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56 Wall Street
Madison, CT 06443

203-245-5921

Welcome to Madison Wool!  We are a fiber lover’s paradise, with fine yarns for hand knitting plus one of a kind, handspun art yarns that you cannot find anywhere else! 

Knitting Classes

Knitting Classes

 

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.

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Two at a Time Fingerless Gloves.  With Mary Crosby.  Sunday, December 2, 2018, 1-4 PM.  $45.00.  $10.00 deposit holds your space. 

Back by popular demand!  Learn how to make fingerless gloves, two at a time, using the magic loop method.  Choose either the Churchmouse Welted Fingerless gloves or Churchmouse Ferryboat mitts to make (or a pattern you’d like to make).  No ‘second mitt’ syndrome!  Basic knitting skills required.  You will be surprised how quickly these knit up.  You are also welcome to learn to make mitts one at a time as well, on circular or double pointed needles. 

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Churchmouse Turkish Bed socks

Learn to Make Socks with Mary!

Learn to make Socks! Churchmouse Turkish Bed socks. With Mary Crosby. TO BE RESCHEDULED*

Learn to make socks with Mary! These Turkish Bed Socks are useful, and addicitive to make. You will learn about sock construction with this simple pattern. You will learn how to use double pointed needles, or the ‘magic loop’ method of working small circumferences. Make these for yourself, or as gifts. Must be able to knit and purl.


Reading your Knitting and fixing mistakes -with mary Crosby. July 15, 2018.  1-3 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

WEEKNIGHT CLASSES

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Quick Knit First Sweater: The Five PM Bulky Cardigan.  With Mary Crosby.  3 sessions:  November 29, December 6 & 13, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $75.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space.  

Knit a sweater before the holidays?  With chunky yarn and a stylish pattern, yes you can!  Using Erika Knight Maxi Wool or equivalent bulky yarn, this sweater will knit up fast on size 15 needles.  Perfect for a first sweater, this garment is knit flat and seamed.  You will learn how to correctly put together a garment, make button holes & pockets, pick up stitches, plus other techniques to make a sweater that fits.  The project is three classes ( 3 weeks) , but you are always welcome to stop in for help – we won’t leave you stranded.  Basic knitting skills required.  This is a great first garment for the adventurous beginner! Stop into MadWool to see the sample.

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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. 

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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. *November 29, December 6 & 13, 2018*

$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.

weekend LEARN TO KNIT WITH MARY CROSBY

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 1-3 PM.   $30.00.  $10.00 deposit holds your space. 

Join Mary for a weekend learn to knit! If you are brand new, we will help you choose a project and get on your way.-casting on, knitting, purling, and casting off.    If you need a refresher or just to brush up your skills, please join us!  The class is tailored to what YOU want to learn. Ages 10 and up. 


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.


Knitting Gallery

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.