Monday, March 26, 2012

What's old is new and trending...
This hybrid between knit and crochet 
is fabulous for garments, bags, and blankets. 

Tunisian Crochet Basics 
Monday, May 14, 2012 from 7 - 9 pm
at Close Knit Yarns, Wyckoff
Susan Leibowitz, Instructor

$50 + Supplies*
Class size limited.

Prerequisites: Participants must know how to do 
a foundation chain and single crochet.  

Need to learn the foundation chain and single crochet?  
Call or drop by for information 
on a Crochet Basics class or private lessons.  
Close Knit, 300 Franklin Avenue, Wyckoff, NJ 201.891.3319

You'll need a Size 8-H Tunisian(aka Afghan) Crochet Hook and a skein of worsted weight yarn rated for a 7 or 8-H crochet hook or knitting needle.  The yarn needs to be smooth and of a light or medium color so you can see your stitches as you learn.  

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Sock Series -- SOCKS I, II, III

at Michaels | Wayne

These classes are for Intermediate Knitters.  This is not a beginner learn to knit class.   
Minimally, you must be comfortable with knit and purl. 
Experience with ribbing, increasing, decreasing and double pointed needles is helpful.
 The classes are self-selected.  If you need direction, please ask.
 Susan at

Each class is sold individually.  Each class will be offered twice at Michaels in Wayne -- once on a Sunday evening and again on a Tuesday night.   Samples and supply lists are to come. 

Discover Time for Knit - SOCKS I                                                                                                        
Sunday, March 25 from 4–6:30 pm OR Tuesday, April 3 from 6–8:30 pm

Suggested Prerequisite:  Experience knitting with double pointed needles.  No experience with dpns?  Email me and enroll in a class earlier in March -- regardless of topic -- and I'll start you on an easy fingerless glove pattern to get you ready. 

Working with double pointed needles, we will make a "sock swatch" in a worsted weight yarn (CYC #4) that will cover all the elements of sock architecture.   Make two and you'll have a pair of baby socks to gift or donate.  Solos make great gift wrap embellishments or holiday tree decorations for new babies. 

Discover Time for Knit - SOCKS II                                                                                                        
Sunday, April 29 from 4–6:30 pm OR Tuesday, May 1 from 6–8:30 pm

Suggested Prerequisite:  Experience knitting on double pointed needles is most helpful but not required. 

Working with two circular needles and a dk weight yarn (CYC #3), we will begin work on an adult woman size "footie."  All aspects of this sock's architecture will be demonstrated. 

Discover Time for Knit - SOCKS III                                                                                                        
Sunday, June 3 from 4–6:30 pm OR Tuesday, June 5 from 6–8:30 pm

Suggested Prerequisite:  Socks I or II or experience knitting on double pointed needles or two circular needles at once.   

Knit a basic adult woman size sock in sock weight yarn (CYC #1 or #2).  All elements of this sock architecture will be demonstrated.  Sock Architecture means -- a stretchy cast on, knitting the leg, heel flap, short rowing the heel cup, picking up stitches and creating the gusset, decreasing to the foot, and then the toe, and finally the grafting the toes. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  You will very likely finish one sock swatch in SOCKS I.  Because knitting takes time and we will be working with smaller needles and thinner yarn, it is not likely you will finish in SOCKS II and III.  Although all skills will be demonstrated, you may need to attend additional classes to complete your socks.