Come and take a class at Espace Tricot! Whether you're an absolute beginner or seeking to expand your skill set, we have a wide variety of courses to choose from.
Class sizes are limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The class fee is required to reserve your spot. Please feel free to call in and reserve by credit card - 514 486-5648.
We require a minimum of 3 people per class. Full refunds will be issued if the class is cancelled or if you withdraw at least five days prior to the start date.
All required class materials are available for purchase in store but feel free to bring in your own! If you do need to purchase materials, please try to do so well in advance to ensure that classes can begin on time. Please note that materials for Tricot 101, Crochet 101, and Kids Learn to Knit are included in the cost of the courses.
LITTLE FOXES (Bilingual class)
Sundays, 10 am – 12 pm, September 17, 24, October 1
From the popular series of little animals from Julie Williams of Little Cotton Rabbits, this time we are offering you the chance to make her foxes. You can choose to do either the girl fox or the boy fox. The pattern is for knitting flat on two needles and all pieces are seamed afterwards. Pattern calls for DK weight yarn, however my versions of the foxes are done with sock/fingering weight yarn. In this class you will learn how to knit increases and decreases to shape the body of the foxes and their clothing, how to assemble using neat finishing techniques with tapestry needle. Required materials: pattern (boy or girl fox), about 100m of sock or fingering weight yarn for body, and about 60 m total for clothing. Knitting needles used can vary from 2.25mm to 3mm according to choice of yarn to obtain gauge. You will also need a darning needle. Prerequisites: knit, purl, M1, ssk, k2tog (you should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class).
TRICOT 101 (Bilingual class)
Mondays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, September 18, 25, October 2
Join us for this 3-week learn to knit class and we will have you knitting and purling in no time! Tricot 101 will introduce you to the basic techniques of knitting (knit, purl, cast on, bind off) and explain the fundamentals of knitting theory and terminology. By the end of the course you will have all you need to begin your first project! Prerequisites: none
AU CHALET BLANKET (Bilingual class)
Wednesdays, 6 pm –8 pm, September 20, 27, October 4
This project is a beautiful afghan measuring 54” X 66” after blocking, or you can choose to make the baby blanket version. In this class, we will learn the long-tail cast-on, different ways to create cables, how to join new balls of yarn, sew in ends, and finally, we will explore several techniques to achieve an even cast-off. Required materials: worsted yarn in the quantity necessary to make the chosen size (for example Rowan Pure Wool Worsted), 5.0 mm (US8) 32” circular needle, stitch markers, tapestry needle. Students must have their wool on hand for the first class. Pre-requisites: knit, purl, ribbing.
CUFF-DOWN SOCKS (Bilingual class)
Sundays, 5 pm – 7 pm, September 24, October 1, 8
Learn about the construction of a sock, how to work from the cuff down to the heel, gusset and then toe. You will be provided with a simple pattern that can be adapted to your needs. If you feel comfortable doing so, you may use a pattern of your choice, just make sure it is cuff down. Required materials: Fingering weight yarn and needles required to obtain gauge (double pointed, or circular for magic loop method). Prerequisites: Intermediate knitter: know how to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease.
BUILDING WITH LACE (Bilingual class)
12 classes - 6 in Fall 2017, 6 in Winter 2018
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, October 3, 17, 31, November 14, 28, December 5, January 9, 23, February 6, 20, March 6, 20
Michelle Hunter just came out with a beautiful new design for learning the basics of lace knitting. This pattern begins with easier lace work and, with each new section, allows you to build your skills as you learn more complex patterns. The result is a beautiful and elegant shawl. The course will also introduce you to knitting with beads. Required materials: pattern (paid pattern booklet available in store), 1370 yards of sport weight yarn (you can use fingering weight yarn, but the necessary yardage will vary), 4mm needles (or needle appropriate for you yarn), crochet hooks (4mm for cast on, 0.75mm or 1mm for bead placement), beads (size will be discussed at the beginning of the class). Prerequisites: Intermediate knitter wanting to learn different types of lace and beadwork.
