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 Afternoon Classes

    • 03/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Mendota 8 Room (1st floor)
    • 13

    Description

    A fail-safe, no loose stitches, grafting method!

    Understand your stitches and learn how to graft joyously without the need to refer to a book. This method of grafting (a.k.a. Kitchener Stitch) involves no loose stitches and gives two neat corners regardless of your style of knitting. Every knitter should fully understand the concept of grafting and this method in particular even if they can manage to avoid it by knitting toe-up socks!

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    Skill level 

    Any

    Supplies Needed

    • blunt darning needle
    • 3 yds of a contrasting, similar weight solid coloured yarn
    • 1 yd of another contrasting, similar weight, solid coloured yarn
    • Dpns or needs used for swatch
    • scissors

    Homework

    • This swatch is worth the investment of your time and effort! It may be used over and over again and will serve you well if you take the time to find appropriate yarns. 
    • Choose a medium to light coloured, smooth (not fluffy or textured), worsted or chunky weight, woolrich yarn (approximately 5sts/in or fewer) and 5+ mm (US # 6+) needles. 
    • Using a set of DPN’s, or circular(s), cast on 40 sts and knit one or more rounds. Arrange the stitches for a sock toe: 10 sts on each needle. (Or as you would wish!)
    • Round 2: (K1, ssk, k 14, k2t, k1) x 2. 
    • Round 3: Knit. 
    • Round 4: (K1, ssk, k 12, k2t, k1) x 2. 
    • Continue to work decrease rounds as set, every round until 20 sts remain. Break off main yarn with a 6” tail. Leave the stitches live or on the needles. Please bring about 3 yds/m of a contrasting, similar weight solid coloured yarn to class. 
    • Ssk: Slip the next two sts, knitwise, one at a time, to the right-hand needle, insert the left-hand needle into both sts and knit them together. This produces a one-stitch, left-slanting decrease known as a ‘Slip, slip, knit’. 
    • K2t: Knit two stitches together. This produces a one-stitch, right-slanting decrease.

    • 03/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Monona Room (2nd floor)
    • 0
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    Description

    There's a broad variety of methods for increasing, decreasing, casting on and casting off. In this class, I'll review four or five major methods for each, discussing the pros and cons, what they look like, and where they are best used. We’ll also discuss placement of increases and decrease to make finishing easier, and make the finished project look better.
          

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    Skill level 

    All levels

    Supplies Needed

    • a second set of needles (4-5mm/US #6-8) 
    • another color of medium-weight yarn 

    Homework

    • A swatch: with a light-colored medium-weight yarn and 4.5mm/US #7 needles, cast on 40 stitches and work 2 inches of stockingnette stitch 

    • 03/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Wingra Room (2nd floor)
    • 14

    Description

    Come to class ready to zip through a nearly seamless (there is only one small and quick seam in the entire toy!) Topsy-Turvy Toy. The toy starts as a palm-size egg and when turned inside-out becomes an adorable little owl. It is a toy that evokes ooohs and ahhhhs from all who see it and try it! 
     In class we will talk  about toy knitting  tips and tricks that  apply to toy making  in general. We will  have large group  discussions, small group technique demonstrations, and plenty of individual attention. We will cover simple seams, picking up stitches right on your toy for seamless part knitting, face embroidery, stuffing and gauge issue discussion for toy knitting, and more. You will leave class a much more motivated and confident toy knitter!   

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    Skill level 

    Skills needed: ~To cast on and work in the round on small numbers of stitches on double-pointed needles (unless you are using magic loop but be aware that the pattern is written for dpns). ~ Simple increases and decreases. We’ll work on the rest together.

    Supplies Needed

    • Yarn for the class and pattern is worsted weight. Wool is recommended but other fibers and blends could be used. Yarn suggestions: Quince & Co. Lark Cascade 220 Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted Quince & Co. Owl Any other worsted weight yarn!
    • 50 yards of yarn for the Egg (made before coming to class) 
    • 50 yards of yarn for the upper owl body, head, ears and wings (I used brown) 
    • 50 yards of yarn for the lower owl body and face (I used cream) 
    • 30 yards of yarn for the owl feet and beak (I used orange) 
    • Note: Bring any colors you would like! Your owl and egg can be as colorful and crazy as you’d like ~ stripes are welcome, too. 
    • Optional: 9mm safety eyes 
    • Black embroidery floss for eyes if you aren’t using the safety eyes 
    • Yarn Needle 
    • One sandwich baggie of fiberfill 
    • Scissors 
    • Suggested Needles: US size 5 dpns, a set of 4 Note: Magic Loop can easily be used but the pattern is written for dpns. It’s up to you! Gauge: From 5.5 to 6 stitches per inch will work best in Stockinette Stitch 

    Homework

    • Complete the Egg before class. Students will be sent the egg pattern. The owl will be worked on together in class.

