CLASSES

We're always working on improving our selection of classes so that they address the needs of our customers. If there is some skill you are interested in mastering, or a particular project-related class you'd like to see, please let us know.

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

To sign up for these classes, please come into the shop or call us at (510) 595-9595.

For All Handcrafters

Kira K Designs Extravaganza – 4/5/6 2-hour classes

Kira is a local knitting and crochet pattern designer and in this class you can make any of her 100+ patterns with personal help at every step of the way! We’ve scheduled the class so that people can make a whole sweater or skirt, but you could also choose to make multiple smaller projects.

Materials: The Kira K Designs pattern(s) of your choice and everything in the materials list for your pattern(s). 

Skill level required: Advanced Beginner (must know CO, K, P, BO)

Mondays, May16 &30, June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, 6-8 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee: Fee: $140/4 classes (minimum), $175/5 classes, $210/6 classes (patterns of choice sold separately)

 

Ravelry Roadmap – One 2-hour class 
Do you get frustrated finding just the right pattern on Ravelry.com because there's too much information to slog through? At the shop we use Ravelry all the time because it's such a great tool. This class is designed to help you find your way, and we will concentrate on finding patterns and yarns for your projects.
Materials: Please know your Ravelry username and password and bring your own wi-fi-enabled laptop or iPad.
Saturday, May 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Skill level required: No prior skills required.
Teacher: Michaela Popoff, Fee: $35

 

Crochet

Beginning Crochet – Two 2-hour classes

In this introductory class, you’ll learn the basic stitches while crocheting a button-up pouch to hold your phone or other treasures, and also start a simple scarf. We will cover chain stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, and triple crochet.
Materials: 200 yards smooth worsted or aran weight yarn, size G or H

crochet hook, 1 or 2 buttons, darning needle, removable stitch markers and sharp scissors.

Skill level required: No prior experience

Wednesdays,  May 11 & 18, 6-8 p.m.

OR Saturdays, June 18 & 25, 12-2 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee: $60

 

Tips and Tricks for Crocheters – One 2-hour class

Kira has been crocheting since she was three years old and has picked up lots of tips and tricks for the fastest, easiest, neatest projects. Learn her favorite shortcuts and uncommon but useful techniques in this fun class.

Materials: bring your crochet toolkit, some easy-to-see yarn and appropriately sized crochet hook. Parts of the class are demonstration only, so feel free to bring an easy project to work on as well.

Advanced beginner (must know chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet)

Saturday, June 25, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee $35

  

Knitting

English/American-Style Knitting – One 1½-hour class

This is the beginner knitting class for those who prefer to learn the English style of knitting. Learn cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. Take as many or as few classes as you need.

Materials: Bring size US 7 or US 8 needles and light-colored, smooth, worsted-weight yarn. All your supplies can be purchased at the shop. 

Skill level: No prior experience required. Children 12 and over are welcome.

Saturdays, May 7 & 21, June 4 & 18, 10-11:30 a.m.

Teacher: Carol Schwamberger, Fee: $22.50/class

 

Continental-style Knitting – One 1½-hour class

This is the beginner knitting class for those who prefer to learn the Continental style of knitting. Learn cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. Take as many or as few classes as you need. American style knitters who want ongoing support are also welcome!

Materials: Light-colored, smooth, worsted-weight yarn and size US 7 or US 8 needles

Skill level: No prior experience required

Saturdays, May 14 & 28, June 11, 1-2:30 p.m.

Teacher Maggie Jacobs, Fee $22.50/class

 

Skill-Building Squares – 2-hour classes, ongoing

You know the basic cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off ... but how do you go from there to becoming an intermediate knitter? These classes help you get there step by step, working with a book designed for just that purpose. In each class, you will work on a new square with a set pattern that touches on pattern reading, lace, and cable stitches. As the classes progress, so will your skills. In the end, you will have enough squares for a nice-size blanket. Take as few or as many classes as you like to build your skills and confidence

Note: Discuss materials with Carol before first class.

Saturdays, May 7 & 21, June 4 & 18, 12-2 p.m.

Skill level required: Advanced Beginner (must know CO, K, P, BO)

Teacher: Carol Schwamberger, Fee: $35/class +$19.95 book

 

Correcting (or Avoiding) Knitting Mistakes – One 2-hour class 

Take the fear and worry out of knitting with this incredibly useful class. You’ll learn how common mistakes are made as well as how to correct them on the following row, when possible. We’ll also practice picking up dropped stitches (gulp!) and methods for taking out your knitting stitch-by-stitch and many rows at once. 

Materials: 30 yards smooth, easy to see worsted or aran-weight yarn, knitting needles in a size appropriate for your yarn, circular knitting needles size US 0-US 2, crochet hook size G or H, darning needle. 

Skill level required: Advanced Beginner (must know CO, K, P, BO)

Saturday, May 21, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee: $35

 

 Tips and Tricks for Knitters – One 2-hour class

Kira has been knitting since she was five years old and has picked up lots of tips and tricks for the fastest, easiest, neatest projects. Learn her favorite shortcuts and uncommon but useful techniques in this fun class.

Materials: bring your knitting toolkit, some easy-to-see yarn and appropriately sized knitting needles. Parts of the class are demonstration only, so feel free to bring an easy project to work on

as well.

Skill level required: Advanced Beginner (must know CO, K, P, BO)

Saturday, June 18, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee: $35

 

Project Knit-Along – Four 2- hour classes

Ready to try a more challenging pattern?  We’ll guide you through the project from beginning to end, helping with gauge, pattern reading, fit, and finishing.  Please choose your pattern and yarn before the first class so you can start your project immediately.  If you need help picking the pattern or yarn, come to the shop so we can help you choose.

Materials: Pattern of choice and everything in the materials list for your pattern. 

Skill level: Advanced beginner (must know CO, K, P, BO).

Saturdays, May 7, 14, 28, June 4, 3-5 p.m. 

Teacher: Michaela Popoff, Fee: $140/4 classes

To sign up for these classes, please come into the shop or call us at (510) 595-9595.

Piedmont Yarn Class Policies

  • Students & instructors must be fully vaccinated. Masks are required.

  • Please note the skill level required for each class. Keep in mind that project-oriented classes are not intended for beginners. To learn how to knit or crochet, please sign up for a beginning class that does not require previous experience.

  • Sign up in advance!  Enrollment is limited

  • Class fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.

  • Please come to class prepared: purchase all supplies before the start time of the first class. A 10% discount is offered to students purchasing materials for class.

  • Cancellations must be made at least three days prior to the start of the class, to receive store credit for the amount paid.

  • Classes with fewer than three students enrolled three days before the first class meeting will be cancelled and fees will be refunded.

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