Knitche, Inc. Hours: Alerts:
5221 Main Street closed Monday
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515 Tu 11-7/Th 11-8
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Come Take a Class with Us
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(BKA) Beginning Knitting:
Learn the basics of cast-on, knit, and bind-off in this beginner class. For this class, we will work on a seasonally appropriate purse or scarf that will teach you all the basics. No previous experience is necessary (ages 13 and up). 2 sessions, $38 plus materials*.
Wed 4/5 & 4/12 9:30-11:00 am
TUES 4/18 & 4/25 5:30-7:00 pm
SAT 4/22 & 4/29 1:00-2:30 pm
Wed 5/3 & 5/10 9:30-11:00 am
SUN 5/7 & 5/14 12:00-1:30 pm
(K201) Knitting 201:
The next step. Learn purling, increasing, decreasing, and pattern reading as you discover how to discern the difference between garter stitch and stockinette stitch. The project is a lovely triangular fringed shawl or scarf. Pre-requisite: BKA or its equivalent. 2 sessions, $38 plus materials*.
TUES 4/4 & 4/11 5:30-7:00 pm
Wed 4/19 & 4/26 9:30-11:00 am
SAT 5/20 & 5/27 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Wed 5/17 & 5/24 9:30-11:00 am
(KUK1) Knitche University - Knit Level One
Knitche University is a systematic skills-based approach to advancing knitting and crocheting expertise. In our Knit Level One class, the focus is on learning the basics - cast on, bind off, knit stitch, and purl stitch. Students in the 2-hour single session will practice each of these techniques multiple times on a swatch to develop confidence and muscle memory. Basic gauge and fiber information will also be covered. Upon completion of the Knit Level One class, students are invited to attend any upcoming session(s) of the Knit Level One Labs offered multiple times during the week to reinforce their skills and embark on a Level One project of their choice (see Knit and Crochet Alongs).
No pre-requisites, one session, $44 includes all materials.
TUES 5/9 5:00-7:00 pm
(KUK2) Knitche University - Knit Level Two
Knitche University is a systematic skills-based approach to advancing knitting and crocheting expertise. In our Knit Level Two class, we build on the basics learned in the KUK1 class. Students in the 2-hour single session will be introduced to advanced beginner topics in knitting including terminology, stitch patterns other than stockinette and garter, increases/decreases, yarnovers, circular knitting and chart and pattern reading. Upon completion of the Knit Level Two class, students are invited to attend any upcoming session(s) of the Knit Level Two Labs offered multiple times during the week to reinforce their skills and embark on a Level Two project of their choice (see Knit and Crochet Alongs).
Pre-requisite: KUK1, K201 or equivalent. One session, $54 includes all materials.
Thur 5/4 2:00-4:00 pm
(CONT) Speed Knitting: Knitting is a Zen-like activity suited to the tranquil personality with loads of time on their hands. You've got to be kidding! Sure, we might use knitting to calm our nerves, but let's get real, we all want to get on to the next project in the queue. So if you're an American-style knitter (thrower), we'll show you how to knit Continental (picker) so that you can really let the fiber fly. 1 session, $15 plus materials*.
SAT 4/22 11:00 am-12:00 pm
TUES 5/16 6:00-7:00 pm
(CAST) Cast On Conundrum: Rumor has it that there are over 50 different cast-on methods! We'll cover a few of our favorites and the merits of each. This is an invaluable class that will change the way you start every new project. 1 session, $20 plus materials*.
Fri 3/10 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Wed 4/5 1:00-2:30 pm
(TIP) Tips & Tricks: There are certain basic, and not so basic, techniques that impart finesse to your hand knits, including seaming, blocking, grafting, gauge swatching, short rows, symmetrical increases/decreases, buttonholes, picking up stitches, and so much more. In this class we'll cover these topics a couple at a time, on a rotating basis. Pre-requisite: K201 or equivalent. 1 session, $20 plus materials*
Tues 4/11 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Fixing common mistakes - picking up dropped stitches, ripping back, un-knitting, using a lifeline
Tues 5/9 2:00-3:00 pm
Adding in a new skein - methods to join or splice yarn
(CAB) Intro to Cabling: Has the fear of cabling left your knitting a little flat? Add some texture and fun to your knits by learning how simple cabling can be. Skills taught: basic right and left-slanting cabling with cable needle. Pre-requisite: Knitting 201 or equivalent. 1 session, $15 plus materials*. Note: small pre-class homework is assigned.
