Online Registration opens November 1 for MKG members 
and November 15 for non-members.

Registration closes March 1, 2017.

Madison Knitters' Guild has a "no refund" policy.

Sunday Morning & All-Day Classes

    • 03/19/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Boardroom (2nd floor)
    • 6

    Description

    Learn the basics of drafting fibers and adding twist to spindle-spin your own yarns in this three-hour class. We’ll start with the simplest method – finger spinning – and then work in pairs to begin spindle spinning. During the class, we’ll take breaks from spinning and learn about fiber characteristics, choosing fibers for spindle-spinning, how to choose a spindle, and how to match fiber and spindle. Students will practice basic skills and then learn how to control yarn diameter and the amount of twist. We’ll finish by plying two strands of yarn together for a finished yarn. You’ll have whorl*ds of fun.

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    No spinning experience necessary

    Supplies Needed

    • a light weight (about 1 – 1½ or 2 oz) spindle, preferably a top-whorl spindle [instructor will not supply spindles for students]

    • Spindle suggestions:

      www.greensleevesspindles.com - Apprentice or Bare Bones

      www.schachtspindle.com - Hi-Lo spindle

      www.woolery.com- has an excellent selection of spindles

    • notepaper and pen 

    Homework

    • None

    Materials fee

    • $5.00 for fibers and handouts

    • 03/19/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Mendota 7 Room (1st floor)
    • 5

    Description

    If you love color and want to bring more color into your yarns and knitting, knowing how to create ombre, gradient, and marled yarns will broaden your spinner’s toolbox! Learn techniques on hand cards, blending boards, blending hackles, and the drum carder for preparing fibers that will give you color control in your spinning and result in yarns with clear, lively color, perfect for knitting.

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Student should be comfortable spinning wool.

    Supplies Needed

    • Students should bring: spinning wheel/bobbins in excellent operating condition. There is no preparation needed for this workshop.

    Homework

    • None
    Materials fee
    • $10.00 covers a generous supply of dyed spinning fibers and workshop handouts.
    • 03/19/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Mendota 6 Room (1st floor)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description

    Are you looking for a way to organize your knitting needles and tools so you can easily find them? This tote is perfect for all crafters! Starting with a divided wood base, we will weave this very functional tote. Uses are unlimited!

    Basket measures approximately 16x6x6.

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    No prior weaving experience needed.

    Supplies Needed

    • Instructor will provided tools needed to make the tote

    Homework

    • None

    Materials Fee

    • $35 payable in class to the instructor.

    • 03/19/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Mendota 5 Room (1st floor)
    • 11

    Description

    Have you always loved the look of knitted lace items but been afraid to make them because they intimidated you?  Lace knitting is easier than you think once you know some of the tips and tricks.  In this class students will learn:

    • The composition of knitted lace
    • Some basic knitted lace stitches
    • How to read a lace chart
    • Lace knitting tips and tricks
    • How to make a lace scarf or sampler

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl. Knowing basic increases and decreases helpful, but not required.

    Supplies Needed

    • worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn)
    • needles in a size appropriate for your yarn
    • paper and pen/pencil for taking notes
    • stitch markers
    • scissors
    • yarn needle

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/19/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Waubesa Room (2nd floor)
    • 7

    Description

    The Reversible Undulating Waves Scarf is a gorgeous beaded scarf that’s perfect for taking your knitting to the next level. It is based on a beaded reversible lace stitch that is worked on both the knit and purl sides of the fabric. This double-sided lace allows the beads to float on the yarn-overs, creating waves of “bling.” In this workshop, Laura covers choosing yarn for working with beads, shopping for beads, working lace with beads, reading charts, and some advanced lace knitting techniques.
    Double-sided lace stitches, working with pre-strung beads, integrated i-cord edging and following a pattern. 

