September/October 2017 Class Schedule

This project-based class is designed to help those with basic knitting skills to complete projects, and to offer a refresher to those who have knit in the past but need a little help to get back on track. Each class will be tailored to the specific needs of the students based on the challenges they face while working on their own projects. Friendly and informal, there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

After hosting the inimitable Julie Weisenberger for a sold-out, one-day workshop this summer, we are thrilled to offer another opportunity to learn the Cocoknits Method for knitting sweaters! The class is organized around a series of videos featuring Julie herself, with additional discussion and demonstrations provided by the instructors. This innovative method focuses on knitting a well-fitting sweater in a step-by-step way, with clear instructions and examples at each step. All students will knit the same sweater pattern (Emma Version A, B, or C from the Cocoknits Sweater Workshop book) in their choice of yarn. The class will be taught over two days, allowing time to practice techniques and work on the sweater between classes. Day 1 will include a one-hour break for lunch. Early sign-up is suggested as there are a limited number of seats available for the class. Note: there is a pre-assignment for this class which will be provided upon registration.

The Intermediate Brioche class will leverage skills learned in the Introduction to Brioche class, and in addition build up more skills to knit a fabulous scarf. Covered material will include a review of Brioche symbols and charts and how to read Brioche instructions, 1-color K1/P1 long tail cast-on, 1-color and 2-color Brioche worked in the round, 1-color linen stitch edge, tubular knitting, 2-stitch simple increases and decreases, and how to fix common mistakes. Pattern will be supplied as part of the class material.

This drop-in class is on a space-available basis. It's designed for those who have mastered the basics of beginning knitting. Students work on a project of choice, and by doing so will review the basics, enhance knitting skills, explore new projects, and improve pattern reading. Learn not only from the instructor, but also from your classmates. Cost is $20 per drop-in class; please call the shop to inquire about availability.

This drop-in class is on a space-available basis. It's designed for those who have mastered the basics of beginning knitting. Students work on a project of choice, and by doing so will review the basics, enhance knitting skills, explore new projects, and improve pattern reading. Learn not only from the instructor, but also from your classmates. Cost is $20 per drop-in class; please call the shop to inquire about availability.

This series of four classes is for those who have mastered the basics of beginning knitting. Students work on a project of choice, and by doing so will review the basics, enhance knitting skills, explore new projects, and improve pattern reading. Learn not only from the instructor, but also from your classmates.

This series of four classes is designed for those who have mastered the basics of beginning knitting. Students work on a project of choice, and by doing so will review knitting basics, enhance knitting skills, explore new projects, and improve pattern reading. Learn not only from the instructor, but also from your classmates.

Brioche is a reversible stitch pattern that creates a wonderfully thick and lofty fabric that looks similar to a rib but with more stretch. It's a great choice for hats and scarves but can be used for garments as well. This class will introduce knitters to the basic brioche stitch, as well as covering a variety of information including symbols and charts, how to read Brioche instructions, Brioche cast-on and bind-off, 1-color and 2-color Brioche worked flat, selvedge stitch edges, and how to fix common mistakes. Pattern will be supplied as part of the class material.

Using two or more colors of yarn to do stranded or Fair Isle knitting can add depth and color to your projects. This class will cover the basic techniques of holding two colors of yarn, knitting with correct tension, and chart reading. The class project will be a lovely snowflake headband worked in the round. The pattern for the project will be provided. Note: there is a pre-assignment for this class which will be provided upon registration. Please contact the shop for this after registration.

Expanding on the skills from Learn To Knit Level 1, this class will cover additional stitches commonly found in patterns, including binding off, weaving in ends using duplicate stitch, common increases and decreases, and yarn over. Students will knit a stitch sampler in class to take home for reference. This class is designed for those who feel comfortable with casting on and the basic knit and purl stitches.

Shibui is known for its exquisite lines of luxury yarns that are color-matched, allowing a unique fabric to be created by combining multiple strands. It is so much fun to play with all the possible combinations, but not many of us have a skein of each of their many bases readily available in our stash. The solution is the Shibui Mix Party, led by Shibui's own Sandy Blue. Participants will receive a kit containing lengths of each yarn base, allowing different combinations of yarns to be swatched. Kits will include Shibui's newest yarn, Birch, which will launch in September! And for additional inspiration, a trunk show of Cocoknits designs knit in Shibui yarns will be on display. Last but not least, Shibui has generously provided not one but two fabulous raffle prizes! The $15 fee for the party will be applied to any purchase of Shibui yarn made during the evening.

