Classes
1702 Meridian Ave, Suite H, San Jose, CA 95125
408-620-1042       yarn(at)greenplanetyarn.com

Our Class Offerings

We offer instruction for novices and skilled knitters alike - from learning the basics of knitting and crocheting to trending projects and making a custom fit a sweater. Our Project-U series is offered regularly where you can work on your project of choice, knit or crochet. Our Life Skills Series goal is for participants to develop advanced skills to be applied to future projects.

See our Schedule or Calendar for when the below classes are scheduled.

Class Policy: To reserve a seat, classes must be paid for in advance, cash, check or credit card. Unless otherwise noted class fees do not include materials or patterns. All classes must be cancelled no later than two days before the first class to receive a full refund. Missed classes may be made up at a later session if pre-arranged with the instructor. Green Planet Yarn may cancel the class for any reason, and in the event of cancellation by the instructor or Green Planet Yarn your class fee will be refunded.

Green Planet Yarn strives to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone by encouraging a fragrance free environment. This is especially important in classes and workshops.


Getting Started - Learn How to Knit or Crochet:

Skill Level: Novice

This two-session class is for new and beginning knitters. Participants will learn to knit, purl, cast on and bind off. Your instructor will suggest a scarf or blanket for a first project. No experience required. Instructor will distribute How to Knit book at first session. Fee: $60, How To Knit book included. Note tax is charged for the book. Class appropriate for 8 years of age and above. Private lessons may be arranged for younger children.

Yarn, needles and other supplies additional. Supplies needed: light, solid color dk or worsted weight yarn, size 7, 8 or 9 needle. Recommended yarns: Lamb's Pride worsted, Shepherd's Wool, Blue Sky Organic Cotton or Universal Cotton Supreme.


Learn to Crochet
Skill Level: Novice

During this two session class students learn all the basic stitches of crochet (single, half-double, double and treble crochet), joining new yarn, increasing and decreasing over two 1 1/2 hour sessions. No experience required. Instructor will distribute How to Crochet book at first session. Your instructor will suggest a scarf or blanket for a first project. Fee: $60, How To Crochet book included. Note tax is charged for the book. Class appropriate for 8 years of age and above. Private lessons may be arranged for younger children.

Yarn, hook and other supplies additional. Supplies needed: light, solid color dk or worsted weight yarn, size G, 7 or H hook. Recommended yarns: Lamb's Pride worsted, Shepherd's Wool, Blue Sky Organic Cotton or Universal Cotton Supreme.


Skill Level: Novice

This two session class is tailored for kids from age 8-14. We will meet Saturday and Sunday morning for one hour each. Students will learn the basic stitches of crochet (chain stitch, single, and double crochet). No experience required. Instructor will distribute How to Crochet book and Beginner Scarf Pattern at first session. How To Crochet book included in $45 fee. Note tax is charged for the book. Yarn, hook, and removable stitch markers and other supplies additional.

Additional purchase: light to medium color, solid or variegated worsted weight yarn size H or I hook. Recommended yarns: Plymouth Superwash Worsted, Blue Sky Organic Cotton, Universal Superwash Worsted or Universal Cotton Supreme.


Skill Level: Novice

This two session class is tailored for kids from age 8-14. We will meet Saturday and Sunday morning for one hour each. Students will learn to knit, purl and cast on. No experience required. Instructor will distribute How to Knit book at first session. How To Knit book included in $45 fee. Note tax is charged for the book. Yarn, needles and other supplies additional.

Additional purchase: light to medium color, solid or variegated worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles. Recommended yarns: Plymouth Superwash Worsted, Blue Sky Organic Cotton, Universal Superwash Worsted or Universal Cotton Supreme.


Skill Level: Beginner

Tunisian crochet borrows elements from both knitting and crochet, creating sort of a fusion of the two techniques. The tool used to create Tunisian crochet resembles a straight knitting needle, except that it has a hook at one or both ends. This hook is much longer than a typical crochet hook like a knitting needle, it has to hold a large number of stitches. Some hooks have an extender cord as well. GPY stocks the Addi Click Hook set which connects to the Addi Click cords.

