Knitting Classes, Lessons and Events

Learn to knit with The Chilly Dog: knitting classes, and private knitting lessons in Tucson, Arizona

2020 Knitting Classes and Lessons with The Chilly Dog

If you like The Chilly Dog's knitting tutorials and videos, you'll love my in person instruction. Get help with the skills or techniques that you or your group are most interested in. From casting on to binding off and everything in between. I offer small group classes and private lessons locally in Tucson, Arizona. For more information or to schedule a class/lesson, e-mail me.


Not in Tucson? I occasionally take my show on the road to yarn shops, guilds and knitting groups. E-mail me with your teaching requests.

Knitting 101 (3 hours)

Prerequisites: a desire to learn how to knit
Description: Learn the fundamentals of knitting starting with an overview of different types of yarn and needles, styles of knitting and some basic terminology (right side, wrong side, front and back). Then pick up your needles and yarn to practice the long tail cast on, the knit stitch and the purl stitch.

Drop Spinning 101 (2-3 hours)

Prerequisites: a desire to learn how to spin yarn with a drop spindle
Description: Learn the fundamentals of spinning your own yarn starting with an overview of different styles of drop spindles, how wool fiber is prepared for spinning and some basic terminology (staple length, drafting, singles, s-twist, z-twist and plying). Then pick up a spindle and practice spinning your own yarn.

Any Gauge/Any Size Toe Up Socks

Live Toe Up Sock Knitting Class or Lesson with The Chilly Dog in Tucson, Arizona

Prerequisites: must be able to knit and purl, experience working in the round is helpful, but not mandatory
Description: Learn how to knit a pair of socks from the toe up using star toe shaping and a short row heel. The sock recipe given in this class can be used to knit socks in a variety of sizes with yarns that range between sock weight (1-super fine) and worsted weight (4-medium).

Lesson 1 (2 hours): overview of different methods of sock construction, how to take foot measurements for well fitting sock, the importance of gauge, circular cast on, toe shaping, knitting the foot

Lesson 2 (2 hours): short row heels using the shadow wrap method, knitting the leg and cuff, binding off

Any Gauge/Any Size Top Down Socks

Live Top Down Sock Knitting Class or Lesson with The Chilly Dog in Tucson, Arizona

Prerequisites: must be able to knit and purl, experience working in the round is helpful, but not mandatory
Description: Learn how to knit the most common style of socks from the top down using a flap and gusset heel and wedge toe. The sock recipe given in this class can be used to knit socks in a variety of sizes with yarns that range between sock weight (1-super fine) and worsted weight (4-medium).

Lesson 1 (2 hours): overview of different methods of sock construction, how to take foot measurements for well fitting sock, the importance of gauge, casting on in the round, knitting the cuff and leg, knitting the heel flap

Lesson 2 (2 hours): shaping the turn heel, picking up gusset stitches, shaping the gusset, knitting the foot.

Lesson 3 (2 hours): shaping the toe, finishing with the Kitchener stitch

Möbius Cast On (1 hour)

Live Mobius Cast-on Knitting Class or Lesson with The Chilly Dog in Tucson, Arizona

Prerequisites: must be able to knit and purl
Description: Learn a clever cast on that allows you to knit a true Möbius, a piece that only has one side, the right side, and one edge, the bound off edge. This cast on can be used for cowls, infinity scarves and shawls that are worked in the round and have a decorative half twist.

Add-On Lesson Option 1 (1 hour): learn how gauge effects the size of a Mobius and begin casting on an Ohmo Shawl (pattern included)

Add-On Lesson Option 2 (1 hour): learn how gauge effects the size of a Möbius and design your own basic ribbed cowl, scarf or shawl in the yarn of your choice

Kitchener Stitch & Finchley Graft (1 hour)

Prerequisites: must be able to knit and purl
Description: Learn two ways  to graft two pieces of knitting with live stitches together, the Kitchener stitch and the Finchley Graft
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