To view more information on our knitting classes, please visit our Events Calendar.
To register, please call the shop at 203-245-5921 or send an email.
Private lessons @ $25/hour
Please contact us to set up a class or lesson! Weekdays and afternoons are available. Group rates available.
Reading your Knitting and fixing mistakes -with mary Crosby. january 20, 2019. 2-4 PM $25.00 ($10 holds your space).
Become the boss of your knitting by learning how to "read" your stitches. With this class and a little practice, you will soon be able to figure out where you are in a pattern and to recognize and correct errors. You’ll spend less time running to the yarn shop for help and more time working on your projects.
What we will learn
The first portion of the class will be devoted to studying the way stitches sit on the needle and what a knit stitch and purl stitch as well as common increases and decreases look like.
The second part will be devoted to practical skills. You will learn how to count rows in one color and multi-color knitting, find your place in a stitch pattern, and keep track of increases and decreases during shaping. You’ll also learn to find and correct errors.
Finally, if you have a project on the needles, especially if you are in trouble, bring it and put your new skills to work !
What to bring:
Two colors of smooth, light to medium colored yarn. Should be worsted weight or heavier
Needles appropriate for the yarn – straight or circular. We will be knitting swatches back and forth
Locking stitch markers – 4 or 5 are enough
Pen or pencil
Reading glasses if you use them
If you wish, bring a project currently on the needles
Thursday Night Knitters: Knit a Lopi style Sweater. With Mary Crosby. 6 Sessions: January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 28, April 4, 2019. $125.00. $50.00 deposit holds your space.
Learn how to make a colorful Icelandic sweater, using worsted weight wool or wool blends. Strokkur by Ysolda Teague is the pattern we will be using (or if you have a favorite pattern, you can do that instead). Her sweater was inspired by traditional Icelandic Lopapeysas: cozy sweaters with colourful yoke patterns.
Strokkur features a more refined fit than many traditional yoked sweaters. It is worked from the bottom up with gentle waist shaping. You will learn how to choose colors, how to do short rows, how to join body/sleeves in the round, and color dominance.
Beginners welcome; you must know how to knit and purl, and work in the round. You will learn different ways to work in the round- double points or magic loop.
Thursday Night Knitters: Beginners Two Color Brioche Cowl. With Mary Crosby. 2 Sessions-Thursday, May 17 & 24, 2018. 7-9 pm. $45.00. $20.00 deposit holds your space.
Brioche stitch, in particular two color brioche, is all the rage lately! Come learn to knit two color brioche on Lavanya Patricella’s fun Beginner’s Brioche Cowl, made with chunky yarn for a fast knit (or substitute worsted weight for a less chunky version). Two classes, so that you can learn to fix mistakes and feel comfortable with the technique.
Thursday Night Knitters: Traditional Fishermen's Gansey. With Mary Crosby. 6 Sessions- June 7, 21, July 12, 26, August 9, 23, 2018. 7-9 PM. $125.00. $50.00 deposit holds your space.
Come learn how to make a traditional Gansey! Ganseys are seamless in construction, knitted in the round from the bottom up, with the shoulders knitted together and the arms knitted on from the shoulder down. There is a diamond-shaped gusset in the underarm, creating freedom of movement and eliminating the wear and tear that often results in the seams of garments that are knitted in pieces and sewn together. Each village or region had its signature gansey pattern, and individual families would often have their own variations. Traveling fishermen would often know each other's home region by their ganseys. In some accounts, a woman might only knit one pattern in her life, passing it down orally to the next generation.
You can make any size you'd like- child to adult, and make it sleeveless for a vest as an option. You will learn many fun techniques too- Channel Island cast on, garter-stitch split welt, underarm gussets, knit-purl patterning on upper body. Knit completely in the round, and you'll be using worsted-aran weight yarn! Join us for this fun sweater this summer to get a jump on winter!
Thursday Knit-Night: Learn to Knit/project help With Mary Crosby
Thursday nights from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. March 7, 28, and April 4, 2019*
$10.00 per hour or 4 hours for $35.00. Flexible dates. Check our calendar & call to book a lesson. Unravel the mystery of knitting! Mary will lead you through the project of your choice and teach you the foundations of knitting: the knit and the purl stitch. Supplies provided for in class practice. Choose a pattern and we will get you started on your new addiction! The new flexible schedule also allows for help on specific patterns, stitches, or whatever you would like to learn.
Knitting 2: You Can Do it! With Mary Crosby (TBD)
$65.00 ($10.00 deposit holds your space). A series of 3 classes. You know how to knit and purl, cast on and off-now let’s follow a pattern and learn all the stitch patterns! Using the great sampler scarf pattern “You CAN do it!” by Jean Barrisi, you will learn how to work seven different stitch patterns! Each one is a skill builder, and you will learn cables, ribbing, lace, and how to read charts.
KIDS sunday knit & Creativity CLUB-monthly
With Mary Crosby and friends. All levels, beginning to some experience, ages 7 and up. $10.00 per student per session, yarn and needles provided for knitting practice in class. Call to register.
This group class is suitable for small groups of class mates or friends who would like to learn to knit, or work on a special project. * Class is now being held Sunday afternoons, from 2-3:30 PM. Check calendar for dates.
All class materials are to be purchased from Madison Wool. Unless specified, class fee does not include pattern or materials. To register for classes, call the shop at 203-245-5921 with your information and deposit (credit card). We will accept mailed checks as well. Many classes from visiting teachers require you to register directly with them. Please call or email us with any questions. If we cancel class for any reason (usually only due to weather or teacher illness), you get store credit or you may take rescheduled class. Class deposit/fee non refundable five days prior to class; cancellations prior to this get store credit less deposit. We take extenuating circumstances into consideration, so please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend a class.