an infinity scarf, doubled wrapped, or left unbuttoned as a scarf. The buttonholes are created as the piece is woven using the slit tapestry technique. Pre-requisite: Completion of “Intro to Weaving” at ABYC or equivalent. Must be able to warp a rigid heddle loom. A 15” weaving width is needed to weave the Capricious Cowl.
One session. Workshop fee: $35, plus materials and $5 materials fee paid to instructor.
Tuesday, March 21  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


peonyPEONY-PFINGSTROSE SHAWL KAL*     Skill Level: Intermediate/Adv. Lace
Breath-taking is the best description for this deep-crescent shaped shawl. Designer Hayley Tsang Sather based her design on Herbert Niebling’s pattern of the same name. Ours is knitted in Claudia Hand Painted Silk Lace. It is worked from the top down with increases throughout the body. This magnificent shawl can be knitted with or without beads and shows best in a solid color or gradient.
Three sessions. KAL fee: $20 plus materials.
Mondays, Jan. 9, Feb.13, March 13  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.     Led by: Madison St. John

fingerlessTECHNIQUE: SHORT ROWS with FINGERLESS GLOVES*     Skill Level: Adv. Beginner
Learn to knit short rows while making an easy pair of fingerless gloves in either garter or seed stitch.
One session. Class fee: $30, plus materials.
Thursday, Jan. 12  10:00 - Noon     Instructor: Anne-Marie Mallett
or Tuesday, Jan. 24  6:00- 8:00 p.m.

hapraptHAP RAPT SHAWL*     Skill Level: Advanced
Inspired by shawls worn in the Shetland Islands, this wrap has a very unique look. It features stranded color work stripes, is knit circularly and then steeked and unraveled to form a fringed edge. Knitting it in a fingering weight yarn at a fairly loose gauge gives it its draped effect. The finished shawl can be worn with the fringe at the bottom or top, making it a versatile wardrobe addition. Note: You will begin your shawl in an individual session with Christina. When you sign up for the class select a 20-minute time period between 10 am and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15 to get started.
Four sessions. Class fee: $50 plus materials.
Sundays, Jan. 15 (by appointment), 22, Feb. 5 & 19  11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.     Instructor: Christina Giles

oleumOLEUM SOCKS KAL*     Skill Level: Adv. Beginner Sock
Rachel Coopey’s design guarantees you a comfy pair of socks with deep ribbing plus some lovely lace. Pattern is both charted and written. Make these socks even warmer and cozier by knitting them in our new Titus yarn. Students must already know how to knit in the round using their favorite technique.
Three sessions. KAL fee: $20, plus materials.
Wednesdays, Jan. 18, 25 & Feb.8  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.     Led by: Jennyfer Davis

TECHNIQUE CLASS: BULKY HAT ON DPNS*     Skill Level: Adv. Beginner
Master knitting with dpns while knitting Woodsmoke, an easy hat by Magpie Fibers. Knitting with double-pointed needles is an essential technique to expand your knitting skills. You’ll learn from a real dpn enthusiast who loves to knit hats! This is the perfect class to take before you tackle Socks 101.
Two sessions. Class fee: $40, plus materials.
Fridays, Jan. 20 & 27  10:00 a.m. - Noon.     Instructor: Christina Giles

If you find that you are slowly backing out row after row to fix a mistake, or worse, you aren’t sure what to do, then these few hours will be invaluable…learning and practicing ways to fix your mistakes.
Two sessions. Class fee is $40 plus materials.
Tuesdays, Jan. 24 & 31 • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.     Instructor: Debbie Quinn

hitofudeHITOFUDE CARDIGAN*     Skill Level: Intermediate
Hitofude means “single brush stroke” in Japanese. A perfect description for this open front cardigan featuring an allover lace pattern that is worked in a single piece. The yarn stroke begins at the upper body and sleeves which are worked in a rectangular piece, then the “stroke” moves to the lower body where the lace pattern increases creating a gentle drape. Students need to be familiar with reading a pattern, but will learn beginning chart reading, provisional cast-on and 3-needle bind-off.
Four sessions. Class fee: $50 plus materials.
Thursdays, Jan. 26, Feb. 9 & 16, March 9  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.     Instructor: Debbie Quinn

