Classes

Spring Classes, Events & KAL’s

Now that Spring has officially sprung and the outdoors calls, we’ve added several opportunities to gather! As the last few classes of our Winter session play out, we’re looking to inspire you with some activities that, while not always knitting-related, are lots of fun and give us a chance to get together as a community. Read through and see when you’d like to join us this May & June!

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Class Policies

Our classes are filled on a first come, first served basis and payment is expected in full at the time of enrollment.  There is an email sign up link under each class offering, but payment must be made by phone or in person at the shop.  Materials for classes are listed under each offering and are available for purchase prior to class unless they are included in the cost of the class.  We prefer all materials for classes be purchased from Woolworks so students are working with the prescribed yarns and materials for each class.  We are happy for students to bring and use their own needles and notions.

Class cancellations may be made for a full refund up to one week prior to class.  After that, there are no refunds offered.  If class is cancelled due to weather or instructor illness, we will reschedule.

Private Instruction

We have a group of talented instructors who are available for private lessons on any topic and are arranged at the convenience of the student at our shop.  Beginning Knitting is generally taught privately because we feel that one-on-one attention is essential to a great start.  Private lessons are one hour at the rate of $30.  A semi-private lesson is available for $45/one hour.  Payment for private instruction is payable by check or cash to the instructor.  Please plan accordingly before your visit.

If you are interested in learning a skill privately, please call or email and we’ll get back to you quickly.

410-377-2060

info@woolworksbalt.com

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Spring Events!

LYS DAY: Saturday, April 27th

What would the knitting/crochet community be without bricks and mortar retail shops? LYS Day is sponsored by The National Needlework Association, our industry trade organization. It’s designed as a mutual admiration day between shops and customers to illustrate how much we mean to one another. We will have contests, giveaways, a lemonade stand and of course, wonderful yarns on display.

Date: Saturday, April 27th

Time: 10am-5pm

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Chair Yoga with Meredith Futernick!

Meredith Futernick

Join registered yoga teacher, Meredith Futernick for an hour of gentle chair yoga designed to help you relieve some of those aches and pains specific to knitters! Meredith is an experienced Mindfulness Coach and you can expect class to begin with guided meditation to relax the body and mind. You will then be guided through a series of movements and longer held stretches that target the neck, shoulders, back and arms. Tennis balls will be utilized to release tension in the hands and straps will be used to assist as well. No yoga experience is required.

Instructor: Meredith Futernick

Date: Sunday, May 19th

Time: 11am-Noon

Cost: $25

Class is limited to 12 students. Please call to register: 410-377-2060

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World Wide Knit in Public Day!

It’s that time of year again, folks! It’s World Wide Knit in Public Day and we have a great location to gather this year! Thanks to the generosity of one of our knitters, Annie Applegarth, we have access to the Observation Level of the Top of the World Trade Center downtown! We will have access to this wonderful and scenic setting from 11am-2pm and all you need to bring is your knitting for FREE admission! Discounted parking passes will be distributed and we will arrange a few carpool opportunities as well. Cookies and water provided, as well as places to sit and take in the view amongst our knitting peeps!

Date: Saturday, June 8th

Time: 11am-2:00pm

Cost: Parking fee with a discount coupon to be determined.

Register for WWKIP Day

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Baltimore Women’s Classic: June 23rd!

Come walk/run with us on June 23rd for the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K! We are team Woolworks, which you may join when you register on their website for the 5K. Follow the prompts to join our team and enter: yarn6117 as the password. There is a registration fee payable on their website for the race. We look forward to seeing you at Rash Field for the 8:00am event!

Register here

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Knit & Nosh: A Friday Morning Tradition!

Each Friday Karen welcomes knitters for a social hour from 9-10am prior to the shop opening for business.   Knitters gather for coffee, a bite to eat and to work on their current projects.  There’s a strict “no business/no technical help” policy during the hour and participants take turns bringing nosh for that week.  It’s a wonderful tradition at our shop and everyone is welcome.  We hope you’ll join in any Friday you are available!

Date:    Every Friday morning
Time:  9-10am

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Mitten Advent Garland A Long!

Every year we PROMISE ourselves we’re going to make this advent mitten garland so it’s ready for Christmas…This year Karen is leading a KAL to make the 24 mittens from Kathy Lewinsky’s pattern over the course of the year, one Sunday a month.  The concept is simple:  Buy the materials (4 skeins of Bio Shetland and needles) and meet up on the fourth Sunday of each month to knit together, compare notes and get help with the motifs.  By December 2019 you’ll be ready to hang your garland on the mantle!

