Classes

Welcome to our list of upcoming classes! Please read the description of your chosen class thoroughly to make sure it’s right for you. Once you have chosen your class, gives us a call at (416) 603-2338 or email us at info@yarnsuntangled.com to register. If you are unsure if the class is a good fit for your skill level, please ask and we’ll be happy to guide you towards the best fit. If you would like to learn something that is not on our schedule feel free to inquire about private or custom group lessons.

The minimum registration for our classes is two students and maximum is 6 people for most workshops; if the minimum is not met, the class will automatically become a private lesson for one hour and a partial refund of class fee will be given.

Class fees must be paid in advance or a card number can be provided to hold your place. You can provide your payment information either in person or over the phone. If you need to cancel your lesson you must do so at least 24 hours in advance or your class fee will still be collected. Class fees that have been paid up front can be transferred to other classes or can be refunded as store credit.

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Private Classes

Don’t see a class that is right for you? Let us know! We can offer a large variety of classes, far beyond the ones currently on the schedule! If there is a technique you’ve been waiting to try or a specific project you need assistance with, we would be happy to put you in touch with an experienced instructor. $30 an hour for one person $20 each if multiple students are taught in one lesson. Tip: The $20 per person semi-private lessons are a fantastic way to learn with a friend, child, or significant other!

 

Knitting Classes

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Drop-In Clinic

  • Cost: $10/hr or $20 for three hours
  • Teacher: Brenna or Amelia
  • Dates: Every Sunday

Sometimes there’s a problem that just needs 20 minutes of expert attention, but not an entire private lesson. Or occasionally you want to work on a tricky technique with a teacher nearby as a safety net in case something goes wrong. Regardless of the type of snag you’ve run into, we are here and eager to help. Most Sundays from 4-7pm, we will have one of our skilled teachers on hand to help out with all varieties of knitting or crochet problems. If you need help with another craft such as spinning or felting, please call ahead to check in and make sure that we’re ready for you. Unlike our other classes, we don’t require you to register in advance, however please check our calendar to make sure that the Drop-In Clinic is running before coming down to the store.

  • Skill Level: Any level
  • Materials Required: Bring whatever you're working on!
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Knitting for Beginners 1

  • Cost: $45 for 2 hours including materials
  • Teacher: Brenna or Amelia
  • Dates: Tuesdays, March 7th and 14th – 6-7pm
    Saturdays, April 15th and 22nd – 10-11am

Get yourself off to the right start, with this motivating two-part workshop that will prepare you to make your first project. This class teaches students how to cast on, to perform both the knit and purl stitch, and how to bind off. With these skills in hand you can complete a variety of simple projects such as rectangular scarves, head bands, coffee cozies, and more.

  • Skill Level: Absolute Beginner
  • Materials Required: Needles and yarn included

Knitting for Beginners 2

  • Cost: $30 for 2 hours
  • Teacher: Brenna or Amelia
  • Dates: Mondays, January 30th and February 6th – 6-7pm
    Thursdays, March 30th and April 6th – 6-7pm

This class is for when you have practiced the basic knit and purl stitches, and you are ready to try something new and more interesting! With assistance from your instructor, you can explore making non-rectangular shapes, playing with texture, and more! Learn to follow a simple written pattern, perform a variety of increases and decreases, and begin to make a more ambitious project with guidance.

  • Skill Level: Should be comfortable with knit, purl, cast on, and cast off
  • Materials Required: Student should bring medium-sized needles and matching yarn (such as 5mm and worsted weight), available in store

Fixing Mistakes

  • Cost: $30 for 2 hours
  • Teacher: Brenna
  • Dates: Monday, February 20th - 6-8pm

Scared of dropped stitches? Not sure how to fix that mystery hole you accidentally made? Then this is the class for you. Feel the stress melt away as your instructor guides you through the basics of knit fabric’s structure, and teaches you to methodically fix a variety of mistakes that may afflict you. This class will allow you to experiment with your knitting without the fear of “messing it up”.