    • 03/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Waubesa Room (2nd floor)
    • 10

    Description

    This FUN 90-minute workshop with Laura will teach you everything you need to know to start (and finish!) a Mudra Cuff or Necklace! Mudra is based on a simple beaded i-cord, and once you learn the tricks for working with beads, and attaching the clasp you will be shocked by how easy and fun this knitted jewelry design is.
     This class covers  working i-cord, working  with prestrung beads,  and following a  pattern.  

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    Skill level 

    How to knit, read a pattern, the desire to learn!

    Supplies Needed

    • Kits are available for Mudra at yarn shops and online, though students can purchase a pattern and gather their own yarn, beads and clasps if they would like! 
    or
    • Kits will be available to purchase from the teacher for $17.
    • One set US #2/2.75mm double pointed needles (a sharp tip is helpful, but not necessary).

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Mendota 5 Room (1st floor)
    • 1

    Description

    Most knitters only ever use one bind off, but there are many more from which to use.  They may be more elastic, sturdier, or prettier than the traditional bind off.  Come and give yourself some better options for your next project.

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    Skill level 

    Beginner

    Supplies Needed

    • Your homework on the needles
    • Two more colors of yarn in the same weight

    Homework

    • Using worsted or dk weight yarn, cast on 24 stitches and work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 48 rows/24 ridges.  Do not bind off. 
    • 03/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Mendota 6 Room (1st floor)
    • 1

    Description

    Using a 3” wooden heart-shaped frame loom, participants will learn to weave a heart.  Workshop will include weaving instruction and ideas for using the woven hearts: pins, sachets, note card, ornaments, etc.

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    Skill level 

    No weaving experience required.

    Supplies Needed

    • Blunt tapestry needle
    • scissors
    Loom will be provided for class and will be available for purchase if requested ($25.00 payable to instructor)

    Homework

    • None

    • 03/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Mendota 7 Room (1st floor)
    • 9

    Description

    Hand cards are an under-appreciated and underutilized tool for hand spinners. We have visions of sitting for hours and hours laboring to hard card fiber to spin. What if our hand carders could become an easy, fun, and fast tool for blending colors to spin? A tool we might actually want to reach for to blend and prepare fibers? We all have a fiber stash of dyed braids, tops, and rovings. Put your hand cards to use and learn to get the most out of your stash. 

    We will learn to make striped, ombre, gradient, tweed, and marled yarns using our humble handcards. You’ll be amazed at what you can create!

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    Skill level 

    Student should be comfortable spinning wool.

    Supplies Needed

    • Students should bring: spinning wheel/bobbins in excellent operating condition, hand carders (if they have them; there will be some extras available for students to borrow). 

    Homework

    • None
    Materials fee
    • $5.00 covers carding/spinning fibers and workshop handouts.
    • 03/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Boardroom (2nd floor)
    • 11

    Description

    Learn several ways to wrap single or groups of stitches for decorative effects. We’ll try methods found in British, Finnish, and Estonian knitting traditions that include passing slipped stitches over from right and left, winding yarn around stitches, and wraps created with loops of the working yarn. 

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    Skill level 

    Basic knitting: knit/purl, cast-on/bind-off, knit in the round.

    Supplies Needed

    • 1 ball smooth sport-weight wool yarn (Dale Heilo or Falk or Nature Spun Sport work well) – light color yarn works best

    • small amount of contrast yarn if desired

    • set of 4 or 5 dpn or long circular appropriate for yarn –  approx U.S. size 3-4 / 3 -3.5 mm

    • notepaper and pen

    Homework

    • With light yarn, CO 36 sts; join to work in the round. Purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd and then knit 4 rnds. Leave piece on needles so you can begin the class sampler. 

    Materials Fee
    • $3 for handouts

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