Classes

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

If you have a class request for a topic not listed, please send us an email at info@serenityknits.ca. Include your preference for daytime, evening or Saturday classes. We are happy to accept registration in person at the store, or by phone at (905) 710-3283 with your Visa or Master Card. The full fee is due at the time of registration.

Minimum Class Size:

The minimum class size is three students. Two business days prior to the start of a class, registration is reviewed. In the event of insufficient registration, the class may be cancelled and you will be offered a full refund. We will notify you immediately if the decision is made to cancel.

Cancellation by Student:

A store credit will be available if you give notice of cancellation 3 or more business days before the first class. No credit will be given for late cancellations.

Missed Classes:

No credit or refund will be offered for missed classes. We will be happy to provide you with notes from a missed class but we do not offer specific makeup classes.

Class Supplies:

When you register, you will be given a list of supplies needed for the class. Unless specified, class fees do not include the cost of materials. For some classes you may be required to purchase a book or pattern. This cost is not included in the class fees. Yarn for classes must be purchased at Serenity Knits.

Student Discount:

If you are a member of the class, you will receive a 10% student discount on all class supplies purchased during the class session. You may also use your student discount on any materials purchased, whether for a class or not, the day you register or during the class session. Student discount does not apply to non-class materials which are Special Orders.

Children:

Unless specifically described as a children’s class, classes at Serenity Knits are for adults only, minimum age 21. Knitting classes are intended to be a time of learning, relaxation and fun. For the consideration of others, no children please during class.

Help between classes or after your class is finished:

We want you to succeed and enjoy your lessons and projects. We are happy to help with any quick “5 minute questions”. Please call before you come in so we can make sure the correct teacher to answer your question will be available. Many questions can be answered by Karen or Sheila, but they are not familiar with all of each other’s materials, so it is best to seek help from your specific teacher. For more serious or lengthy problems, you will need to sign up for a private class. The normal Private class rate is $25 an hour. For class related problems the rate is reduced to $5 per 15 minutes. If you have any questions about these policies, please call the store.

Check Out Our Awesome Classes!

Project Classes (Knitter's Choice) - $159 (12 Classes)

Tuesday Mornings: Apr. 11 – June 27
9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Friday Mornings: Apr. 7 – June 30
9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Description: Project classes provide you with the skills you need to work on your choice of projects. Ask questions, receive help, get inspired and learn from other students’ projects. Use this time to refresh your skills, finish a stalled project or start a new one. Along the way you will make new friends as you spend time knitting with others who share your passion.
As with other classes, you will receive a 10% discount on all your yarns and supplies. It is expected that yarns for Project Class be purchased from Serenity Knits.
Prerequisites: A love of knitting or crocheting; enjoys the company of other knitters.
Difficulty: All levels are welcome, but basic knitting skills are required.

Alumni Class

50% of class fee

This is open to Serenity Knits students who have taken the same class previously and need a refresher. This is subject to there being available space in the current class.

Private / Semi-private Lessons

1 hour class for $25 for private lesson
1 hour class for $35 for semi-private lesson (2 students)
Date and Time: Any mutually convenient time: phone or drop into the store to arrange for a class.
Description: If our scheduled class times are not convenient for you or if there is a knitting or crochet topic that you would like to learn that isn’t listed on the class schedule; you can book a private or come with a friend for a semi-private lesson.

Special Interest Group Lessons

One hour class for $15 each person (3 minimum to 6 maximum). You can book multiple hours per session.
Date and Time: Any mutually convenient time: phone or drop into the store to arrange for a class.
Description: Is there a topic that we aren’t covering this session? Is the time of our classes not convenient for you? Put a group of your friends together and we will teach you the class of your choice. This is a great way to spend time with your friends while learning a new skill.

Learn to Knit

Two 1 hour classes - $50 + supplies
This class is done as a private lesson and can be scheduled at a mutually convenient time.
Description: This class will teach you the knitting basics. You will learn to cast on, to knit, to purl and to cast off. Once you have completed this class you will be ready to tackle your first project.
Prerequisite:None. This class is for those who are new to knitting or the knitter who hasn’t touched knitting needles in quite a while and needs a refresher.


Learn to Crochet

Two 1 hour classes - $50 + supplies
This class is done as a private lesson and can be scheduled at a mutually convenient time.
Description:This class will teach you the crochet basics. To start, you will learn the chain stitch… the beginning of most crochet work. From there you will learn additional stitches; single crochet, double crochet and half double crochet.
Prerequisite:None. This class is for those who are new to crochet or those who haven’t picked up a hook in quite a while and needs a refresher.

