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classes at nina

beginner group classes

Group classes are offered regularly to teach people how to knit. They cost $20-$50, depending upon the size of the group and the length of the class. There’s a 10% discount on class supplies. In no time you’ll make a cowl!

For upcoming class dates, please see the schedule below. Call or stop by to register in advance.

private lessons

Private knitting and crochet lessons are offered for $25 per hour. Designed for those who want individual attention, they can help you learn how to knit, refresh your skills, practice a new stitch, decipher your pattern, or get the support you need. They are available by appointment during regular business hours. Just stop by or call to schedule one.

project-based group classes

There are various group workshops that focus on specific projects and techniques. They include classes that teach hats, gloves, socks, sweaters, cables, fair isle, lace, and more. They're scheduled periodically.

For upcoming class dates, please see our schedule below.

class schedule

 

Learn to Knit Part 1 / $25 for 1 session (plus supplies – purchased on day of class)

 

Sunday, February 19  from 1:00-2:30 pm (register here)

or

Sunday, March 5  from 1:00-2:30 pm (register here)

or

Saturday, March 18  from 1:00-2:30 pm (register here)

 

 

Learn to Knit Part 2 / $25 for 1 session (plus supplies – purchased on day of class)

Wednesday, March 1  from 5:30-7:00 pm (register here)

or

Sunday, March 12  from 1:00-2:30 pm (register here)

 

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Learn To Knit Part 1 & Part 2

Learn the basics of knitting: how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.  Whether you’ve never knit before or need a refresher, this class will get you up and running!

Our simple cowl is a great beginner project.  In Part 1 you’ll start your cowl and we’ll guide you through it.  In Part 2 you can learn whatever you’d like.  If you still need to finish your first project, we’ll help you with that.  If you want to learn a new stitch or pattern, we’ll help you select the perfect next project and get you going.  Our classes are flexible to meet your individual needs.

Most people start by signing up for Part 1 and Part 2.  After that, you may have enough confidence to continue developing knitting skills on your own.  Or you may wish to take additional classes periodically to guide you through more challenging projects.  You can become a competent knitter pretty quickly, but there’s always something new to learn!

 

 

Learn to Knit THAT Pink Hat (pussyhatproject.com) / $25  (plus supplies – purchased on day of class)

Private lessons available by request

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Since the Women’s March we’ve discovered that many women still want to wear pink hats as a symbol of solidarity. So we’re going to teach you how to make one! No knitting experience required.

You’ll start your hat in class, and then you can join one of our weekend afternoon knitalongs for help with finishing. Before you know it, you’ll have a new favorite hat!

 

 

Learn to Knit A Hat / $25  (plus supplies  – purchased on day of class)

Wednesday, March 1  from 5:30-7:00 pm (register here)

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Hats are a great next step after you’ve mastered scarves and cowls.  You’ll learn to knit in the round with circular and double pointed needles.

 

 

Learn to Knit Cables / $25  plus supplies

coming soon

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If you can knit and purl, you can knit cables!  Choose a simple cabled hat, scarf, or gloves.  We’ll have you twisting cables in no time at all.

 

 

Cast On…ward Goal Setting Workshop with Life Coach, Jen Wille / $40

coming soon

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Knowing where you want to be is everything. Having a clear idea of what you want and how to get there empowers you to make day to day decisions that are in alignment with your core values. How you do your day begins to shift, creating more awareness around the action you must take to make what you want a reality.

Create momentum for 2017 as we set some intentional goals to make this your best year yet!

If you’re ready to get your self-development on in a fun, small-knit environment with like-minded passionistas, this event is for you.

What you get:

  • Clarity on what’s holding you back and what will move you forward
  • Tools for setting goals that stick
  • A detailed action plan to make things happen
  • Support and accountability to help you stay motivated
  • Inspiration, energy, friendship, and coffee!

 

 

A Taste of Shetland / $20 (includes light refreshments)

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Hilary recently returned from Scotland, where she traveled with other knitters to learn about the history and culture of knitting in Shetland.  She would love to share her experience with you!

Maybe you’ve been thinking of taking your own trip over to the Island of Shetland (more info here) or maybe you would just like a taste of the experience.  Either way, please join us as Hilary shares gorgeous photos of the island and stories from the journey, including trips to mills, knits shops, farms, and even a county fair.  Plus you’ll learn about color and how to incorporate the influences of nature into your knitting with special fair isle patterns.

 

 

Shetland Inspired Fair Isle Knitting / $25 plus supplies

coming soon

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Bring a little Shetland inspiration to your knitting!  Fair isle is a type of stranded color work where you only manage 2 colors at a time, so it’s easier than it looks.  Stop in for pattern recommendations (including these above), and advice about getting started.  You’ll be ready to master the fair isle technique!

 

 

Learn To Make A Simple Wall Hanging / $50 (includes supplies)

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If you’re looking for a project that’s incredibly simple and offers a multitude of ways to play with yarn, this one is for you!  Experiment with colors, textures, and layers, easily arranging and rearranging your design as it all comes together.  This Workshop includes an assortment of yarn, beads and creative ideas for your unique piece.  Participants will leave with their finished wall hanging and a whole new perspective on yarn!

