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Click on the class name for the full class description, supply list, and homework. Click on a teacher’s name for their bio. Explanation of skill levels can be found at the bottom of this page. 

A downloadable pdf of all the class descriptions is available here

Pricing and package information.

Morning Classes - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Class Number Teacher Class Description Skill Level
AM1 Kate Atherley Custom Mittens Make mittens for any hand with any yarn. Intermediate
AM2 Carson Demers Knitting Comfortably Ever After – Ergonomics for Knitters A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. All
AM3 Tanis Gray Stranded Colorwork and Latvian Braids Learn Fair Isle techniques while starting a colorwork hat or cowl. Advanced Beginner
AM4 Sivia Harding Put a Bead on It Learn all the ways to add beads to your knitting while knitting a small bag. Advanced Beginner
AM5 Anna Hrachovec Knit a Tiny Cat Toy knitting techniques including working with a small number of stitches on double-pointed needles, I- cord limbs, and picking up stitches for ears and a tail. Intermediate
AM6 Keith Leonard Keith's Pool Party! Planned & Assigned Pooling! Learn pooling techniques to make hand-dyed yarns come alive. Advanced Beginner
AM7 Lavanya Patricella Brioche & Garter Learn all the basics of two-color brioche, as well as properly incorporating two-color garter stitch. Intermediate
AM8 Amy Snell Ladderback Jacquard for Stranded Knitting Improve the tension of your stranded knitting while spanning much larger areas between stitches. Intermediate
AM9 Safiyyah Talley Knit 2 Socks in 1 Stop second sock syndrome by knitting two socks at once. Intermediate
AM10 Harry Wells Crisscrossing the Rainbow: Color Cables Create different types of multicolor cables and learn how to chart them. Intermediate +

Afternoon Classes 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Class Number Teacher Class Description Skill Level
PM1 Kate Atherley The “Holey Grail”: Avoiding Gaps and Holes Tips and techniques for dealing with common holes and gaps in your knitting. Advanced Beginner
PM2 Carson Demers Swatchbuckling Bring ergonomics to life in your knitting technique by swatching to improve your posture, comfort, and efficiency. All
PM3 Tanis Gray Double Knitting in the Round Learn how to knit two-sided projects in the round while knitting a cowl. Advanced Beginner +
PM4 Sivia Harding Roosimine & Vikkel Learn two embellishment techniques while knitting a small bag. Advanced Beginner +
PM5 Anna Hrachovec Design Your Own Knitted Toy Design a knitted doll, animal, or other character that is all your own! Intermediate
PM6 Keith Leonard Fixing Mistakes with Keith, The Perfectionist! See how mistakes are created and then deconstruct your knitting to resolve all problems! Advanced Beginner
PM7 Lavanya Patricella Advancing Brioche Take your two-color brioche skills to the next level. Intermediate
PM8 Amy Snell Adventures in Short Rows Learn and practice four different methods for creating short rows. Advanced Beginner
PM9 Safiyyah Talley Sweater Hacks Improve the fit of any sweater pattern by incorporating shaping, short rows, alternative necklines and more. Intermediate
PM10 Harry Wells Introduction to Argyle Knitting Learn the classic technique of knitting Argyle flat, along with a seaming method that makes the seam nearly invisible and not bulky. Advanced Beginner

Skill Levels

Beginner: Classes for those who have little to no knitting experience

Advanced Beginner: Skills required are basic knit and purl, cast  on, bind off, and simple increases and decreases (k2tog, p2tog, ssk, kfb, pfb).

Class may teach skills such as basic color work, knitting in the round techniques, basic cables, lace, or stitch patterns, more advanced shaping, and finishing.

Intermediate: Skills required are same as those described in Advanced Beginner, as well as the ability to work basic cables, lace, color work, and knit small circumferences in the round  (double pointed needles or circulars).

Class may teach skills such as intricate cables or lace, double knitting and intricate color work patterns, complex shaping methods such as short rows, and finishing techniques such as steeking.

Advanced: Skills required are those described in Intermediate, as well as the ability to work various color work, cable, and lace techniques, read charts, and use advanced shaping methods such as short rows

Class may teach advanced stitches and construction techniques, such as knitting in pattern while shaping, adapting patterns, and designing patterns.