  • Skill Level: Advanced beginner and up, must be comfortable with knit, purl, casting on and off
  • Materials Required: Please bring some smooth worsted weight yarn and 4-5mm needles. Practice materials can be provided

Project Class

  • Cost: $110 for 8 hours
  • Teacher: Kate (Amelia as Substitute Teacher)
  • Dates: Coming soon!

The project class is one of our most popular workshops – a four week course designed to help you with whatever you’d like to learn. Pattern-reading, gauge-checking, mistake-fixing, increasing, decreasing, finishing a garment, or anything else you’d like to tackle. Some knitters bring a different project each week, some will take this opportunity to undertake a skill they’ve previously found daunting. We recommend picking out your project and materials in advance, and our staff are here to guide you if need be.

  • Skill Level: Any and all
  • Materials Required: Specific to each knitter and available in store

Knitting in the Round

  • Cost: $30 for 2 hours
  • Teacher: Amelia
  • Dates: Coming soon!

Take your knitting to the next level by turning it in a circle! Learning to knit a tube opens many doors including socks, hats, mittens, gloves, sleeves with no seams, and the list goes on. This class will introduce you to casting on, both with a circular needle and then with double-pointed needles, joining your cast on stitches in the round without twisting, and will address several hazards that can arise with circular knitting. Once you have tried both techniques, we will get you started on a simple knitted hat, pattern included.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Materials Required: Size 4.5mm or 5mm double-pointed needles and one 16” circular needle, at least 200 yards of worsted weight yarn, available in store.
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Baby Sweater: An Introduction to One-Piece Garments

  • Cost: $55 for 3 hours
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Coming soon!

The top-down one piece garment construction is very popular, particular for babies’ and kids’ garments. This class is for knitters who are tackling their first such garment. In this class, we work a complete mini-sweater project, building all the skills and techniques you need to successfully work any such design, whether for kids or adults. A copy of a baby-sized sweater pattern is included in the class.

Once finished your wee sweater, we recommend our “Fearless Finishing” class to expand your seaming skills for future garments.

  • Skill Level: Beginner: knitters need to cast on, knit and bind off
  • Materials Required: 4.5mm/US #7 24 inch circular needle and DPNs, approx. 50g light-colored medium-weight yarn

Fearless Finishing

  • Cost: $45 for 2 hours
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Coming soon!

Do you find yourself avoiding patterns because of the strange seaming involved?  Even the most experienced knitters have holes their knowledge that can stymie an otherwise perfect finishing job.  This hands-on workshop teaches practical, useful and sensible finishing skills. Along the way we’ll dispel a lot of common myths, break down some common sources of confusion, and show you short-cuts that make the finishing task easier and improve the finished project. We’ll cover the three key seaming methods – reviewing how to do them and where to use them, including how to set in a sleeve. We’ll practice two key skills that cause problems for knitters of all experience levels: grafting (Kitchener stitch) and picking up stitches – how and where to pick them up, how to handle large numbers of picked up stitches, and what to do if you can’t match the number the pattern calls for. We’ll discuss blocking, weaving in ends and how the proper cast ons and cast offs can make your finishing work easier – and improve the finished result.

  • Skill Level: All levels welcome!
  • Materials Required: Students should bring any projects that need finishing, the swatches below, and a blunt-tipped darning needle.

    PLEASE NOTE: This class requires homework! Using 4.5mm needles and medium-weight yarn in a light colour, make the following squares: 2 4 x 4 in squares in stocking stitch, 1 4 x 4 in square in garter stitch, 1 in 4 x 4 in squares (k1, p1) ribbing; 2 20-stitch swatches of stockinette stitch – work 10 rows and leave the stitches on holders.

