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CLASSES

We are pleased to announce that Beginning Knitting classes for FULLY VACCINATED kids, age 7 and older will be offered again starting January 15. For those classes, we're reducing the number of participants to 4 children per session, everyone will be masked, hand sanitizer will be available, and we always run an air purifier for the duration of the class. As always, sign up early - some classes fill quickly because our class sizes remain smaller. We're adding more classes as we can, and will make changes to our policies as the situation permits. We're doing our best to provide instruction as requested while keeping everyone as safe as possible.

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

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

For All Handcrafters

Kira K Designs Extravaganza – Four/Five/Six 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

Mondays, January 10 & 24, February 7 & 21, March 7 & 21, 6-8 p.m.

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

 

Mending Workshop – One 2-hour class

Don’t get rid of that treasured sweater with snags, moth holes, or worn-out areas.  This class will help you resuscitate your favorite garments

so you can wear them for a few more years. Bring items that need mending, and we will help you work through them step by step.

Materials: Items to mend, plus sewing needles and/or crochet hook and tapestry needle, suited to the gauge of the item, sharp scissors, matching thread/yarn.

Skill level required: No prior experience

Saturday, January 22, 3-5 p.m.

Teacher: Celia McCarthy, Fee: $35/Class

 

Seaming & Finishing – One 2½-hour class

Neat seaming and finishing make such a difference in a handmade project, but so many knitters and crocheters don’t feel confident in their finishing skills. Bring a project ready to be put together or swatches for practicing.

Materials: Three knitted or crocheted swatches made with similar weight yarns, additional yarn in a similar size, knitting needles or crochet hooks in an appropriate size for your yarn, darning needle. Optional: a project ready to seam and finish.

Skill level required: No prior experience

Saturday, February 5, 2-4:30 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee: $44

 

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, February 16 & 23, 6-8 p.m.

Saturdays, January 8 &15 OR March 12 & 19, 2-4 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee: $60

 

Crocheted Granny Squares & Flowers – Two 2-hour classes

Take your crochet to the next level! We’ll go over the basics of crocheting in the round while making three different granny squares and two flowers.

Materials: 75 yards of smooth yarn (small amounts of different colors is okay), crochet hook in appropriate size for your yarn, removable stitch markers.

Skill level required: Advanced beginner (must know chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet)

Wednesday, January 12 & 19, 6-8 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee: $70

 

Textured Crochet – One 2-hour class

Bring dimension & depth to your crochet by manipulating your stitches. We’ll work on different textured stitch patterns, incorporating crossed stitches, bobbles, and post stitches. You can make swatches or use them as the beginning of three textured scarves!

Materials: Three balls of easy-to-see yarn (small amounts are fine, or bring full skeins to start scarves), crochet hook in size(s) appropriate for your yarn(s), removable stitch markers.

Skill level required: Advanced beginner (must know chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet)

Wednesday, February 2, 6-8 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee: $35

 

Crocheted Amigurumi Animals – Two 2-hour classes

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals. Learn the basics of amigurumi by making a cute, quickly crocheted bird or a more challenging adorable dragon. This is a great skill building class for newer crocheters to learn how to work in the round, increase, decrease, and read a pattern, plus you get to have a fun friend to take home!

Materials for bird (dragon): 70(160) yards smooth yarn in worsted weight to bulky weight (larger yarn will make a larger toy), crochet hook that makes a dense fabric with your yarn in single crochet, darning needle, scissors, safety eyes 5mm-12mm depending on the size of your toy, removable stitch markers.  The sample bird crocheted with worsted weight yarn is 4" tall and the sample dragon crocheted with aran weight yarn is 7" tall.

Skill level required: Advanced beginner (must know chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet)

Wednesday, March 9 & 16, 6-8 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee: $70

 

Knitting

English/American-Style Knitting For Kids – One 1-hour class

This is the beginner knitting class for kids! 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 over 7 are welcome

Saturdays, January 15, February 5 &19, March 19, 10-11 a.m.

Teacher: Carol Schwamberger, Fee: $15/class

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 over 12 welcome

Saturdays, January 15, February 5 &19, March 19, 11:30-1 p.m.

Teacher: Carol Schwamberger, Fee: $22.50/class

 

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 

Wednesday, January 26, 6-8 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee: $35

 

Introduction to Continental-style Knitting – One 1½-hour class

This class is for those who would like to learn to knit Continental style (holding the yarn in the left hand). Whether you are new to knitting or are a seasoned American-style knitter, Continental knitting is a useful skill to have in your toolbox. It is less prone to repetitive stress injuries, makes stranded knitting easier, and many people find it faster than English/American-style knitting. We will focus on the knit and purl stitches in this class since cast-on and bind-off techniques are the same for both styles of knitting.

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

Skill level: No prior experience required

Saturday, January 29, 2-3:30 p.m.

Teacher Maggie Jacobs, Fee $22.50

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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