All: Class requires only Advanced Beginner skills, but will be of interest to all levels of knitters.

Headshot of Roxanne RichardsonRoxanne Richardson is a knitting communicator who lives in Minneapolis. Her YouTube channel explores a variety of knitting-related topics, including knitting history and techniques, and she writes technical knitting articles for Interweave publications. She’s a certified master hand knitter and certified knitting teacher, and she can’t wait to answer your burning knitting questions.

Currently Open

Marketing Director

The marketing director position is currently open. For more information contact the Guild President, president@knitters.org

Kelly

President

(Term 1, Year 2)

A visiting friend from Seattle taught Kelly the very basics of knitting (a twisted loop cast on and just the knit stitch) in 2008 before flying home. Turning to the internet (thanks knittinghelp.com!) Kelly taught herself through a lot of trial and error. Uncontent to keep knitting the scarf she’d started as her first project, she jumped into knitting a pair of striped mittens for her non-knitter, but very knitworthy, twin sister. Twelve years later the mittens are still in her sister’s glove box, and Kelly is usually horrified when she pulls them out and sees the mistakes she made using double pointed needles for the first time. Kelly loves knitting socks and is thankful for the many months of cold weather when she gets to exclusively wear her handknits. (she, her, hers)

Kendra

Secretary

(Term 1, Year 1)

Kendra lives in the Twin Cities and learned to hand knit from her mother in middle school. In the last few years, she has also learned crochet and machine knitting. Kendra enjoys knitting items to donate and challenging herself with new techniques. She prefers knitting in the round with colorful yarn. (she, her, hers)

Rose

Treasurer

(Term 2, Year 2)

Rose learned to knit from her mother at the age of ten. She started knitting on the ends of small paint brushes. She continued to knit off and on through her teenage and young adult years and became a more avid knitter after taking a Norwegian sweater knitting class through community education. Today, knitting has become a passion and she knits for charity, herself, and her family her stash. She enjoys meeting other knitters and learning new techniques.

Open Position

Programming Director

(3-year term)

This position is currently open. If you are interested in volunteering for the Guild board, please contact our president, Kelly, at the email me link below.

Betsy

Service Director

(Term 1, Year 3)

Betsy never had patience for knitting, until she found herself spending a lot of time at little league games and waiting for the last kid to emerge from the locker room after swim practice. With her background in graphic design, stranded colorwork has a natural appeal. Not to mention the practicality of an extra layer of warmth. Betsy has recently begun publishing her original hat and cowl patterns, which are available on Ravelry. (she, her, hers) (See our Service Knitting Page for more information about our current projects and donation process.)

Nikky

Membership/Programming Director

(Term 2, Year 1)

Nikky was first introduced to knitting in 2012 when her visiting sister-in-law taught her the basics of casting on and the knit stitch. A few weeks later, she learned how to purl from her mother-in-law. From there, it quickly became a passion and she has taken on each new project with a desire to expand her skill and discover new techniques. She loves a good mystery (knit-a-long) and knits way more shawls than a single person can wear in a month.

Melissa

Technology Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

Melissa has been knitting for 15 years. She loves socks and sweaters. She is a new member who hopes to use her marketing background to lift up the MKG. While she isn't local to MN, she really loves the atmosphere created by the Guild. Melissa and significant other Al enjoy traveling, wherein Al graciously offers to drive so Melissa can knit in the passenger seat. (she, her, hers)

Anna

Yarnover Committee Chair

While Anna learned to knit at some long-forgotten point in time, her commitment to the craft really began her freshman year of college. Sitting still has never been Anna’s strong suit, and giving her hands something to do while chatting with friends or watching movies in the dorm brought a sense of calm during this new chapter of her life. Once the sense of calm wore off (and no one else needed a scarf), she began trying new techniques, patterns, and projects, and until 2018 was primarily a self-taught knitter. After being intimidated early in her crafting, Anna feels strongly about creating a welcoming environment within the fiber community for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. She enjoys knitting and fiber traveling, test and service knitting, a good challenge (knitting or otherwise), and is likely to have at least 3 WIPs at any one time. She is also learning to spin and ply her own yarn! (she/her/hers)

A photograph of hands knitting green yarn against a black background.Project HandWork is an exhibit of photos by photographer Christopher Dykes. Using flash, a backdrop, and the infinite human variety, Christopher is collecting a series of images of hands at work in the fiber community. Manicures, hangnails, tattoos, wristwatches, cheap yarn, expensive silk, easy socks and exquisite lace all show the human diversity and the compulsion to create.