Top-Down Socks

  • Cost: $65 for 4 hours
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Tuesdays, January 24th and 31st – 6-8pm

Learn how to make top-down socks on double-pointed needles. Starting with a mini “training sock,” we teach you everything you need to know to knit socks – from working in the round to turning the heel to shaping the toe. Once you’ve mastered the mini, we get you started on your first full-size sock. Along the way, we share lots of tips and techniques, including easy ways to join the round – without twisting! – handling the gusset pickup, and a beginner-friendly no-graft toe. If you’ve not made socks before, this is the class for you. I also demonstrate Magic Loop and patterns provided permit use of both DPNs and magic loop.

  • Skill Level: Advanced beginner/intermediate - knitters must be comfortable with knit, purl, ribbing and decreasing; some experience working in the round is preferable but not absolutely required.
  • Materials Required: Scrap medium-weight yarn in a light color (included in class fee) and 4 or 4.5mm/US #6-7 DPNs and for the first week, and one skein of sock yarn with appropriate DPNs for the second week, available in store. Our staff will be happy to help you pick out your supplies before the class begins, if need be.

Toe-Up Socks

  • Cost: $65 for 4 hours
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Coming soon!

Once you’ve tackled top down socks, take the next step: working the other way. Learn how to make toe-up socks on double-pointed needles. We teach you everything you need to know to work toe-up – from handling the special cast-on for the toe, to turning the heel to the specialized cast offs required. Once you’ve mastered the mini, we make sure you’re equipped to get started on your first full-size sock.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate – knitters must have made at least once pair of top down socks
  • Materials Required: 4 or 4.5mm/US #6-7 DPNs and scrap medium-weight yarn in a light color

Designing Your Own Custom-Fit Socks

  • Cost: $55 for 3 hours
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Coming soon!

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.

  • Skill Level: Knitters must have worked a few pairs of socks
  • Materials Required: Optional homework (recommended) - 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.
Cables 101

Cables 101

  • Cost: $45 for 2 hours
  • Teacher: Kate (substitute: Amelia)
  • Dates: Coming soon!

Cables are a versatile way to level up your knitting, and are featured in a wide variety of knitting styles.  In this class, you will learn the knitter’s dirtiest secret – cables are easy! We’ll address not only how to work cables, but also how to read charts and patterns, and we’ll share expert tips on how to manage the knitting of a complex cable design.

  • Skill Level: Advanced beginner - knitters need to be proficient with knit, purl
  • Materials Required: Scrap yarn in a light color and a cable needle, both included in class fee. Please bring 4.5mm or 5mm needles, or purchase in-store.
Lace 101

Lace 101

  • Cost: $45 for 2 hours
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Coming soon!

Unlike some fabrics that come and go with trends, lace has always had a place in closets, whether it is in shawls, hats, gloves, sweaters, cowls, or countless other garments; it has a unique and beautiful timelessness about it. In this class, we’ll get comfortable with several of the most commonly used lace stitches, learn how to read a few simple lace charts and written instructions, and discuss some of the most common mistakes and how to repair them.

  • Skill Level: Early intermediate, must be quite comfortable with knit, purl, casting on and off, and pattern reading.
  • Materials Required: Please bring 4.5mm or 5mm needles, scrap yarn will be provided.

Fixing Mistakes in Lace

  • Cost: $45 for 2 hours
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Thursday, February 16th – 6-8pm

For knitters who have successfully worked one or two lace patterns, this class focuses on building lace knitting confidence and skills with a focus on fixing mistakes. Through hands-on practice, we’ll demonstrate how to deal with missing or misplaced yarnovers, incorrect or misplaced decreases, and messed up patterns. We’ll also discuss mistake prevention: the use of the lifeline, how to keep track of your progress on your pattern, and tips for ensuring you stay on track.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate, knitters should have some lace experience
  • Materials Required: 4-5mm/US #6-8 needles - straight or short circular, and DK or medium-weight scrap yarn in a light color; a 4-5mm/US #6-8 crochet hook

Double Knitting

  • Cost: $30 for two hours
  • Teacher: Brenna
  • Dates: Coming soon!

