Knitting for the Joy of it!

Knitting for the Joy of It

Chantelle Taylor

August 24 & 25 – Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

Learn how to keep yourself warm and stylish by knitting your own custom textiles!

Knitting for the Joy of it!

This course works perfectly for beginners, but Chantelle welcomes experienced knitters as well! She will show the beginner knitters the skills they need to master with techniques such as: casting on, knit, purl and binding off. And students will also look at different types of yarn, tools of knitting, decoding a pattern, and work our way through casting on to weaving in the ends. By the end of the course you will have all you need to begin your first independent project!


Meanwhile, the experienced knitters can bring their own knitting, and we will discuss and explore more sophisticated and complicated patterns and designs. There’s no end of possibilities here! Chantelle is prepping swatches and gathering examples of different stitches, patterns, color work, brioche and mosaic knitting. She also has stitch dictionaries and lots of knitting books from the library that she will bring to show. Chantelle wouldn’t consider myself a fancy knitter, but she thinks if you can master knit and purl, the whole knitting world is open to you!! It’s just trying something new. Sometimes something “fancy” is just purl in a different place.


At the end of the class Chantelle will walk everyone through a project from start to finish- Picking the yarn/project, (Do I have to buy? Do I have it in my stash? Can I substitute some other yarn? – his is where Ravelry comes in – what needles to use, winding your yarn, casting on (Do I need to learn a new technique?), knitting the project, seeing if there any problems, finishing and blocking your project. Any topic or aspect of knitting when it comes to starting your own project – we will deal with it!


Knitters will need yarn and needles:

Worsted weight yarn (any color)

5mm (US 8) needles


Course Detail

I will be talking about yarn and needles and how both can affect your projects. I will be bringing different kinds of yarn, wool, cashmere, cotton, acrylic, bulky, worsted, etc. I want to talk about some of the tools you will eventually need (different kinds of needles, stitch markers, blocking mats, a swift and winder). And I will go over how to read a pattern, a chart, yarn ball band and common knitting terms.


Day 1

Cast on


Yarn and needles

– How to read a ball band

– How to create different fabrics



Day 2


Bind off

Finishing your knitted object

Knitting Language

– Reading a pattern

– Phrases


– Youtube

– Your Library

Ravelry/ Social Media

FO( Finished Object) start to finish

– How to care for your knitted items.


Chantelle Taylor: BIO

“I am an avid knitter although I haven’t won any awards or written any books about knitting. I was taught to knit by a babysitter when I was 6. It didn’t stick. But then, inspired by a knitting roommate, I re-learned knitting in the 90’s. My first finished object was awful, and I gave it to my mother for Christmas. Despite the hideousness of that first knitted object, I was hooked and have been knitting ever since. I have gone on to knit all kinds of fun and amazing projects, from hats and mittens to pillows and blankets. And now, with YouTube and Social Media, we can see new patterns and techniques from Knitters all over the world! We’ll talk about that too.”            – Chantelle Taylor


Course Dates: August 24 & 25

Cost: $75

Class Size: 12

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

Course Details & On Line Registration:

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