November/December 2017 Class Schedule

Are they accessories or jewelry? Hard to say but either way they knit up quickly, make great gifts, and are a great addition to your winter wardrobe. Wear them for warmth or wear a sparkly pair with a plain black top and you will be dressed for a night on the town. Learn a little bit about the history of beaded Scandinavian wristlets and look at the many samples as you choose a pattern for your own pair. In class we will discuss several techniques including a cast on that's perfect for this project, a way to calculate your "bead gauge", and a clever way to deal with a bead knitter's worst nightmare - knots in the yarn! If you know how to knit garter stitch you are ready for this class!

This two-session class will cover the basic crochet stitches: chain stitch, single crochet, half-double, and double crochet. In addition, students will learn how to count and recognize stitches and practice helpful techniques for keeping the edges of the project even. In the second session students will learn how to crochet back and forth and in the round. All skills will then be used in making a small project; a crocheted flower brooch.

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 three morning sessions, allowing time to practice techniques and work on the sweater between classes. 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.

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.

Our Instructors


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.

Susanna Hansson was born in Sweden and learned to knit at a young age, although she has been known to say that her “knitting life” really began in America in the mid-1980s. She began teaching in the early 1990s and today is a skilled knitter as well as a highly-regarded instructor who teaches in Washington State and at national conventions. Susanna’s workshops and classes are grounded in her love of color, technique, and attention to detail and include comprehensive and well-researched handouts. Over the years she has built a reputation as an instructor who is committed to her students and attentive to their learning styles and needs. Susanna continues to enable her own growth as a knitter by frequently taking classes in the US and overseas.

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.

 



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.