Classes

 

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 101Crochet 101, and Kids Learn to Knit are included in the cost of the courses.

 

WINTER 2019


SELBU MITTENS (Bilingual class)
Naomi Endicott
$108
Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, from 6pm to 8pm

Get started with stranded colourwork knitting with this pair of classic Norwegian-style mittens. A perfect project for tackling the basics of colourwork, the Selbu Mittens pattern by Skeindeer Knits features clear charts as well as row-by-row instructions. In addition to colourwork techniques, the class will cover reading charts, shaping a thumb gusset, and working different sizes through modifying gauge. Materials required: Pattern (available for purchase through Ravelry), DK-weight yarn in two colours (approximately 136 yards / 125 m for each colour), tapestry needle, preferred needles for small-circumference knitting in the round (e.g. DPNs, magic loop, or 9" circular needles). Note: it is recommended to bring 3 mm, 3.5 mm and 4 mm needles for swatching to determine which needle to use as the "gauge" (main) needle. You will also need a needle 0.5 mm smaller than your gauge needle for cuff. Prerequisites: Advanced beginner. Comfortable knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing. Previous experience of colourwork knitting is not required!


PERSONAL PROJECT (bilingual)
Giovanna Clementi
$144
Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, from 6pm to 8pm 

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 or shawl, 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? Materials required: Your choice of pattern, plus the appropriate yarn and needles. Prerequisites: Must have completed some smaller projects such as hats or mittens. 


KNITTING 101 (bilingual)
Valentine Abraham
$108
Fridays, January 11, 18, 25, from 6pm to 8pm

Join us for this 3-week learn to knit class and we will have you knitting and purling in no time! Knitting 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! Yarn and needles are provided. Prerequisites: none


WORKSHOP: Log Cabin Mitts (bilingual)
Naomi Endicott
$54
Sunday January 13 from 5pm to 8pm

This workshop is an introduction to the addictive modular log cabin knitting technique, adapted by Karen Templer to create quick and cosy mittens. Techniques covered will include picking up stitches to knit, knitting in modular sections, seaming, and knitting a thumb gusset. Materials required: Pattern (free on Ravelry), 4mm needles or size required to meet gauge (straight or short circular, DPNs work well), approximately 105 yards DK or light worsted-weight yarn in three colours: 45 yards colour A; 28 yards colour B; 32 yards colour C – or bring along a pile of leftover yarn in any weight and we’ll help you make great combinations! Prerequisites: Comfortable beginner – able to cast on, knit, increase, and decrease.


WORKSHOP: Unravelling Ravelry (English, but instructor can respond in French)
Stephanie Earp
$36
Monday January 14 from 6pm to 8pm

Ravelry is much more than a pattern shop, but for many knitters, it’s the number one place to find and purchase knitting patterns. In this workshop, learn how to harness the power of Ravelry’s advanced search functions to find exactly what you’re looking for and get an overview of the best ways to browse the newest and most popular patterns. We’ll also look at how to use projects and forums to find out more about a pattern before you purchase it and how to filter for the most helpful notes. Materials required: Bring a tablet or laptop computer (a cellphone is insufficient to access Ravelry’s best features for this workshop) and paper and pen for analog notes. Prerequisites: Participants should have an activated Ravelry account.


WORKSHOP: Sweater Structure (bilingual)
Stephanie Earp and Naomi Endicott
$36
Sunday January 27 from 5pm to 7pm

Raglan, yoked, top-down, bottom-up, pieced, drop-shoulder, pieced – if all these different terms are making you dizzy, join us to decode the mysteries of sweater structure. We’ll cover the differences between various construction techniques, how to get a good fit, and which styles are right for you. We won’t be knitting (although feel free to bring a project to knit as we chat!), but we’ll have lots of samples out to demonstrate the amazing possibilities of sweater knitting. Materials required: Notebook, if you wish to take notes. Feel free to bring any sweaters or projects from home if you have specific questions! Prerequisites: None – experienced and new sweater knitters are all welcome!