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    How to knit and purl, work lace, how to read a pattern

    Supplies Needed

    • Approx. 30 yards fingering weight yarn, a smooth yarn in solid or semi solid in a light or bright color would be best (for swatching)
    • US Size 4 (3.5 mm) or 5 (3.75 mm) needles
    • Approx 5 grams size 6/0 Japanese seed beads (instructor will have some in class)
    • Stitch markers
    • We will discuss how to choose yarn for working with beads and a lot about bead purchasing at the beginning of class, therefor please just bring yarn and beads for swatching and learning with you! 
    • Pattern will be provided in class

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/19/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Wingra Room (2nd floor)
    • 3

    Description

    Join renowned toy designer and teacher for a true toy-knitting adventure! The students in this class are going to become toy-designers for the day (and hopefully beyond). The students are given patterns for a wide variety of different toy parts that include various bodies, arms, legs, tails, and ears. The possibilities are endless. You can choose to make a dog, owl, cat, bear, snowman, bunny, monkey, bird, monster, etc. There are recipes for putting the characters together or you can make up your own from scratch. 
    The Build a Toy workshop is jam-packed with toy-knitting techniques that include: stitching parts together effectively, stuffing tips, gauge discussion, face embroidery, seamless toy knitting techniques and options, general tips and tricks, and much more. Class is filled with large group discussion and small group technique demonstrations. Students leave the class being much more confident toy knitters!    

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Working in the round on a small number of stitches on double-pointed needles, increases and decreases

    Supplies Needed

    • Worsted weight yarn in selected character/animal colors ~ this could be neutrals or colorful, striped or variegated, it's up to you! 200 yards is plenty.

    • Optional: 6mm safety eyes and poly-pellets for stuffing

    • large baggie of fiber-fill

    • tape measure or ruler

    • scissors

    • Black embroidery floss

    • Yarn needle

    • US size 5 double-pointed needles, set of 4

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/19/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Monona Room (2nd floor)
    • 17

    Description

     Liberate yourself from pattern  books! Make a sock to meet  your own unique needs, for your  size foot, and in your choice of  yarn. Learn how to create a top-  down or toe-up sock pattern for  any yarn, and for any foot. I’ll show you how to custom fit a sock for specific requirements, how to make your own design customizations like pattern stitches and colorwork.

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Knitters must have worked a few pairs of socks

    Supplies Needed

    • Yarn
    • Appropriate sized needles for your yarn
    • paper
    • pencil
    • a tape measure
    • a calculator

    Homework

    • Optional - a roughly 5 by 5 inch swatch in the round using the yarn you wish to design a sock for; if it's sock yarn, use the needles recommended on the ball band; if it's non-sock yarn, use needles a couple of sizes smaller

    • 03/19/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Mendota 8 Room (1st floor)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description

    Make a voyage of discovery to achieve a deeper understanding of your knitting! Try a variety of types of Double Knitting to produce two-layer fabrics. Starting with tubular knitting on straight needles, open and condensed bind-off methods and the magnificent double knit pocket trick. Using two yarns we will introduce positive/negative DK color patterning techniques and quilting for added texture and warmth.
         

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Intermediate/Experienced Knitters - no double-knitting experience necessary.

    Supplies Needed

    • Two double pointed needles of sizes 3.5 - 4 mm/ US #4 - 6
    • 20g each of two contrasting solid colours of smooth DK or Worsted weight yarn
    • Scissors
    • Crochet hook
    • Unusual knitting paraphernalia

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/19/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
    • Kegonsa Room (2nd floor)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description

    Liven up your Fair Isle knitting! Spend the day with Mary Jane, author of 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitters Directory, exploring fresh new colorways. This course will introduce the basics of color theory and how to use its principles to guide your color choices. We will learn about the use of color over the years in traditional Fair Isle knitting and move beyond, developing our own personal color schemes. We’ll analyze how different color combinations can completely change how a motif looks. Knitting a simple stranded wristlet or fingerless glove will quickly illustrate new concepts. 
        

    See teacher bio.

    Skill level 

    Intermediate

    Supplies Needed

    • Between 3 and 8 colors (or more, more colors = more fun!) of fingering weight wool yarn (Shetland Wool preferred), 25-100 yds of each color
    • US size 3 (3.25mm) dpns or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round
    • tapestry needle
    • scissors
    • stitch markers
    • Graph paper and colored pencils, if desired

    Homework

    • With any color fingering-weight yarn you like, CO 48 sts. Place marker, join to work in the round without twisting. Work k1, p1 rib for 1" (2.5 cm).

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