Three Hour Workshops

Add Crochet to Your Knits
Crocheted panels, yokes or sleeves are beautiful accents to a knit garment. Work several crochet patterns that can be used for these garment pieces. Discuss the "mechanics" of substituting these crochet pieces for knits, and practice on several class samples. See how marvelous your garments will look when you add crochet to your knits. Back to Menu

Advanced Seaming: Texture, Color, Pattern
Do you know how to seam stockinette stitch, but find other stitch patterns challenging? Learn how to apply the same techniques and principles to seaming textured stitch patterns and colorwork.

The key to seaming is understanding stitch pattern structure and recognizing where to place the sewing needle. We will work with two simple textured stitch patterns, garter stitch and seed stitch, to learn how to identify "where to sew." These two patterns are representative of many textured patterns and by seaming them, you will understand many aspects of seaming other textured patterns. You will practice seaming vertical, horizontal, and horizontal to vertical seams in garter stitch and seed stitch.

Also, you will learn how to adjust textured and colorwork stitch patterns so they match at the side-seams of a garment. Charts and knitted samples will be used to examine the stitch patterns and determine how to adjust them. The class includes a detailed discussion of using selvage stitches with colorwork and textured stitch patterns.

The last part of the class focuses on the knitting and seaming techniques used for set-in sleeves. All the steps for sewing set-in sleeves will be practiced on seed stitch swatches that represent a sleeve cap and sweater body. Back to Menu

A Sampling of Stitches
Want to make your knitting more interesting? See how much fun it is to work fancy stitch patterns rather than stockinette. This class focuses on four families of stitches---Smocking, Elongated, Brioche and Twisted Traveling Stitches. Learn the characteristics of each group. Practice working several stitch patterns in each "family." Learn how to use these stitches in your projects and receive tips and hints for producing good results. Back to Menu

Buttonholes and Bands
In this class, you will focus on an important finishing step---working bands and making buttonholes. Master the techniques for picking up stitches as you understand how to make bands look flat and smooth. Learn how to space buttonholes evenly on bands. Practice several different buttonholes and learn how to place them in 1x1 and 2x2 ribs and in seed stitch. Back to Menu

Creative Crochet Edgings for Knitters
Certain styles of garments look elegant with crochet rather than handknit edgings. Just as ribbings look great on Fair Isle sweaters, crochet edgings look fabulous on jackets, vests and tops. In this class, you will learn how to customize your handknits and give them a contemporary look with beautiful crochet edgings worked directly onto the knit fabric. Start by learning how to work a single crochet foundation row on horizontal and vertical knitted edges. Then, add attractive edgings by using decorative stitches and backwards single crochet. Practice working buttonholes on edgings and bands. Yes knitters, YOU will master and learn to love beautiful, simple, crochet edgings. (Class participants must know how to work a single crochet stitch.) Back to Menu

Demystifying Set-In Sleeves

Sweaters with set-in sleeves have an attractive silhouette and fit the body well. But the caps can be tricky to shape and seam. Learn the shape and construction of a sleeve cap which is knit from bottom to top (underarm to shoulder), and how it fits the body of a sweater. Knit a sample cap, using the shaping calculations and techniques, decrease placement, and refinements that ensure a perfect fit. Learn and practice the seaming techniques which make your set-in sleeves look beautiful. Back to Menu

Garment Shaping Made Easy
Learn everything there is to know about increases and decreases used for garment shaping. Discover which ones slant right and left, and understand the decorative or invisible appearance of each. Practice working these techniques as you learn when to use them and why they are important. Back to Menu

Garter Stitch Finesse
Garter stitch is easy to knit, but shaping and finishing garter stitch fabrics can be challenging. Learn and practice all the standard knitting techniques ---increasing and decreasing, vertical and horizontal seams, short rows and picking up stitches for bands--- in this very popular stitch pattern. Understand how to make your garter stitch garments and projects look beautifully constructed and finished. Back to Menu

Introduction to Entrelac
Entrelac knitting creates a fabric with a wonderful basket weave or quilted appearance. Although it looks complex, the knitting is easy and lots of fun to do. In this class, you will create an entrelac sample as you learn all the steps of this fascinating technique. Class discussion will cover the use of entrelac in garments and accessories, and the effects achieved with various types of yarn. Back to Menu

More Crochet Edgings for Knitters
Learn more beautiful crochet edgings that you can work directly on your handknits. See how crocheted stripes, shells and bobbles can add just the right touch to your tops, sweaters, vests and other projects. (Class participants must have taken Creative Crochet Edgings for Knitters or must be very comfortable with working a single crochet stitch and the backwards single crochet edging.) Back to Menu

Mosaics
Learn how to create beautiful two-color designs by knitting Mosaic patterns. Mosaics, a type of slip-stitch patterns, have a special charting system. Learn how to read the charts, knit the patterns in stockinette stitch and garter, and use these designs in garments and accessories. Have fun exploring a number of wonderful Mosaic patterns. Back to Menu