Since none of us are perfect knitters, an important part of knitting is learning to recognize errors and knowing how to fix them. In this class we will discuss the basic rules of "reading" your knitting to understand the mechanics of the fabric being created in order to prevent errors, and how to repair them if they do occur. Common knitting errors that will be covered include dropped stitches, excess or too few stitches, twisted stitches, and unwanted yarn-overs. Instructions for a practice swatch to bring to class will be provided upon registration. Note: there is a pre-assignment for this class. Please contact the shop for this after registration.

Our Instructors


Andrée Beddoe learned to knit when she was 6 years old from a close family friend. In her early twenties she taught herself to crochet because she loved making doilies. After graduating from the University of Washington with an electrical engineering degree, Andrée worked in the corporate world for 20 years. She left Microsoft in June of 2011 and started knitting again to relieve stress while looking for another job, but enjoyed knitting and learning new things so much that she couldn’t stop! Andrée has since become a prolific designer and her projects and designs can be found on Ravelry under the name “knitandlive”.

Janet Charbonnier has been fascinated with fabric and garment creation since she was a child, and at an early age she became an accomplished seamstress. Her love of knitting took root in the 1980s after taking a beginning knitting class at a local yarn shop in Portland, Oregon. She has experience in knitting nearly every type of garment imaginable, but today her favorite knitting projects are sweaters, although she usually has an accessory or two on the needles as well! Janet joined Acorn Street in the 1990s and over the years has used her knitting expertise to guide countless customers with their projects. She truly enjoys helping knitters make garments that fit well and that they will enjoy for years to come.

Jody McBee learned to knit at age 10, but has found knitting to be a journey of life-long learning. A family friend bought her some needles and yarn for her 10th birthday and tutored her for several years. She has taught many friends and family members to knit and enjoys sharing her skills with others. Jody is accomplished in knitting lace, sweaters, baby items, socks, scarves, hat, Fair Isle, mittens – in other words, just about everything! Jody is grateful for the long-lasting bonds that come from being part of the knitting community.

Vanesa Polo was born in Barcelona. Her grandmother taught her how to knit, but after making one garter stitch scarf with an acrylic yarn she quit knitting for 20 years. While working as a software engineer she started to look for a relaxing hobby and rediscovered knitting; this time with beautiful natural fibers. She now lives in Seattle and even though she misses the sunshine of her hometown, she appreciates that living here allows her to wear her knits for so many months out of the year.

Fenella Raymond learned to knit as a child but promptly went on to other childish pursuits and didn’t discover knitting again until many years later. After spending several years in the Seattle Biotech arena, she is happy to have moved on to a more creative stage of life as the owner of Acorn Street. Although her behind-the-scenes responsibilities don’t allow her to be on the shop floor as much as she would like, she greatly enjoys meeting the customers who come through, each with their own individual story. She is grateful to be part of the knitting world, and in this special shop that has been in the community for over 40 years!

Mary Rourke is an east coast transplant who considers herself lucky to call Seattle home for the last 18 years. She learned how to knit from her mother as a child, but the bug didn't truly take her until she was in her mid-twenties. Since then her needles have been on overdrive, knitting everything under the sun (including a pair of men's underwear!). Mary started working at Acorn Street as part-time Sunday help while also working in high-tech, but has since left the corporate world altogether to become a full-time Staff member. She enjoys her time with all of Acorn's wonderful customers and is grateful for the fun and inspiration that they provide every day.

Tatyana Tchibova moved to the United States 14 years ago, from Moscow, Russia, where she had a career as an engineer. She has been a knitter for over 30 years, and once in the US her passion for knitting and designing took hold. She has designed knitted garments and taught knitting and crochet classes at several shops and organizations in the Seattle area, including Bellevue Community College and the Washington Athletic Club. Tatyana’s interests in knitting and crochet are widespread although she particularly enjoys customizing patterns.

Rona Zevin learned to knit from her grandmother at the age of five years old. Her knitting skills surfaced even at that young age, and soon her lucky dolls were wearing brand new knitted garments (Rona still has the doll clothes she made then!). She went on to teach herself Intarsia and Fair Isle knitting even before she knew what those names meant. Rona is a very experienced knitter and has knit nearly every type of garment and accessory, but these days her focus is on knitting sweaters. Her specialties as an instructor include teaching children, classes on the Magic Loop technique, and how to make a fab scarf from your stash!

 



Additional Information

All students will receive a 10% class discount on regularly priced merchandise on the day of class.
If the class minimum is not met, students will be notified prior to the class start date and a full refund will be given.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first class to make sure you have all the materials you need.