SAT 4/15 11:00 am-12:00 pm
(CCN) Cabling without a Cable Needle: If you're intimidated by a project because of the overwhelming number of cable stitches across a row, this is the method for you. We will do away with that pesky cable needle and fly through our cables in half the time making a fashionable buttoned neck warmer in the process. Skills taught: Cabling without a cable needle. Pre-requisite: K201, CAB or equivalents. 1 session, $15 plus materials*.
SAT 4/29 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Knitting - Skill-Oriented
(SI) Sweater Intensive: There's no better way to cement your knitting skills than tackling a sweater. Whether you've just mastered the basic knitting skills or you've been knitting a while and want to push yourself into garment knitting, the Sweater Intensive class is for you. We will guide you every step of the way to completion of this ultra-cute top-down cardigan, knit in Quince & Co.'s Osprey yarn. Decisions made along the way will create the perfectly-fitting customized result. Pre-requisite: Knitting 201 or equivalent. Skills taught: top-down construction, symmetrical increases/decreases, circular knitting, buttonhole formation, optional shaping. 5 sessions, $66 plus materials. Photo credit: Elizabeth Smith
Fri 4/14, 4/21, 5/5, 5/12 & 5/19 9:30-10:30 am (9:30-11:00 am first session only)
THUR 5/4, 5/11, 5/25, 6/1 & 6/8 5:30-6:30pm (5:30-7:00 pm first session only)
(ES) Intro to Entrelac: We've had many requests to offer an Entrelac knitting course, so here it is! We will introduce you to the joys of this technique that best showcases those gorgeous color-changing yarns. Pre-requisite: Knitting 201 or equivalent. 2 sessions, $25 plus materials.*
Thur 4/20 & 4/27 11:00-12:00 pm
SUN 5/7 & 5/14 2:00-3:00 pm
(CC) Comprehensive Circular Knitting: In this class, we will cover all the pertinent topics related to "knitting in the round," including basic manuevers as well as different methods for navigating small circumferences with double pointed needles, two circular needles, or the "magic loop" technique. A hat is the perfect vehicle to get acquainted with circular knitting. Our version is simple and stylish. You can choose to add a pom pom later if desired. Pre-requisite: Knitting 201 or equivalent. 2 sessions (first is longer than second), $30 plus materials*.
SUN 4/2 2:00-3:30 pm & 4/9 2:00-3:00 pm
Fri 5/19 1:00-2:30 pm & 5/26 1:00-2:00 pm
(Fair) Introductory Fair Isle Knitting: Fair Isle colorwork knitting consists of stranding two colors across any given row. In this class, we'll cover the tips and tricks for getting the best results. Skills taught: chart reading, circular two-handed color knitting, slit thumb formation. Pre-requisites: Knitting 201, Speed Knitting (or some familiarity knitting both Continental and American style), Circ2 or equivalents. 2 sessions, $25 plus materials*.
TUES 5/9 & 5/16 4:00-5:00 pm
(INT) Introductory Intarsia Knitting: Intarsia knitting is sometimes referred to as "colorblock" knitting and differs from Fair Isle in that yarns are generally not stranded across the backside. Knowing both techniques will give you confidence knitting any color work project! Skills taught: chart reading, slit thumb formation, smooth color changes, duplicate stitch. Pre-requisite: Knitting 201 or equivalent. 2 sessions, $25 plus materials*.
not currently offered - private lessons available
(STK) Steek and Steep: Stranded colorwork is enjoyable and rewarding. Steeking, or cutting the knitted fabric, allows the process to flow more smoothly because it eliminates the need to strand colors on the wrong (purl) side. Our mug cozy project isn't just cute, it will take the "eek" out of "steek" and empower you to take on larger colorwork projects with confidence. Pre-requisite: Introductory Fair Isle Knitting or its equivalent and short pre-class homework assignment. 2 sessions, $38 plus materials*.