Instruction includes: set-up row; Tunisian Simple Stitch, tunisian Knit Stitch, Tunisian Purl Stich and additional techniques time permitting.

Participants should work with the instructor the first session to select an appropriate hook and yarn combination. You will leave with the skills to make a Tunisian Scarf.


Life Skills:

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Our Life Skills classes are designed to teach you techniques that you will carry with you and apply to future projects.

"Basics" is the first in our series of Cast On, Bind Off classes taught by Anne-Marie. She will teach you six basic techniques including Norwegian Cast On, Backwards Loop Cast On and Slip Stitch Bind Off. In addition, you will learn which techniques are best used in certain situations.

Materials: Cast On, Bind Off book by Leslie Ann Bestor, worsted weight yarn, straight or circular needles size 7 or 8, tapestry needle, third needle the same size as others, crochet hook H.

Skills needed: Knit 101 or know how to knit and purl, Long Tail Cast On, Traditional Bind Off.


Special Seasonal Classes:

Skill Level: Intermediate

Learn stranded/fair isle colorwork and a short row heel in this class for our Annie's Woolens Christmas Stocking kit. This is an intermediate class. Please know knitting basics including working in the round. There is pre-class homework: Start the stocking and work until just before the first colorwork chart. During the first session you will work the leg of the stocking, which is stranded colorwork. Homework after first session: continue leg until just before the heel. Second session will cover the short row heel and provide reference for finishing stocking.

Materials: needles for knitting in the round, Annie's Woolens Christmas Stocking kit


Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Join Lana in learning to make these quick and beautiful beaded ornaments. You can use leftover sock yarn from your stash or buy a special skein to make a whole set.

Participants should have experience working on dpns in the round.

Materials required: 20-25 yards sock weight yarn; size 3 and size 4 dpns; tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Green Planet Yarn will provide the beads and ball for one ornament, as well as a printed copy of the pattern.


Other Classes:

Skill Level: Beginner

You may choose to make the cute pumpkin (9/20 or 10/3 class) a santa (11/8 or 11/15 class) or any of our other selections of wool buddy kits.

Have you every wanted to try needle felting but didn't know how to start? Join Lana in learning to needle felt using one of our many Woolbuddy felted animal kits. These little kits are fun and addictive.

Materials: Separate purchase of Woolbuddy kit of your choice. The instructor recommends starting with an animal with a round body for ease, but any animal will work. Each kit has everything you need to complete the project.

Optional extras: Rubber thimbles to protect fingers; Woolbuddy felting pad to work on; extra felting needles available if needed (kit comes with two needles).


Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Are you ready to expand your crochet knowledge? Have you made the same scarf three times and want to learn something new? Tired of making hats? Come to the Block-A-Month Sampler Blanket class! Each month we will make a different block, showcasing a new technique. The blocks are chosen to teach a variety of techniques: new stitches, construction methods, and changing colors to name a few.

The finished block size will vary depending on selected yarn, hook size and personal gauge. Instructor Kim is making the shop model with Frog Tree Llambrosia, a 100% baby llama dk weight yarn from Frog Tree, and available in a Peruvian inspired palette and natural tones . Other easier care yarn choices to consider for your project include Deluxe sw worsted or dk; Sublime Baby; or Meriboo mw. Please see block description for number of colors in a month's block. After your classes you can join the blocks into pillows or a throw. For a larger blanket, make more of each block.

Participants must be proficient in single and double crochet.

Materials:

Book: 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans by Jan Eaton, available at Green Planet Yarn, and can be previewed at:
www.unicornbooks.com

We recommend using the same yarn throughout your project.

Plus hook appropriate for yarn, removable stitch markers, scissors, and tool bag.


Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

"Building in Color" is another carefully designed sequence of patterns aimed at introducing knitters to the wonderful array of stitches and techniques used in color knitting. All of the techniques are supported with the free online video instruction that you have come to rely upon from the Knit Purl Hunter."

It is recommended that you complete Building Blocks before starting Building in Color. Each panel will be completed in the order presented in the book.

Materials needed: 3 colors (light, medium, dark) of dk weight yarn, such as Sweet Georgia dk or Universal Deluxe Superwash dk; size 6 circular or long straight needles; and a copy of the Building in Color book by Michelle Hunter, available at GPY.

Pattern Link: www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/building-in-color

* Combo Class - Join Jocelyn in working through either the Building Blocks or Building in Color books by Michelle Hunter. Full description of the projects in both books appear under the class headings here. New participants can join any time.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner and Intermediate

It's been a while since we have had a GPY Block Party. We just couldn't resist hosting a new GPY Block Party based on Michelle Hunter's Building Blocks pattern book. In each class, students meet once a month to make 12 different blocks. Throughout the year, you'll learn all sorts of knitting techniques while enjoying the company of new friends. At the end, you'll have a one-of-a-kind, heirloom piece to warm the lap and heart.

Building Blocks is designed to help knitters navigate through the major knitting skills, techniques and principles. Each of the 12 patterns isolates a new skill. All of the techniques are supported with FREE online video instruction to guarantee success.

At the end of the series, the knitter is rewarded with an abundance of knitting know-how and 12 beautiful squares to assemble into a sampler afghan.

Class sessions are $25 each and the blocks will be featured in book order each month. Alternatively, you may purchase and sign-up for four sessions at a time and pay $75 - that's one session for free. Participants may join at any time and choose to work on a block that may have been featured in an earlier session. We have a great selection of yarns for this project. Candace will be using our popular Worsted SW super saver yarn for her sampler.

Materials needed: 1400 yards (all 12 blocks) of worsted weight yarn in one or more colors, 6mm knitting needles, a cable needle, and the book Building Blocks.

Sign up now! New participants can join any time. Class is limited to eight participants. Please note that class fees are not refundable if scheduled class meets within 48 hours or discounts on class fees were issued, unless the class is cancelled GPY.

* Combo Class - Join Jocelyn in working through either the Building Blocks or Building in Color books by Michelle Hunter. Full description of the projects in both books appear under the class headings here. New participants can join any time.

Skill Level: Beginner, able to knit and purl

Learn a new way to knit in this one-session class! Are you a "thrower" who wants to learn to be a "picker"? Or is it the other way around? Whether you knit Continental or English, knowing how to knit with the yarn in either hand is great for a lot of reasons. First, learning new things is always fun and useful. Second, you might find a new method faster or more comfortable. If your hands get sore when you knit a lot, switching your yarn to the other hand might make a difference for you. Third (or fourth, depending on how you're counting), stranded colorwork ("Fair Isle") is easier when you can hold one color in each hand as you knit.

In this class, we'll start with basic techniques for either Continental or English knitting, whichever is new to you. If time allows, your instructor, Chris J., will show you a few techniques from other knitting traditions, such as Norwegian purl and Portuguese knitting.

Bring yarn and needles to make a swatch or simple project so you can practice your new knitting style.


Skill Level: Beginner, able to knit and purl

In this one-session class you will learn how to “read” your knitting, how to “tink” (undo your knitting one stitch at a time, and how to put in a lifeline so that you can rip back a portion of your knitting without going farther than you meant to. We will also discuss some of the common errors, how they can occur, and how to fix them. If you have a piece of knitting with some errors, bring it along and we'll sort it out together.

Supply list: any weight of yarn and suitable knitting needles, smooth yarn in contrasting color (or embroidery or dental floss), yarn needle, crochet hook. Locking stitch markers also useful.

Homework: knit a few inches of stockinette fabric (knit 1 row, purl 1 row, repeat for desired length). Do not bind off. Also, if you have a work in progress with mistakes you'd like to fix, bring it along; it will be used as an example in class.


