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

Registration closes March 1, 2020.

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


Saturday Morning & All-Day Classes

    • 03/21/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Mendota 8
    • 14
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    Description: If you've got a few (or many) skeins of lovely handpainted yarn, but don't know what to do with them, this class is for you! Jennifer, a designer of hand dyed yarns, will show & teach the most spectacular ways to show off your special skeins. This class covers fearless color combining, innovative ways to work with 2+ skeins of handpainted yarns, color theory, and more. We will focus on the creation of socks, shawls, & scarves.
     
    Participants will learn how to visualize how a handpainted, multi-color skein will knit up, how to work with long & short color repeats, & explore the stitches that avoid unsightly color pooling. We'll practice learning several stitch patterns & their variations that show off multi-colored yarn, including chevron; linen stitch; mitered square; feather & fan. You'll leave with beautiful illustrations of handpaints, & confidence & resources to create lovely pieces on your own! This is an intermediate class, intended for students who are relatively proficient knitters.

    Skill Level: Participants should be able to knit, purl, yarn over, ssk, k2tog, kfb, double decrease.

    Homework:  None

    Tools Needed: Bring a beloved skein or two of handpainted fingering weight yarn, ready to knit (wound into a ball or cake); straight or double point needles (with point protectors), sizes 4, 5, 6.  Participants will receive: Handouts with stitch patterns.

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/21/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Waubesa
    • 16
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    Description: Dimensional Tuck Knitting is a technique that transforms a simple flat stockinette fabric into one that will bend, fold, and double back on itself to create exciting new depth and texture. In class you will learn the basic stitches, how to read the charts, and how to see the stitch pattern within the charts. Next, we explore the impact your choice of background stitch and what the scale of the stitches will have on Dimensional Tucks stitches.  Finally, you will learn the tips and tricks of measuring gauge and working Dimensional Tucks in the round.

    Skill Level: Student must be able to cast on, cast off, knit, purl, K3tog, P3tog

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Smooth light colored worsted weight yarn. (example Cascade 220, no hairy, fuzzy yarns); knitting needles appropriately sized for yarn; scrap yarn in contrasting color; scissors

    Materials Fee: None

     

    • 03/21/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Mendota 5
    • 9
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    Description: In Portuguese style knitting the yarn is tensioned around a knitting pin on your shoulder or your neck. Stitches are created by a flick of your thumb making this an easy way to knit without stressing your hands and wrists.  

    Skill Level: Need to know how to cast on, knit and purl.

    Homework:  None

    Tools Needed: Worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn); either straight or circular needles in size appropriate for your yarn; usual knitting supplies.

    Materials Fee: $8, Portuguese Knitting Pin & Authorized Handouts


    • 03/21/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Board Room
    • 11
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    Description: Many knitters avoid Kitchener stitch.  It’s NOT hard, you can do this!  Learn not only how to work a basic kitchener in stockinette and garter stitch, but how to weave your knitting together in patterns. We will be making 4 cup cozies, one in garter, one in stockinette with garter stitch borders, one in K1, P1 ribbing, and one with garter borders, reverse stockinette stitch, and cables. Each cozy begins with a provisional cast-on and is shaped with short rows to better fit the cup. If you wish, omit the short rows and you will end up with cuffs or cozies for a water bottle.

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Homework: Four cup cozies - These cozies are designed to fit a Starbucks Grande cup. You may need to work additional repeats for larger cups. You most definitely need to have negative ease on these. I am working with 1" negative ease from the diameter of the base of the cup. My cups are 8" around at the base.

    Each cozy uses a provisional cast on. I like the method where you use a crochet hook and work a chain stitch around the knitting needle, but any type of provisional cast on will work. Judy's Magic Cast-on, or any other double-sided cast on will NOT work.

    I used Japanese short rows in my samples, but any form of short rows you are comfortable working is just fine.  I used short rows to make the cozies wider at the top than the bottom because this is how most to-go cups are shaped. If you plan to use yours around a cup that is straight-sided or a water bottle then you may choose to omit the short row shaping altogether.

    I worked my samples using a contrast color to join them. This is obviously not invisible, if you wish yours to be totally invisible then leave yourself a 1-yard tail on each cozy when you break the yarn.

    Materials needed for each cozy: Smooth, light colored Worsted weight yarn; size 8 needles; waste yarn

    Garter Stitch Cup Cozy

    • Provisionally cast on 20 sts. Join main color, do not knot. Rows 1-10: Knit. 
    • Row 11: K10, turn, K10. Repeat rows 1-11 five times more.
    • Knit 9 rows. Leave stitches live and set aside.

    Stockinette Cup Cozy

    • Provisionally cast on 20 sts with waste yarn.  Join main yarn, do not knot.
    • Row 1: K20.  Row 2: K3, P14, K3.  Repeat rows 1 and 2 twice more
    • Row 7: K10, W&T, P7, K3. Repeat rows 1-7 six times more, hiding wraps as you come to them.
    • Then work rows 1&2 once more and row 1 once.  Leave stitches live and set aside.

