Weekend Seminar


May 1-3, 2020


5020 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226

“Kate is Knitty.com’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly.”

We are very excited to welcome Kate Atherley to Buffalo for our annual weekend seminar. Kate Atherley hails from Toronto, and received enthusiastic reviews from the Rochester Guild when she taught there in 2018.

Kate is the managing technical editor for Knitty.com.  She was trained as a mathematician, so she brings an analytical approach to garment construction and  the interpretation of pattern instructions.  Kate has published five books, most recently The Knitter’s Dictionary : knitting know-how from A to Z, which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.

She has a robust online presence with over 260 of her own patterns on Ravelry, and  thousands of people making her projects.  She also has classes on Craftsy, and her own website is chock full of instructional resources for both knitters and designers (www.kateathlerley.com).  Some of her books are available in the local public libraries, so if you want to check one out before buying, this is a great way to do it.

In addition to bringing in Kate Atherley, we are pleased  to return to a three-day format this year with an additional instructor being added to the line up!  Tina Turner will be teaching two classes on Friday.

How lucky are we to have such local talent?  Tina has years of experience not only with knitting & designing but also with teaching & lecturing and we are thrilled to have her teach seminar classes on Friday!  (she is also a fellow guild member!)

The seminar will take place at the Hyatt Place Hotel on Main Street in Amherst.  This is the same place as last year.  A block of rooms for the weekend has already been reserved, at $139/night for those of you ready to make a reservation.


Class Descriptions:

Fri. May 1, 9-12: Two-color Brioche Stitch (Tina Turner)
Level: Advanced Beginner & Up
Want to learn how to diversify your knitting by integrating color and contrast – making even the most average knitted item new and exciting? Learn two color brioche with this small hat project that will help you learn the basics of two color brioche. No need to be familiar with single color brioche. Pattern will be provided in class.

Supply List

  • 125 yds each, of two contrasting colors DK (#3) weight yarn
  • US #2, 16″ circular needle
  • US #4, 16” circular needle

Fri. May 1, 1-4: Short Rows (Tina Turner)
Level: Intermediate and up
Learn 4 different short row techniques. You will learn how to apply them to your current short row project.

Supply List

  • 100 yds of DK or worsted weight yarn
  • US #5 circular needle no shorter than 16“
  • removable stitch markers


Sat. May 2, 9-12: Introduction to Toe-Up Socks (Kate Atherley)
A step-by-step guide to making to-up socks.

Supply List:

  • US size 6/4mm double pointed needles
  • scrap medium weight yarn in a light color


Sat. May 2, 1-4: Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket (Kate Atherley)
This legendary garment design is a highly unusual construction, made more challenging by the rather unconventional style of pattern instruction; this project builds many skills, including increasing, decreasing and picking up stitches, and provides an introduction to seaming.

Supply List:

  • 50gm of a medium-weight yarn and
  • 4-5mm/US #6-8 needles – a short circular is easiest.
  • Note :this class does not include the pattern. Students wishing to
    work the project after class will need to purchase their own copy.


Sun. May 3, 9-12: Garment Smarts & Simple Alterations (Kate Atherley)
How to analyze a pattern before you start knitting to determine which size to knit; a discussion of ease; and approaching making adjustments. Suitable for the math-averse.

Supply List:

  • No specific requirements. Students are invited to bring any patterns they have
    questions about, or are considering making.


Sun. May 3, 1-4: Next Steps for Lace (Kate Atherley)
Exploring a variety of more complex lace stitch patterns: one- and two-sided patterns, patterns with changing stitch counts, Nupps, Shetland bead stitches, and attached edgings. (2-3 hours.)

Supply List:

  • 4-5mm/US #6-8 needles – straight or short circular,
  • light-coloured medium weight scrap yarn
  • a second set of needles in the same size – short circular or DPNs
  • any lace patterns you have questions about.


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