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 (Wait List)

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

More sessions coming soon!

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 (Wait List)

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

Stay tuned: More sessions will be added soon!

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.

Homework

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

Feb 07

MODE at Rowan Trunk Show

February 7 @ 9:00 pm - February 8 @ 2:00 am
Specialty Class: Felted Purse with Resist Pattern

Specialty Class: Felted Purse with Resist Pattern

Friday, July 19
1:00-4:00 pm

Are you interested in adding a new fiber art to your cache of crafts? Then join us for this fun introduction to Wet Felting!

We’ll create an adorable small, buttoned purse using merino wool roving and a “resist” pattern. Our instructor, Susan Zenier, will guide us through the steps while helping with color and design choices. You’ll be amazed at how these soft fibers hold together when subjected to hot water!

This class is designed for beginners, so if you’re curious about how to create a felted item, this is your chance to find out!

The class fee includes a one-ounce skein of merino wool roving in your choice of color – enough to make one purse. The Instructor will also provide additional accessory fibers for you to choose from for decorating your purse. These will be used to create the resist pattern on your project – and really give it that “Wow” factor!

All tools required for the project will be provided in class.

If you wish, you may purchase a button to finish off your purse (this is optional). As a student, you will receive a 10 percent discount on any additional supplies you purchase on the day of the class.

Our class instructor, Susan Zenier, is a passionate artist who works in many media. She has a strong aesthetic for mixing colors successfully to create high-impact results. Susan brings her eye for color and form to this specialty felting class.

Class Details

Instructor: Susan Zenier
Friday, July 19
1:00 – 4:00 pm
$35 per person
If the minimum class size is not met, the class is subject to cancellation.
Class fee includes one ounce of merino roving in your choice of color, enough to make one purse. The Instructor will also provide additional accessory fibers for you to choose from for decorating your purse. These will be used to create the resist pattern on your project. All tools and materials required to make a resist felted purse will be provided in class.

Button purchase is optional.

Summer Knit Along

Summer Knit Along

 

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
July 10-August 14

We had so much fun with last summer’s Knit Along, we decided to do it again!

This year’s pattern is “Oak Park,” by Laura Aylor, available for sale on Ravelry. Don’t be intimidated by all the color – the pattern is created with modular knitting, where you add new blocks of color by picking up stitches along the edges of what you’ve already knit. We’re looking forward to trying out this technique!

The pattern includes instructions for both a cowl and a scarf, so you can pick the item that’s more appealing to you.

There is no charge to participate in the Knit Along. Just bring your supplies and prepare to make some new fiber friends. You are welcome to use yarn from your stash, but if you choose to purchase something new, you’ll receive a 10% discount during Knit Along hours.

Our Summer Knit Along will be led again by our talented Staffer Marguerite. She’s very excited about this pattern and it’s unique technique. And she’s definitely looking forward to spending fun and relaxing Wednesday evenings with you!

We all look forward to knitting with you this summer!

Upcoming Events

Feb 07

MODE at Rowan Trunk Show

February 7 @ 9:00 pm - February 8 @ 2:00 am
Road Trip Projects

Road Trip Projects

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning those Road Trip Projects – even if the trip is to your local Pool or Baseball diamond! The ideal Road Trip Project is small and simple – you don’t want to miss out on the scenery because you’re too wrapped up in a complicated stitch. Something repetitive that doesn’t overly tax the brain is the perfect thing to keep your hands busy while you watch the miles go by, or your kid running bases.

Read on for some great Project ideas!

An easy and fun project that’s great for summer is the “6×6 Traveling Rib Cowl Kit.” This squishy-soft cowl features a simple, Zen-like stitch pattern that “travels” around the cowl. Shown here is the short version; modifications are available for a longer version as well. You can make either length with just one skein each of Shibui Birch and Habu Textile’s N-80 Silk- Wrapped Merino. The Kit includes the pattern, plus the two yarns in complementary color combinations. This is a really striking cowl, but one that is super easy to make. Great for knitting while chatting with your friends and family! And if you want to get ahead on your holiday gifts, this is a perfect candidate since it comes in so many lovely colors.

The elegant “Summer Silk Topper” is just the thing for chilly summer evenings, or for over-air-conditioned indoor spaces. The Topper is knit flat, holding one strand of Habu Textiles’s Tsumugi Silk together with one strand of Mohair throughout, and then seamed together at the end. This allows for more knitting and less purling, making the Topper faster and easier to make. And using a Size 10 needle, you can speed through this and have it ready to wear in no time! We have these made up as Kits with the pattern and yarn included, so you can just “Grab and Go”! But if you prefer to pick out your own color combo, you are welcome to do so – we have tons of colors in both the Silk and Mohair! Plus the pattern is free with yarn purchase at our Shop.

Knit a drawstring bag on your trip!
If you’re in need of a cute bag to tote your fiber projects around in, we have just the thing: the “Parrot Drawstring Bag.” Staffer Tracy designed this fun crocheted bag using two skeins of Berroco’s Modern Cotton and one skein of Pappagallo from Trendsetter. Pappagallo comes in a variety of fun, colorful combinations, the perfect thing to complement bright summer fashions. The pattern is for sale at our shop.


Next up is the “Elegant Luxury Scarf Kit” from Imperial Yarn. This luscious scarf kit includes the yarn and the pattern, so all you need is needles and you’re good to go! It’s made with two skeins of Imperial Yarn’s Our Back 40 American Classic Alpaca Yarn, a yarn so soft, your hands will thank you while you’re knitting it. And the kit bag even comes with a tiny bell, perfect for ringing for the Bar Menu while sitting Poolside! We really liked the simple lace pattern – it’s just challenging enough to keep your brain engaged, but repetitive enough for you to memorize it quickly.

The “Fresco Simple Slouchy Hat Kit” also features a super-soft yarn. This adorable hat is knit with two skeins of Classic Elite’s Fresco – a blend of alpaca, angora and wool. This project is so simple, you can create several while you travel, and have Holiday gifts all lined up by the end of the summer! We have kits for this highly wearable hat available in many different colors, to suit everyone on your gift list and, of course, one for you!

Any of these projects will make a perfect companion for your travels, even if you’re only going as far as your backyard! We look forward to seeing what you’re working on this summer – so please stop by and show us!