    Ribbed Cup Cozy

    • Provisionally cast on 30 stitches with waste yarn. Join main Color, do not knot.
    • Rows 1-6: (K1, P1) across. Row 7: (K1, P1) 7 times, W&T, (K1, P1) 7 times.
    • Repeat rows 1-7 five times more, hiding wraps as you come to them.
    • Work 5 more rows of K1, P1 ribbing.  Leave live stitches on needle and set aside.

    Cabled Cup Cozy

    • With waste yarn, provisionally cast on 28 sts. Join main Color, do not knot.
    • Row 1: K3, P3, K6, P4, K6, P3, K3.  Row 2: K6, P6, K4, P6, K6.
    • Row 3: K3, P3, K6, P4, K6, P3, K3.  Row 4: K6, P6, K4, P6, K6.
    • Row 5: K3, P3, C3B, P4, C3B, P3, K3.  Row 6: K6, P6, K4, P6, K6.
    • Row 7: K3, P3, K6, P2, W&T, K2, P6, K6.
    • Repeat rows 1-7 six times more, then work rows 1-5 leave live stitches on a needle and set aside.
    Tools Needed: To bring to class: 4 completely knitted cozies; spare size 8 needles (dpns are best); tapestry needles (large eye); scissors; extra yarn for working Kitchener in class

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/21/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Wingra
    • 5
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    Description: This unusual type of Aran construction is controversial as to its historic authenticity.  Nevertheless, it is a fascinating concept, which results in a stunning garment that is fun to knit.  While knitting a small sampler sweater from the neck down, traditional Aran pattern motifs will be worked, including bobbles, traveling stitches, knit/purl motifs, baby cables, background stitches, and more!   The neckline studied will be shaped for a comfortable fit by utilizing increases and casting on extra stitches.  This sampler is worked back and forth flat.

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Tools Needed:

    • Yarn: Three oz. worsted weight, smooth-textured wool yarn (light colored is best so you can see what you are doing), a few yards of contrast (waste) yarn
    • Needles: Sizes US 5 and 7 (3.75 mm and 4.5 mm) single point or circular needles­, whichever are easiest for you to use
    • Notions: Stitch holders, stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle, cable needle, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart
    • Optional: Three 1/2" buttons.  Also, if you are not used to working with Aran charts, you may want to bring three differently colored high-lighters to mark the symbols on the chart.

    Homework: None

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/21/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Monona
    • 0
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    Description: Ever known a knitter who hasn’t said, “Just one more row?”  Me neither! In this class, you’ll learn how knitting effects the “fabric that makes the fabric” – your body, and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class you’ll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you’ll learn how to reduce them.  A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after.  Students who have taken this class have said that it should be “required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level!” and, “it’s as important as the knit and purl stitches!”  This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.  This class is not an individual knitting assessment.

    Skill Level: Suitable for all levels of knitting experience.

    Tools Needed:

    Students are asked to bring a bath-sized towel, and materials to take notes of they wish to do so.  Bring a knitting project you can work on and analyze in class.

    Homework: None

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/21/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Kegonsa
    • 11
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    Description: In this workshop, we will examine the various components of a bottom-up, seamless yoke sweater. After we have recorded the body measurements required for this type of garment, we will work through all of the steps (and the math!) needed for you to leave with a personalized pattern that you can take home to create your own Icelandic lopapeysa. An assortment of yoke patterns and motif bands will be provided for you to incorporate into your design. Questions pertaining to designing yoke patterns and top-down construction methods will be considered as time permits.

    Skill Level: Basic understanding of sweater construction.

    Tools Needed: Homework, as well as measuring tape and calculator. Handouts will be provided.

    Homework:  Homework will consist of preparing a 5" by 5" gauge swatch in stockinette stitch using either Álafosslopi or Léttlopi or similar yarn.

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/21/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Mendota 6
    • 2
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    Description: This workshop is all about how knitted fabric behaves.  The fabric you make can have wildly different characteristics and shapes depending on how you combine knit and purl stitches, where you slip stitches, whether you cross stitches, how you incorporate increases and decreases, and much more.  We will knit swatches of stitch patterns that pull in, pull up, bias, curl and pleat.  In the process, we will explore the importance of both stitch gauge and row gauge to understanding how these stitches work their magic.  We’ll also cover issues of yarn selection, elasticity, drape, and techniques of blocking.

    Skill Level: Intermediate knitting (comfortable casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, increases and decreases, standard bind off).

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: 100-200 yards of yarn (sport or worsted weight in solid, light color);  knitting needles appropriate for the yarn; darning needle.

    Materials Fee: $15


    • 03/21/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Mendota 7
    • 0
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    Description: A very old traditional style of knitting basket with a modern twist. We will be using color and some texture. A great basket for you to weave some homespun or bits of your favorite yarn in. This is a rib style of weaving…one of my favorites. I will have several color choices for you to pick from.

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Instructor will provide tools needed

    Material Fee: $27


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