Plain and Fancy
Make a fabulous freeform embellishment to add to a stockinette sweater, purse, hat or other project. Use a variety of yarns and free-form knitting and crochet techniques to mix colors, textures and stitches in this one-of-a-kind accent. See how fun and easy it is to work small free form pieces. Explore Margaret's "less is more" approach to freeform which combines it with simple fabrics for a stunning effect. Back to Menu

Scarves and Stoles from Start to Finish
Learn everything you've wanted to know about scarves and stoles. Which cast on and bind off are best for attaching fringe? Which selvage stitches keep sides from rolling? What are the characteristics of stitch patterns which look best on scarves and stoles? Get the answers to all of these questions and more in this hands-on class. Practice stitch patterns and these techniques as you learn how to make fashionable, "one-size-fits-all" accessories. Learn how to attach fringe and make knitted fringe. Practice several other edgings including single crochet. Back to Menu

Sensational Slip Stitches
See how easy it is to put color in your knitting by using slip stitch patterns. In this class you will knit a variety of stitch patterns as you explore this easy technique that also adds color. Start with two color combinations, then move on to multiple colors and patterns. This class will set your imagination free and will show you how to create colorful knits. Back to Menu

Seven Things That Can "Make or Break" a Sweater®
Learn seven things that will make a big difference in the appearance of your sweaters. The smallest details can have a huge impact---increasing in ribbing, bumpy or smooth cast on edge, slanting decreases, invisible increases, perfect buttonholes, flat edgings, and blocking. In this class, you will learn about all of these things while you practice and receive lots of tips and hints. Since you are going to spend hours making a garment, you'll want to use these techniques to make even the simplest sweater look marvelous. Back to Menu

Special Techniques for Beautifully Finished Sweaters
Learn and practice a potpourri of useful techniques to make your sweaters look beautifully finished: tubular cast-on and bind-off, working short rows, grafting and duplicate stitch. Must have basic finishing skills such as seaming and picking up stitches for bands. Must understand the structure of a knit stitch, and be able to identify rows and columns of knit stitches. Back to Menu

Stripe It!
Have fun with stripes. Bring yarns in your favorite color combo to class, and explore many ways to stripe them – vertical, horizontal, diagonal, thick, thin, thick-and-thin, smooth, textured patterns, Fibonacci and more! Back to Menu

Superb Seams
This class will focus on one of the most important finishing steps---seams. Master the basic joining techniques which make seams look flat and smooth. Learn how to sew invisible side seams on stockinette, reverse stockinette and ribbing. Find out how selvage stitches make seaming easy, even on the most complex pattern stitches. Practice joining shoulders and attaching sleeves. Discover how to make your garments look seamless. Back to Menu

The Long and Short of Knitting Alterations
You've finished your sweater, but the sleeves are too long or the body is too short. Learn how to fix this common fit problem "after the fact." In this class, you will cut your knitting (without fainting), and learn how to alter the length of a garment piece. Practice cutting and unraveling in the middle of a knitted piece, knitting down or up from there, and grafting on and off the knitting needles. Learn a number of strategies for achieving a good fit without re-knitting. And, in the end, learn how to avoid all of this by using a provisional cast on. Bring a sweater to class for discussion of lengthening or shortening strategies. Gain confidence in your ability to fix it. Back to Menu

Use Grafting to Fix Mistakes
If you find a mistake in your knitting, don't immediately rip out rows and rows of your work to get back to a boo-boo. Learn how to cut and remove a "mistake row", then create the correct stitches by grafting. Grafting is a sewing technique that creates a partial or full row of stitches. In this class you will cut, remove, and graft stitches in stockinette stitch, garter stitch, 1x1 rib, 2x2 rib, and seed stitch. Class discussion includes grafting other stitch patterns. Back to Menu

Zip, Button, Tie: Creative Closures
Learn a number of attractive AND functional closures for garments. Start by practicing and mastering all of the steps of placing a zipper in a fabric.Understand how to avoid puckers and make sure the zipper fits the opening. Then, have fun making I-cord and crocheted buttons. See how they can add a nice visual touch, especially when worked in fancy yarns. Finally, focus on using drawstrings and ties as fastenings. I-cord variations, twisted cord, crocheted cord and several others will be included. See how zippers, buttons and ties can accent your work and make it special. Back to Menu

Six-Hour Knitting Workshops

A New Slant on Vests: Sideways and Diagonal Together
Tired of the old "bottom up" approach to knitting vests? Change your perspective with sideways knitting. See how much fun it is to design and knit these figure flattering vests which have strong vertical lines. Use stitch patterns, colorwork and bias panels to add your own unique flair and to make the knitting fun. First, you will practice bias knitting and a number of stitch patterns. Then, you will design and knit a teddy-bear-size vest as you learn how to plan and construct vests for children and adults. Back to Menu