Double knitting creates a plush, two-sided fabric where one side is the mirror image of the other! Learn the ins and outs of this fun and challenging technique to create a two-colored reversible fabric, perfect for cowls, shawls, sweaters, hats and more! Once you have practiced the technique in class with guidance, you will be ready to tackle any double knitting project you desire!

  • Skill Level: Intermediate, must be comfortable with knit, purl, cast on, cast off, pattern-reading
  • Materials Required: Included: scrap yarn for practice, please bring 4mm or 5mm needles

Continental Knitting

  • Cost: $45 for two hours
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Coming soon!

Want to knit faster? Are you ready to tackle colour work? Knitting continental style – with the yarn in your left hand rather than right – is the key to speed, and also helps you enormously with colorwork. It’s also useful for knitters who want to manage and minimize hand-strain. We’ll also demonstrate a magical technique for working ribbing and seed stitch without moving the yarn.

  • Skill Level: Late beginner – must be comfortable with knit, purl, casting on and off
  • Materials Required: Two colors of scrap medium-weight yarn (included in fee) and 4.5mm/US #7 needles (straight or circular).
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Introduction to Colourwork: Fair Isle and Intarsia

  • Cost: $55 for 3 hours
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Tuesday, February 7th – 6-9pm

Learn how to work with multiple colors in your knitting, in multiple ways. We’ll start with stripes, tackling those frequently asked questions: the issue of the jog when working in the round, whether to cut or carry the yarn, and how to do those both. (And if you cut, what to do about all those ends.) We’ll then progress to Fair Isle, showing you how read the patterns and charts, and to handle two yarns, whether you work English or Continental, one-handed or two. I’ll demonstrate how (and why) to handle long floats, and how to make sure your fabric is tidy and even. We’ll also tackle Intarsia and slipped stitch colorwork, demonstrating the key differences in techniques required for these other colorwork methods. Along the way, we’ll cover chart reading, how to manage your yarns, and the importance of blocking – and how to do it.

  • Skill Level: Advanced beginner and up, must be comfortable with knit, purl, casting on and off
  • Materials Required: Two colours of scrap yarn and appropriate needle size
Brioche Class

Brioche Knitting

  • Cost: $55 for 3 hours
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Coming soon!

Brioche knitting uses a simple and clever technique to create beautiful fabrics – deep ribs and fascinating colourwork. It’s particularly effectively in two-colours, and surprisingly easy to work in the round. This class covers the skills for working brioche patterns, including reading the sometimes-complicated instructions, and fixing mistakes. Knitters will leave the class with the skills and pattern to create their own scarves and cowls, and with a cowl project well underway.

  • Skill Level: Knitters must be very confident with knit, purl, and working in the round.
  • Materials Required: One 16" circular 4.5mm/US #7 needles and 100 yards each of two colours of worsted/medium-weight yarn.
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Babycakes Baby Blanket

  • Cost: $45 for four hours
  • Teacher: Amelia
  • Dates: Coming soon!

A blanket is a great way to celebrate a new baby (or a new parent) in your life.  Taught by the pattern’s designer, this workshop takes you through the steps needed to make this beautiful and unique baby blanket.  Learn how to make the criss-cross design with slipped stitches using either a cable needle or simply the two needles already in your hands.  This is also a great opportunity for a gentle intro to chart-reading.

  • Skill Level: Early intermediate, must be quite comfortable with knit, purl, casting on and off
  • Materials Required: At least 650 yards of your chosen blanket yarn and appropriately-sized needles. We recommend Cascade Ultra Pima or Luna cotton, both available in-store in a variety of colours.
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Mittens 101

  • Cost: $55 for 3 hours
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Thursday, January 26th – 6-8pm

Mittens are not only a key winter wardrobe item, and a great gift, but they’re also a terrific way to learn some new knitting skills. This class takes knitters through a mini “training” mitten – a classic cuff-up mitt with gusset thumb – so that they can learn everything they need about making mitts in a short amount of time. In the second half of the class, students start a pair of full-size mittens.

