I haven’t organized my own class schedule in nearly 4 years. I got away from it because I moved to Minneapolis for a couple years and focused my attention on designing more, but now that I’m back in Chicago there is no reason not to get teaching again, and I couldn’t be more excited to get back into the swing of things.
I’m starting small, and with help. My friend and fellow designer Laura McDougal will be teaching Beginner Knitting and Next Step Knitting, while I’ll be taking Beginner Crochet and Beginner Embroidery. We’ll both be there to help with Group Knitting classes.
Laura McDougal has been a life-long crafty lady. She’s dabbled in everything from embroidery during her Girl Scout days to basket weaving as a summer camp counselor. Knitting has been her primary focus for the last 8 years. She’s learned a lot along the way and can’t wait to share it with you! You can follow her latest adventures at www.doogknits.com.
Each class will be maxing out at between 5-8 students except for Group Knitting which will be full at 10. All classes are held at Starbucks at Lincoln and Wilson unless otherwise noted. To sign up or to ask any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m so excited to get back to teaching! And we can’t wait to craft with you soon.
– Allyson & Laura
The Sweatshop of Love’s Winter Class Schedule
Beginner Knitting: Always wanted to learn to knit? This is the perfect time! It’s still cold so you can sit inside and practice your new skillz! This 2 hour class is a great intro to knitting. You’ll learn to knit and purl – the two stitches you’ll be using for all your new projects – to cast on (or start a project) and to bind off (to end a project). Class is taught by Laura. All class times are from 7-9pm and are $30, add materials for $10.
Thursday February 19th
Tuesday March 10th
Beginner Crochet: This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of crocheting! In this class we will learn to make a chain, single, half double, double, and treble crochet stitches, and, time permitting, how to crochet in the round. Class is taught by Allyson. Wednesday March 18th, 7-9pm – $30, add materials for $10.
Beginner Embroidery: Learn how to embroider in this fun beginner class! Even if you’ve never threaded a needle we’ll have you stitching up adorable designs in no time. Learn straight stitch, back stitch, chain stitch, lazy daisies, French knots, long and short stitch, and satin stitch – all you need to get stitching patterns and working on samplers. We’ll also talk about transferring patterns, different thread and hoop options, and finding awesome patterns to keep you stitching like crazy. Class is taught by Allyson. Thursday February 26th, 7-9pm – $40 including all materials.
Next Step Knitting: You can knit and you can purl, but how can you turn those two stitches into a project? Next Step Knitting will take you through how to increase and decrease stitches, preparing you to make anything from a hat to handwarmers! Bring that special project you’ve had your eye on and get started in style. Class is taught by Laura. Thursday, March 26 7-9pm – $30, add materials for $10.
Group Knitting: Come get help starting a project, finishing a project, picking a project, picking materials, or learning something new! Stuck on your project? Bring it in and we’ll help! Want to make a hat but can’t knit in the round? We’ll help you get started! Whatever you need we’re here to help. Knitting can also include crocheting and embroidery! Whatever you need help with. $15.
Sunday February 22nd, 10-12pm
Saturday March 14th, 10-12pm
Thursday March 26th, 7-9pm
Sunday April 12th, 10-12pm
One on One Classes: Is there something you are interested in knitting that you don’t see listed here? Pick a project or a new skill and email me to set up a one on one class! I generally schedule classes weekdays from 2-9pm and weekend days in two hour blocks between 9am-4pm. Send me a few dates and times that work for you and I will match our schedules, pick a time that works for both of us, and give you a class outline. One on one classes are $25 per hour; most classes are two hours long.