Charles has been crocheting for 41 years and knitting for 35. His father bought him his first needles, hooks and yarn and found him the teachers he needed. By 15-years-old, Charles was designing for himself and his friends and family. He worked in a LYS for 3 years during university. Charles is an ESL teacher during the day, and an avid yarnie the rest of the time, even stitching at his sons’ tennis matches or regattas.
He currently designs for magazines and books, and technical edits for Vogue Knitting, Interweave Crochet, and Inside Crochet (UK). He is so busy that after 19 years of marriage his wife finally decided she’d have to learn to knit for herself since he hadn’t made much more than a few socks and vests for her since they started dating.
Saturday, April 8th (3 hours), 10am-1pm
Tunisian in the round
This fun and fast Tunisian crochet project brings a whole new meaning to modular circle motif blankets...speed! Whether you are using up odds and ends of yarn or whether you cordinated a family of colours, or even if you use the same colour for each frame, but use a gradient yarn in the circles, this project will be done in no time. In this class we'll review tunisian crochet stitches, we'll learn how to make the circle and how to frame it into a square. In no time, you'll be popping out 2 or 3 motifs in an evening.
Materials: 2 skeins of Estelle Worsted (included in course price) and your hook
Saturday, April 8th (2 hours), 1:30pm-3:30pm
Joining Crochet or knit squares
There are many different ways to join crocheted square, whether they be granny squares or other boxy motifs. In this class you will learn 2 sewing techniques and 2 crochet techniques to join motifs to make blankets, cushion covers, ponchos, or whatever you can come up with. The techniques will also work with knit squares that have 1 round of single-crochet edging. Please come with several squares already made so we can get right to the class content. Once you are enrolled in the class, feel free to contact Charles (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a copy of the instructions to make the squares in the photo. This class is a great follow up to the morning class so you can learn how to put your Tunisian squares together.
Materials: Your squares, a darning needle and the crochet hook you used to make your squares.
Saturday, May 6th (3 hours), 10am-1pm
Orange Blossom Stich
The orange blossom stitch is relatively new to the crochet world. It shares some similarity to the bobble stitch and other 3-dimensional stitches. It's very springy and cushiony and perfect for warmth and comfort. Learn the stitch and then make a cowl with 1 skein of Mineville hand-dyed yarn. Or learn the stitch and how to work it from corner to corner to make large squares which can be sewn together into a blanket. Come to Linda's classroom to make these squeezable pillows of goodness!
Materials: 1 skein Mineville single DK (included in course price) and your hook
Saturday, May 6th (2 hours), 1:30am-3:30pm
Two Handed Fair Isle
If you're tired of carrying 2 colours of yarn in your yarn hand when knitting fairisle, this class will help you, particularly those of you who don't know how to knit or purl with the continental technique. We'll learn the continental knit and purl stitches in the context of 2-colour stranded (fairisle) knitting and review some tips and details to be mindful of to make this approach your favourite way to knit with colours.
Materials:Two colours of the same weight yarn and appropriate needles