  • Skill Level: Advanced beginner - knitters must be proficient with knit, purl; experience with knitting in the round is helpful but not mandatory
  • Materials Required: Scrap medium-weight yarn & 4.5mm/US #7 DPNs; for the full-size mitts, 220 yds medium-weight yarn & 6mm/US #10 DPNs

Thrummed Mittens

  • Cost: $45 for two hours
  • Teacher: Brenna
  • Dates: Coming soon!

Nothing creates a warmer, cozier mitten than thrumming. By knitting strips of lofty un-spun wool roving from Topsy Farms into your mitten, you create a warm, fluffy layer of insulation inside your mittens, that will protect you from the harshest Canadian winds and cold temperatures. This class includes our Thrummed Mitten Kit and guidance for all the techniques you need to make your own pair of the warmest mittens possible!

  • Skill Level: Intermediate, must be comfortable with knit, purl, cast on, cast off, and double-pointed needles
  • Materials Required: Included: thrummed mitten kit, please bring 4.5mm double-pointed needles
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Entrelac Scarf

  • Cost: $55 for 3 hours
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Coming soon!

Entrelac is one of the most beautiful and mystifying of knitterly arts! We’ll teach you everything you need to know to create your own one-of-a-kind scarf, and along the way improve your skills with some new techniques for increasing, decreasing and picking up stitches.

  • Skill Level: Advanced beginner - knitters need to be proficient with knit, purl
  • Materials Required: Scrap of medium-weight yarn & 4.5mm/US #7 needles (straight or short circular), and self-striping or slow gradated worsted or DK weight yarn. We recommend Noro Kureyon.
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Colourwork Christmas Ornaments

  • Cost: $60 for two hours, including materials
  • Teacher: Kate
  • Dates: Coming soon!

There’s something especially cozy about a knitted tree ornament, and these are some of the coziest.  The kit features 11 possible designs (8 easy charts, and 3 more challenging ones), all from the mind of knitting guru Kate Atherley and they are currently only available as part of this collection.

Since most of the charts are relatively uncomplicated, this kit is especially well-suited to any knitter who is comfortable with knitting in the round but has little or no experience in colourwork (more experienced knitters are of course welcome as well).

And since Christmas is coming, this class will feature at least one cup each of Amelia’s famous mulled cider!

  • Skill Level: Intermediate: experience with knitting in the round is a must, but no experience with colourwork is necessary
  • Materials Required: Includes kit: yarn and stuff for two ornaments and pattern. Please bring 3.25mm double pointed or long circular needle

Crochet Classes

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Drop-In Clinic

  • Cost: $10/hr or $20 for three hours
  • Teacher: Brenna or Amelia
  • Dates: Every Sunday

Sometimes there’s a problem that just needs 20 minutes of expert attention, but not an entire private lesson. Or occasionally you want to work on a tricky technique with a teacher nearby as a safety net in case something goes wrong. Regardless of the type of snag you’ve run into, we are here and eager to help. Most Sundays from 4-7pm, we will have one of our skilled teachers on hand to help out with all varieties of knitting or crochet problems. If you need help with another craft such as spinning or felting, please call ahead to check in and make sure that we’re ready for you. Unlike our other classes, we don’t require you to register in advance, however please check our calendar to make sure that the Drop-In Clinic is running before coming down to the store.

  • Skill Level: Any level
  • Materials Required: Bring whatever you're working on!