Linen Stitch Scarf

Saturday afternoon April 1
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

One 2 hour classes - $25 + supplies
Description:Linen stitch gives a woven look to this simple scarf with unfinished edges. By using two different striping colour ways, each scarf will be unique, depending where in the stripe sequence you begin and how the printed colour ways interact. Every few rows reveal a new surprising color combination!
Prerequisite:Basic knitting skills.

Introduction to Stranded Fair Isle Knitting

Tuesday evening April 11
6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
OR
Tuesday afternoon April 18
1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

One 2 ½ hour workshop - $30
Description: Beautiful Fair Isle clothing and accessories are always a favourite choice for winter. The technique forms a warm, double thickness fabric. Learn the basics of this “2-handed stranding” knitting technique in which you carry one colour in each hand to produce multi-coloured patterns and motifs. Don’t worry – we teach you to knit with your non-dominant hand (Continental or North American knitting style).
Prerequisite:Good knitting skills and the ability to read patterns.
Note: This class is a prerequisite for those taking the Nordic Cowl class (if you do not already know the 2-handed stranded Fair Isle knitting technique).

Baby Surprise Jacket

Wednesday afternoon: April 5, 19 and May 3
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

check dates carefully as classes have been scheduled on alternate weeks to allow extra time for independent knitting
Three 2 hour - $60 + supplies
Description:Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket has become near legendary since its conception in 1968. The jacket is knit back and forth in Garter stitch, then cleverly folded and completed by weaving the shoulder seams.
Prerequisite: Basic knitting skills.

Hitofude Cardigan

Thursday Afternoons April 6, 27 and May 11
1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Three 2 hour classes - $60 + supplies
Check dates carefully as classes have been scheduled to allow extra time for independent knitting between each lesson.
Description: As implied by the name “Hitofude”, meaning a single brush stroke in Japanese, this open front cardigan with an allover lace pattern is worked in one “yarn stroke” -- a continuous strand without cutting the yarn.
The yarn stroke starts from the upper body and sleeves worked together in a rectangular piece, then moves to lower body, where the lace pattern increases evenly, creating a gentle drape.
Prerequisite: The knitter should have good basic knitting skills and be able to follow simple patterns.

Lucky Bamboo Socks

Saturday afternoons April 8, 22 and May 6
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Three 2 hour classes - $60 + supplies
Description: Top-down construction with flap heel and an easily-memorized lace pattern. The lace pattern extends onto the heel. Some understanding of charts will be helpful, as the lace pattern is charted (but basic.) This pattern is simple enough for the fledgling sock knitter and interesting enough for the old-hat sock knitters!
Prerequisites: Good knitting skills and the ability to read patterns.

Getting Started Knitting Socks

Tuesday mornings May 23, June 6 and June 20
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Check dates carefully as classes have been scheduled on alternate weeks to allow extra time for independent knitting
Three 2 hour classes - $60.00 + supplies
Description: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (The Yarn Harlot) often talks about the fact that unlike many other knitted garments, almost everyone needs socks.
There are hundreds of colours and blends of fibers for soc yarns that it makes knitting socks exciting and fun.
In this class you will learn to knit a basic cuff-down pair of socks. You will experience the “magic” of turning a heel and the joy of a perfectly shaped toe.
Once you wear a pair of hand knit socks, it’s hard to go back to wearing manufactured socks.
Prerequisites: The knitter should have a good knowledge of knitting and purling and other basic knitting techniques.

Achilles’ Heel Sock

Wednesday afternoons April 12, 26 and May 10
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M

Check dates carefully as classes have been scheduled to allow extra time for independent knitting between each lesson.
Three 2 hour classes - $60 + supplies
Description: The Achilles’ Heel sock is knitted top down, the heel has a flap, and a gusset, and it is re-knittable, since it is knitted after the rest of the sock is completed. It is knitted in the round, and covers area well beyond the traditional heel construction, where the holes usually arise.
Prerequisites: Previous sock knitting experience.

City Wrap Cowl

Thursday afternoon April 13
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

One 2 hour classes - $25 + supplies
Description: Chic and on trend, this versatile cowl can be worn long or wrapped multiple times for a different look.
Prerequisites: A good knowledge of knitting and purling, and other basic knitting techniques.

