We've said it before, and we'll say it again: learning is growing. If you want to stay vibrant in your craft, you have to keep moving ahead, absorbing new ideas, learning new skills. It's what keeps us connected to our joy.

We have plenty of joy in this spring's offerings at the shop. We have Bruce Weinstein, bringing us the secret of helical knitting. We have lace and cables, both in one cowl! We have mosaic knitting, thrums, and seaming techniques to make your finished pieces shine. Hang on to your hats, it's going to be fun!

Needless to say, we also have a full head of steam for the season ahead. We're happy, we're lucky, we're raring to go. Come see us!

Julia, June, and Linda

Helix Hat Workshop

With Bruce Weinstein

Helix Hat WorkshopLove striped socks and hats and gloves but hate the jog that colors make when you knit stripes in the round? Then you need to learn to knit colors in the Helix style. The colors spiral up the hat, down the sock, and around the fingers with no jog to point out where your rounds begin and end. Helix knitting can use two, three, or even four colors; you can see some sweet combinations in the photo above, which is also a link to Bruce's go-to hat pattern (provided).

Oh, and Bruce is amazing, he will be providing a delicious lunch for class participants. Cool, huh?

Skills needed: basic (comfortable knitting in the round)

Sunday, March 25th
$75 (includes lunch)

Cozy Thrummed Mittens

Cozy Thrummed MittensIt's cooooooold out--we all need warm mittens! Thrummed mitts uses an easy technique to knit short strands of unspun wool ("thrums") into the fabric of the mitten, creating a toasty warm lining that shapes itself to your hand as your wear them. on the outside, the thrums create an easy colorwork pattern (we'll provide white thrums, but we also have handpainted thrums available in many shades). So change your outlook on winter: knit thrummed mittens!

Skills needed: basic

Sundays, February 11th and 25th

Mosaic Knitting For Everyone

The Tincture Hat

The Tincture HatAndrea Mowry is one of this year's hottest designers (think Find Your Fade) and we love this sprightly beanie! Here Andrea uses mosaic knitting--a technique that uses slipped stitches for nearly effortless colorwork--to make a striking geometric motif. Lara will walk you through the ins and outs of mosaic knitting, and you'll also learn how to work a tubular cast on for a professional and stretchy brim. Two skeins of DK weight yarn is all you need to complete this stylish accessory.

This is class is perfect for those interested in learning how to incorporate colorwork into their knitting or knitters looking to develop a new skill.

Skills needed: basic (comfortable knitting in the round)

Saturdays, February 24th and March 10th


Norah Gaughan's Douro Wrap

Norah Gaughan's Douro Wrap You'll never be cold again--you're welcome! This cozy, oversized wrap is knit in brioche stitch, a lofty, deeply textured stitch that lends gorgeous dimension to knitwear. Linda will show you a basic one-color brioche, plus special increases and decreases that will lend Douro is sinuous patterning. You'll also learn a foolproof stretchy cast-on that has become our go-to at the shop. (Want a closer look? Click on the photo for a ravelry link!)

Douro uses fifteen skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. It's a big project, so we are offering this workshop free of charge when you order your yarn. Come in to choose from the full range of colors in Shelter, and we'll make sure you have all your yarn by class day.

Skills needed: basic

Sunday, March 18th
no charge (with yarn purchase)

Cables AND Lace: So Much Learning!

The Warble Cowl

The Warble CowlWell this is what we call a knitting adventure, and we want you to join us! The warble cowl combines easy lace patterning with basic cables--two techniques that every knitter should have in their toolbox--for a light, pristine wardrobe accessory. Color it pale for spring, or rich and dark for winter; whatever you choose, you'll have a new staple.

Rachel will spend two weeks walking us through both cables and lace, and along the way she'll also cover provisional cast-on, knitting from charts, and three needle bind-off. You'll be the smartest knitter on the block--and you'll have a gorgeous cowl to show for it.

Skills needed: basic

Saturdays, March 3rd and March 31st

Seam It Like A Pro

Seam It Like A ProEver wanted to knit a sweater, but you're afraid of the finishing? In this class Chloe will teach you all the techniques you'll need to piece together a sweater like a professional. You'll learn an invisible vertical seam, a horizontal-to-vertical technique for sleeves, even foolproof tips for setting in shoulders. You'll never fear seaming again--and your knitwear will thank you for it!

Skills needed: basic

Thursday, March 1st

Un finished Business

Bring us Your WIPs!

Bring us Your WIPs!We all have a knitting work-in-progress that has us stuck. Maybe it's been on the back burner for too long and we just lost our mojo. Maybe we made a mistake and we can't fix it. Maybe we went back to an old charted project and couldn't remember where we were. It happens! Whatever has you tangled up in your knitting, come in and let Chloe get you straightened out. As long as you have a pattern and the supplies you started with, we should be able to help diagnose the problem, troubleshoot a solution, and cheer you back towards the finish line. C'mon, reclaim your knitting--you'll feel great!

Skills needed: basic

Saturday, March 24th

Learn To Knit!

Learn To Knit!We want YOU to join us on the great adventure that is knitting. We like to say that knitting is a house with many doors. Maybe you love color, and the way one tone mingles with another in a handknitted piece. Maybe you love texture, and the feel of soofffffffft against your skin. Maybe you're in it for fashion, and creating the look you love. Or maybe you're curious about a traditional craft that has its own ethnic, regional, or family history. Whatever door you choose, there's a place for you in the house of knitting! Come join us for a relaxed introduction among friends. We'll take two Saturday mornings to teach you the basics: knit, purl, casting on, and binding off. You'll start a scarf of your own--and the creative journey of a lifetime!

Saturdays, February 10th and 17th

The Fine Print:
for the sake of our teachers and their preparation, we require that you pre-register for our classes. We occasionally have same-day space available--but we urge you to call ahead!
- many classes require "basic knitting skills." By these we mean comfort with knitting, purling, casting on and binding off.
- all classes require payment in full at the time of registration.
- if we cancel a class, we give you store credit.
- if you cancel your registration with 72 hours notice, we give you store credit.
- late cancellations are not refundable.
- we ask that you purchase all class-related patterns and fiber from Knit New Haven.

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