Crochet for Beginners

  • Cost: $45 for 2 hours
  • Teacher: Brenna
  • Dates: Fridays, January 20th and 27th – 6-7pm
    Tuesdays, February 21st and 28th – 6-7pm
    Saturdays, March 25th and April 1st – 10-11am

For those who are uninitiated, crochet is faster than knitting, boasts extremely versatile design possibilities, and is so rich in texture. This workshop, aimed at absolute beginners, is a perfect way to learn the basics of crochet. Learn to make a chain, single crochet, double crochet, and more advanced techniques as time allows.

  • Skill Level: Absolute Beginner
  • Materials Required: Hook and yarn included
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Amigurumi for Beginners: Crochet a Koala

  • Cost: $30 for 2 hours
  • Teacher: Brenna
  • Dates: Coming soon!

Amigurumi is a cute, quirky style of crocheting toys that is hugely popular in Japan. Learn how easy and fast it is to make these adorable toys in the round. This class is a great first crochet project! Please come to class knowing how to do a single crochet.

  • Skill Level: Advanced beginner
  • Materials Required: 4mm hook and a 50g ball of smooth worsted weight yarn, available in store.
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Skull Shawl

  • Cost: $35 for 2 hours
  • Teacher: Jen
  • Dates: To be announced soon!

Hallowe’en comes to Yarns Untangled! Join us in learning how to crochet this badass skull shawl, in time to wear it out on the 31st. Whether you’re accompanying a trick or treater on their routes, or need something to cover your sexy nurse costume, this shawl is the answer to all your chilly fall needs. This is an annual special class and won’t be offered again until next year, so both owners will be taking the workshop as well, providing that there is space!

  • Skill Level: Intermediate, must be comfortable with a variety of stitches, we recommend at least taking crochet for beginners before taking this class.
  • Materials Required: Minimum of 400 yards of yarn in almost any weight (lace, fingering, sport, DK, or worsted), and an appropriately-sized hook, all of which will be available in store.
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Crocheted Snowflakes

  • Cost: $50
  • Teacher: Jen
  • Dates: Coming soon!

The winter snow has -finally- arrived!  Celebrate this late wintery carpeting of white by making your own crocheted snowflakes in a whole range of designs and shapes.  We will begin by learning learning how to make a basic crocheted snowflake and how to read a variety of snowflake patterns.  We will also discuss the basics behind washing, blocking, and starching your snowflakes for hanging in the window, on the mantle, from your cubicle, or anywhere else that could use some extra fractals.

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  • Skill Level: Late beginner/intermediate: must be comfortable with chain, single and double crochet
  • Materials Required: Included in class fee: one ball of crochet thread and appropriately-sized crochet hook

Fibre Arts Classes

Drop Spindle

Drop Spindle for Beginners

  • Cost: $55 for 2 hours including materials
  • Teacher: Brenna
  • Dates: Monday, February 13th – 6-8pm

Learn the ancient art of spinning your own yarn from simple puffs of wool. Perfect for those that have never tried if before, or those who would like to improve their skills. We will learn about different spin-able fibres, how they are prepared before spinning, and how to control your wool while you use your spindle to add twist. You will leave the class able to use any dyed or natural fibre to make your own unique, and usable yarns for knitting, crochet, embroidery, or weaving!

  • Skill Level: Absolute Beginner/inexperienced spinner
  • Materials Required: Drop spindle starter kit (includes wool, drop spindle and wool wash)

Needle Felting

  • Cost: $45 for 2 hours, materials included
  • Teacher: Brenna
  • Dates: Friday, February 24th - 6-8pm

Few crafts are as versatile and satisfying as needle felting. By poking unspun wool with a barbed needle, you can create a variety of shapes, limited only by your creativity! Whether your goal is to make toys, sculpture, appliques, or fix existing garments affordably, needle felting is a great way to achieve all kinds of shapes with ease. Learn the basics of this underrated craft by experimenting with making basic shapes and blending colors, so that you can make your own creation!

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Materials Required: Included: Louet Corriedale fibre, Topsy Farms roving, felting needle