Fri 4/14 & 4/21 1:00-2:00 pm
Fri 5/19 2:30-4:00 pm & 5/26 2:30-3:30 pm
(BELA) Bead and Lace Knitting: Combining knits and purls with intentional open holes, increases and decreases allows you to create a gorgeous lacey fabric. Adding beads is a simple embellishment that brings flair to knitted accessories. Try one or both techniques in this class! Pre-requisite: Knitting 201 or its equivalent. 2 sessions, $30 plus materials*. Photo credit: Deb Mulder / Abstract Leaves
not currently offered
(SOCK1) My First Sock: If you've always wanted to knit socks, now is the perfect time to learn. The yarn market is loaded with exciting sock yarns (hand dyed, self patterning, alternative fibers) and tools of the trade. Mary will assist you with every step of the way including cast-on, turning the hourglass heel and knitting a simple toe. Skills taught: Use of double pointed needles. Pre-requisite: Knitting 201 or its equivalent. 3 sessions (note: 2nd session is longer than the others), $38 plus materials*.
SUN 5/7 1:30-2:15 pm, 5/21 1:30-3:00 pm & 5/28 1:30-2:15 pm
(SOCK2) Next Step: In this class, we will cover the classic flap & gusset heel turn, leg and foot patterning, a grafted toe and the eminently practical concept of knitting both socks at the same time. Skills taught: Short row shaping, kitchener stitch grafting. Pre-requisite: Sock1, or Knitting 201 and CC or equivalents. 3 sessions (note: 2nd session is longer than the others), $38 plus materials*.
SUN 4/9 2:00-2:45 pm, 4/23 2:00-3:30 pm & 4/30 2:00-2:45 pm
(BCD) Beginning Crochet Dishcloth: Learn how to crochet with the traditional first project - the dishcloth. Actually, if you prefer, make it a washcloth or scarf, but regardless, the skills you learn will serve you well in any future crochet endeavor. Skills taught: Chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, fastening off. Pre-requisite: None. 1 session, $20 plus materials*.
SAT 4/8 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Tues 4/25 11:00 am-12:30 pm
TUES 5/2 5:30-7:00 pm
Tues 5/23 11:00 am-12:30 pm
(KUC1) Knitche University - Crochet Level One
Knitche University is a systematic skills-based approach to advancing knitting and crocheting expertise. In our Crochet Level One class, the focus is on learning the basics - foundation chain, single, double and half double stitches working back and forth, and fastening off. Students in the 2-hour single session will practice each of these techniques multiple times on a swatch to develop confidence and muscle memory. Basic gauge and fiber information will also be covered. Upon completion of the Crochet Level One class, students are invited to attend any upcoming session(s) of the Crochet Level One Labs offered multiple times during the week to reinforce their skills and embark on a Level One project of their choice (see Knit and Crochet Alongs).
No pre-requisites, one session, $44 includes all materials.
Fri 5/12 11:00 am-1:00 pm
(C201) Crochet 201: Take your crochet skills to the next level by mastering some new stitches, shaping and color changes in this beautiful shawl pattern. Skills taught: shell stitch, 2-color crochet, increasing in pattern. Pre-requisite: Beginning Crochet or equivalent. 1 session, $20 plus materials*.
THUR 4/27 5:30-7:00 pm
Fri 5/26 9:30-11:00 am
(TAP) Tapestry Crochet: Learn the basics of color work crochet in this intermediate class. Beth has developed a graphically-pleasing 2-color cowl worked in the round that is a great jumping-off point for designing your own color work patterns. Skills taught: seamless color transition, chart reading, stranding Pre-requisite: Beginning Crochet or equivalent and some experience crocheting in the round. 1 session, $20 plus materials.
SAT 5/6 11:00 am-12:30 pm
(CCS) Crocheted Cable Scarf: Cables are not just for knitters! Let Beth show you just how twisted things can get with a hook. Pre-requisite: Beginning Crochet or equivalent and some experience crocheting in the round. 1 session, $20 plus materials.
not currently offered - private lessons available
(TUN) Tunisian Crochet: Tunisian (or Afghan) crochet is a cross between traditional crochet and knitting, creating a highly textured and sturdy fabric appropriate for home décor. Skills taught: Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tunisian Knit Stitch, Slip Stitch, color changes. Pre-requisite: Beginning Crochet or equivalent. 1 session, $20 plus materials.
