Classes

I teach knitting classes!

You know that feeling of wondering what little tip you might be missing that could make your knitting easier or nicer? Maybe your edges are uneven, or your sewing up could look better. Have you ever suffered from a too-tight cast on or bind off? Or maybe you just can’t seem to make things fit the way you want them to.

You wish you could knit anything you see, but you’re not sure if those cables or that Fair Isle is too difficult for you.

Well, I’m here to tell you that you can knit anything!

Sometimes, all it takes is a little encouragement and some tips given at just the right time. Let me take you and your knitting to the next level. You can gain the skills and confidence you need to knit anything.

When you sign up for one of my classes or book me as a teacher for your group or guild, you won’t just be learning about mittens or socks. You’ll be learning all the little details that make your mittens and socks — or lace, cables, double knitting, hats — beautiful. You’ll leave the class knowing that a whole new world of knitting has opened up to you.

My students and I have a ton of fun together. The class atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. We are knitting, after all.

In each class, we always talk about fixing our mistakes and learning to read the knitting. I am the master of dropping stitches and reconstructing knitting messes. Just ask my students. 😉

We also talk about project-specific cast-on and bind-off techniques, and anything else that will set you up for success in that topic.

I’m available to teach workshops and give private lessons. If you have a knitting emergency, we can book a one-on-one Skype call to fix it.

To book a class, schedule a private lesson, or inquire about pricing, just shoot me an email at amanda at aknitica dot com

Here are the classes I have available so far. Some of them are already running at Yarn Forward on Bank Street in Ottawa, and I’m happy to teach them in other places, too, if you’re looking for a knitting teacher. I’m constantly developing new courses based on my students’ interests. If you don’t see what you want on this list, ask for a new one!

How to Design a Hat

Learn basic hat constructions, how to modify them, and how to add your own design elements to them. Hats are a great first designing project. They’re small, simple canvases on which to begin getting comfortable with customizations. We’ll be putting your favourite stitch patterns or colourwork patterns into a hat construction of your choice.

Super Adorable Baby Knitting

Are you, or do you know, a cloth diaperer?  Well, let’s knit some wool soakers and longies!  As you may know, wool is one of the best fibres for soaking up moisture while still keeping baby warm.  And the wool you can buy nowadays is far from scratchy; in fact, it’s gorgeous.  We’ll talk about the various parts in a wool soaker’s construction and why they’re there.  We’ll knit one (or two… they’re addictive) up for ourselves.  And then, since this is Canada and winter is coming, we’ll knit a pair of wool longies, too.  What better way to keep babies warm and dry in their cribs?  During this class, you’ll learn all sorts of interesting techniques, like practically-invisible short rows, a perfect way to sew in ends, Kitchener stitch, picking up and knitting stitches, and I-cords, to say the least.  Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent, a friend whose friends keeps having babies, or just a person who loves quick, adorable knitting projects that make perfect gifts, this is the class for you.

Baby soaker pattern in the Super Adorable Baby Knitting Class by Amanda Schwabe. www.aknitica.com

Double Knit Hat and Mittens

Let’s make the coziest winter set you’ve ever seen: woolen, double-layer hat and mittens.  Wool has incredible properties — absorbing up to 30% of its weight in water while retaining warmth — and the new 100% wools are far from scratchy.  So let’s take advantage of that, and take it to the next level with some double knitting.  We’ll start off with the basics of double knitting in the round, and then we’ll move on to shaping a hat and then some mittens.  They will be reversible!  You’ll have the choice of making one or both sides patterned.  And I’ll teach you all the special cast ons and techniques you’ll need to make everything look beautiful.
perfect thumbs in double knitting. a new class with Amanda Schwabe

How to Cable and Knit Mittens

This class is brought to you by special request.  Would you like to dive into cabling?  Let’s do it together on a small, cozy project: mittens!  Whether you have knit mittens before or this is your first time, this is the class for you!  We’ll take our time and learn all about cabling, and then we’ll knit a cute pair of cabled mitts in the round.  I’ll walk you through the thumb and finger shaping as we go.  At the end, you’ll also receive a bonus matching cabled hat pattern.  What could be better?

Beginner’s Knitting

Is learning to knit on your bucket list?  Then you’re obviously very smart.  Studies are showing that knitting reduces tension, increases creativity, and helps us focus.  In this relaxed, friendly class, you’ll learn all you need to know to get started.  My goal is to give you the confidence and skills to not only knit, but knit well for a lifetime.  We’ll learn about all the basics, answer all your questions, and make some cute things, too.

Knit Your Own Project

This is a class for knitters who know how to knit and purl and need to move on to the next stage. You select and work your own project at your own speed, and I’m there to help, encourage, and facilitate your work. I can’t wait to see the projects you’ll bring!

How to Read Your Knitting and Fix Mistakes

Have you ever looked at your knitting and thought, “Something looks wrong.  But I don’t know what happened!”?  If you’ve ever wondered how your stitch count went off, where that extra stitch came from (or disappeared to), or why your lace looks all wrong, then this is the class for you.  We’ll look closely at our knitting and get to know it in a new way.  Then, we’ll make some mistakes on purpose — don’t worry, I’ll be holding your hand the whole way — and we’ll fix them like superheroes.  Never let a dropped stitch or mis-crossed cable scare you again.

How to Not Hate Finishing

Have you ever groaned in fear at the thought of sewing seams or working a button band?  So have I.  But I’ve learned a couple tricks over the years that have made my fear a thing of the past.  Join me for this seminar where I’ll teach you the four most important finishing skills I know.

Knit a Beautiful Lace Shawl

Lacy shawls are in style!  We’re going to knit a simple, triangular shawl, with the kinds of techniques you’ll find in many patterns online: garter-tab cast on, a simple increase pattern that creates the shape, and a beautiful-yet-simple allover lace design.  We’ll talk about placing stitch markers, how and why to use a lifeline, how to read your lace and avoid making mistakes, and then how to fix your mistakes when they happen.  We’ll finish up with a simple and stretchy lace cast-off technique.  Then, we’ll wash and block our shawls together and sew in our ends.  When we’re finished, you’ll have something absolutely beautiful to wear and the confidence to make something more complex.
Scintillate Shawl pattern by Amanda Schwabe. www.aknitica.com #knitting  #shawls #cozy

Two-at-a-Time Toe-Up Socks

Are you looking for a different way to make socks?  There are so many fun methods to try!  With the two-at-a-time Magic Loop method, never suffer from Second Sock Syndrome again.  In this class, we’ll learn a special cast on for starting at the toes and a couple ways to increase them. We’ll talk about sock construction and how to modify it.  We’ll talk about toe-up heel methods and how to choose a favourite.  We’ll knit the legs, and then we’ll learn some stretchy bind-off methods so we can actually put our socks on.  We’ll also talk about knitting socks that fit and how to measure feet.

To book a class, schedule a private lesson, or inquire about pricing, just shoot me an email at amanda at aknitica dot com or fill out the form below: