Classes
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Currently Scheduled Classes

For further details, click on the class listed on our Calendar page.
If you have any special requests for classes, send us a note at: yarn (at) greenplanetyarn.com.

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 for any reason 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:


Crochet 101 Fee: $60, book included
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.

Sun. Aug. 17, 241:30 pm – 3:00 pmInstructor: Melissa
Sat. Sep. 13, 201:30 pm – 3:00 pmInstructor: Melissa
Sat. Oct. 11, 1811:30 am –1:00 pmInstructor: Melissa
Sat. Nov. 15, 223:30 pm – 5:00 pmInstructor: Melissa
Sat. Dec. 6, 131:30 pm – 3:00 pmInstructor: Melissa

Crocheted Beanie Fee: $34, pattern included
Skill Level: Beginner

Learn to make a crocheted hat with Melissa. Instructor will distribute pattern at the beginning of the class. Note tax is charged for the pattern. Yarn, hook and other supplies additional.

Additional purchase: Blue Sky organic cotton and J hook, or size to obtain gauge. Be sure to show up early to select your yarn which may require us to wind it into a pull-skein.

To be scheduled Instructor: Melissa



We are busy developing one-session classes for participants that are fun and contemporary. These Quick Start Classes meet once during which techniques, unique pattern/stitches and applications are skillfully presented by the instructor so participants will be able to take the project home and finish it. And of course, our Yarn Doc is here in the event a little extra help is needed.

Quick Start Knitting Classes:
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

The Biggest Little City (aka San Jose) Cowl is a free pattern available on ravelry. It is knit in the round and the slipped stitches show off colors in highly variegated yarn. Participants should have basic knitting skills, including how to knit, purl and read a pattern.

Materials needed: One size 8 40" circular knitting needle, or size to get gauge; stitch marker, and 430 yarns of worsted weight yarn. Yarn can be solid in color but variegated is more fun as you can see in our gorgeous shop model.

Please print the pattern or download to tablet before coming to the class. We can print the pattern for you at the shop for a nominal fee. Participants will need to purchase the pattern directly from Ravelry and bring a printed copy to the class.

To be scheduledInstructor: Liz



Quick Start Crochet Classes:


Other Classes:


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.

Fri. Jul. 2511:30 am 1:00 pmInstructor: Candace
Tue. Aug. 196:30 pm 8:00 pmInstructor: Candace
Fri. Aug. 2211:30 am 1:00 pmInstructor: Candace
Fri. Sep. 2611:30 am 1:00 pmInstructor: Candace
Tue. Sep. 306:30 pm 8:00 pmInstructor: Candace
Fri. Oct. 2411:30 am 1:00 pmInstructor: Candace
Tue. Oct. 286:30 pm 8:00 pmInstructor: Candace
Fri. Nov. 1411:30 am 1:00 pmInstructor: Candace
Tue. Nov. 256:30 pm 8:00 pmInstructor: Candace
Fri. Dec. 1211:30 am 1:00 pmInstructor: Candace
Tue. Dec. 236:30 pm 8:00 pmInstructor: Candace

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

The Happypotamus, by Heidi Bears is a very popular crochet pattern on Ravelry. This fun pattern is a great stash buster, especially for miscellaneous scrap yarn for your own very colorful Happypotamus. Participants may even choose to share and swap yarns, like a Happypotamus Yarn Swap!

Cassandra will be teaching a two-session class during which you'll learn the technique to make the many different motifs, then learn the assembly technique of all these colorful motifs.

Special note: since we cannot sell the pattern in the store, nor print it for customers, participants will need to purchase the pattern directly from Ravelry and bring a printed copy to the class.

To be scheduledInstructor: Cassandra

On the Other Hand Fee: $25
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.

Sat. Nov. 93:30 pm – 5:00 pmInstructor: Chris J.


Top Down Knitted Hat - Easy Finish at Home Fee: $34
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

In this one-session class students will learn how to make a top down hat using the magic loop technique for knitting in the round. They will also learn how to make a hat starting from the TOP instead of the BOTTOM, so it's just working in the round after the crown increases. Students need to know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. Knowledge of knitting in the round and increases is optional but may be helpful in the class.

Needle size depends on weight yarn selected by students. DK requires between 150-250 yds with size 5-47” needles; Worsted requires between 125-225 yds with size 7-47” needles; and Bulky requires between 100-175 yds with size 9-47” needles. Stitch markers (preferably the "clip-on" kind), and a darning needle.

To be scheduledInstructor: Beth T.


Personalized Class:

Project U Fee: $25 per 90 minute session
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 one of our lesson plans outlined below, or 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 eight (6) attendees.

A project is featured each Project-U month. The project may be a model in GPY or a wildly popular pattern online or a classic. Check out our featured projects below and if you have questions about whether the project is appropriate for your skill level, chat with our Yarn Doc, who is also the Project-U instructor, to discuss any project(s) you may be interested in making during Project-U. And of course if you want to make a featured project but can't attend during the month it is featured, you may sign up for any Project-U month - we're flexible!

Meets weekly as outlined below unless otherwise noted on the Green Planet Yarn calendar.

Featured Project (* = model in store, ** = kits may be available)

April 2014 - Sundays11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Featured project: Easy Peasy Baby Jacket*,**
May 2014 - Saturdays11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Featured project: Wingspan (knitted)*
Featured project: Wingspan (crocheted)*
June 2014 - Sundays11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Featured project: Tulip Baby Cardigan*,**
July 2014 - Saturdays11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Featured project: Color Affection*
August 2014 - Sundays11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Featured project: Wurm*
September 2014 - Saturdays11:30 am – 1:00 pmNo class Sep. 20
Featured project: TBD
October 2014 - Sundays11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Featured project: TBD
November 2014 - Saturdays11:30 am – 1:00 pmNo class Nov. 29
Featured project: TBD

Current Project-U Lesson Plans:

Knit 102 Fee: three sessions recommended
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 Fee: three sessions recommended
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 Fee: three sessions recommended
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 Fee: three sessions recommended
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 Fee: three sessions recommended
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 Fee: three sessions recommended
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.