Yarnover attendees may have their hands photographed for a $50 sitting fee. Each sitter will receive an edited photo via email. The sitting fee goes to Help In Crisis, his local domestic abuse shelter. 

Anne

Librarian

Laura Haave

Great Guild Getaway Committee Chair

Laura learned to knit in 2003 by taking a four-week class during MIT's annual January Independent Activities Period. The class project was a striped hat knit in the round, and since that time, Laura has been a big advocate of 1) helping other adults learn to knit for the first time, 2) hats as a manageable first project, and 3) circular needles for everything. She enjoys thinking about knitting and planning her next project almost as much as she enjoys actually knitting. Laura is highly motivated by knit-alongs and loves to knit in community. (she, her, hers)

Thyra

Newsletter Editor

I grew up watching my mom knit. She tried to teach me as a kid and I never enjoyed it, but after finishing college I found myself with extra time and no hobbies. In the last 20 years I have dove in all the way and love to learn new and challenging techniques. As my fiber love has grown, I have also started raising sheep in order to go from sheep to sweater. I love interacting with the sheep who have big personalities and learning to process and spin the wool has been a great adventure.

Meg

Vice President

(Term 1, Year 2)

Meg grew up surrounded by makers. Her mom, a master quilter, former Home Ec teacher, and 4-H club leader in Duluth, taught her to sew, embroider, and cook. She won a trip to the State Fair as the Dress Review Princess at 13! Another MKG member taught her to knit continental style 15 years ago. Meg can’t sit still and NOT be knitting, embroidering, rug hooking or sewing. Favorite thing to knit? Mittens! She loves taking classes and learning new things – absolutely amazed and inspired by all the amazing knitters in the guild! (she, her, hers)

Our spinning demonstrations are sponsored by Get Bentz Farm. 

Theresa Bentz of Get Bentz Farm, Northfield, MNAfter growing up in the city and suburbs, the owners of Get Bentz Farm felt a need to be closer to nature and to be more connected to where their food came from. 

In 2014, they found a farm house for sale and later that year they decided on and purchased their first two Icelandic sheep. 

Once they had a good size flock they began marketing the amazing meat and wool. Initially, they found that many mills in the area do not process dual coated long wools, which slowed down their growth in yarn, but they did find a great market for wool filled bedding products and batting for spinning. 

Today, they have a variety of yarns, batting and roving as well as finished products like dryer balls, sheepskins, and wool bedding. Most recently, they opened their own Get Bentz Wool Mill as well as their own line of yarn – Badgerface Fiber.

Mona McNeely been a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor since 2016 and has studied yoga since 2002.   

She has three grown kids and two, almost three, grandchildren. Her grandma taught her to knit when she was seven. She picked it up again in her early 20’s and hasn’t put the needles down since. She is also an avid spinner and has woven her share of rugs. In her spare time, she volunteers at a non-profit called We Can Ride where they use horses as therapy for people with disabilities. She also works full time as a Treasury Analyst for a fairly large company.  Somehow it all balances out.

Midwest Machine Knitters' Collaborative logo

The Midwest Machine Knitters’ Collaborative (MMKC) is a Minnesota based fiber guild established in 2011. We envisioned the Collaborative as a way to connect with other machine knitters who like to think (and knit!) outside the box. MMKC provides a forum to promote fun, interest, appreciation, education, inspiration, and camaraderie in the art of machine knitting. We welcome all levels of experience, as this is the best way to learn and inspire. We will all become better knitters through collaboration.  https://www.midwestmachineknitters.org/

Kathy

Webmaster

Kathy has always been into crafts, but didn’t teach herself to knit until after college. She really got hooked while living in San Francisco when a friend opened a knitting store. To pitch in, Kathy started knitting up fun (and odd) things for window displays, as well as teaching classes. In the last couple of years, she has started designing her own knitting patterns (many of them available for free on Ravelry!) with toys and mittens being her primary obsessions. (she/her/hers)