Course Catalog

People ask what I can teach. Since I have to keep cutting and pasting the same information, I thought it might be helpful to put it all in one place.

Note: This is definitely an "under construction" area. I will attempt to remember to keep adding and updating. Links will take you to a page with detailed information for each class. Classes without links means I haven't constructed those pages yet.

General Information:
I always provide a handout for my classes. Typically, my handout is in booklet form. Some classes have projects, some do not. I have a projector. If you can provide a screen and electricity, I can project what I am doing. If you don't have those resources available, I can teach from my handout. No worries!


Weekend-long class

Doctorate in Double-Knitting — more than just two-colored positive-negative reversible fabrics. Yes, we'll do those. But we will also look at cables, letters that read from both sides, textured patterns including reversible corrugated ribbing, one-color double knits, and even some reversible fabrics that are not double-knit (because sometimes double-knitting is not the optimal solution).


Multiple-meeting classes
These are classes I typically teach only at The Whole Nine Yarns because they require multiple meetings with time in between.

Foxglove Socks — a 2-session class where we make toe-up socks based on the Foxglove sock architecture introduced by Cat Bordhi in New Pathways for Sock Knitters. These socks are on the same magic number as the Magic Loop Baby Socks, so you can compare the differences between the two architectures.

knit, Swirl Jacket — a 3-session knit-along I typically teach just once a year. Pick a pattern from knit, Swirl by Sandra McIver. In addition to the usual refined technique details, I'll help you substitute yarn, choose a flattering shape, read those charts, make the sleeves the length for your arms, and generally end up with a fantastic sweater.

Magic Loop Baby Socks — a 2-session class where we work straight from Bev Galeskas & Sarah Hauschka’s booklet. This class can serve as an introduction to toe-up socks as well as a chance to learn the wonderful magic loop technique.

Refined Baby Surprise Jacket — a 3-session knit-along that walks you through Elizabeth Zimmermann's classic pattern but with some refinements I've added to make your jacket handcrafted.


All-day classes (6 hours of instruction with a 1-hour break for lunch.)

Reversible Lace — this is the all-day version of how to covert stockinette-based lace patterns into reversible lace patterns based on 1×1 ribbing. Includes the pattern to knit the Juniperus ficus scarf. And I like to think I will have a second pattern when this class debuts later this year. Unlike the half-day introductory class, in the longer format we will have time to cover double-increases and double-decreases.


Half-day classes (2-3 hours long, depending on number of students and their skill level.)

Bead Crochet Bracelets — how to make beaded bracelets, using simple slip-stitch crochet. Students will make a chunky bracelet.

Bootkicked Scarf — a project class. This scarf uses 100g of sock yarn. Techniques include picots, an unusual way to make large holes, and joining sections.

Brioche Rosetta Stone — introduction to brioche knitting, including both methods (knit into the stitch below; or yarn-over and slip 1 then bark or burp on the next row) for creating this sumptuous fabric. I supply a brioche honeycomb scarf pattern with this class.

Conquering Kitchener — how to graft stockinette, garter, and ribbing. This is a technique class, so no pattern or project to go with it.

Daring Double Cables — cabled one-color double-knitting. Included is a pattern for a reversible cabled scarf where the cables travel across a purled background.

Easy Reversible Cables — how to make reversible cables without resorting to double-knitting. This covers both cabling within ribs and cabling across ribbed fabric (sometimes called ribbles).

More Than One Way to Skin a Sweater — a discussion-based class covering a wide range of sweater architectures that do not involve making flat pieces and sewing them together.

Liberating the Labyrinth — how to work labyrinth fabric. This highly geometric and mathematical technique was developed by Debbie New. A pattern for two different ways to knit a 3D cube comes with the class handout.

Looping Back — a variety of ways to use Rick Mondragon's sliding loop intarsia technique. In addition to modular intarsia, there is entrelac, beads, binding off at the end of a row, and even joining a perpendicular lace edging. This is a popular with advanced technique lovers.

Modular Mystique — how to work modules in a variety of shapes and how to add on to them as you go, rather than sewing them together.

One Color, Two Layers — monochromatic double-knitting, based on the work of Beverly Royce. Yes, you can work circularly on two straight needles!

Oops! Now What Do I Do? — how to fix mistakes. This is possibly my most popular class, both for the students who take it and for the shopkeepers whose clientele become more self-sufficient. This class does have homework. This class does not include a pattern or project.

Now How Do I Finish? — how to sew seams, graft sock toes, and three-needle bind-off. I often pair this class with the Oops! class.

Practical Double-Knitting — how to do the things you really want to do reversibly, including making words read from both sides and making knit-purl patterns

Introduction to Reversible Lace — how to covert stockinette-based lace patterns into reversible lace patterns based on the 1×1 ribbing. Includes the pattern to knit the Juniperus ficus scarf.

Scheherazade Intarsia — a project class that also serves as an introduction to intarsia.

Seeing Double Knitting — an introduction to basic two-color double-knitting.

Small Rounds — an opportunity to try six different ways of knitting small tubes, plus how to work two at a time.

Sonic Boom Möbius Cowl — a project class including how to work Cat Bordhi's center-out möbius cast-on and Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off.

Stunt Knitting Safety Lines — how to use waste yarn to set up pockets, edgings, cast-ons, and grafting.

Waste Not: Scrap Busting — strategies for using leftover partial skeins of yarn that are just too precious to toss away.

Waste Not: Shawls — how to make triangular shawls while working within a limited amount of yarn, such as when handspinning. Good for knitters who would like to design their own triangular shawls.

Waste Not: Toe Up Socks — cast-ons and bind-offs appropriate for toe-up socks, plus how to work two at a time.

When to Combination Knit — not just how to combination knit, but when it will be most helpful. This technique is also called Eastern uncrossed knitting and involves knowing what a stitch mount/stitch facing is.


Mini classes (1-1½ hour classes, may be suitable for guild meetings.)

Bind Off at Both Ends — how to bind off at both the beginning and end of a row without having one end being one row taller than the other.

Criss Cross — how to work one over one cables without using a cable needle. Includes the Albedo shawl pattern, as this fabric is composed entirely of 1×1 cables!

Faux Crab Stitch — how to work an i-cord based edging that resembles reverse single crochet (crab stitch).

Garter Tab Beginning — how to work a garter tab, so you have a smart start to a neck-down triangular shawl.

Hole Story — how to set up and work openings, such as thumbs and afterthought heels.

Italian Perfection — how to work Italian cast-on for brioche, 1×1 ribbing, and double-knitting.

Judy's Magic Cast-On — how to work the magic cast-on for toe-up socks and middle-out scarves.

Möbius Cast-On — how to work Cat Bordhi's möbius cast-on.

Quick Reversible Cables — a shorter version of "Easy Reversible Cables." We'll cover how to work basic ribbles.

Tippy Dip in Double-Knit — a shorter version of "Seeing Double Knitting." This is a quick introduction to basic two-color reversible stockinette.

Tubular Invisible Cast-On — how to cast-on using Elizabeth Zimmermann's invisible auxiliary wool cast-on. This produces a finished edge for those handcrafted projects.

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