Skill Level: Intermediate / Adventurous Beginner

Ever wanted to try making toe-up socks, or just start making socks period? Learn to make toe-up socks with our resident yarn doctor and sock expert Chris J. Previous experience with sock knitting not necessary, but experience knitting small things in the round is a bonus.

Skill requirements: Participants must be able to knit, purl; knit small items in the round; as well as be prepared to learn new cast-on, bind-off and short-row techniques.

Materials needed: 100g of fingering or worsted weight yarn (worsted will be faster) and size 2.25 - 2.75 mm needles or six needles to knit in the round eg: DPNs, Magic Loop, or two circs. A pattern is included in the class fee.


Personalized Class:

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

We're flexible. You pick what you want to learn and the dates that best suit your calendar. You may choose to make a project you have admired at GPY or even bring a project you have had in your queue but need some extra help. Project help may include selecting the yarn, identifying the correct tools, understanding gauge, reading the pattern, tips and tricks on how to keep track of where you are in a pattern or learning the requisite techniques in your pattern. What a great way to grow your skills making something you have really wanted, all while learning so much more as others have their questions answered by an expert. All levels welcome from intrepid beginners to advanced knitters. This intensified, personalized help session is for individuals who have completed Knit 101 or Crochet 101 or already know the basics. Individuals wishing to learn to Crochet or Knit should sign-up for Crochet 101 or Knit 101. This class requires advanced sign up and is limited to six (6) attendees.

In addition to the weekly Project-U sessions, we offer 3-2-1 Launch Sessions. These are focused on project types and meet once to get you started. Each 3-2-1 Launch has suggested patterns or you may choose to bring your own pattern. Once you've started your project under the tutelage of one of our 3-2-1 experts, you may join any Project-U session for additional help. If you have questions about whether the project is appropriate for your skill level, chat with our Yarn Docs, who are also Project-U instructors. And of course if you want to make a featured 3-2-1 project but can't attend the session, you may sign up for any Project-U session to get started - we're flexible!

Project-U meets weekly unless otherwise noted on the Green Planet Yarn calendar. Upcoming 3-2-1 Launch projects are also listed below. If you're not wanting to make a specific project but want to learn a Technique, one of our Yarn Docs, Chris offers lesson plans that are more intensified to learn all kinds of things about Lace or Cables.


3-2-1 Launch Projects:
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Launch classes are project-centric and will give you a great start to something new-to-you! These classes require that you have taken our Knit 101 series, OR know how to do the basics in your chosen craft.

This beginning lace class will teach a knitted cast-on, YO (yarn overs) and decreases, reading lace charts, blocking, and give tips such as using lifelines in lace.

We recommend one of the following patterns, available here in the shop: Fiber Trends "Lacy Accents" or Lisa's Knits "Easy Lace Scarf".

Pattern from recommended list above. Fingering or laceweight smooth yarn in a light to medium solid color. Needle appropriate for your yarn. Yarn choice depends on the pattern you choose. Stitch markers, scrap yarn and tapestry needle.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Launch classes are project-centric and will give you a great start to something new-to-you! These classes require that you have taken our Crochet 101 series, OR know how to do the basics in your chosen craft. This crochet lace class will teach reading crochet charts, blocking, and tension tips.

We recommend one of the following patterns:
Spiderweb Infinity Scarf www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spiderweb-infinity-scarf.

South Bay Shawlette www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/south-bay-shawlette.

Advanced: Wisteria www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wisteria-12.

Skill Level: Beginner

Launch classes are project-centric and will give you a great start to something new-to-you! This class requires that you have taken our Knit 101 series, OR know how to do the basics in knitting. This cables class will teach cables in knitting based on one of the patterns below (available in our shop). If you would like more instruction, follow up with one of our Project U classes.

Lisa Knits "Six Simple Scarves," Fiber Trends "Big Bold Cable Scarf," or Jared Flood's "Dryad" (intermediate). You are welcome to bring your own pattern as well.