 

 

Learn To Weave / $75 (includes supplies)

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This fun Workshop is an Introduction to Weaving – no skills required!

You’ll learn several techniques as you work with various yarns on a custom designed loom.  Joslyn, Chicago artist and art teacher, will guide you to create a mini wall hanging!  You’ll leave with a unique finished piece, and your own loom and weaving guide.

 

 

Learn Embroidery / $55 (includes supplies)

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Embroidery, the art of using thread to embellish fabric, has come back in unique and contemporary ways!  Local artist, Joslyn, will teach several popular stitches using a custom designed sampler!

 

 

Learn To Block Print Tea Towels / $45 (includes supplies)

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A set of hand printed towels makes the perfect gift for a birthday, a new homeowner, or a new bride!  Or they’ll look beautiful in your own home!  In this Workshop you’ll learn the process of block printing to create custom stamps.  Then you’ll use your stamps to print on a tea towel.  The result is a lovely, personalized gift.

 

 

 

 

Learn To Crochet  / $25 plus supplies

Private lessons available by request.

Learn the basics of crochet: the chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet. Granny square techniques will be reviewed so you can crochet in the round. Choose to make either a Cowl or a Trivet.

 

 

Help With Hilary / $25

Private lessons available by request.

Buttonholes, lace, stripes, blocking, kitchener stitch, seaming – there’s something out there that will trip up every knitter from the beginner to the most experienced.  Whatever it is, don’t let it get the best of you!  Hilary is here to help – with something as small as reading your pattern to something as tricky as creating an elegant lace motif.  Each help session will include demonstrations of Hilary’s best tips, but please bring your questions and sidetracked projects too.  Try a session – and see how much more you’re capable of!

 

 

Don’t Nix It, Fix It! / $20

Private lessons available by request.

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You know who you are… you are like many other knitters who are afraid to make a mistake because you don’t know how to fix it!  The best way to become confident in your knitting is to understand it and correct it yourself.  This class will show you how to identify and fix mistakes such as dropped, incomplete, and twisted stitches – plus more.

 

 

Stripe It!  / $25 plus supplies

Private lessons available by request.

Stripes are fun!  We’ll help you choose your color combination.  Then we’ll teach you how to change yarn colors and manage your ends.

 

 

Learn To Knit In The Round / $25 plus supplies

Private lessons available by request.

Become a master of circular needles.  We’ll begin by casting on and joining in the round, then keep on going and going.  No turning around and going back!

 

 

Beyond Beginner Knitting  / $25 plus supplies

Private lessons available by request.

Seed Stitch Cowl

This class is ideal for those who know how to knit and are ready for the next step.  Learn anything you want – such as how to purl, stripe colors, create cables, or knit in the round.  We’ll help you choose a new project for your new skill.

 

 

Learn To Knit Entrelac / $25 plus supplies

Private lessons available by request.

This fun knit looks like basket weave.  It can be knit in the round or flat, and it’s actually quite simple.  If you are comfortable with knitting and purling, you should give this technique a try.

 

 

Make Fingerless Mitts / $25 plus supplies

Private lessons available by request.

Learn to make a cute pair of mitts.  You can knit them with straight needles and sew a seam, or you can work in the round with double points.

 

 

Navigating Ravelry / $15

Private lessons available by request.

Ravelry is a great resource, but it can also be confusing.  This class will teach you the ins and outs of the site, how to manage your projects, how to maximize your searches for patterns and yarn, and much more.  Chances are you haven’t even scratched the surface of all that Ravelry has to offer.

 

 

Crochet a Chunky Basket / $25 plus supplies

Private lessons available by request.

This class will be a great introduction to crochet.  You’ll learn the stitches, how to follow a pattern, and be well on your way to a great basket for all your yarn!

 

 

Learn Tunisian Crochet / $25 plus supplies

Private lessons available by request.

This fun technique is often described as a hybrid of knitting and crocheting. Practice basic tunisian stitches on a swatch or start a real project.  No previous crochet experience necessary.

 

 

Knit Something Cute for Someone Cute / $25 plus supplies

Private lessons available by request.

We’ve all had someone cute introduced into our lives recently, be it a niece or nephew, or perhaps our own little one.  Few things are more fun to make than cute little projects that don’t take much time.  A garment, accessory or toy… just pick one and we’ll help you get started!

 

 

Chevron Knitting / $25 plus supplies

Private lessons available by request.

Get your zig and zag on in our chevron class!  There are many ways to do chevrons and we have project ideas suited for both beginners and more advanced knitters.

 

 

Knit Something Light & Lacey: a Shawl or Cowl / $25 plus supplies

Private lessons available by request.

In this class you’ll learn increases, decreases, and yarn overs to help you shape a project.  Choose from a variety of patterns:  light, lacey, or both.

 

 

Multi-Color Knitting / $25 plus supplies

Private lessons available by request.

If you’ve ever wanted to work with more than one color, either stranding or striping, this is the class for you!  Bring in a pattern you’ve been wanting to make, or let us help you choose one. Get ready to be colorful!

 

 

 

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