Knitting + Crochet Classes

Knitting + Crochet Classes

Sept 2013 to Feb 2014

Unless otherwise stated, you must pre-register for regular classes by paying the class fee beforehand.

At Knit-o-Matic we offer a variety of classes, in knitting, crochet, and needle felting. We teach all skill levels, from absolute beginner to experienced, and everything in between. We also teach all ages, including kids. Materials are not included in the price of our classes, but we sell and can provide everything you need, and you receive 10% off all materials during your class.
 
 

private classes

We can teach you anything you want to learn and help you with your projects! Private lessons are by appointment only (please call us ahead of time to make an appointment), Monday to Friday 11:30am to 4:30pm, $13.50/hour per person + materials and applicable taxes.
 
 

kids classes

We teach kids, but for a variety of reasons we don’t schedule children’s exclusive classes. Instead, we like to schedule kids for private lessons. You can pick the time that’s just right for your schedule, and the kids get the hands-on attention they need. Kids are usually ready to learn knitting around the time they’re 8 years old, or around grade 3. Children who attend Waldorf schools are usually ready around grade 2, due to the Waldorf curriculum’s focus on handwork. Kids who are a bit too young to knit and/or crochet don’t have to be left out, they often enjoy needle felting, and we can teach them that too.  We teach kids on their own, with their parents, or with a friend or two. To schedule a lesson call us at 416-653-7849, or e-mail us.
 
 

skill levels

1  Novice Beginner
This is the first step after scarves. Knitters already know the basics: how to cast on, cast off, knit, and purl. Crocheters know how to chain, single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch.

2  Intermediate Beginner
In addition to the foundation skills listed above, knitters should already know how to make a basic increase and decrease, read and follow a basic pattern, weave in ends, knit in the round on circular needles. Crocheters already know how to crochet in the round, read and follow a pattern, increase, treble crochet, half double crochet. At this level, you are still expanding your knowledge of fundamental skills.

3  Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
In addition to the skills listed above, knitters already know how to pick up stitches, basic seaming, how to use double pointed needles, how to follow a pattern, how to follow a basic chart for cables or lace. Crocheters already know how to read a crochet chart and crochet from the top-down. At this level you have a working understanding of basic skills and are starting to expand your repertoire to fancier stuff.
 
 

Beginner Knitting

Instructor Liane Schwarz
Skill Level Absolute Beginner
Monday Jan 6 & 13, 6:00-8pm
Tuesday Feb 18 & 25

You’ll learn all the basics: how to knit, purl, put stitches on your needle (cast on), finish up (cast off), change yarn in the middle of your project, weave in your ends, and how to read a ball band as well as a basic pattern. You should be able to make a scarf in this class (but you have to do your homework, so get ready to spend a few hours of down time working on your assignment in front of the TV). Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks. Materials are not included, but we sell everything you need and you receive 10% off all materials during your class. $39.97 + tax.


 
 

Beginner Crochet

Instructor Liane Schwarz,
Skill Level: absolute beginner
Tuesday Jan 7 & 14, 6-8pm

Crochet is fast, easy and becoming very popular. You’ll learn all the basics: how to make a chain, the foundation stitches (single, double & treble crochet), how to crochet in the round, increase and decrease, and how to read a basic pattern. You will graduate with a granny square or flower under your belt. Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks. Materials are not included, but we sell everything you need and you receive 10% off all materials during your class. $39.97 + tax.
 
 


Slouchy Toque: Learn how to make one in our Project Class!

Project Classes

Skill Level 1, 2 or 3, Instructor Liane Schwarz
Tues. Jan 21 & 28, 6-8pm
Mon. Feb 24, 6-8pm (one session only)

With the basics under your belt, and a desire to ramp up your skills with something more shapely and stylish, you will find just what you are looking for in any of our project classes. You choose from our repertoire of suggested projects (see list below, or bring us your own ideas) and we give you an expert hand to guide you through. Projects include hats, scarves, infinity scarves, cowls, mitts, gloves, baby blankets, baby sweaters, socks, slippers, pillows, and skills such as cables, lace, entrelac, fair isle, intarsia, and finishing. Materials are not included, but we sell everything you need and you receive 10% off all materials during your class. 2 session class is $49.97 + tax, 1 session class is $25.97 + tax.