WORKSHOP: INTRODUCTION TO DYEING WITH ACID DYES (Bilingual Class)
Saturday, October 14, 6 pm - 9 pm
We are excited to offer this workshop with the extremely talented hand-dyer, Julie Asselin! Julie will introduce you to the principles of colour theory and discuss different fibres and their impact on the final dying result. You will then be introduced to the basics of working with acid dyes and the application of the hand-painted method. All necessary materials are provided.
SAINT LAURENT SHAWL (Bilingual class)
Sundays, 10 am – 12 pm, October 15, 22, 29
I have designed this light and airy shawl especially for Espace Tricot and their new exclusive line of Linen lace weight yarn. However, it can easily be knitted with wool for the fall. The design of the shawl is a fun introduction to lace knitting, features a creative construction and binding of 2 similar triangles. It can be done in one or two colors. The sizing is easily adjustable to accommodate yardages from 1200yds to 2000yds. Required materials: Pattern (available through Espace Tricot), solid color lace weight linen (2 skeins of 600yds each) or wool yarn of choice, 3mm (24” or 32”) circular needles. Pre-requisites: cast on, knit, purl. (You should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class).
NORWEGIAN FIR BABY CARDIGAN (Bilingual class)
Sundays, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, October 15, 22, 29
A simple and delicate unisex cardigan from ages 0 through 9. In this class we will be working on the garment from the top down, seamlessly, and learning to follow a lace chart. Required materials: Norwegian Fir top pattern (paid pattern on ravelry), DK weight yarn (sufficient amount for the size you will be knitting), 3.75mm double pointed needles and 3.75mm circular needle (60cm), or needle size with which you obtain the correct gauge. Prerequisites: Advanced beginner (student must know how to knit, purl, decrease, and increase)
FIDDLEHEAD MITTENS (Bilingual class)
Mondays, 6 pm – 8 pm, October 16, 23, 30
Traditional stranded colourwork mitts workshop to brighten up those cold winter outings. In this workshop we will be learning how to knit holding two yarns and following charts. Required materials: Fiddlehead Mittens pattern by Adrian Bizilia, DK weight yarn in the required quantities, double-pointed needles required for your size (see pattern). Prerequisites: Advanced beginner. Student should already know how to knit, purl, decrease and increase.
PERSONAL PROJECT (Bilingual class)
Wednesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, October 18, 25, November 1, 8
Do you have a project you want to knit but are nervous to cast on because you feel it might be beyond you? Whether it’s a shrug, sweater, jacket, shawl, or a CustomFit sweater, this class is designed to support you from start to finish. You select your own pattern and yarn and the instructor will walk you through every step of your project from the perfect cast on to the proper finishing. If you've already knit a garment, why not take this opportunity to take on a new, more difficult, challenge? Prerequisites: Must have completed some smaller projects such as hats or mittens. Required materials: Your choice of pattern, plus the appropriate yarn and needles.
WORKSHOP: ESPACE TRICOT BABY BLANKET (Bilingual class)
Sunday, 5 pm –8 pm, November 5
Description coming soon.
BONNER HAT (Bilingual class)
Mondays, 6 pm – 8 pm, November 6, 13, 20
A classic hat for both men and women, Bonner is a great pattern for intermediate knitters wanting to learn cables and how to follow charts. Required materials: Bonner Hat pattern by Sarah Solomon (paid pattern on ravelry), 180 yards of worsted weight yarn, 3.5mm and 4.5mm double pointed needles (or needle size with which you can obtain correct gauge), cable needle. Prerequisites: student must know how to knit, purl, decrease, and increase.
FIXING MISTAKES (Bilingual Class)
Tuesday 6 pm – 9 pm, November 7
You’re pretty confident with your knitting but making a mistake still throws you for a loop? We will have a look at common mistakes, like twisted and dropped stitches, extra yarn-overs, unwanted increases and decreases…and whatever else comes up! During this class, you will knit a swatch on which you will learn with my help how to fix mistakes using tricks of the trade. Required materials: solid light coloured yarn in DK or heavier weight for visibility and appropriate sized needles for yarn, stitch markers (type that opens), a crochet hook, spare needles (double-pointed or circulars), possibly a stitch holder. Pre-requisites: cast on, knit, purl
LIZZIE SWEATER (Bilingual class)
Sundays, 10 am – 12 pm, November 12, 19, 26, December 3
The Lizzie cardigan is a top down seamless construction garment, from the popular Cocoknits book “Sweater workshop”. This class will teach you how to use the concepts and methods illustrated in her book to do the Lizzie cardigan. And will also equip you to do other future projects in that book with confidence using her methods. Required materials: Cocoknits “Sweater workshop” book, 640 -1280 m of sport weight yarn, 4mm circular knitting needles 100cm long (or size necessary to obtain gauge), 3.75mm & 3.25mm circular or double pointed needles. Stitch markers. Pre-requisites: cast on, knit, purl. (You should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class).
