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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.


 WEEKEND CLASSES

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The Hygge Cowl.  With Mary Crosby.  Sunday, February 18, 2018.  1-4 PM.  $35.00.  Another beautiful Andrea Mowry pattern!  Using both bulky and worsted yarns, you will learn how to work a simple lace pattern to make this warm and stylish cowl/capelet.  Perfect for beginners wanting to learn how to knit a lace pattern, and to work in the round. 

Learn Basic Intarsia:  The Quadratum Scarf.  With Mary Crosby. *Coming Soon*

Join Mary for a beginner friendly colorwork class!  We have done quite a few stranded colorwork projects, but never a color block, or intarsia class.  With The Quatratum Scarf Pattern by Kyle William, you will learn this technique and make a beautiful, giftable scarf!  Using a skein of fingering weight yarn and a color pack or mini skeins, you will learn to work basic intarsia.  No purling! 

 


Reading your Knitting and fixing mistakes -with mary Crosby. *2018 DATES TO BE ADDED*  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

  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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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. *May 17, 24 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 Friday 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 usually held the last Friday afternoon of the month from 4-5 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.