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.
Double Knit Hat and Mittens
How to Cable and Knit Mittens
Knit Your Own Project
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.