Join Renowned Knitting Teacher Kate Atherley for Two Classes at Purlin' J's Yarn Emporium!

Join Renowned Knitting Teacher Kate Atherley for Two Classes at Purlin' J's Yarn Emporium!

Kate Atherley

We have an exciting announcement for all you knitting enthusiasts out there! Purlin' J's Yarn Emporium is thrilled to host the incredibly talented and well-respected knitting teacher, Kate Atherley, for two classes on 29 July, the final day of the Lake Ontario Yarn Hop. This is an incredible opportunity to learn from one of Canada's most renowned experts in the field, and we encourage all knitting aficionados to enroll as soon as possible as these classes could very well sell out!

Kate Atherley is’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly. She has written eight books, and edited a ninth. She is also the co-publisher of Digits & Threads, an online magazine about Canadian fibre- and textile arts, crafts and industry.

Her Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns book is the industry’s first and only guide specifically written to help knit designers (and teachers) of all levels create easy-to-follow, high quality knitting patterns. It’s been called a “game-changer” and a “must-have” by designers and magazine editors.

She’s known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, and Purlin' J's is honoured to have Kate Atherley teaching two classes in The Studio at Purlin' J's Yarn Emporium. Here are the details:

Math for Knitters: Solving the Knitters’ Number Puzzles

Date: 29 July
9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Everything you need to know to figure out all those tricky numbers issues you encounter in your knitting. Kate will focus on how mathematics fits into pattern reading – counting and working and keeping track. She’ll cover how to understand and work challenging instructions like “Decrease every 8 rows 10 times”, and "Increase 12 sts evenly distributed across the row". She’ll talk about calculating yardage in partial balls of yarn, and how to ensure you’re buying enough yarn for a project. She will also have a discussion of gauge and what it really means – and how to deal with it if you can’t match.

Suitable for newer knitters, and those who wish to get more comfortable reading patterns - it's all about conquering your fear of the numbers and making you a more powerful knitter!


Date: 29 July
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

You’ve worked a few socks, now it’s time to expand your skills a bit. In this class you’ll learn how determine size and fit needs, how to choose a good yarn and reinforce for longevity. Kate will address the tricky bits like how to avoid holes at the top of your heel, how to get a tidy gusset pick up, and special cast-ons and cast offs. She’ll talk about both toe up and top down socks, and discuss different heel and toe constructions – and when to choose one over another.

Enroll Now! Spaces for these highly-anticipated classes with Kate Atherley are limited, so we urge you to secure your spot at the earliest convenience. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the industry's most esteemed experts!


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