Circles, Squares, Triangles and More
Knit a number of interesting shapes and see how to use them to design garments and accessories. Discover how easy it is to create circles, squares and triangles by using simple decreases. Learn how to connect shapes by picking-up stitches and knitting one directly onto another---- seaming and finishing are minimized! Experiment with color and texture as you master these free form knitting techniques and learn how to create fabulous colorful knits. Back to Menu

Entrelac in the Round
Learn how to knit entrelac in the round, a method which eliminates seams and minimizes finishing. Although it looks complex, beginners to entrelac can master this interesting way to create fabric with a wonderful basket weave or quilted appearance. Start to make a hat or bag in class as you learn all the steps of this fascinating entrelac technique. Class discussion will include using circular entrelac for edgings and trims. Back to Menu

Head-Turning Hats
Hats are hot! They're fun and fast to make and wonderful to wear. In this class, you will take a basic hat shape---the pillbox---and give it a contemporary flair. First, learn the basic shape, size and measurements of this classic hat. Then, update it for knitwear with mitered squares, triangles or stripes.Understand how to shape the crown with circles. Learn several decorative edgings. Practice samples of all of these techniques. Then, choose your favorites, make a plan, and get started on a hat. Back to Menu

The Couture Collar
Make a fabulous, textured collar for a sweater, jacket or coat using a variety of yarns and free-form knitting. Multiple colors, textures and stitches are the key to this couture accent. Five stitches and two techniques will be demonstrated: bobbles, popcorns, clusters, slip stitches, fur stitch, short rows, and attaching paillettes. Margaret will show you how to use a template to work free-form knitting, and also demonstrate techniques for changing colors and working in ends. You will practice all of these stitches and techniques while creating a sampler. Then you will get started on a collar. Back to Menu

Three-Hour Crochet Workshops

Crochet a Moebius
Crochet a stylish cowl in an interesting geometric shape—the moebius. Learn about crochet moebius construction and use basic crochet stitches to make this fashionable and fun neck-warmer. See how knitting can be incorporated into the crochet cowl—making it a knit/crochet hybrid project. If you can chain, single crochet and double crochet, you can crochet a moebius! Back to Menu

Stitch Pattern Medley
Expand your crochet stitch repertoire by learning how to work fancy stitch patterns. This class focuses on four types of stitches---shells, clusters, openwork, and textured stitches. Learn the characteristics of each group. Practice working stitch patterns in each "family" as you receive tips and hints for producing good results. Learn how to read the symbol charts for each pattern and how to use these stitches in projects. Have fun as you learn how to put some pizzazz into your projects. Back to Menu

The Well-Dressed Weave: Crochet and Weave a Designer Fabric
Learn how to make wonderful woven fabrics using crochet and weaving techniques. Start with a foundation of filet crochet, then weave a variety of yarns through this foundation. See how colors, textures and novelty yarns can make all the difference. Stripes, plaids, and distinctive "one color" fabrics can all be created with this fun technique. No knowledge of weaving is necessary! Create fabulous designer fabrics and learn how to use them for garments, pillows, afghans and a variety of projects. Back to Menu

Six-Hour CrochetWorkshops

Bags, Bowls and Baskets
Learn the crochet techniques used to make these three-dimensional shapes. Although it looks complex, making bags, bowls and baskets is easy and lots of fun. Start by learning how to work single crochet stitches in one yarn around a second, very thick yarn. Practice this technique while making a flat, evening purse. Then, learn the increasing and decreasing techniques used to form bowl-like shapes. Practice these shaping techniques and learn how to work in the round. Put all of these skills together as you start working on a small bowl in class. Class demonstration and discussion will cover finishing techniques, attaching beads, and crocheting with different fibers and fabric. Back to Menu

The Couture Crochet Collar
Make a fabulous, textured collar for a coat or jacket using a variety of yarns and free-form crochet. Multiple colors, textures and crochet stitches are the key to this couture accent. Seven textured stitches used in free-form crochet will be demonstrated: bump, bobble, popcorn, puff, round the stem, spike, and surface raised. Margaret will show you how to use a template to work free-form crochet, and also demonstrate techniques for changing colors and working in ends. You will practice all of these stitches and techniques while creating a sampler. Then you will get started on a collar. Back to Menu

The Unique, Tres Chic Beret
See how to make a wonderfully textured beret using "controlled" free-form crochet. Learn and practice the textured stitches and color changing techniques which are used to make this stylish hat. Try the easy way of working in the round as you use multiple colors, textures, and stitches to create your own special chapeau! Seven textured stitches used in free-form crochet will be demonstrated: bump, bobble, popcorn, puff, round the stem, spike, and surface raised. Margaret will show you how to use a template to work free-form in the round, and also demonstrate techniques for changing colors, working in ends, and decreasing. You will practice all of these stitches and techniques while creating a sampler. Then you will make a template for the top of the beret, and get started on your hat. Back to Menu