Classes

 MONTHLY INSTRUCTIONAL CLASSES 


 BEGINNING SOCKS: Parts 1 and 2

  • SATURDAY, September 16th and 30th from 12:30-2:30pm with Vanessa Picard

 

Beginning Socks

 © vanessa picard

 

Do you suffer from cold feet?  Do you dread the weather turning cold and damp because you know it will be months and months until you can feel your toes again?  Do you think that’s just the way things are in Pittsburgh from late October till April?  What if we told you it doesn’t have to be that way this year?  Hand knit socks made from a soft merino wool (like Hedgehog or Malabrigo) are not just one of the most fun things to knit and wear ever, they also are super practical.

Students will choose between the fast and popular slipper sock pattern by Veronica Van, which is available on Ravelry, and Vanessa’s own beginner sock pattern, which is based on the same pattern but uses sock yarn and produces a less bulky (and comfier in your shoes) sock.  Imagine having toasty toes outside and miraculously breathable socks inside. Yup!  Climate-controlled feet are just a knit and a purl away.
 
PREREQUISITES:

    • Students must know how to knit (and purl) in the round – if you have made a hat in the round, you are ready for socks.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

    • Short Rows
    • Picking up stitches
    • Increasing & decreasing
    • Kitchener stitch

In class one, all students will receive their pattern and begin working on their sock cuff and heel flap.  Speedy knitters using a bulky yarn will also cover short rows in this class and super speedy knitters may get through picking up stitches, increasing, and decreasing.  Please don’t worry about speed.  By class two, everyone will have finished turning the heel and worked the gusset.  If you have made a hat, you really are ready for socks!  Your feet deserve to be warm this winter.  Sign up today!

 
Cost: $50 for parts 1 and 2 group class, pre-registration is required.


 Doctor-Is-In


BASICS 


BEGINNING KNITTING:

  • THURSDAY 6:00-8:00 pm with Edye, classes are held the second Thursday of the month
  • SATURDAY 12:00-2:00 pm with Edye, classes are held the first and third Saturday of the month

Interested in knitting? Here is a beginner course just for you. Not only is this class great for the newbies, but perfect for someone who needs a refresher. Throughout the two-hour class, you will learn basic knitting stitches and techniques while working on a swatch or individual project, preparing you for more challenging patterns.

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


INTERMEDIATE KNITTING:

  • THURSDAY 6:00-8:00pm with Edye, classes are held the third Thursday of the month
  • SATURDAY 2:00-4:00pm with Edye, classes are held the first and third Saturday of the month

For knitters who have tried scarves and other fairly easy projects, here is your opportunity to advance your level of knitting.  We are offering an intermediate class that will focus on additional techniques.  Knowing these techniques will enable a beginner knitter or even a "returning" knitter to try projects that are 'show stoppers’!

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


 BEGINNING / INTERMEDIATE CROCHET:

  • SATURDAY 12:00-2:00pm with Tammy (beginning), classes are held on the second week of the month
  • SATURDAY 2:00-4:00pm with Tammy (intermediate), classes are held on the second week of the month

(Beginning Crochet I): A 2 hour introductory class designed to learn about the crochet tools used, preparing your yarn,  the basic crochet stitches and finishing techniques following the Churchmouse Crochet Companion booklet (available for purchase).    

(Beginning Crochet II): Once you have learned the basics this 2 hour class is designed to help you  conquer your first project.  Select one of the available three simple project patterns from the Churchmouse  series: Beanie & Cowl, Handwarmers 1 stitch 3 ways, Sampler Scarf & Handwarmers (available for purchase) or one of your own. 

(INTERMEDIATE) Skills taught: Increasing, Decreasing, Joining yarns and working with color, Two methods of crocheting in the round (chain and magic loop). Skills Needed:  Must be comfortable with basic crochet skills (foundation chain, slip stitch, single crochet, and double crochet).

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


DOCTOR - IS - IN:

These informal circles are a quick way to get help on your project. Why continue to waste time by ripping out and getting frustrated with your project? Whether you are stuck or want to make certain you get started correctly, our staff is here to help. Circle maximum is six (6) students. Students must already know the basics to knit and crochet. This is NOT a beginning knit/crochet class - a help session only. Pre-Registration is required.
 
Cost: $20 per session / $100 for a card of 10 prepaid Circle hours.

CONFIDENCE BUILDERS


CHILDREN Knitting/Crochet: 1 hour

Kids can knit/crochet, too! Meet new friends and learn the basic stitches and how to begin and finish. Homeschoolers and children 6-12 years (tying their shoes) welcome!

Cost: $15/ 1 group class or $25/ 1 private class. 


CONTINENTAL KNITTING: 2 hour

In the 1980s, Elizabeth Zimmermann publicized continental knitting which helped its resurgence. During this one-session class, you will learn the knit and purl stitch while holding the working yarn in your left hand and discuss easy beginner projects. This method allows for a smooth and fast knitting. Two types of cast on, Long-Tail and Cable, will be taught.

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


FINISHING: 2 hour

This 1.5-hour finishing class will cover three techniques. They are invisible seaming, 3 needle bind off and duplicate stitching.

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


NEEDLE FELTING: 2 hour

Needle felting is another very creative outlet for fiber artists. The student will learn the proper way to use the felting needles to felt wool roving into a 3-D animal. The basic shapes including rolls or tubes, balls, folds and cones will be demonstrated.

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


PATTERN READING: 2 hour

This class will discuss commonly used symbols & help translate patterns into simple words, removing the intimidation factor from the project you’d like to begin.

Cost: $25/ 1 group class or $45/ 1 private class.


BY APPOINTMENT


PRIVATE OR GROUP PARTY: weekdays, weekends or evenings by appointment

At YBD we offer private, one-on-one lessons. Whether you are Interested in a class but the day and time does not work with your schedule. Or, you need some focused, one-on-one time with one of our experienced teachers. Contact YBD and let us arrange your own private class with one of our skillful teachers. Private: $25/1.0 hour, $35/1.5 hours and $45/2.0 hours.

Want to do something different and creative with your friends? Why not host a knit or crochet party at the YBD boutique or your home? An experienced teacher from YBD will come to you. Contact the boutique for details. Two-week advance notice and non-refunable deposit of $60 is required at booking. From 4-10 people, cost: $60/ hour plus cost of materials.


THE FINE PRINT 


REGISTRATION: All classes must be pre-registered and paid in full at least 72 hours in advance. Class fees do not include the cost of yarn, which must be purchased at YBD. Please do not bring in supplies from other retailers, everything you need is available at the YBD boutique. Students registered for a class will receive a 10% discount on supplies needed for that class.

CLASS MINIMUMS: Private = 1 student, Group = 2 or more.

CANCELLATIONS: Registrants may cancel up to 24 hours before the scheduled class (via email: info@YarnsByDesignPA.com, subject: class cancellation) and have two (2) months to reschedule. All late cancellations result in a forfeit of the scheduled class. If YBD must cancel a class, we will either reschedule the class or issue a refund.

PROMPTNESS: We do not make up any time lost for tardiness, please arrive promptly. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you forfeit the class and fees. If you need to purchase materials on the day of the class, please arrive early to shop before the scheduled class time.

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