Skill Level: Beginner

Do you want to knit your first sweater? Or try a new style of sweater construction? This two-session class will get you started! Launch classes are project-centric and will give you a great start to something new-to-you! These classes require that you have taken our Knit or Crochet 101 series, OR know how to do the basics in your chosen craft. Once the class is completed you are invited to follow up in Project U if you would like further instruction.

In session one, we will choose patterns, yarn, and make, measure and block a gauge swatch. We teach how to choose an appropriate pattern and why gauge swatches are important. If this is your first sweater, see our recommended patterns. We will choose our patterns, yarn, etc, during the first class. If you already have a pattern and yarn in mind, bring it with you.

Materials: TBD at first class

Suggested patterns: Knitting Pure and Simple patterns

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-peasy-baby-jacket
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flax
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/harvest-10

Skill Level: Beginner

Learn basic sock construction while making your first pair of socks! Chris will get you started on cuff-down socks and will discuss sock making techniques: DPN's, two circulars, or magic loop. The pattern was developed by Chris especially for beginning sock knitters and will be provided at the class.

Launch classes are project-centric and will give you a great start to something new-to-you! These classes require that you have taken our Knit or Crochet 101 series, OR know how to do the basics in your chosen craft. Once the class is completed you are invited to follow up in Project U if you would like further instruction.

Supplies: Worsted weight yarn (100 yds for child size, 200 yds for adult size), needles in size 5 or 6 (DPN's, 2 circular, or one long circular for magic loop), stitch marker if desired.

Skill Level: Beginner

Launch classes are project-centric and will give you a great start to something new-to-you! These classes require that you have taken our Knit or Crochet 101 series, OR know how to do the basics in your chosen craft. Once the class is completed you are invited to follow up in Project U if you would like further instruction.

Our hat class will teach you to knit or crochet in the round, make increases and/or decreases, and check sizing. Class is one session and yarn weight is dependent on your pattern choice.

We recommend one of the following patterns, available here in the shop:
Lisa Knits Textured Cap Trio (intermediate)
Knitbot Simple Hat (beginner)
Crochet Beanie by Blue Sky Alpacas (beginner)
Crocheted Crusher Hat by Fiber Trends (beginner)

You are welcome to bring your own pattern as well.

Homework: make a gauge swatch according to your pattern and bring to class. Hat fit is important! By making a swatch (usually 6 x 6 inches) in the pattern stitch, we can measure your gauge to see if your hat will fit or if we need to make adjustments to the pattern.

Skill Level: Beginner

Join Kim and learn to crochet fingerless mitts with a simple cable, or two! You will learn how to create ribs and cables with front post treble crochet stitches.

Must have completed Learn to Crochet or can chain, single crochet and double crochet with confidence.

Recommended Patterns:
www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ribbed-cable-knit-look-fingerless-mitts
www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/staghorn-cable-fingerless-mitts

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Launch classes are project-centric and will give you a great start to something new-to-you! These classes require that you have taken our Knit or Crochet 101 series, OR know how to do the basics in your chosen craft. Once the class is completed you are invited to follow up in Project U if you would like further instruction.

Learn how to twist multiple yarns to create Latvian braids used in this cowl. Anne-Marie will teach you tricks on how to manage your yarn.

Homework: Cast on, join and work first 15 rounds. You should be ready to fold for the hem and then ready to work twisted stitches.

Required Materials: Pattern Yipes Stripes download from Ravelry, Neighborhood Fiber Co kit in colorway of your choice, or your selection of ~ 45 grams each of five different colors in a plied worsted similar to NFC Studio worsted.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

During this two-session class, students will learn to work in two colors, using increases and decreases to produce graceful, undulating lines that grow out of the simple brioche rib, resulting in a stunning reversible fabric with subtly different light and dark sides. Students will learn two cast-on methods, brioche knit and purl (brk, brp), an increase and two decreases. Bind off methods will be discussed. Class project will be a narrow short scarf.