FERN AND FEATHER SWEATER (bilingual)
Jocelyn Malric
$144
Sundays, February 3, 17, March 3, 17, from 10am to 12pm

Drawing on the beautiful simplicity of nature, this Icelandic-style pullover by Jennifer Steingass is worked seamlessly from the top down, starting with a simple rolled neckline. Using worsted weight yarn, this sweater works up quickly. The yoke is knit in stranded colourwork, then short-row shaping is added to the back of the sweater to shape the shoulders and neckline. Materials required: pattern (available for purchase through Ravelry), quantity of worsted weight yarn for your size (see pattern), 3.5 mm – 40”/100 cm circular needles and 4 mm - 40”/100 cm circular needles, and DPNS in both sizes - or needles needed to obtain gauge, 2 stitch holders to put sleeves on hold, stitch markers. Prerequisites:  Advanced beginner (student must know how to knit, purl, decrease, and increase).


KNITTING 101 (English only)
Chloe Gallagher-Smiley
$108
Sundays, February 3, 10, 17, from 5pm to 7pm

Join us for this 3-week learn to knit class and we will have you knitting and purling in no time! Knitting 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! Yarn and needles are provided. Prerequisites: none


TINSEL MITTS (bilingual)
Naomi Endicott
$108
Mondays, February 4, 11, 18, from 6pm to 8pm

The Tinsel Mitts pattern from Andrea Mowry is an ideal introduction to mitten knitting, available in sizes for the whole family. We will cover all three styles included in the pattern – full mittens, convertible, and fingerless – as well as special techniques including faux seams, picking up stitches in the middle of your work, simple shaping, and thumb gusset shaping. Materials required: Pattern (available for purchase through Ravelry), DK-weight yarn for the size required, 3.75 mm and 4 mm needles (or size required to obtain gauge) suitable for small-circumference knitting in the round (DPNs or longer circular for magic loop method). Prerequisites: Advanced beginner. Comfortable knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing.


BEARS (bilingual)
Jocelyne Malric
$108
Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, from 7pm to 9pm

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 bears. You can choose to make either a boy or a girl bear. The pattern is worked flat on two needles and all pieces are seamed afterwards. Pattern calls for worsted or light Aran weight yarn, however Jocelyne’s versions of the bears are done with fingering to sport weight yarn. In this class you will learn how to knit increases and decreases to shape the body of the bears and their clothes, and how to assemble using neat finishing techniques with a tapestry needle. Materials required: (available for purchase through Ravelry), about 110 yd /100m of fingering/sport weight yarn for body, and about 66 yd/60 m total for clothing. Knitting needles used can vary from 2.25 mm to 3 mm according to your choice of yarn. 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).


STONEHAM PONCHO (English course, but instructor can respond in French)
Stephanie Earp
$108
Sundays, February 10, 24, March 10, from 10am to 12pm

Knit Dianna Walla’s Stoneham Poncho, a top-down circular yoke poncho with stranded colour work. This is a great introduction to stranded knitting, thanks to the simple geometric patterns and larger gauge. This class will cover increasing in pattern, reading colour charts, and knitting stranded with two colours. We’ll cover different ways to hold your yarn, how to manage your tension, and colour dominance. Materials requiredPattern (available for purchase on Ravelry), 1370 yards of DK-weight yarn in three colours (exact quantities are given in the pattern), circular needles in size required to obtain gauge (recommended 3.5mm and 4.0mm), tapestry needle. Prerequisites: Participants should be able to knit, purl, cast on, cast off, join and work in the round.


ANIMAL BONNET (bilingual)
Giovanna Clementi
$108
Fridays, February 15, 22, March 1, from 6pm to 8pm

This charming bonnet pattern by Janny Gordy can be made into a fox, lamb or fawn depending on the colour and how the ears are sewn on after the bonnet is completed. It is knit flat to start, and then joined in the round for the crown shaping. The ties are made from an I-cord which is applied to the neck edge. And finally, the ears are knitted in the round using double pointed needles. Material required: Pattern (available for purchase on Ravelry), enough DK weight yarn for the desired size, one 40 cm / 16” circular needle in 3.75 mm, one set of double pointed needles in 3.75 mm, one 40 cm / 16” circular needle in 3.5 mm, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needle. Prerequisites: Intermediate beginner: student must know how to knit and purl, increase and decrease and have basic knowledge of knitting in the round.