THUR 4/13 5:30-7:00 pm
Tues 4/18 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Tues 5/16 11:30 am-1:00 pm
SUN 5/21 12:00-1:30 pm
(CMB) Crocheted Motif Blanket: I’ve always loved the crazy and colorful look of a patchwork throw. Crochet motifs are a great way to get this look. While they can be added as embellishments to just about anything, why not try making something truly spectacular with them – an entire afghan or a smaller baby blanket? This version is assembled as you make the motifs so there won’t be burdensome sewing to do later. Skills taught: crochet in the round, work as you go assembly. Pre-requisite: Beginning Crochet or equivalent. 2 sessions, $32 plus materials*.
TUES 5/23 6:00-7:30 pm & 5/30 6:00-7:00 pm
(SPIN) Introductory Spinning on Drop Spindle: Learn to to spin your own yarn on a drop spindle. With a little practice you'll be able to control the size and consistency of your draw to spin the yarn of your dreams! No pre-requisites, 1 session, $20 plus materials*.
Wed 4/12 1:00-2:30 pm
Wed 5/10 1:00-2:30 pm
(DYE) Intro to Hand Dyeing: Let Renee of Bunnybadger Fibers introduce to the colorful world of hand-dying yarn. In this class you will create your very own hand-dyed skein of superwash merino wool using Renee's tried and true techniques. Please dress appropriately for possibly messy activity. No pre-requisites, 1 session, $50 includes all materials (additional skeins available for purchase).
SUN 5/28 1:00-3:00 pm
(BKK) Kids' Beginning Knitting: Learn the basics of cast-on, knit and bind-off in this beginner class. Kids (ages 8-13). We'll work on a scarf or a small knitted toy. No previous experience necessary. $32 plus materials* for 2 sessions.
SAT 4/8 & 4/15 1:00-2:15 pm
(we can also teach this class in a private lesson format)
(BCK) Kids Beginning Crochet: Like knitting, crochet is a wonderful lifetime skill to possess and its not as hard as you may think. Whether you're building on what you've learned from a relative or have never picked up a hook, we can teach you how to construct a foundation chain and complete the most common crochet stitches in this one-session class. No previous experience necessary (ages 8 and up). $20 plus materials*.
SAT 5/13 12:00-1:30 pm
(we can also teach this class in a private lesson format)
Private lessons are available at the rate of $28/hour (billable in 15 minute increments). This is a great way to get some personal attention on a particular project. A 15% discount is offered for second and subsequent participants in the lesson. Please inquire at the shop to arrange a mutually agreeable time.
*General class information: Please register at least one week prior to class start date. Payment at the time of registration will assure your spot in the class. If you need to cancel for any reason and are able to provide us with a 48-hour notice, we will gladly refund your registration fee. Cancellation after that will incur a $10 processing fee and you may request that the remaining registration fee be applied as "class credit" toward a future Knitche class. Please be advised that such a request must be made within one week of the last class session date and credit must be used within 60 days. We may need to limit class size to optimize the experience. We reserve the right to cancel or alter a class based on enrollment and scheduling changes; every effort will be made to notify class registrants of any changes 48 hours prior to class start. Participation in a Knitche class entitles you to a 10% discount on the purchase of yarn and notions directly associated with enrollment in the class. Use of yarn purchased at Knitche will ensure class consistency. When you register we can provide you with a list of needed supplies. Please secure all supplies and ensure that yarn is wound prior to the start of class.
Fun Fiber Fridays @ Five
Join us on select Fridays from 5:00-6:30 pm
$15 plus materials
Friday, May 26 @ 5 pm
Daisy Stitch Cowl
Got any F4 topic suggestions? Let us know!
Need a little help between classes or on another project?
Feel free to stop by for a little extra help. We're happy to assist whenever possible. A $5 donation would be appreciated to cover staff time.
If it looks like your situation might take more than 5-10 minutes to address, we may recommend that a private lesson ($28/hr, billable in 15 minute increments) would be in your best interest.
To Register for Classes & Workshops
Call (630) 852-5648