Teaching workshops and classes is one of my favorite activities and I just love seeing that light bulb moment when a knitting technique finally makes sense and a student realizes that it’s really not that hard…

I have a wealth of knitting experiences and expertise so that if you don’t see a topic you would be interested in having a class or workshop on, please don’t hesitate to contact me (NikkisStudio [at] gmail [dot] com). I will be happy to develop something just for you.

Workshop Index


Finishing School
Skill Level:allSkills:knit, purl, CO, BO
Length:full-day (6 hours)
Description:Finishing doesn't have to be hard or time-consuming. In fact, it is straight forward once you are familiar with the different finishing techniques. So, join me to improve your finishing skills and make finishing a rewarding experience.

We will start by weaving in ends in a couple of different ways and finding out when to use which option. Then we will tackle blocking methods for different fiber contents and fabrics, move on to seaming vertical and horizontal seams, conquer grafting (Kitchener stitch) and the 3-needle bind off. Then we are ready to learn about the ins and outs of pick up stitches for flat, non-buckling edgings and buttonbands. To finish it all off, we will create a few different buttonholes, attach buttons properly, and sew in a zipper.

After this class, your projects will no longer linger in the WIP (work in progress) pile and you will feel confident to tackle more challenging projects.

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Writing & Grading Patterns For Submissions
Skill Level:allSkills:familiar with knitting patterns, perhaps even written 1 or more patterns
Length:full day (6 hours)
Description:As a published knitwear designer, workshop teacher and regular freelance technical editor for Interweave’s diverse range of knit and crochet magazines, I have gained a unique perspective on all three parties involved (the designer, the publisher, and the consumer/knitter) in creating a technically sound pattern.

In this workshop, let me walk you through a hypothetical scenario of a cardigan proposal was accepted by a publisher and you now need to write up a pattern for it in 5 sizes. We will learn about swatching, gauge, the CYC sizing standards used by most (US) publishers, schematics, pre-planning your design for simple pattern instructions, basic math concepts, grading, charts, and style sheets.

Armed with all this information you will not only feel more confident about submitting and writing patterns for magazines but it will also help you improve your self-published patterns and save you some of the headaches I have run into when I started out as a designer.

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Traditional Intarsia
Skill Level:adv. beginnerSkills:knit, purl, CO, BO
Length:half-day (3 hours) or 90 min. mini-session
Description:Students will be introduced to and will practice the concepts of traditional intarsia, a color knitting technique that allows you to use multiple colors in separate areas to “draw” pictures. You will learn how to manage your yarns and keep holes from forming at the color change lines. Intarsia designs are typically worked off charts so we will learn how to read and use charts and how to pick a suitable intarsia project for your skill level. And finally, you will learn how to properly weave in your ends to give your intarsia work a professional finish.

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Shaped Intarsia
Skill Level:adv. beginnerSkills:basic intarsia knitting skills, increasing, decreasing, knit, purl, CO, BO
Length:half-day (3 hours) or 90 min. mini-session
Description:You may have noticed when knitting diagonal lines in intarsia you create characteristic jagged, stair-step edges along the color changes. This becomes even more pronounced as you increase the yarn thickness. The technique of shaped intarsia will use various combinations of increases and decreases to smooth out those stair-steps and allow you to create smooth lines and even sweeping curves like in modern art. Students will learn and practice various types of increases and decreases and how to combine them to achieve different effects. The color change will become a design element and you will be able to not only knit pictorial but also modern art-inspired designs.

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Cables, Twists & More
Skill Level:intermediateSkills:confident in knitting and purling, CO, BO
Length:full-day (6 hours)
Description:Did you know that there are many different ways of creating the popular look of cables? In this class, you will learn about and practice seven different cable techniques, including standard cables, closed rings, easy mock cables (that don’t involve the crossing of stitches at all), Bavarian twisted stitches, slip stitch cables and even a 3-D knot. Along the way, you will learn how to read charts, work cables without a cable needle and many more helpful tricks.

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Cables With Color
Skill Level:intermediateSkills:confident in knitting and purling, CO, BO
Length:half-day (3 hours)
Description:Garments with cables are traditionally worked in a single color made popular by Aran sweaters or Bavarian stockings and jackets. Learn how you can add color to your cable work to highlight your cables, or create new looks while not distracting from them. You will be introduced to and will practice three cable-with-color techniques that will open new opportunities for your cable work.

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Standard Cables
Skill Level:adv. beginnerSkills:confident in knitting & purling, CO, BO
Length:90 min. mini-session
Description:Love those cables but thinking that they are beyond your skill level? Think again and let me show you how straight forward this technique really is so that you can join the wonderful and inexhaustible world of knitting with cables. You will even create cables without using a cable needle.

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Bavarian Twist Stitch Cables
Skill Level:intermediateSkills:basic cable technique, confident in knitting & purling, CO, BO
Length:90 min. mini-class
Description:Traditionally found on folk costumes, stockings, cardigans, and vests, Bavarian Twist Stitch cables are intricate creations that really pop off the reverse stockinette stitch background. This is accomplished by working twisted stitches on right side and wrong side rows. Often a single panel is enough to add a special accent to your project. So come and join me to learn this fascinating cabling technique.