KIDS LEARN TO KNIT (Bilingual class)
Sundays, 4 pm – 6 pm, November 12, 19, 26
Let your child discover a love and passion for knitting. Children are introduced to the basics. Two types of simple and fun finger knitting techniques will be taught in the beginning to get your child accustumed to working with yarn. Then, creative methods are used to teach your child how to knit with needles and to remember how to knit once they go home. Once the child has learned the knit stitch and purl stitch, they will be ready to begin small projects. Pre-requisites: Ages 8+
TRICOT 101 (Bilingual class)
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, November 15, 22, 29
Join us for this 3-week learn to knit class and we will have you knitting and purling in no time! Tricot 101 will
introduce you to the basic techniques of knitting (knit, purl, cast on, bind off) and explain the fundamentals of knitting theory and terminology. By the end of the course you will have all you need to begin your first project! Prerequisites: none
WORKSHOP: BUTTONHOLES (Bilingual class)
Tuesday, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, November 21
A small but important detail in finishing a knitting project, buttonholes can be daunting to do, since their appearance can ruin hours of hard work. This workshop will show you how to master basic buttonholes and finishing techniques related to buttonholes. Demonstrations and applications will include: one row/two row button holes, eyelet buttonhole & vertical button holes. Required materials: solid light coloured yarn and appropriate sized needles for yarn Pre-requisites: cast on, knit, purl. (You should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class).
TIME TRAVELER SOCKS (TOE-UP) (Bilingual class)
Mondays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, November 27, December 4, 11
Learn how to knit toe up socks with this simple and interesting variegated ribbing. You will be knitting with your preferred method, whether magic loop or on DPNs. The pattern requires no picking up of gusset stitches, no wrap and turn short rows, and no kitchener stitch. Required materials: Free pattern available on Ravelry. 100g of sock yarn, 2.0mm 32” circular needles for magic loop or 2.0mm DPNs or the needle size required to achieve gauge, 3 stitch markers and tapestry needles. Prerequisites: Intermediate
STITCH SCHOOL SCARF (English class)
Sundays, 5 pm – 7 pm, December 3, 10, 17
Knitting the Stitch School Scarf is a great way to take your knitting skills from beginner to intermediate. In making this pattern you will learn forever-useful skills like provisional cast-on, I-cord edging, Quaker ribbing, lace and either Kitchener stitch or I-cord bind off. The scarf is a great learning tool and also very stylish. You can leave it straight and open or seamlessly join the ends to create a loop. This super quick knit makes a great winter staple in your own wardrobe or a wonderful gift. Prerequesites: Experienced beginner. Required materials: pattern, 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn, 4.5 mm needles (or size needed to obtain gauge), tapestry needle.
WORKSHOP: SEAMING (Bilingual class)
Wednesday, 6 pm – 9 pm, December 6
Learn how to sew perfect seams in stockinette, garter and in ribbing. Students may bring completed projects waiting to be sewn up as well as samples. Required materials: 2 small samples (2” by 3”) of each of the stitches mentioned; tapestry needle; extra yarn (same as samples).
WORKSHOP: SHORT ROWS DEMYSTIFIED (Bilingual class)
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 12
Short rowing is a useful technique to master for improving the finishing and shaping of garments. In recent fashion trends, short rows have also been used in interesting ways for creating colourful fabrics. Common examples of short row uses is found in the construction of socks, shoulder shaping and swing shawls. This class will help you understand and be more confident in knitting with this technique and learn its various applications. Required materials: solid light coloured yarn in DK or heavier weight for visibility and appropriate sized needles for yarn, stitch markers (type that opens), a swatch 30 st by 10 rows left on needles (in plain jersey – 1 row knit, 1 row purl). Pre-requisites: cast on, knit, purl. (you should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class).