July/August 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.

Throwing vs. picking, English vs. European...we get confused by the various names for methods of holding the yarn. Continental knitting is the technique of holding your yarn in your LEFT hand and "picking" it through the stitches. It requires a smaller amount of motion than the traditional right handed "throwing" method. That means you create less stress on your body and you'll finish your projects faster!

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.

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, 1-color K1/P1 bind-off, 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.

Never picked up knitting needles but itching to give it a try? This class is for you! Designed for those who are brand new to knitting, casting on and the basic knit stitch will be covered. Although we won't start a project in this single-session class, enough information will be provided for students to continue either on their own or by taking additional classes such as Learn To Knit Level 2. Practice yarn will be provided.

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.

Our Instructors


Karen Aho comes from Scandinavian roots and learned to knit as a child. As the owner and guiding force behind Acorn Street Shop for 28 years, Karen was known for her expertise in many of the fiber arts. She has been teaching classes at Acorn Street in knitting, crochet, and needlepoint since 1980, and also teaches at conferences and retreats. Although Karen has passed the Shop ownership
into new hands, she continues to be involved in the knitting community and enthusiastically shares her vast knowledge with others.

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 found knitting to be a journey of life-long learning. A family friend bought her needles and yarn for her 10th birthday and tutored her for several years. Jody has taught many friends and family members to knit and enjoys sharing her skills with others. She
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.

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, knittingeverythingunder 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.

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!

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.