Class Catalog

50 Shades of Sweaters 

Never knit a sweater? Knit a few sweaters but none of them fit quite right? A chance to look at construction styles of 60 sweaters; along with yarn choices, will allow students in the class to really visually "see" what they may like to dislike about a sweater they plan to knit. How to fix a gapping neckline? What about if a sweater is too long? What if sleeves are too short? Can a handknit sweater actually make you look thinner?

In this 3 hour workshop, Cori will give you ideas for things you've never heard of doing to get a sweater to fit you superbly.  She'll show you why some sweaters look great on everyone and will talk about why some sweaters will never fit anyone well, even though we love the look of them. These tips and more all in one place at one time and you can try them all on!

50 Shades of Shawls

Don’t knit shawls because you don't think you'd ever wear one? Knit a few shawls but don’t wear them. Maybe it’s all in the styling or the construction of the shawl you've chosen. Here's a one time, one afternoon, chance to take a look at the world of knitted shawls, from different constructions to yarn choices, color choices as well as styling options.

And let's also include that worrisome garment that some call a poncho. And perhaps that generous stole or scarf that might be languishing on the needles, lets get it knit in a way that you'll love, with just a few ingenious ideas that might turn you into a shawl fashionista. Anything you wear around your neck will be modeled and discussed with tips and tricks to make your shawl knitting a must have!  This is a 3 hour workshop.

Minnesota 52: Stories from the Road

How did two knitting friends decide to write a book inspired by a Minnesota highway? What goes into writing a knitting pattern book?  Is there really a story about almost getting arrested for a yarn bomb?  Why is there a recipe for bars in the book?  All these questions and a variety of samples from the trunk show will be presented at the upcoming Minnesota Knitter’s Guild meeting by enthusiastic, excitable and passionate about knitting Cori Eichelberger, aka, Irocknits on Ravelry and Instagram.  Minnesota 52: 16 knits inspired by a road was published in late June of 2017 and has already gone to its second printing. This will be a fun-filled evening with lots of laughter and a little bit of heart.  It’s all about friends, and friendships made through knitting, so you might want to bring yours?

Skeins to Skeins: An Interactive Game 

Cori has developed a new interactive game based on the original matching card game of Apples to Apples. Using knitting trivia and fill in the blank prompts, the group works its way through some hilarious, amazing, awe-inspiring and downright naughty answers given by the small groups teamed up to play against one another.  This is the perfect introduction for a group of knitters at a retreat, a knitting event or LYS social gathering.  Cori uses a power point display to keep everyone on track while also playing emcee for the game. An unlimited number of players may participate while enjoying refreshments, dinner or evening snacks.

Fixer Upper 

Did one of your knitting projects have a problem? Have you finished knitting a sweater shawl or sweater and don’t wear it? Based on the popular HGTV show Fixer Upper I’m here to bring your old, unused, projects back to life. Bring your problem projects to this class for a little help on fixes, tips and tricks for specific problems? I’ve had my share of problem knits throughout my 30+ years of knitting and I’ve come up with some unique and interesting fixes. Class participation will be required, as there really is no class if no one brings a problem. Please sign up only if you’re willing to bring a project. We will also crowd source suggestions for solutions to your knitwear problems by letting knitters in the class also give suggestions for improvement in a garment’s wearability.

Materials: Bring a problem project

Beginning Knitting

Learn all the basic knitting skills in three 2-hour classes.  In the privacy or your home, a neighborhood group, with a group of friends at a public meeting place, all for a small fee per class participant.  Knit and purl stitch, casting on and off, decreases, and ribbing are taught in a sequence that makes sense and skills can build on one another.  All participants will provide their own yarn and needles and will complete a hat project in the 3 week time frame.

Beyond Beginning Knitting

You already know the basic stitches and would like to move on to something a little more challenging than hats and scarves.  Choose a project, or have Cori recommend one and learn skills such as cables, stitch patterns, new cast ons or cast offs or even knit your first baby sweater.  Class length depends on projects chosen but fees are the same as beginning knitting and usually cover 3 weeks of 2 hour classes.

Cahoots Hat and/or Cowl

Welcome to choose your own adventure knitting.  In this class you will knit a hat or a cowl (or both if you’re an overachiever) by making choices for colors, stripes, ribbing and Latvian braids.  Choose high contrast or coordinating yarns and let’s get started.  You’ll need 2 or 3 colors of worsted weight wool, a size 8 needle and few hours of knitting time.  Won’t you join me for a one-of-a-knitting class that promises to teach you something new while you’re having a great time!  This class runs 2-3 weeks for a 1.5-2 hour session each.

Chim Chim-in-ney Hat

The Chim-in-ney Hat class is a great introduction to colorwork.  The simple short repeat is a perfect time to learn to catch your floats as well as working on your gauge.  A simple i-cord Christmas light cord is a fun bit of whimsey and is easy to learn as well.  This class runs for 2 weeks for a 1.5 hour each week.