Danzig Shawl

Thursday Afternoons April 20, May 4 and 18
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Check dates carefully as classes have been scheduled on alternate weeks to allow extra time for independent knitting.
Three 2 hour classes - $60 + supplies
Description: Garter sea of knits and a few short rows to create pebbly stripes. Endless colour possibilities!
Prerequisites: Good knitting skills and the ability to read patterns.

Borders and Bands

Friday afternoon April 21
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

One 2 hour workshop - $25
Description: All garments benefit from having a well finished neck edge. Cardigans will need front bands and vests, tank tops and shells require armhole edgings. Take the guesswork out of picking up stitches for the edges and learn the “mathematical logic” that will make the process easy.
Prerequisites: Good basic knitting skills.

Nordic Cowl

Tuesday afternoons April 25 and May 16
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Check dates carefully as classes have been scheduled to allow extra time for independent knitting)
Two 2 hour classes - $60 + supplies
Description: This double-sided cowl with traditional Norwegian motifs starts with a provisional cast-on and is knit in the round. You will knit double the depth, fold it in half, and attach the live stitches on the needle to the live stitches at the beginning (after you remove the provisional cast-on) via a three-needle bind-off, or by grafting.
Prerequisites: Good knitting skills. Must know basic Fair Isle knitting skills (see the” Introduction to Stranded Fair Isle Knitting” workshops April 11th or 18th)
Note: This class is not recommended as a first Fair Isle project

Correcting Knitting Mistakes

Tuesday evening April 25
6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
or
Friday afternoon June 9
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Sample preparation is required for this workshop –obtain information sheet with registration.
One 2 hour workshop $25.00 + supplies
Description: This is a workshop that will teach you to fix your knitting mistakes. We will cover such disasters as dropped and twisted stitches, miss-crossed cables, as well as “unknitting” one or several rows – and safely arranging the stitches back on the needles. You will also learn how to find your place when you are “lost”. There will be hints on avoiding mishaps as you knit and recognizing problems when they arise. You should never need to unravel all your knitting and start again!
Prerequisites: All knitters – every knitter can benefit from this workshop.

Shoulder Shaping

Tuesday afternoon May 2
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Sample preparation is required for this workshop –obtain information sheet with registration.
One 2 hour workshop - $25.00
Description: Learn to knit perfectly shaped shoulders using short row shaping and then to seam them flawlessly. Variations will also be covered. This class will eliminate the typical unattractive “stair step shaped” shoulders that result from cast off front and back edges.
Prerequisites: Good basic knitting skills.

Enchanted Cables Cardigan KAL

Tuesday evenings May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6
6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Free with purchase of pattern and yarn.
Description: Intricate lace and cables join forces in an elegant cardigan. The upper portion simplifies to a classic rib. Clasped simply at the neck, you have a stylish layer for any event.
Prerequisites: Good basic knitting skills.

Downtown Line Shawl

Wednesday evenings May 3, 17
6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

(check dates carefully as classes have been scheduled to allow extra time for independent knitting)
Two 2 hour classes - $50.00 + supplies
Description: This triangular shaped shawl is knit sideways with colour work stripes, eyelets and short-rows.
Prerequisites: Good basic knitting skills

Mitered Squares

Tuesday afternoon May 9
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Sample preparation is required for this workshop – obtain information sheet with registration.
Description: Mitered squares seem magical. Their rows turn at a 90 degree angle, giving incredible design potential. The squares are fun to make & provide unlimited possibilities by varying the colours, size and direction of joining. Learn how to knit the squares and attach them to each other without any seaming. Mitered squares also make good “stash busters”- ways to use up leftover or extra yarns (especially useful for the yarn ends left over after knitting socks). Ideas for projects and patterns that use mitered squares will be discussed.
Prerequisites: Good basic knitting skills.