Prerequisites:  Must be comfortable both knitting in the round and doing colorwork.

Instructor:     Karen Brehm
Dates:             4th Sunday’s:  1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/28, 5/26, 6/30, 7/28, 8/25, 9/22, 10/27, 11/24 & 12/15 (3rd Sunday in December)
Time:              10am-noon
Cost:               $75 plus materials
Materials:      Printed Mitten Advent Garland pattern by Kathy Lewinsky (purchase $5.00 pattern on Ravelry – do not rely on the older, free versions), 1 skein each of 4 colors of Bio Shetland by BCGarn, appropriate needles (either DPN’s or circular for magic loop).

Register for Mitten Advent Garland KAL

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Knit Your First Color Work Sweater:  Marshland by Tin Can Knits

Let’s dive in and knit a color work sweater together!  This 4 session class will guide you through every step, from swatching, reading a pattern, casting on and finishing.  We will knit Marshland by Tin Can Knits, which is an Icelandic style, worsted weight, top-down, unisex pullover!  Available in sizes 0-6mo-Adult 4XL.  For class you will choose a baby or child size.

Prerequisites:  Completion of the Knit with Two Hands class and/or experience with stranded knitting in the round.  No prior sweater knitting experience necessary.

Instructor:    Tara Robinson
Dates:            Monday evenings, March 11th, 25th, April 8th and 22nd
Times:           6-8pm
Cost:              $120 plus materials
Materials:    Printed copy of Marshland by Tin Can Knits (available on Ravelry), completed gauge swatch (see homework), US size 6 and 8 needles in 16″ and 24″ and DPN’s for small circumferences.  Note:  If your gauge is off, you may need 7’s or 9’s.  Tapestry needle, stitch markers, waste yarn.  Worsted weight yarn in amounts stated for size chosen in pattern.

Homework:  Prior to first class, download and print Marshland pattern, purchase required yarns at Woolworks.  We recommend Germantown by Kelbourne Woolens, Shepherd’s Wool, Malabrigo Rios or Cascade Superwash 220.  Create a gauge swatch in the following manner:  Using a size 8 circular needle and the long tail method, cast on 25 stitches.  Slide stitch to other end of needle (do not turn work).  Pick up working yarn and knit from this end of the needle.  Do not pull working yarn too tightly when beginning the row because it needs to trail along the back of the work with a bit of slack.  Knit 25 stitches and then slide work to the other end of the needle again.  Repeat this until you have knit 15 rows/rounds.  Beind off.  Cut strands of yarn in the the center of the back so your swatch can lie flat.  Wet block and check gauge.  If gauge is off, reknit swatch with smaller or larger needle.  Be sure to note needle size on swatch.  Tara likes to tie knots in the tail to correspond to needle size  For size 8 needle, she ties 8 knots in the tail.  For size 7, 7 knots, etc.  For more information on this method of swatching, follow this link:h

Register for Knit Your First Color Work Sweater

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Nancy’s Vest by Carol Sunday

Join  Linda to make this beautiful Carol Sunday vest with many skill-building components!  In this 4 session offering you will learn the Tubular Cast on, Cable decreases, button holes, short rows and grafting.

Prerequisites:  Intermediate level class.  Must be comfortable knitting, purling and have some knowledge of cabling.

Instructor:        Linda Lewis
Dates:                Tuesday evenings, March 12th, April 2nd, April 23rd and May 7th
Time:                 6-8pm
Cost:                  $120
Materials:         Printed Nancy’s Vest pattern (available on Ravelry), between 750-1250 yards of sport weight yarn (depending on size), needles, highlighter tape, stitch markers, tapestry needle and 7, 5/8″ buttons

Homework:   Gauge swatch finished per pattern instructions

Register for Nancy’s Vest Class

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Sawtelle Cardigan:  Make Your First Child’s Sweater

An ideal first sweater project, the Sawtelle Cardigan is the perfect winter sweater or spring jacket for a young person in your life. Nice sweater patterns for children who have passed their toddler years but are not yet in adult sizes can be difficult to find, but this lovely sweater ranges from sizes 2 to 12 and a chest circumference of 20” to 25”.

