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Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery Classes!

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 allyson@thesweatshopoflove.com.

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

The Winter Class Schedule!

The 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 Project!

Beginner Embroidery Project!

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.

50% Off All Knit and Crochet Kits & Knits and Buy 2 Get 1 Free Patterns

It’s HUGE SALE TIME!

Hello Sailor Knot Necklace Knit Kit

If you’ve had your eye on one of my knitting kits, now is your time to grab one for you or a friend because they are 50% off!

Daisy Chain Necklace and Ruffle Bracelet

My crochet kits, too! Grab a Daisy Chain Necklace crochet kit or Ruffle Bracelet crochet kit for $10 and $13!

Hello Sailor Knot Necklaces Knit Up!

My finished knits are 50% off, too, so why do the work when I’ve already done it for you? Get Hello Sailor Knot Necklaces for $13.50, Bow Headbands for $7.50, and Change Purses for $10.

Just head over to My Etsy Shop and punch in coupon code

LetsDoThis50

for 50% off your entire order! 

Not enough?

Buy 2 Get 1 Free!

Then head on over to my Ravelry Designer Page to get

Buy 2 Get 1 Free patterns with coupon code

LetsDoThis!

Me at No Coast Minneapolis

So what is with this insane sale? I’m celebrating my retirement from craft shows. After Renegade Chicago this year I decided that craft shows are just not for me. They are a ton of work, not to mention all the work that goes into them before you even get to the show, and for a knitwear designer and knitter like me, it’s just not worth it. And I’ve still got a lot of inventory that I’d love to find homes for.

And I’m always looking for a way to get more people my patterns. So go out and get everyone on your list a knitting kit or piece of knit jewelry! This sale ends Friday night at midnight.

The Last of the Group Knitting Classes, Advanced Embroidery Class, and our Holiday Party!

The year is winding down, which means there isn’t a whole lot of time left to finish up all of your holiday presents. There are five group and finishing school classes left on my schedule to help you get stuff done, so get up on it!

There is only one spot left in Katie Canavan’s Advanced Embroidery class on Monday, December 12th from 7-9pm!

And don’t forget to RSVP to The Sweatshop of Love Holiday Party on Friday, December 9th at 7pm at Green Eye Lounge. Bring your needles, a project to work on, and yarn to swap!

As always, email me at allyson [at] thesweatshopoflove [dot] com with questions or to sign up.

THE SWEATSHOP OF LOVE FALL CLASS SCHEDULE

**ONE SPOT LEFT!** Advanced Embroidery with Katie Canavan – Fill ‘er Up!: In this sequel to the Beginner Embroidery Class, you’ll learn all the techniques you need to fill in large areas with embroidery, and walk away with a bubbly sampler. You should be comfortable with straight stitches and french knots. Monday December 12th from 7-9pm. $25, additional $6 for materials

Group Knitting and Crochet: Come get help starting a project, finishing a project, picking a project, picking materials, or learning something new! These classes are here for you to make up class time with, including missed Holiday Present Prep classes and any project classes you can’t make. 2 hours, $15

**3 SPOTS LEFT!** Tuesday December 6, 7-9pm

**3 SPOTS LEFT!** Thursday December 8, 7-9pm

Finishing School: Need help getting those presents finished? Of course you do! No matter how early we get started we are always scrambling in December. Use these classes to seam, zipper, stuff, button, duplicate stitch, or embroider your hand knit and crocheted presents to make sure they are done in time for your holiday parties. (Good for knitting time, too!) 2 hours, only $5 or FREE if you are in Holiday Present Prep!

Tuesday December 13, 7-9pm

Wednesday December 14, 7-9pm

**3 SPOTS LEFT!** Thursday December 15, 7-9pm

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 weekday nights 7-9pm and weekend days in two hour blocks between 10am-4pm. Send me a few dates and times that work for you. 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 $20 per hour; most classes are two hours long.

Advanced Embroidery Class Scheduled and My Free Infinity Scarf Workshop is This Saturday!

My Free crafty workshop to help you get started on your very own Half Fabric/Half Crochet Infinity Scarf is THIS SATURDAY!

When: Saturday, November 12th from 12-2pm

Where:Knitting Workshop, 2115 N Damen

What You’ll Need:

  • 44″ by 16″ square of fabric that is the same on both sides
  • 330 – 400 yards of worsted weight yarn
  • Crochet hooks, size 1 (2.35 mm), and size J (6 mm)

Please RSVP for this event by emailing me, commenting with your email address on this post, or RSVP on the Facebook Event Page!

And Katie Canavan’s Beginner Embroidery classes have been so popular that she added an advanced class for anyone interested in learning more.

Fill 'er UP!

Katie’s Advanced Embroidery Class is Monday, December 12th from 7-9pm at New Wave Coffee. Email me to sign up!

And don’t forget to RSVP to The Sweatshop of Love Holiday Party!

And, of course, there are still lots of fun knitting classes left on the schedule.

As always, email me at allyson [at] thesweatshopoflove [dot] com with questions or to sign up.

THE SWEATSHOP OF LOVE FALL CLASS SCHEDULE

Fill 'er UP!