cablesTECHNIQUE CLASS: CABLES*     Skill Level: Adv. Beginner & up
Have you always wanted to learn to knit cables? This easy scarf is a great way to learn. Select from one of several wools or wool blends for a scarf you'll be proud to give as a special gift – or wear yourself.
One session. Class fee is $30 plus materials.
Friday, Feb. 3  10:00 - Noon     Instructor: Sandra D. Carter

arcadiaCASHMERE CABLED HAT *     Skill Level: Adv. Beginner
“Arcadia” by Mimi Codd features an interesting rib pattern that flows seamlessly into a unique cable pattern and then back into lovely structured shaping. You can even top this lovely hat with a fun pompom. Treat yourself to knitting Arcadia in one of our dk luxury yarns; Christina made hers in Lux Adorna’s Cashmere DK. Students must know how to knit in the round, but the class will teach you to knit cables in the round.
Two sessions. Class fee: $40, plus materials.
Fridays, Feb. 10 & 17  10:00 a.m. - Noon     Instructor: Christina Giles

easybabyTOP-DOWN INFANT/TODDLER SWEATER*     Skill Level: Adv. Beginner/ Intermediate
After all the blankets and booties have been knitted, every new mom or grandma-to-be then wants to knit her new little one a sweater. Let Anne-Marie show you how to make an easy, top-down sweater. Knit it in Classic Elite’s Liberty Print --- you’ll have lots of color combinations to choose from and the sweater will be easy to care for. You will learn to knit top-down for easy finishing and also how to pick up stitches for a buttonhole edge. Students must be able to knit, purl, increase and decrease without supervision. Evening class may also be available if requested by 3 or more.
Three sessions. Class fee: $50 plus materials.
Tuesdays, Feb. 21, 28, March 7  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.     Instructor: Anne-Marie Mallett

linookLINOOK KAL*     Skill Level: Intermediate
The Thursday night KAL is back! This time with Melanie Berg’s Linook, one of the most popular shop models we have! Simple slipped stitch design work and four color changes makes this shawl fun, fast and addictive…from the selection of your colors right down to the last color transition!
Three sessions KAL fee: $20, plus materials.
Thursdays, March 2, 9 & 16  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.     Led by: Christina Giles & Jennyfer Davis

TECHNIQUE CLASS: MAGIC LOOP*     Skill Level: Adv. Beginner
Fearful of double-pointed needles? Then learn the Magic Loop method to knit in the round—no matter how small the circumference of your project. You’ll be able to adapt this technique to socks, gloves, purses and more.
One session. Class fee is $30 plus materials.
Friday, March 3 • 10:00 - Noon     Instructor: Sandra D. Carter

socks101SOCKS 101*     Skill Level: Adv. Beginner
In Socks 101 you’ll make your very first sock on larger size dpns with worsted weight yarn. The knitting will be fun, fast and easy and you’ll learn the basics…then you’ll be ready for all those wonderful sock patterns you’ve been admiring around the shop. Students must be comfortable knitting with dpns.
Three sessions. Class fee: $50, plus materials.
Wednesdays, March 8, 15 & 22  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.     Led by: Jennyfer Davis

TECHNIQUE CLASS: ADVANCED CABLES*     Skill Level: Intermediate
Anyone who admires cable designs agrees that Norah Gaughan is cable creator extraordinaire. Her newest book, Knitted Cables Sourcebook inspired us to explore some of her more unusual ones. If you have mastered the easy technique of a simple cable, then you will discover that by playing with knits, purls, and left and right crosses you can create dozens and dozens of possibilities to enhance your knitting projects. You’ll be able to select a cable most suitable for your ability.
One session. Class fee is $30 plus materials.
Friday, March 10  10:00 - Noon     Instructor: Sandra D. Carter

fair isleTECHNIQUE CLASS: FAIR ISLE*     Skill Level: Adv. Beginner & up
Sandra D. loves Fair Isle and loves to share this traditional technique that has been around for generations. In one session you’ll learn to add color designs to anything you knit.
One session. Class fee: $30, plus materials.
Friday, March 17  10:00 - Noon     Instructor: Sandra D. Carter


You are welcome to join the following groups. Please call if you'd like more information.

ABYC Sock Club: Wednesdays December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Annex Knitting/Crocheting: Every Friday (with some exceptions TBA) • 2 - 5 p.m.
Knit & Practice Spanish: January 5, 19, February 9, 23, March 9, 23  5:00 - 6:30 p.m.


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