The Farms: Knitting 101

Experience Level: Beginner

Whether you want to learn to knit or just need a refresher, enroll in Knitting 101 on Thursdays, Sept. 12 & 19 or Sundays, Oct. 6 & 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. in The Studio.

Led by fiber artist Billie Theide, participants will learn the basics of knitting, including needle and yarn selection. Students will learn how to cast on, basic stitches, how to read work, fix mistakes, cast off and make fringe and pom poms. No previous experience is necessary.

$75/person* (Ages 13+; 13-17-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult, who does not need to register.) Register one week before the start of each course. All sales are final.

Registration links:
Sept. 12 and 19
Oct. 6 and 13

*Students should bring one of these four supply options (and are advised to purchase them as soon as possible, since availability can change):

OPTION 1:
— 2 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick solid color yarn. This is classified as a Super Bulky 6 yarn made of 80 percent acrylic and 20 percent wool. There are 106 yards per skein. It is machine washable and can also be dry cleaned.
— 1 pair of 9-inch long #13 (9.0mm) Clover brand straight bamboo knitting needles OR one 24-inch long #13 Clover circular bamboo knitting needles.

OPTION 2:
— 2 skeins of Lion Brand Hometown solid color yarn. This is classified as Super Bulky 6 yarn made of 100 percent acrylic. There are 162 yards per skein (you can also purchase three, 81-yard skeins). It is machine washable.
— 1 pair of 9-inch long #13 (9.0mm) Clover brand straight bamboo knitting needles OR one 24-inch long #13 Clover circular bamboo knitting needles.

OPTION 3:
— 1 skein of Lion Brand Re-Spun Thick & Quick solid color yarn. This is classified as Super Bulky 6 yarn made of 100 percent acrylic. There are 223 yards per skein. It is machine washable and dryable.
— 1 pair of 9-inch long #13 (9.0mm) Clover brand straight bamboo knitting needles OR one 24-inch long #13 Clover circular bamboo knitting needles.

OPTION 4:
— 3 skeins of Lion Brand Hue + Me solid color yarn. This is classified as a Bulky 5 yarn made of 80 percent acrylic and 20 percent wool. There are 137 yards per skein. It is machine washable.
— 1 pair of 9-inch long #10.5 (6.5 mm) Clover brand straight bamboo knitting needles or one 24-inch long #10.5 Clover circular bamboo knitting needles.

Learn more about the space where your course will take place here. If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate, please email Olivia Bunting at owarren@illinois.edu.

About the instructor

Billie Theide is a former chair of the Crafts Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she is Professor Emerita. Theide is a metalsmith, jeweler and ceramicist. Her work is in public art collections around the world including the Smithsonian, Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and the Racine Art Museum, among others.

She is the recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and five Artists Fellowship Grants from the Illinois Arts Council. Theide has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and is a Distinguished Member and Past-President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

About The Farms

The Farms: An Allerton Folk School, offers classes, workshops, and gatherings focusing on art, health & wellness, history, nature & outdoor education, or science. All experiences value hands-on, experiential teaching and learning, and are facilitated by and for the members of the community.

See the complete Fall Session schedule here.

Date

Sep 12 2024

Time

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 12 2024
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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