A pair of scissors on top of a knitted fabric
Various kinds of yarns, unwind
Portrait of Kate Atherley

Ask an Expert! Classes with Kate Atherley

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Ask an Expert! is a series of two-hour workshops delivered in a seminar format. Kate will present on the topic/subject and may use a variety of visual aids, including photos, demonstration, and video. Time will be given for asking questions during the workshop. If a "work along" option is included, instructions will be provided but there is no requirement to have it completed: learning by watching (and practising later) is also encouraged.

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Steeking! Saturday, January 9 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm MST

It may well be the scariest thing you can do with your knitting... taking a pair of scissors to it! Steeking cutting a piece of knitting – is on many knitters’ “bucket lists”, and this class is any easy way to take the fear out of it. We’ll talk about the hows and whys, discussing different methods of reinforcement, edging and finishing. Whether you’re a keen colorwork knitter looking to take your skills to the next level, or just curious what the fuss is about, this class explains it all!

Skill Level: intermediate; colorwork and garment experience helpful but not required.

There is homework for this class. Details will be provided.

Yarn Substitutions: Saturday, February 6 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm MST

Mystified by all these terms - double knitting, worsted, aran? Unsure whether fingering is a potato or a yarn? Wondering why you should care about whether a yarn is superwash or not? How do you go about finding a substitute yarn for a pattern? Suitable for newer to intermediate knitters, this class will explain yarn terminology, and build your knowledge of types of yarns and fibers. We will dive deep into the topic of yarn weights and gauge, giving you foolproof and easy ways to check and get gauge for a pattern – along the way explaining why it matters, when it doesn’t, and what to do if you can’t get it. We’ll also talk about yarn and fiber types, with a deep dive on matching project to yarn for best result.

Skill level: all levels are welcome

Kate Atherley

Kate Atherley has been teaching knitting professionally for more than 15 years at stores and events all over Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Her latest book, Custom-Fit Hats is her ninth, and the fourth in a series on customizing projects for perfect fit and style; it joins works on shawls, socks, and mittens. Her focus in all her work is the empowerment of knitters, illuminating both the methods and mechanics of the craft. The combination of her university degree in mathematics, professional experience in software development and usability, and training in garment and fashion design give her a unique perspective. She also works as a technical editor, helping other designers and authors bring their work into the world. She lives in Toronto with her husband and the family of skunks under their porch.  www.kateatherley.com

Read these helpful tips before you register:

  • You have to pay the registration fee in advance to hold your seat. You can register online or call the store at 780-477-9276 to make a payment over the phone. 
  • Time Zones: the class times listed are Mountain Standard Time (MST). 
  • As this is an online class, you will need to have Zoom downloaded on a computer, tablet or mobile device. If using a computer, make sure you also have a webcam and microphone built in or attached.
  • The class session(s) will be recorded and copies of all/segments of the class will be available for you to review for a limited time after the class session(s).
  • Refunds? If you cancel 14 days (or more) prior to your workshop date, we will transfer your registration fee to a RCY gift card at no charge or offer a refund less a 10% cancellation fee. The cost of any materials provided to you will be subtracted from any refunds/transfers.
  • No refunds will be made if you have to cancel less than 14 days before your class is scheduled to begin. If minimum enrolment is not met we reserve the right to cancel the class. A full refund of your registration fee will be given should this situation arise.

Questions, comments, concerns, suggestions? Please contact cynthia@rivercityyarns.com.