Design and Knit a Top-Down Raglan Sweater Instructor Ann Chaves

Design and Knit a Top-Down Raglan Sweater
Instructor Ann Chaves

Session One (Wait List)

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm 5 Session Class held on: January 10, 17, 24; February 14, 28

Session Two

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm 5 Session Class held on: March 13, 20; April 3, 17, 24
This Session has been canceled.

Do you see sweaters in stores that you would like to knit yourself? Have you ever wanted to combine elements of two or three different sweaters into one project? Have you always dreamed of designing the perfect sweater to fit you? Then this class is for you! Instructor Ann Chaves will guide you through all the steps of taking your ideal sweater from dream to reality in this five-session class. Ann will show you how to design your own sweater based on your gauge, so that you won’t have to depend on a pattern to know what to do. You will be able to make the sweater you want with the yarn you want. She will guide you through the ins and outs of gauge, so you can confidently calculate all the numbers involved in creating a sweater. The class consists of five sessions stretched over seven weeks – so that you have some weeks off to work on knitting your creation. You can choose to design either a cardigan or a pullover for your project. And Ann has created a special Workbook just for this Class, so you can use it to make this sweater – and use it for future sweaters, too! Instructor Ann Chaves has been knitting all her life. She earned a degree in Art Education with an emphasis on Fiber Arts. A love of embroidery in the Arts and Crafts style led her to teaching and designing, and she now teaches embroidery workshops all over the country. Ann also teaches Group Knitting Classes here at Northwest Wools. We are delighted to have her as part of our Teaching Staff! This class will not only introduce you to sweater design, it will also give you a higher sense of control over your knitting even when following someone else’s pattern. This is a great opportunity to learn something new in the New Year!

Class Details

Session One (Wait List)

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm 5 Session Class held on: January 10, 17, 24; February 14, 28 $75 for five sessions – includes class workbook

Session Two

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm 5 Session Class held on: March 13, 20; April 3, 17, 24 $75 for five sessions – includes class workbook Class is limited to 6 students, to ensure a high level of attention to each student. Due to the popular nature of this class, please don’t wait to register. Sign up by calling our LYS: 503-244-5024.


Be sure to pick up an information sheet when you register for the class. You will need to purchase yarn for your sweater, and knit and block a swatch prior to the first class session.

Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery Knit Along and Crochet Along

Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery Knit Along and Crochet Along

Now that your Holiday projects are out of the way, how about creating something for yourself? It’s the perfect time to take flight with something new, so how about the Rose City Yarn Crawl’s Mystery Alongs?

This year’s Yarn Crawl theme is “Birds of the Pacific Northwest.” Marie Greene of Olive Knits has designed the Mystery Knit Along, while Laurinda Reddig is back with another Mystery Crochet Along design. We can’t wait to see what these two talented designers have put together for this year’s Crawl!

To join either Mystery Along, purchase the pattern you are interested in on Ravelry. Then pick out your yarn, grab your hook or needles and get ready to rock! Here at Northwest Wools we have several yarn choices – in lots of colors and price points – for you to pick from for your MAL. ‘Cause we know you love choice!

MKAL Yarns:

Shaggy Bear Farms Tussah Silk/Merino
Knitted Wit Sock
Malabrigo Sock
Madelinetosh Twist Light

MCAL Yarns:

Berroco Folio
MountainTop Vail
Malabrigo Sock
Madelinetosh Twist Light

We would be delighted to help you pick out your yarn combination from this large recommended selection. Come on in – or phone us – anytime, so you can get started!

Clue #1 arrives mid-January, followed by four more weekly clues. Then comes the best part: Wearing your Mystery Along and sharing it with other Yarn Crawlers! It’s always fun to see the variety of colors and interpretations that everyone brings to their Mystery Alongs! It’s one of the best parts of our Rose City Yarn Crawl!!

So sign up for a Mystery Along today – and begin your own Countdown to Yarn Crawl!

Upcoming Events

Apr 25

Local Yarn Store Day

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Crochet Collage Artist Candace Coleman Art Show & Sale

Crochet Collage Artist Candace Coleman Art Show & Sale

Friday, December 6
2:00 – 6:00 pm

We are excited to bring Candace Coleman back to Northwest Wools to showcase her unique crocheted artwork! Join us on First Friday for an Art Show and Sale of Candace’s work.

Candace’s beautiful crochet collages reflect her deep connection to nature. “Each piece of artwork I create is to honor the life force,” she says. “It is a celebration of the wonders and diversity of the natural world. It is a quiet form of activism – a plea to walk gently on the planet and a plea to care for the inhabitants.”

Candace’s artwork is inspired by her observation of the natural world. With an image in mind, she crochets hundreds of small spirals and uses them to form a design. Next, she pieces together a backing from cotton fabric and hand-sews the crocheted pieces to it. Tide pools, lichens, flower parts, and transition areas such as the edge of the sea are some of the subjects of her artwork.