KIDS’ SWEATER CHOICE (bilingual)
Françoise Richard-Devereaux
$108
Tuesdays, February 26, March 12, 26, from 6pm to 8pm

Learn to knit a top down children’s’ cardigan (or sweater). You will have the choice between two basic patterns with a patterned yoke: the Hyphen by Lisa Chemery (cardigan) and Anker’s Sweater by Petite Knits (option for a sweater, cardigan, onesie or even dress). You will learn most techniques necessary to knit cardigans for all ages. Materials required: varies depending on the pattern chosen. Both cardigans use worsted weight yarn; pattern (available for purchase on Ravelry). Prerequisites: Be comfortable with the knit and purl stitch and know how to knit in the round.


WORKSHOP: FIBRE MATTERS (bilingual)
Naomi Endicott
$36
Sunday February 24, from 5pm to 7pm

Is there a difference between merino and wool? Why choose linen over cotton? What effect do fibre blends have? There are so many delicious yarns out there, it can be hard to know which to choose. This workshop will cover the main features of common yarns and fibres, what effect they have when knitted and worn, and how to choose the right yarn for your project. If you’re curious to dig deeper into the technical aspects of knitting and materials, this is the workshop for you. Materials required: None, but feel free to bring any yarns or samples you have questions about.


RANUNCULUS SWEATER (bilingual)
Jocelyne Malric
$108
Tuesdays, March 5, 19, April 2, from 7pm to 9pm

Ranunculus by Midori Hirose is a round yoke pullover with lace and textured stitches. This relaxed and comfy sweater is easy to wear yet stylish. Knitted from the top down, it offers many options for necklines and sleeve styles. It is a surprisingly quick project at a very loose gauge on large needles. The combination of thin yarn and large needle size gives a light, transparent and airy texture to this pullover. Materials required: pattern (available for purchase through Ravelry), lace or fingering weight yarn for your size (see pattern), 5 mm and 6 mm circular needles or needles needed to obtain gauge, 2 stitch holders to put sleeves on hold and stitch markers. Prerequisites:  Advanced beginner (student must know how to knit, purl, decrease, and increase).


KNITTING 102 (English, but instructor can respond in French)
Stephanie Earp
$108
Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, from 6pm to 8pm

Move beyond the basics with Knitting 102. We’ll cover several types of increasing and decreasing, yarn overs, knitting in the round, reading and understanding knitting patterns, reading your knitting and the theory behind classic shapes like the triangular shawl and yoke sweater. Materials required: Bring yarn and 16 or 24” circular needles in a size appropriate for your yarn. Prerequisites: Knitting 101 or ability to cast on, cast off, knit and purl.


TOE-UP SOCKS (bilingual)
Naomi Endicott
$108
Fridays, March 8, 15, 22, from 6pm to 8pm 

 

Beginner course for toe-up socks. Open to those who have never knitted socks before, as well as anyone looking to learn a new skill. We’ll cover starting a sock from the toe and knitting upwards to a short-row heel. Materials required: 100 g of sock yarn and 2.5 mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge (DPNs, 9” circulars, or longer circular for magic-loop method). Prerequisites: Intermediate beginner: student must know how to knit and work in the round.


KIDS LEARN TO KNIT! (English, but instructor can respond in French)
Sasha Hyre
$108
Sundays, March 10, 17, 24, from 4pm to 6pm

Let your child discover a love and passion for knitting. Children are introduced to the basics. Finger knitting techniques will be taught in the beginning to get your child accustomed 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. Yarn and needles are provided. Prerequisites: Ages 8+


GALIANO SOCKS (bilingual)
Giovanna Clementi
$108
Mondays, March 11, 18, 25, from 6pm to 8pm

The pretty cable and eyelet pattern on the front of the Galiano Socks by Tracie Millar is just challenging enough for your first try with patterned sock knitting. They are knit from the top down using the Magic Loop Method, and instructions are both written and charted. Materials required: pattern (available for purchase on Ravelry), 80 cm / 32” long circular needle for Magic Loop – 2.5 mm (or preferred size to obtain gauge), cable needle, 379 m / 415 y fingering weight yarn. Prerequisites: Advanced beginner level: student should know how to knit socks on circular needles - Magic Loop, 2 circulars or the Addi Flexi Flips will work best for this pattern.


