An image of a small hole behind the thumb on a mitten. Kate will show you how to avoid these common holes.
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Image of a mitten with a small hole behind the thumb. Join us for a workshop with Kate Atherley on how to avoid holes in your knitting.

NEW! Picking Up Stitches: The "Holey" Grail with Kate Atherley

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We love online learning. Especially when we're able to bring great instructors like Kate Atherley right to you. Using Zoom as our online videoconferencing platform, you can take this class from anywhere. 

Those pesky holes! 

Join us for a two-hour masterclass on holes (and how to avoid and/or fix them). Kate will teach you strategies and share tips for making joins and pickups in your knitting both neat, smooth and hole-free. The examples in knitted garments and accessories are many: behind thumbs and between fingers on mitts and gloves, on the edges of sock heels, the underarms of seamless sweaters, the top of a hat or mitten and picking up stitches, especially around the curved part of a neckline. If time permits, Kate will also demonstrate how to neaten the edge of our knit-in-the-round projects, where you cast on or bind off for socks, mittens, hats, necklines, etc. 

This session is all about making sure that those pesky areas are neat, smooth and not drafty. We’ll share some magic tricks that you can use on all sorts of projects, for stress-free and better joins. 

Skill Level: adventurous beginner/intermediate

This two-hour class takes place on Thursday, May 18 at 2:00 pm PST, 3:00 pm MST, 4:00 pm CST, 5:00 pm EST, 6:00 pm AST.

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.

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 Time (MT). 
  • 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.

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