Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Class: 2009 Afghan - The July Square

July 11 (Saturday)| 2:00-5:00 | $15 (no materials)/$30 (materials provided)

During 2009 we will be making an afghan. While the patterns will always be free (like the 2008 scarf patterns), we will be offering workshops for those that need a little jump-start. Classes will give you dedicated class time and instruction, a set of needles, and appropriate yarn for the project. Should you already have your yarn picked out, we are offering the workshop for half-price if you provide your own materials.

If you liked May, you'll love July! Think of it as the next step to cables; those that travel! While it may sound complicated, it really is a pattern that anyone familiar with casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and binding off can do. It is a charted design, rather than written out, but don't let that scare you. Charts are a lot easier than they look, as long as you don't try to read them like a book-- the right side rows are read right to left (as if you were looking at front of the knitted piece) and the left side rows are read left to right (as if you were going backwards across the front of the knitted piece).

During the class we will get you started on the July square. We will provide needles and the appropriate weight yarn for the afghan (all squares will call for a worsted weight yarn that gets between 4-5 sts/inch on a US 7-9 needle), get you cast on and the first pattern repeat accomplished. As mentioned above, if you already have your yarn picked out, we are offering the workshop for half-price for providing your own materials.


What you need to know how to do:
- cast on/bind off
- the knit stitch
- the purl stitch

What we'll teach you how to do:
- cable
- cable without a cable needle
- read charts

What materials are included:
- the pattern
- appropriate yarn (if needed)
- appropriate needles (if needed)
- a cable needle (if needed)

If providing own materials, please remember to bring a cable needle.

Classes do fill up early; so please reserve your space in the class by paying in advance as it is unlikely we will be able to accommodate walk-ins. Payment is required within 7 days of signing up for the class or within one week before the class begins (whichever comes first). All classes limited to five people unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 2 students is required for most classes to take place. If the minimum for a class is not reached, we will cancel or reschedule the class and a full refund will be given. Individual classes/lessons available by request (prices may vary). Homework is required in most of our classes; we know that all of you have busy schedules but please be sure to allow time to finish the work needed for classes.

1 comment:

Sandy said...

I was so excited when I found the link to your challenge of knitting beautiful afghan squares. We (that is are running a July challenge too, to make 12 square cot blankets out of 8" squares to be sent to South Africa for 255 abandoned babies looked after by a charity called Tswhane Place of Safety. You can find details here.

I just wondered if you didn't have a better home for your practice squares whether you would like to be part of our challenge too (will probably run into August as well) and join our wonderful group of fabulous knitters and crocheters to make blankets not only for these babies but the 1.4 million AIDS orphans as well.

Hope we can team up. Sandy