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.


Sunday Morning & All-Day Classes

    • 03/22/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Mendota 5
    • 5
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    Description: Spice it up! Have you ever finished a project and thought, “Well… that’s rather boring…”? Then this is the class for you! In just 3 hours you will learn how to add “spices” to make your knitting one of a kind. Get ideas on how to use that weird variegated skein. Let’s change that default ribbing and the normal stockinette stitch…. Let’s drop some stitches! Not an expert knitter?? That’s okay, after this class you will be able to amaze even your Mother-In-Law!

    Skill Level:  Student must know how to knit, purl, cast on and how to use double point needles for knitting in the round.

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Two (2) complementary skeins of worsted weight yarn; size 8 or 9 double points (7 inch long); paper and pen for notes; scissors, size G crochet hook.

    Materials Fee: None



    • 03/22/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Wingra
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description: Curious about the 400-year-old Swedish technique of Twined, or Two-End, Knitting?  This unusual method of knitting produces a very warm, firmly elastic fabric and motifs not possible in any other type of knitting. In this three-hour class, knit one of a pair of wristers while learning a traditional cast-on, twined knitting, twined purling, and motifs that combine these such as the "O" stitch, the Crook stitch, and the Chain Path.  Learn how to manage your yarns so that untwisting becomes a cinch!  Reading Twined Knitting charts is also included.

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Homework: Wind your yarn into a center pull ball if it is not already a pull-skein.  Find both ends of the ball before class.

    Tools Needed:
    • Yarn: One skein of worsted weight wool yarn, preferably light colored.  The skein must be wound as a center-pull ball because you will be working with both ends.  Also, at least 4 yards of a contrast color of worsted weight yarn. No single ply yarns!  Heathers and fuzzy yarns obscure the patterns.  Four ply yarns show the textures best. 
    • Needles: One set of size 6 or 7 (4 or 4.5 mm) DP needles or two circulars of any length.
    • Notions: Stitch markers, sticky notes or a magnetic board to keep one's place on the chart

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/22/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Monona
    • 15
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    Description: Avast ye maties! Let’s bring improved ergonomics to life in your knitting technique.  We’ll swatch to improve your posture, comfort and efficiency.  We’ll examine yarn tensioning techniques, and all phases of stitch creation first with simple then more challenging swatches and stitches. We’ll also look at ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse.  Class is appropriate for students who are comfortable with basic knit and purl stitches.  Swatches of basic cable and lace patterns are made in class.  Stitch patterns are provided in both chart and written formats.

    Skill Level: Suitable for all levels of knitting experience.

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Students are asked to bring light colored worsted weight yarn (4 oz. is sufficient) and needles appropriate for yarn, a bath sized towel, and materials to take notes.

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/22/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Waubesa
    • 21
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    Description: Have you ever had the urge to just cast on but didn't have access to any patterns? Do you have that one beautiful orphan skein that doesn't seem to work well with any other pattern you've tried? Would an intriguing but mindless knit that can be taken anywhere with nothing in the bag but the yarn and needles be appealing to you? Let's create this go anywhere, one of a kind, project!

    By employing principles similar to those used by Mother Nature to generate life you will create your own continuing stitch pattern that does not need a written pattern or a chart to knit. In class we will focus on creating textured fabrics.

    Skill Level: Knit/Purl, K2tog; cast on/bind of; increase/decrease

    Homework: 

    Cast on 33 sts.

    Rows 1-3: Knit.

    Row 4: K3, p27, k3.

    Row 5: Knit.

    Repeat rows 4 and 5.

    Leave stitches on needle, do not bind off.

    Tools Needed: Worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors; needles sized appropriate to yarn weight; graph paper; pencil; eraser

    Materials Fee: None

    • 03/22/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kegonsa
    • 7
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    Description: Have you ever wondered how designers come up with their patterns? In this class, we will go step-by-step through the process of designing your own Fair Isle hat. We will look at what to consider when choosing colors for a stranded project and discuss the importance of yarn dominance. We will examine existing motifs available in source materials and draft our own examples on chart paper. We will discuss swatching in the round and learn the Channel Island cast-on method, which sets up 1x1 ribbing beautifully. At the end of this workshop, you will leave with a completed pattern and be well on your way to knitting up a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of your own.

    Skill Level: Basic understanding of stranded colorwork

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Worsted-weight yarn in 2 to 7 colors, Size US 6 [4.00 mm] and US 8 [5.00 mm] circular needles or double-pointed needles, or size needed to obtain a gauge of 20 sts = 4" in stockinette stitch. Colored pencils and an eraser are optional, but recommended. Chart paper will be provided.

    Materials Fee: None


    • 03/22/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Mendota 6
    • 8
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    Description: Twisting fiber into yarn is arguably the oldest of all technologies.  For most of human history, all yarns were spun using a very simple tool: the drop spindle.  In this workshop, we will use drop spindles to create yarn from wool fiber.  We will spin “singles” and we will make a 2-ply yarn.  Participants will take home a CD drop spindle.

    Skill Level:  No experience necessary

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: A readiness to try something new!  If you have a drop spindle, do bring it (if not, one will be provided in class).

    Materials Fee: $15



    • 03/22/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Mendota 8
    • 7
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    Description: Many knitting patterns include instructions for “fading” from one colorway to the next. Fading is a great way to use up partial balls of yarn, to create unique, beautiful knitwear, and to combine colors that seem to have nothing in common!  These techniques are excellent for newer and sometimes challenging hand-dyes: high-contrast handpaints, speckle-dyes,and very short color repeat space-dyes. This knitting technique is simple & suitable for beginners!

    This class will show multiple ways to creatively combine contrasting colorways in garments and accessories! This class provides information, examples, and techniques on striping, striping-in or gradual color shifts, seed stitch and seed-variation fades, and fading in a mitered square, and more.

    Techniques taught: slip stitch technique, joining a contrast yarn mid-row (beginning intarsia); working with high-contrast handpainted yarns.

    Skill Level: Easy, should know how to cast-on, knit, purl.

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Please bring 3 colors of contrasting fingering weight yarn (small or partial balls fine), double point or straight needles, size 5; circular needles, size 5 or 6; stitch markers and small notions bag with the usual tools.

    Materials Fee: None



    • 03/22/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Board Room
    • 12
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    Description: Learn 4 different heel shapings and 3 different toes to mix your sock knitting up. We will cover the Band heel, Dutch Heel, a short row heel and an Afterthought Heel, along with Star Toe, Petal Toe, and Round Toe. No homework but LOTS of knitting in class.

    Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Worsted weight yarn in two colors you can see (small quantities of odds and ends are perfect); US #8 dpn (or other preferred method for working small circumstance); usual knitting supplies of scissors, stitch markers, etc.

    Material Fee: None


    • 03/22/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Mendota 7
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Description:  A fun basket to carry your latest project in. Weaving on a Williamsburg Handle (flat at bottom but flares out). Learn to go from square to round. There will be several color choices for the accents rows and lashing.

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Homework: None

    Tools Needed: Instructor will provide tools needed

    Material Fee: $25


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