Required Materials: Two contrasting colors, dk or light worsted smooth yarn
US 5 or 6 circular needle 24"

Optional: Knitting Fresh Brioche: Creating Two-Color Twists & Turns by Nancy Marchant


Current Project-U Lesson Plans:
Knit 102
Skill Level: Beginner

This three-session class is for knitters who know the basics (cast on, knit, purl, cast off) and who are ready for their first project. In this class, you learn increases, decreases, fixing twisted and dropped stitches, reading a pattern, seaming, checking gauge, and start a project of your choice. This is the next class after Knit 101. Bring light colored yarn and appropriate needles.

Socks Lite on Circular Needles
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

This class is for individuals who want to learn how to make a sock. In this three-session class you learn how to make small child-size socks on your choice of either two circular needles (two different lengths recommended) or one circular for magic loop (minimum length 32"). Skills learned will include working in the round, turning the heel, forming the toe and kitchener stitch. Students wishing to use double-pointed needles should sign-up for the Socks Lite class using the double point needle technique. Students will be given instructions to make adult size socks on worsted weight yarn at the end of the third session. The staff at Green Planet Yarn will be happy to help you pick out your supplies. Instructor will distribute pattern at the beginning of the first class. Pattern included.

Yarn, needles and other supplies additional. Supplies needed: approximately 200 yards worsted weight yarn in a solid light color and appropriate circular needles (US 5-7).

Socks Lite on Double Pointed Needles
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

This class is for individuals who want to learn how to make a sock. In this three-session class you learn how to make small child-size socks on double-pointed needles. Skills learned will include working in the round, turning the heel, forming the toe and kitchener stitch. Students wishing to use one or two circular needles should sign-up for the Socks Lite class using circular needles. Students will be given instructions to make adult size socks on worsted weight yarn at the end of the third session. The staff at Green Planet Yarn will be happy to help you pick out your supplies. Instructor will distribute pattern at the beginning of the first class. Pattern included.

Yarn, needles and other supplies additional. Supplies needed: approximately 200 yards worsted weight yarn in a solid light color and appropriate double pointed needles (US 5-7). Pattern included in class fee.

Cables 101 - Technique Building Series
Skill Level: Beginner, able to cast on, knit and purl

In this three-session class you will learn how to make different kinds of cables and how to read cable instructions, both written and charted. You will also learn tricks for fixing errors in cables, how to block cabled knitting, and how to turn a cable without using a cable needle.

Materials: worsted weight yarn and appropriate knitting needles, cable needle, stitch markers (optional).

Students will be asked to start a swatch which will be used in class, as follows:
Cast on 31 stitches.
Rows 1-4: Knit.

Lace 101 - Technique Building Series
Skill Level: Beginner, confident with knitting and purling, ready to learn more.

In this three-session class you will learn how to make yarn-overs and various decreases, which are the basis for lace knitting. You will also learn how to read lace instructions, both written and charted; how to add a lifeline to your work; and how to fix some errors. We will also cover cast-ons and bind-offs suitable for lace, including provisional cast-ons and attaching a lace edging to live stitches. Finally, there will be a demonstration on how to block lace to bring out its full beauty.

Supply list: fingering weight yarn, knitting needles size US 5-7 (3.75-4.5 mm), smooth yarn in contrasting color (or embroidery or dental floss), yarn needle, crochet hook, stitch markers.

Homework: none.

Crocheted Toe-up Socks
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

This class is for individuals who want to learn how to make a crocheted sock. The clever, less-dense crochet stitch results in a comfortable finished product. In this three-session class you learn how to make socks for yourself because you'll try them on as you go. Skills learned will include short row, extended single crochet, working in the round, turning the heel, and crocheted ribbing if desired. The staff at Green Planet Yarn will be happy to help you pick out your supplies. Instructor will distribute pattern at the beginning of the first session.

Yarn, hook and other supplies additional. Supplies needed: 400+ yards of sock weight yarn in a solid light color and a variety of hook sizes to obtain gauge. Be sure to show up early to select your yarn which may require us to wind it into a pull-skein.