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Mock Cables
Skill Level:adv. beginnerSkills:knit, purl, increase, decrease, CO, BO
Length:90 min. mini-session
Description:The look of twisting cables doesn't always have to be created by actually crossing stitches! Leave your cable needle at home and join me in learning how to create mock cables that look amazing and don't add bulk to your fabric.

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Slip Stitch Cables
Skill Level: adv. beginnerSkills:knit, purl, CO, BO
Length:90 min. mini-session
Description:Like the look of cables but concerned about the bulk it can add to the fabric especially when worked with thicker yarns? Then slip stitch cables are the answer you are looking for. Instead of crossing whole groups of stitches, only single stitches are elongated and crossed over resulting in a much thinner fabric than traditional cables. Come join me to learn this exciting slip stitch cable technique that's especially well suited for thicker yarns.

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Non-Traditional Cables
Skill Level:intermediateSkills:basic cable technique, confident in knitting & purling, CO, BO
Length:90 min. mini-session
Description:Let's break the mold and create some interesting looking cables. Learn how to work a closed ring cable so that you can break away from straight up and down cables and baffle your fellow knitters. How about crossing the stitches through each other instead of crossing over? Or really pushing the limits with a 3D knot? Join me to try your hand at these unusual techniques.

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Slip Stitch Extravaganza
Skill Level:adv. beginnerSkills:confident in knitting and purling, CO, BO
Length:full-day (6 hours)
Description:The simple act of slipping a stitch unknit from the left needle to the right needle can produce a mind boggling multitude of designs. You will be exploring hands on the slip stitch technique to create textures, cables (great for bulky yarns), and multi-colored geometric patterns for which you will only work with one color per row at a time, also known as Mosaic knitting. You can even use this technique to add beads to your knitting!

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Domino Knitting
Skill Level: adv. beginnerSkills:knit, purl, CO, BO
Length:full-day (6 hours)
Description:Domino Knitting is a type of "modular knitting" where just like tiles in domino are pieced together, knitted squares, rectangles and triangles are knitted together as you go. They build on each other through picking up stitches or by joining live stitches to form larger pieces. Come join me to create different mitered shapes and to practice joining options that make domino pieces look complex but are actually really easy. And it's all done in simple Garter Stitch (knit every row)!

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Knitting With Beads
Skill Level:adv. beginnerSkills:knit, purl, long-tail CO, BO
Length:full-day (6 hours)
Description:You don’t need to be an expert to add beads and sparkle to your knitting! Join me to learn what you can do with beads in your knitting, how to choose your beads, learn to read charts and many different bead knitting techniques and their best applications. You will create a beaded swatch to take home for future reference.

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Knit & Crochet With Wire
Skill Level:adv. beginnerSkills:knit, purl, sc, dc
Length:full-day (6 hours) or 2 half-days (3 hours each)
Description:Experience and learn the ins and outs of knitting and crocheting with wire. Learn how to cast on, to knit and crochet, and to bind off using wire instead of yarn. Embellish with beads and finish off your work by adding findings. We will knit a simple beaded bracelet and wire tubes and crochet a pair of earrings and a simple beaded necklace.

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3 Thumbs Up
Skill Level:adv. beginnerSkills:knit, purl, knit in the round on dps, CO, BO
Length:half-day (3 hours)
Description:Find out which of the 3 main types of thumbs, the straight thumb, gusset thumb or afterthought thumb, you should use for what hand type to create well fitting mittens. Learn about mitten measurements and thumb placement. Practice all three techniques in class so that you no longer need to pass up a pattern because of its thumb construction.

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Closing out Closures
Skill Level:adv. beginnerSkills:knit, purl, CO, BO
Length:half-day (3 hours)
Description:Learn about the many ways to close a cardigan or jacket. Learn how to choose and attach buttons, create buttonholes and buttonbands. Make ties, a frog toggle and install a zipper. After this class you will be able to choose and execute the perfect closure for your next cardigan project.

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I-Cord ABC
Skill Level:adv. beginnerSkills:knit, purl, CO, BO
Length:half-day (3 hours)
Description:Come join me to master this endlessly useful knitting technique to create ties, toggles, tassels, straps, clean, smooth edges and even jewelry. After practicing the basic I-cord technique, we will learn an I-cord cast-on and bind-off and create smooth, professional-looking finishes by working a knitted-in I-cord edge and an applied I-cord for those necklines, armholes and cardigan front edges. And to close it out, we will add some sparkle by adding beads to create quick little I-cord jewelry gifts.

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Useful Pockets
Skill Level:intermediateSkills:knit, purl, CO, BO
Length:half-day (3 hours)
Description:Learn about the different kinds of pocket styles to add function and decorative details to your next project. Work a slit pocket with knit-in facing and install a zipper which will provide you with the know how and confidence to tackle any project that includes pockets.
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