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Class - Elphaba Hat with Stephanie



Join Stephanie on Monday evenings 6-8pm starting January 22, 2024 to make this delightful hat.  This hat works up fast! We expect that a majority of your knitting will be completed during class time, but you may have a little knitting homework between classes to be ready for the following class meeting. It won’t feel like work at all because working with Rasta is always a treat!

This class is suitable for newer knitters looking for some next step skills. Proficient knitters looking for a low stress project will enjoy the group setting and the additional tips and information Stephanie provides to knitters of all levels.

Minimum Skills Required:  Participants must be able to cast on, knit, and purl comfortably without assistance. Really!! Knits and purls. You got this!

Pattern: Elphaba Hat by Kristel Nieves.  Pattern leaflet included in class courtesy of Malabrigo. Thanks Malabrigo! Leaflet will be distributed at the first class meeting. If you prefer a PDF version, it is available on Ravelry for $5.00 and it includes instructions for different weights of yarn. Sweet! You can make this hat in yarns from worsted weight up to super bulky with the PDF version. The PDF version is not included in class.  

Yarn: 1 skein Malabrigo Rasta, 100% merino, 90 yards, 150 grams or an appropriate substitute.  (2 balls of Plymouth Encore Mega or Mega Colorspun will also work). Yarn is not included in class.  As always, you are not required to purchase materials from Cloverhill to participate in class. You are welcome to use your stash.  Get 10% off yarn purchased for the class at Cloverhill.  Discount is available for in-person shopping.  If you would like to purchase online, please call us with your selection and we will send you an invoice that includes the discount.

A note regarding yarn substitutions:  Not all super bulky yarns are the same.  If you need help to confirm your yarn is appropriate for the hat, please check with us before your first day of class. If you’d like to use a yarn with different weight and yardage in class, you will need the PDF pattern from Ravelry.


Notions:

  • 16” circular in size US 13 (9mm) - needed for 1st class
  • 16” circular in size US 15 (10mm)
  • Optional US 15 Double pointed needles
  • Optional US 15 circular of appropriate length for “magic loop” or “2 circulars at a time”
  • 1 stitch marker (to fit US 15 needles) - needed for 1st class
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Optional Pom Pom for the top of your hat 
Special Offer for this class only:  Get 20% off a large fur pom pom for your hat.


Target Agenda

1st class:  Come to class with your yarn wound and ready to cast on.
Explore cast on methods to avoid that pesky “too tight” hat brim. Class will include discussion and review of a few cast ons that might be new to you including Long Tail, German Twisted/Old Norwegian, Knitted, Simple/Thumb/Backwards Loop, and Double. We’ll cover as many as time allows. Students will cast on with the method of their choice. We’ll make sure everyone gets joined in the round without twists. Everyone will leave with their project cast on and their ribbing in progress or complete.

Homework: Finish Rounds 1-7 (this is the ribbing that forms the brim of the hat). You may continue beyond this point if you understand the next portion of the pattern.

2nd class:  Come to class ready to start Round 8. Bring your 16” US 15 needles with you.
Learn how easy it is to change your needle in the middle of a project.  Review stitch anatomy so we can do the fun stuff that makes the texture in the body of the hat.  Everyone will leave with Rounds 8-11 in progress or complete. Speedy knitters will continue repeating rounds 8, 9, 10, and 11 as stated in the pattern (aka up to Round 26). Class will include discussion and demonstration of circular knitting methods that may be used in the last class for the crown shaping (double pointed needles, magic loop, and two circulars at a time). Needle requirements for these methods will be reviewed and clarified for those who want to try one of these techniques in the following class.

Homework: Finish Rounds 8-26 (this is the body of the hat). You may continue beyond this point if you understand the next portion of the pattern.

3rd class (last class):  Come to class ready to start Round 27.  Bring any additional needles or notions you need for the crown shaping technique of your choice. 
Everyone will leave with crown shaping in progress or complete. If time allows we will review weaving in ends, making a Pom Pom, and/or attaching a Pom Pom.


Materials Included: Pattern Leaflet included. Yarn and needles not included.
Requirements: Participants must be able to cast on, knit, and purl without assistance.
Instructor: Stephanie
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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.