The Sawtelle Cardigan is knit in one piece to the underarm, and then the back and front are divided (for the sleeves) and knit independently to the shoulders. You’ll come to the first class having cast on and knit the body of the sweater to the length recommended for the size you’ve chosen, and we will divide your pieces and begin to work the shaping for the neck and fronts (including the buttonholes) so that they are established when you go home. In the second class, we will pick up the first sleeve’s stitches (making sure that you will be comfortable picking up the second sleeve’s stitches), practice knitting with two circular needles, and begin to knit the first sleeve. You will knit the second sleeve at home, and in the third class, we will pick up the collar stitches, begin the collar, and discuss bind-off and finishing.

Prerequisites:  Must know how to knit.

Instructor:       Brenda Wilson
Dates:               Saturday mornings, March 16th, April 6th and April 20th
Times:              3/16: 9-11am, 4/6: 9-11am, 4/20: 9:30-11am
Cost:                 $90
Materials:         Printed copy of the Sawtelle pattern (available for free on Ravelry)
Between 648 and and 864 yards of Aran weight yarn to knit the sweater in your chosen size,
Two US 8 or 9 24” circular needles (or the size you need to obtain gauge), 2 stitch holders, 1 stitch marker & 3 buttons

Homework:  Print pattern, purchase required yarn from Woolworks and do a gauge swatch per pattern instructions.  Once you’ve gotten gauge, cast on for the size you are making and come to class having knit to the armhole separation.

Register for the Sawtelle Cardigan Class

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Up, Down & All Around Socks!

Have you knit socks before? Or perhaps you’re a new sock knitter? This class uses a variety of techniques to make a pair of *almost* matching socks. Explore traditional and unique sock techniques in this four-part series.

Each class you will tackle new and interesting sock knitting skills, that will help curb second sock syndrome. You’ll have completed 2 socks by the end of the sock class session. Knit one sock from the top down, with a simple short row heel and a rounded toe. Knit the other sock from the toe- up and add an after-thought heel.

Skills covered:  Short row heel, Afterthought heel, Toe Up sock, Rounded toe.

Prerequisites:  Students *must* be comfortable knitting in the round. No prior sock knitting knowledge is required.

Instructor:      Ashley Tisdale Eggert
Dates:               Wednesday evenings, March 27th, April 10th, April 24th and May 8th
Times:              6-8pm
Cost:                 $120
Materials:      1 skein 50g fingering weight yarn (or 2 skeins for contrasting heel and toes). US 1/ 2.2mm knitting needles (knitter’s preference for knitting in the round). OR whatever gives you gauge (8 stitches/inch). Stitch markers

Homework:  Cast on 64 stitches, divide onto DPN’s or Magic Loop needle, join in the round and knit for 1 and 1/2″

Register for Up, Down & All Around Sock Class

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Finishing Techniques

After all the hard work and time that goes into knitting a project, it’s important to use proper finishing techniques to achieve a beautifully finished sweater, hat or whatever garment you are making.  Learning these details increases your awareness of sweater construction and saves you the time and cost of having someone finish for you.

Skills covered will include seaming (mattress stitch, kitchener stitch, 3-needle bind off), picking up and knitting button bands/collars, set in sleeves, weaving in ends.

Prerequisites:  Must know how to knit and purl.  This is a beginning level class, but you should have knitting experience.

Instructor:       Linda Lewis
Dates:               Sunday mornings, April 28th and May 5th
Time:                11am-1pm
Cost:                 $65
Materials:        2 colors of worsted weight yarn, 2, US size 8 needles of your choice, US size G or H crochet hook.  Yarn needle.
Homework:     Knit two worsted weight swatches in stockinette stitch with 40 stitches, 6-8″ long

Register for Finishing Techniques

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Spring Knit A Longs!

Each month we choose a project to work during our Thursday evening hours.  Join us from 6-8pm each Thursday evening of the month and knit a long with us!  You are welcome to work on your own work in progress or join in on the monthly project and get help from shop staff in an unstructured and relaxed setting.

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April/May: Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter

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Join the Thursday night KAL for both April & May as we knit the very popular and sassy Soldotna Crop sweater! Soldotna is knit in 4 colors of dk weight yarn from the top down in colorwork. It is short sleeved and of course the body can be customized longer if cropped isn’t your thing! The kickoff to Soldotna is Thursday, April 4th and continues each Thursday evening for 2 months: 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23 & 5/30. 6-8pm.