Skill Builder Series: Building Blocks

Date(s) - Sat, January 23, 2016 - Sat, June 25, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Over The Rainbow Yarn

Using Michelle Hunter’s book, Building Blocks, we’ll spend the first 6 months of 2016 learning about and building skills with textures.  Using the companion volume, Building In Color, we’ll spend the second 6 months doing the same with color.

BuildingBlocks01  BuildinginColor01

The texture skill builders are squares and the color skill builders are in panels that, when sewn together will give you two beautiful afghans.  We’ll cover the techniques for two squares per month from January through June.  We’ll cover 2 panels per month from July through October, and one panel per month in November and December.

We’ll begin January 23, 2016 and the schedule will be as follows:

Block #1Michele Hunter's Building Blocks block #2

January 23, 2016 — Block #1, Knit and Purl and Block #2, Charts

Block #3 Yarn Overs and BobblesBlock #4

February 27, 2016 — Block #3, Yarn Over and Bobbles and Block #4, Simple Decreases

Block #5 CablesBlock #6 Right Twist

March 26, 2016 — Block #5, Cables and Block #6, Right Twist

Block #7 Slip Stitch

Block # 8 Slip Stitch

April 30, 2016 — Block #7, Mock Cable and Block #8, Slip Stitch

Block #9 Left TwistBlock #10 SSK

May 21, 2016 — Block #9, Left Twist and Block #10, SSK

Block #11 Make OneBlock #12 Advanced Decreases

June 25, 2016 — Block #11, Make One and Block #12 Advanced Decreases and Finishing

If you have never knit before, we will have a preliminary half hour prerequisite class so you can learn the foundational skills of casting on and forming knit and purl stitches.

Each class offers a block pattern which teaches basic concepts and techniques of knitting.  When you’ve finished, you’ll have 12 squares that you can assemble into a beautiful throw.  You’ll also be an Intermediate Knitter (look here for a check list of skills) and ready to take on any knitting project.

Class will be limited to 10 so you can get the attention you deserve


We’ll talk about yarn choices in January, and you’ll have an opportunity to pick yarn and the needles to go with it, as part of our first class.  If you are already familiar with yarn and all it’s properties, and want to get started early, you’ll need worsted or aran weight yarn and needles to go with your yarn.

You’ll also need a notions kit that includes tapestry needles, a measuring tape, stitch markers, a pair of scissors and a cable needle…and any other notions you find appealing.

If you already have most of these skills and want to drop in for only the sessions covering gaps in your checklist, you’re welcome.  Each class is 25$ and you can buy your books at Over The Rainbow Yarn.  Or, if you register for a six month block of either Building Blocks, or Building In Color, the fee will be $150 and we’ll give you the book.

We’ll be publishing the session schedule for the second half of 2016, Building In Color, in March of 2016.

We’re so looking forward to working with you, and I can’t wait for January.

See you then!



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    • You know that we’ll be delighted to see you, Mona. Where will you be road tripping from? Mim

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