Basic Cables

Friday afternoon May 12
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

One 2 hour workshop - $25
Description: Cables form the intricate designs in Aran Knits or traditional Fisherman’s sweaters. They can add a designer touch to a basic sweater and look beautiful in afghans and pillows. They may appear complicated, but are actually quite simple when you break them down step by step. Learn the techniques needed to produce beautiful cable patterns.
Prerequisites: Good basic knitting skills

Easy Fit Lace Shrug

Saturday afternoons May 13 and June 3
1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Check dates carefully as classes have been scheduled to allow extra time for independent knitting.
Two 2 ½ our classes - $55 + supplies
Description: One rectangle of lace, trimmed with rib and seed stitch, is all it takes to work this easy fit shrug. Knit sideways with two short seams.
Prerequisites: Basic knitting skills – intermediate or adventurous knitter

Diamond Lace Poncho

Wednesday afternoons May 17, 31 and June 14
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Check dates carefully as classes have been scheduled to allow extra time for independent knitting between each lesson.
Three 2 hour classes - $60.00
Description: Folded and seamed along the sides, this one-piece textured lace poncho provides light coverage with lovely results.
Prerequisites: Basic knitting skills – intermediate or adventurous knitter.

Basic Lace

Friday afternoon May 19
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Check dates carefully as classes have been scheduled to allow extra time for independent knitting between each lesson.
One 2 hour workshop - $25.00 + supplies
Description: Lace is the basis for the delicate stitches that form the very popular knitted lace shawls and wraps. Learn how to make “purposeful holes” and combine them into lovely lace patterns.
Prerequisites: Good basic knitting skills

Brainless Socks

Wednesday afternoons May 24, June 7 and 21
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M

Check dates carefully as classes are on alternate weeks to allow extra time for independent knitting.
Three 2 hour classes $60.00 + supplies
Description: These toe-up socks have it all: cables, stocking stitch, garter stitch, ribbing, short-rows… and are knit-in-the-round.
Prerequisites:Must have knit sock and have circular knitting experience.

Silverleaf Shawl

Thursday afternoons May 25 and June 8
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Check dates carefully as classes have been scheduled to allow extra time for independent knitting between each lesson.
Two 2 hour classes - $50.00 + supplies
Description: This lovely shawl features a beautiful leaf lace which is framed by garter stitch and fine eyelet lines. It will add an elegant, light accessory to your daily wardrobe.
Worked on the bias in an asymmetrical triangular shape makes it fun to knit and easy to wear.
Prerequisites: Good knitting skills.

Well Heeled

Friday afternoon May 26
1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

One 2 hour workshop - $25.00 + supplies
Description: Add some variety to your sock knitting experience. Try several different methods of knitting heels and customize them for a perfect fit. To add to your repertoire of the common heel, we will learn the short row heel, square heel, afterthought heel and other variations.
Prerequisites: Can knit basic socks and turn a heel.

Buttonhole Magic

Tuesday afternoon May 30
1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

One 2 hour workshop - $25.00 + supplies
Description: Learn to make professional looking buttonholes. You will be able to replace the usual pattern instructions for sloppy, 2 row buttonholes with stable and attractive single row buttonholes. You will understand how to customize the buttonholes to accommodate any size button. We will take the mystery out of buttonhole placement.
Prerequisites: Basic knitting skills.

Therapy Shawl

Friday afternoon June 2
1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
or
Tuesday evening June 13
6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

One 2 ½ class - $30 + supplies
Description: In the midst of several demanding knits, I craved garter stripes, simple eyelets, and picots. It had to be almost mindless, easy to put down and pick up so that I could squeeze it in among other things, and be appropriate for using a variegated yarn with a couple of supporting solids.
Prerequisites: A good knowledge of knitting and purling, and other basic knitting techniques
Difficulty: Advanced beginner and above.

Blocking Essentials

Tuesday afternoons June 13
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

One 2 hour workshop $25
Description: Smooth out stitch irregularities, flatten and straighten curling edges and set your knitted pieces to the correct dimensions with blocking. This workshop will give you an overview of the different methods blocking your knits and help you choose the one that is best for your project.
Prerequisites: Suitable for all knitters.

Tjader Socks

Thursday Afternoons June 15 and 29
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Two 2 hour classes - $50.00 + supplies
Description: The sock is knitted from the heel on upwards and sideways, joining the instep as you go. The toe and leg are worked from either end. This construction is accentuated by the contrast stripes.
Prerequisites:Previous sock knitting experience required.

Finely Finished: Seaming your Knitting

Friday afternoon June 16
1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Sample preparation is required for this workshop – obtain information sheet with registration.
One 3 hour workshop - $30
Description: For a professional look, finish your knitted garment or project with perfect seams. Tackle all those projects that you have knitted but haven’t quite managed to complete the “putting together” stage. Learn the techniques needed to form invisible seams on various knitted stitches. Shoulder seams and sleeve insertions will also be taught.
Prerequisites: All levels; basic knitting skills.



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