KNITTING 101 (bilingual)
Valentine Abraham
$108
Saturdays, March 16, 23, 30, from 6pm to 8pm

Join us for this 3-week learn to knit class and we will have you knitting and purling in no time! Knitting 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! Yarn and needles are provided. Prerequisites: none


WORKSHOP: Fish Lips Kiss Heel (bilingual)
Jocelyne Malric
$54
Sunday March 31, from 9am to 12pm

Developed by Patty-Joy White aka “the Sox Therapist”, this heel method is a great heel to have as a standard in your repertoire. It’s an ingenious adaptation of the short row heel which creates a beautiful heel with no gaps, and can be done on either top-down or toe-up socks. This method is easily memorized and requires next to no math skills. Materials required: Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern (available for purchase on Ravelry), a sock of any stitch count knitted to the point of doing the heel portion done on 4 needles or with a circular needle (magic loop). Prerequisites: knit, purl (you should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class).


KYLER/SANTA FE (bilingual)
Giovanna Clementi
$144
Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, from 6pm to 8pm

For this class, you may choose to knit the Kyler shawl or the Santa Fe vest, both of which use the same lace pattern to different effect. Kyler is both a sophisticated and casual shawl, starting at one point with increases on every right-side row. It starts with a lace stitch pattern that is easily memorized and then flows with an added stockinette stitch section to finish with a rib border punctuated by a little lace section. The lace pattern instructions are charted only, but easy to follow. Santa Fe, another great piece by Isabel Kraemer, can be worn with the lace around the shoulders or upside down with the lace on the bottom. This piece is worked top down and is seamless. The lace portion is knitted following written or charted instructions. Materials required for both patterns: pattern (available for purchase from Ravelry), enough fingering- (Kyler) or sport- (Santa Fe) weight yarn for the desired size, 40” (Kyler) or 32” (Santa Fe) 3.5mm circular needle (or size required to obtain gauge), double pointed needles in same size if desired for Santa Fe, 32” 3.25mm circular needle for picking up stitches (Santa Fe only), markers, blunt tapestry needle. Prerequisite: Advanced beginner: student should know how to knit and purl, decrease and increase, and be familiar with yarn overs. Note: Please knit, wash and block the gauge swatch before the first class. Santa Fe pattern requires a gauge of 20.5 stitches x 30 rows in stockinette on larger needle after blocking. Please knit a swatch of 30 stitches by 40 rows and use the needle you require to obtain the correct gauge.


TEXTURES UNITE (bilingual)
Ama Frimpong
$144
Sundays, March 24, April 7, 14, 28, from 10am to 12pm

The Textures Unite Shawl is a reinvented version of Stephen West’s classic Vertices Unite. This new version is a great way to learn and practice new techniques. In this class, you will learn how to knit two colour brioche, knit with a cable needle, and even try some lace. While there are two sizes available, this class will follow the small size: Stephen West recommends this for most knitters, and students can more realistically expect to follow along over the four sessions. Materials required: Pattern (available for purchase through Ravelry), 3.5 mm circular needles or size required to obtain gauge (a long cable of at least 40” is recommended), approximately 1020 yd/933 m fingering weight yarn in six colours (for specific yardages for each colour, see pattern or Ravelry pattern page), cable needle and stitch markers. Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner (student must know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease).


WORKSHOP: Seaming (bilingual)
Giovanna Clementi
$54
Friday April 12 from 6pm to 9pm

Learn how to sew perfect seams in stockinette, garter stitch and ribbing. Students must bring samples to work on, but may also bring unassembled and completed projects for additional help. Materials required: 2 small samples (4” by 4”) of each of the stitches mentioned above, tapestry needle, extra yarn (same as samples).