Here is a list of classes that I teach. This list is always changing so please check back often. If you would like me to teach any of these classes at your yarn shop or event, please feel free to contact me at: hzoppetti AT gmail DOT com
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NEW! Become a Better Lace Knitter
Learn tips and tricks to make you a better lace knitter. In this class we will look at 3 cast ons, 2 bind offs, learn to read lace charts, and more!
Learn to knit this seamless cardigan. Techniques learned in this class include raglan sweater construction, picking up stitches, basic lace, and shaping within lace.
Learn to knit this top-down half-pi shawl. Techniques learned in this class include garter stitch tab cast-on, short rows, and half-pi construction.
NEW! Introduction to Cables
Learn how to make beautiful cabled stitches both with and without the cable needle. This class will also teach you how to read cable charts and how to fix mistakes common to cable knitting.
NEW! Introduction to the Drop Spindle
In this class you will learn how to make your own yarn using the drop spindle.
Design your own Lace Stitches
You love to knit lace, you can’t get enough, and now you’re ready to take the next step…designing your own. This class will teach you about the mechanics and rules of lace, how to break and bend the rules, and how to create your own lace stitch patterns and motifs.
Brioche is one of those “advanced” techniques that all knitters want to try, but many never do. The fabric is rich with texture and results in an extremely squishable material. At its most basic, brioche is a ribbed stitch that results in a dense reversible fabric. It shares many similarities to one of the double knitting methods. Students will learn the basics of brioche and how to read brioche charts.A syncopated brioche scarf is the project for this class.
Design Your Own Lace Shawl
Lace shawls and shawlettes are all the rage. In this class students will study multiple shawl shapes, their construction, and how to place lace within these shapes. Reading charts is a prerequisite for this class. Students will walk away from class with the tools to create their own lace shawl designs.
Fixing Mistakes & Knit Tips
Everyone makes mistakes while knitting – even master knitters! Learn how to spot and fix your mistakes without having to rip out your knitting. This class also includes many other knitting tips and tricks to help make you a better knitter.
Want to knit faster? Learn to knit with Continental (picking) method. Many knitters find this method of knitting is more efficient than the English (throwing) method. We will cover how to both knit and purl while holding the yarn in our left hand.
Double knitting creates a thick, reversible, double sided fabric by working both sides at once. In this class you will learn several double knitting techniques as well as how to read double knitting charts. Students will be provided with and begin to make The Prettiest Hot Pad Ever.
Lace shawls and scarves have become increasingly popular. Delicate and beautiful, lace often becomes a treasured heirloom. In this class you will learn lace knitting basics, how to read lace charts, how to read your knitting, and how to block a lace project.
Entrelac fabric looks like woven strips of material but really each square is knit individually. Learn how to make this magical fabric using just basic knitting skills.
Knitting in the Round – 4 Ways
Knitting in the round is great for making items like hats, socks, arm warmers, and even sweaters without the need for seaming. Students will learn how to knit in the round using one circular needle, two circular needles, double pointed needles, and magic loop while knitting a simple hat pattern.
Seaming As You Go
After spending many hours knitting pieces, the last thing you want to do is spend additional time sewing them together. An alternative is seaming as you go. (Original article published in Interweave Knits Fall 2010 in conjunction with the Tamarix Quilt pattern). This technique can be applied to seam together sweaters, to add a border to a shawl, to construct a blanket, or to create a fancy cuff on a sleeve. Avoiding seems results in a more fluid, less bulky fabric — with half the work! Students will learn how to join their knitting together as they knit pieces that will form a mitered square pillow or other small object.
Knitting backwards is a skill that can save your patience when working a piece that requires frequent turning, such as short rows or entrelac. Instead of turning the work, learn how to work the reverse side from the front.
Steeking Without Fear
Steeking is often a technique met with fear. In this class students will learn the secret of steeking and will walk away without fear of this technique.
Knitting with Beads
Adding beads to your knitting is a fun and easy way to add extra dimension and color to any project. In this class we will be making a small beaded project and learning the various ways to attach beads to your knitting.
Spinning on a supported spindle lets you create super thin yarn, as the weight of the spindle does not pull on the thread. You will learn to draft using the long draw from the fold technique. We will discuss various types of supported spindles and create both singles and two-ply yarns.
Students will learn to use hand cards to disassemble commercially available hand-dyed top in order to create a color progression of rolags fro spinning. Using this method, the transitions between colors can be gradual, or quite abrupt, whatever the student chooses.
There are many ways to ply singles. In this class we will explore the various methods to create two and three ply yarns using a spinning wheel.