Advanced Embroidery with Katie Canavan – Fill ‘er Up!: In this sequel to the Beginner Embroidery Class, you’ll learn all the techniques you need to fill in large areas with embroidery, and walk away with a bubbly sampler. You should be comfortable with straight stitches and french knots. Monday December 12th from 7-9pm. $25, additional $6 for materials

Group Knitting and Crochet: Come get help starting a project, finishing a project, picking a project, picking materials, or learning something new! These classes are here for you to make up class time with, including missed Holiday Present Prep classes and any project classes you can’t make. 2 hours, $15

Tuesday November 15, 7-9pm

Tuesday December 6, 7-9pm

Thursday December 8, 7-9pm

Finishing School: Need help getting those presents finished? Of course you do! No matter how early we get started we are always scrambling in December. Use these classes to seam, zipper, stuff, button, duplicate stitch, or embroider your hand knit and crocheted presents to make sure they are done in time for your holiday parties. (Good for knitting time, too!) 2 hours, only $5 or FREE if you are in Holiday Present Prep!

Tuesday December 13, 7-9pm

Wednesday December 14, 7-9pm

Thursday December 15, 7-9pm

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 weekday nights 7-9pm and weekend days in two hour blocks between 10am-4pm. Send me a few dates and times that work for you. 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 $20 per hour; most classes are two hours long.

A Free Craft Workshop and The Sweatshop Holiday Party!

Two COUNT ‘EM two fun Sweatshop parties are on the horizon. First up is a free crafty workshop to help you get started on your very own Half Fabric/Half Crochet Infinity Scarf!

When: Saturday, November 12th from 12-2pm

Where: Knitting Workshop at 2115 N Damen

What You’ll Need:

  • 44″ by 16″ square of fabric that is the same on both sides
  • 330 – 400 yards of worsted weight yarn
  • Crochet hooks, size 1 (2.35 mm), and size J (6 mm)

Knitting Workshop has been kind enough to host our event! Mary will have yarn and crochet hooks available for purchase before our workshop, and some coffee and treats. Yay!

Please RSVP for this event by emailing me, commenting with your email address on this post, or RSVP on the Facebook Event Page! See the Free Craft Workshop dedicated post here.

And second is The Sweatshop of Love Holiday Party!

When: Friday, December 9th at 7pm

Where: Green Eye Lounge on Western and Milwaukee

We come up with a lot of excuses to knit in the bar, but I think the Holiday Season is our best excuse yet. It’s time to celebrate nearing the end of holiday gift knitting with some beers and some more knitting! So grab an easy project (its dark, and loud, and there will be beer) and please join us at Green Eye on Dec 9th!

RSVP on our Facebook Event Page. It’s going to be an awesome time! See the Sweatshop Holiday Party dedicated post here.

You can absolutely come to the holiday party without participating in the Secret Santa, but if you want to participate, here are the details:

Secret Knitting Santa

Want to knit a present for someone you know will appreciate it? Then knit something for a knitter! Let me know if you want to participate in this years Secret Santa exchange.

Rules: Put together a knitterly gift! Knit something, put together a kit, package up some pretty yarn, buy some much needed needles or a project bag. A good rule of thumb is buy or knit for yourself, and your Secret Knitting Santa will probably love it.

Let me know if you want to participate! I’ll be drawing names and letting you know who your person is a week from today, Wednesday, November 2nd. You will need to either guarantee you are coming to the party on Dec 9th or get me your present before the party to participate. I had a hell of a time last year getting presents to people and I’m not doing it again, dammit! (<- holiday cheer!)

And, of course, there are still lots of fun knitting classes left on the schedule.

As always, email me at allyson [at] thesweatshopoflove [dot] com with questions or to sign up.

THE SWEATSHOP OF LOVE FALL CLASS SCHEDULE

*TWO SPOTS LEFT!* Beginner Embroidery with Katie Canavan: Learn to embroider and get a head start on holiday gifts, or embellish your sewn and knit projects! In this two hour class, we’ll cover all the hand sewing basics, learn six stitches including the french knot, and finish a 4″ sampler. Tuesday, November 8th from 7pm-9pm. $25, get materials for an additional $6.


Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Krumm Toilet Paper Cozy: If you’re going to make a toilet paper cozy, you might as well make the most amazing toilet paper cozy ever, right? Help your bathroom celebrate the 90s with this hilarious Nickelodeon cartoon character sitting on your toilet. Learn crochet pattern reading, seaming, assembly, back stitching, and armpit hair! Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Krumm Toilet Paper Cozy class is two parts: Part 1 on Wednesday, November 9th and Part 2 on Wednesday, November 16th, both classes from 7-9pm. $40

Group Knitting and Crochet: Come get help starting a project, finishing a project, picking a project, picking materials, or learning something new! These classes are here for you to make up class time with, including missed Holiday Present Prep classes and any project classes you can’t make. 2 hours, $15

Wednesday November 2, 7-9pm

Tuesday November 15, 7-9pm

Tuesday December 6, 7-9pm

Thursday December 8, 7-9pm

Finishing School: Need help getting those presents finished? Of course you do! No matter how early we get started we are always scrambling in December. Use these classes to seam, zipper, stuff, button, duplicate stitch, or embroider your hand knit and crocheted presents to make sure they are done in time for your holiday parties. (Good for knitting time, too!) 2 hours, only $5 or FREE if you are in Holiday Present Prep!

Tuesday December 13, 7-9pm

Wednesday December 14, 7-9pm

Thursday December 15, 7-9pm

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 weekday nights 7-9pm and weekend days in two hour blocks between 10am-4pm. Send me a few dates and times that work for you. 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 $20 per hour; most classes are two hours long.

Knitting Book Club: This month we are reading Obedience by Will Lavender! We’ll be meeting Monday, November 7th at 7pm at New Wave Coffee. If you are interested in joining the book club, send me an email. Please don’t come with knitting questions as I won’t be teaching anything (so the book club can be free of course), just come to knit and chat about our book!