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Join us for our 13th session of Knitting Boot Camp!

August through December 2018

Official dates coming soon!

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Are You a Knitter Looking to Expand Your Skills?  Then Knitting Boot Camp (KBC) is for you!  Learn advanced skills from the first shop in Indiana to offer this extraordinary program.   Not only are our instructors experienced but they are also Knitting Boot Camp graduates!

Prerequisites: Must be a knitter with advanced beginner skills.  This means you must be able to knit and purl, have completed several projects beyond simple scarves, can read basic patterns, and have time to complete homework based on your knitting speed.

KBC Methodology: This is a swatch-based class where you gain hands-on experience in a “safe” environment (not in the middle of a garment when it is too late to make a difference).  We sample and discuss when and why to choose one method over another.  You learn to “read” your knitting.  You are not graded.  At the end of KBC you will have a comprehensive reference portfolio of your work, increased confidence, and the ability to make more informed knitting decisions.

Topics covered in KBC:

Lesson 1: All about yarns, Reading patterns, Reading yarn labels; Blocking

Lesson 2:  Simple Cast On and Bind Off Methods
Lesson 3: Advanced Cast On and Bind Off Methods
Lesson 4: Increases and Selvedges
Lesson 5: Decreases and Short Rows
Lesson 6: Seams and a Sweater
Lesson 7: Necklines and Pockets
Lesson 8: Bands and Buttonholes
Lesson 9: The Final Wrap Up!

What our students have said about KBC:

  • I have become a much more confident knitter.  This course has exposed me to techniques I would never have tried on my own.  I wish I had this opportunity earlier in my knitting career.  I gained skills I could have been using all along.  Be brave and try new techniques.
  • My knitting techniques have been added to and improved.  I am much more confident in taking on new projects.  I have truly noticed a difference in my knitting skills.  I know much more than I did before this class.  Take the class!  The class price is an investment, and you get a lot for the price.

Knitting Boot Camp will be offered on Saturday mornings this Fall from 10am to 12pm.

The cost of the course is $299.  This includes 18 hours of instruction, the KBC workbook, the two required texts (Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book and Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancy Wiseman, {a $60 dollar value in books}), and a 4-inch binder with sheet protectors for storing your swatches.  Students will also need some additional materials for class, see Supply List below.

The classes will be taught using a curriculum developed by Joan M. Sheridan, the owner of Heritage Spinning & Weaving in Lake Orion, Michigan.  Joan was trained by the military as a course developer and instructor, and KBC is the natural evolution of her love for sharing her knowledge of knitting and her skills as a curriculum developer.  KBC has been continually offered in her shop since 2005 and continues to be well-attended because it works.  Starstruck Cat Studio is the first shop in Indiana to offer KBC.

Supply List for Knitting Boot Camp:
Several of the supplies needed for Knitting Boot Camp are likely to be in your knitting bag or readily available at home.  Most items listed below are available for sale in the shop.  You do not have to purchase all of these supplies to get started because some of them will not be used until later in the class.  A one-hole punch, rulers, and pencils are available for use in class.

REMINDER– all materials you purchase in-shop for this course are eligible for a 10% discount!

  • Five skeins of Cascade 220— four in white (or cream) and the other a light contrasting color.  Optional: different color of Cascade 220 for making Teddy Bear Sweater (approximately 150 yards).  Some students may need more yarn later in the class, depending on gauge and reworking some swatches.
  • US size #5 and #7 8-inch double pointed needles (Two sets of the US 7 is recommended but not necessary.)— We recommend the HiyaHiya stainless steel 8-inch or KnitPicks birchwood 8-inch needles.
  • Tapestry needle (Clover Chibi bent tip recommended)— If you already have a tapestry needle in your knitting bag, you’re good to go.
  • Crochet Hook: US size E
  • Locking stitch markers
  • Pencil and highlighter (or highlighter tape)
  • Seaming pins
  • Three small stitch holders (for Teddy Bear Sweater)
  • Ruler (You may want a tape measure, too.)
  • Single hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Calculator

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