Suggested Knitting Projects

  • Textured Baby Blanket: Skill Level 1, learn flat knitting on a circular needle, following a knit/purl textured pattern.
  • Ribbed Legwarmers: Skill Level 1, learn to use double pointed needles, knitting & purling in the round.
  • Ribbed Cowl: Skill Level 1, learn knitting in the round, following a textured pattern.
  • Basic or Slouchy Hat: Skill Level 1, learn to use double pointed needles, increasing & decreasing.
  • Beginner Baby Cardie: Skill Level 1, learn how to follow a pattern, basic shaping, picking up stitches, seaming, and finishing.
  • Basic Mittens or Fingerless Gloves: Skill Level 2, learn to use double pointed needles, shaping a thumb gusset, spiral decrease (mitten only).
  • Cabled Cowl or Hat: Skill Level 2: learn knitting in the round, making cables, following a chart, shaping a crown (hat only).
  • Simple Lace Cowl: Skill Level 2, learn knitting in the round, creating lace, following a chart.
  • Vintage Button Hat: Sill Level 2, learn multi-directional knitting, picking up stitches, creating a placket, shaping a crown.
  • Petite Facile Baby Pullover: Skill Level 2, learn multi-directional knitting, picking up stitches, creating a placket.
  • Baby Surprise Sweater: Skill Level 2, learn mitred increases and decreases, picking up stitches, buttonholes, seaming.
  • Infinity Scarf: Skill Level 2, learn, mobius cast on, bi-directional knitting, loose bind off, following a textured pattern.
  • Toe-up Socks or Slippers (felted or not): Skill Level 3, learn provisional cast on, elastic bind-off, short row toe and heel, wrapping and turning, I-cord bind off (slippers only).
  • Gloves: Skill Level 3, learn to use double pointed needles, shape thumb gusset and fingers, gauging proportions for your tension.
  • February Baby Cardie or Baby Hoodie: Skill Level 3, learn top-down knitting, yoke increases, basic lace (February cardie only), picking up stitches (hoodie only), shaping sleeves and finishing.
  • Intricate Cabled Beanie: Skill Level 3: learn how to following a more complicated chart, cables and twists, hat shaping in a cable pattern.
  • Entrelac Pillow, Cowl or Hat: Skill Level 3, learn knitting on the bias, short row increasing and decreasing, applying this logic to circular knitting (hats only) , three needle bind offs (hats only).
  • Fair Isle Hat: Skill Level 3, learn basic colour work and stranding, to use double pointed needles.

Suggested Crochet Projects

  • Basic Hat: Skill Level 1, learn how to crochet in the round, increasing, shaping crowns and brims.
  • Baby Blankets: Skill Level 1, learn creating a pattern, justifying your edges, adding a finishing border.
  • Crochet Floral Embellishments or Blanket Motifs: Skill Level 1, learn crocheting in the round, cluster shaping, corners, increasing, and develop your stitch repertoire.
  • Crochet Peacock Lace Hat: Skill Level 2, learn how to follow a schematic pattern, increase in pattern, hat shaping.
  • Crochet Lacey Scarf or Infinity Scarf: Skill Level 2: learn how to following a crochet schematic, join for a mobius twist.
  • Crochet Basic Baby Sweater: Skill Level 2: learn top-down crochet, yoke increasing, seaming, embellishments.
  • Crochet Toys: Skill Level 3, learn more complex shaping (in the round), assembling pieces, finishing.

 
 

NEW Love My Intarsia Mittens

Instructor: Liane Schwarz
Skill Level 3
2 sessions: Tues. Feb. 4 & 11

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, these mittens import a classic image with contemporary flair, while teaching you how to work in the round, shape a mitten and work simple intarsia. What more could you want? Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks. Materials are not included, but we sell everything you need and you receive 10% off all materials during your class. $49.97 + tax and materials.
 
 

NEW Swing Cardie

Instructor Liane Schwarz
Skill Level 3
Mon. Jan 20, 27 & Feb 3

A really great “next” sweater, this chunky A-line cardigan will teach you how to follow a pattern, how to shape separate panels, how to make set-in sleeves, and how to put all the pieces together like an expert. Class consists of 3 sessions over 3 weeks. Materials are not included, but we sell everything you need and you receive 10% off all materials during your class. $75.97 + tax.
 
 

NEW Cabled Slouchy Hat

Instructor Liane Schwarz
Skill Level 3,
Mon. Feb 10 & 17

This beautiful slouchy tam has just the right blend of classic and modern, skill and fun. Here you will learn how to work in the round, with double pointed needles, how to follow a more complex cable pattern, how to work both standard and twist cables, and how to increase and decrease a hat without sacrificing the cabled surface. Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks. Materials are not included, but we sell everything you need and you receive 10% off all materials during your class. $49.97 + tax and materials.