“I am especially interested in the variety of species that live tightly packed together in apparent harmony,” says Candace. “There is such a sense of community and relationship.”

Candace has worked as a Fiber Artist since the 1970s, first as a creator of tapestries, then as a Mixed Media Artist, and more recently in crochet collage. She has been commissioned to create pieces for local businesses and private collections, and her artwork has been exhibited at a variety of venues, including the Portland Art Museum, the Henry Gallery in Seattle, and the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.

We hope you can join us on First Friday to see these original creations, meet the Artist, and perhaps purchase one as the perfect holiday gift!

Multnomah Village’s annual Holiday Gala will also be taking place, so stick around and soak up the atmosphere! Special events include a tree-lighting ceremony, free horse-drawn carriage rides, Carolers, a strolling Santa, and more!


Holiday Gifts at Northwest Wools

Holiday Gifts at Northwest Wools

Holiday Gifts at Northwest Wools

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your gift lists: both what you plan to give others, and those items you want to add to your own wish list! For either one, we’ve got you covered with an array of items that will delight any Fiber Artist.

We’ve got a large selection of beautiful ceramic yarn bowls and matching mugs from Master Potter Frank Philipps. Frank has been making pottery in the Bauhaus tradition for almost 40 years, combining function and beauty in every hand-made piece.

Frank Phillips Pottery is based in Ashland, Oregon. When you buy one of Frank’s bowls or mugs, you are not only purchasing a unique piece of art, you are also supporting an Oregon artist. Northwest Wools is proud to support Frank Philipps Pottery, and thrilled to be the exclusive Portland vendor of these one-of-a-kind yarn bowls.

Interchangeable knitting needle sets are high on many knitters’ wish lists, and we have sets in a number of varieties and price ranges. We also have crochet hook sets for the crochet enthusiast in your life. And for crafters of all stripes, we have a variety of needle and hook storage cases, books, project bags and yarn caddies — some hand-made by Northwest Wools Instructor Judy!

Bags and mugs available for purchase as well.

We love our new Northwest Wools Project Bags. These stylish bags were designed exclusively for our shop by Heidi West Designs, and come in two different patterns. They feature internal pockets and plenty of space for your projects, and the zippered top stands open like a doctor’s bag! What a chic and practical gift for anyone on your list (including you!)!

Knit Plant Cozies

We have lots of popular yarn kits to choose from, or we can help you build your own. The Plant Pot Cozy Kit comes with yarn, pattern and adorable ceramic button. You can give the kit itself as a gift, or, if you have time, crochet it yourself and add a plant for an extra special present.

And if you’re looking for something unique, browse our selection of locally dyed and sourced yarns. These exquisite yarns are the type of luxury item we don’t always buy for ourselves, but covet every time we’re in the yarn store! That special skein is sure to make any fiber artist smile.

Tools that make crafting easier are always a hit. We have umbrella swifts and ball winders so you can wind your yarn skeins quickly and neatly. Or treat your favorite crafter to a Coco Knits Maker’s Keep. This handy magnetic bracelet gives you a place to stick your stitch markers, cable needles and other metallic items so they’re right there when you need them.

And what better gift is there for a fiber enthusiast than a trip to the yarn store? If you’d like to give the gift of an experience as well as something material, consider a Northwest Wools Gift Certificate. We can create one for you in any dollar amount you choose. The recipient is sure to enjoy browsing our colorful, fiber-filled shelves, dreaming up new projects.

It’s not too late to create a handmade gift for that special someone!

There’s still time to make one-of-a-kind gifts for your family, friends and loved ones. We have one of the largest yarn and fiber inventories in town, including a large selection of beautiful bulky and super bulky yarns, and fast, easy patterns, so you can finish your handmade gifts quickly. Check out our shop models for inspiration!

The Golden Tickets Program offers great holiday deals and supports shopping local.

Once again, we will be participating in this popular shop-local program. Earn a 10% discount on commercial yarn at our shop when you bring us a Golden Ticket from someone else. Buy $20 or more of any yarn at our shop and we will give you a Golden Ticket to use at other participating businesses throughout Multnomah Village and Hillsdale. Everyone loves supporting local jobs and businesses with this fun holiday reward program! The Golden Tickets program starts November 29th and runs through December 31st.

Stop by soon and we’ll help you pick out that perfect gift!

Rowan Trunk Show

Rowan Trunk Show

Friday, November 15
2:00 – 6:00 pm

Come see what’s new from Rowan!
We’re excited to share an abundance of hand-crafted Rowan garments with you at our Fall Rowan Trunk Show. We’ll have sweaters, wraps and accessories created by some of Rowan’s best-loved designers from such yarns as Moordale, Felted Tweed, Kidsilk Haze and Kid Classic.
The Trunk Show is a great place to explore how the various yarns feel when knitted or crocheted, and to try on some of these amazing styles. We also have plenty of Rowan books and magazines to give you some ideas for your next project.
So join us on November 15, and get your Rowan on!