Ann Budd

We are very excited for the return of Ann Budd at Four Purls! Save your spot now by calling 863-662-8288, by stopping in, or online here.

She hardly needs an introduction as most of you have come across her name on a knitting book or a pattern. She has authored classics like “The Knitters Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters” and “Sock Knitting Master Classics” in addition to being featured in favorite books like”The Best of Interweave Knits” and “Knitted Gifts.” And if you own her books bring them for her to sign!

2017 is the Year of Knitting Dangerously at Four Purls! Have you stepped up to the challenge? Break out of your comfort zone! Now is your chance to learn from the master.

A Skirt For All Seasons

Tuesday, May 23 10:30am-5:30pm 


Knitted skirts are becoming wardrobe staples—and they are a lot easier to knit than you might think (they require just three to four skeins of sock yarn)! Learn how to take proper waist and hip measurements and combine them with your gauge to create a “pleated” skirt with a perfect fit, no matter your size. You’ll leave with a personalized skirt pattern for your yarn and gauge. ** Ann wore this skirt the last time she came to teach at Four Purls and we fell in love. The PERFECT thing to knit and wear in Florida! Plus learning how to take measurements and combine with gauge to make a custom fit anything is awesome!


MATERIALS: About 1800 yards fingering-weight yarn, 1600 yards sport-weight yarn, or 1200 yards DK-weight yarn (note: for best results, choose a yarn that’s at least 75% wool); appropriate 32” circular needles for knitting gauge swatches; stitch markers; calculator. Please wear close-fitting pants (yoga pants or leggings are ideal) to facilitate taking measurements.

Modified Knitting Steeks and Inserting Zippers

Wednesday, May 24 10am-1pm


Learn how to add steeks so two (or more) color patterns that are worked in rounds can be cut open—typically for a front opening, armholes, and neckline of a sweater. In this class, you’ll bring in a knit piece that was previously prepared (your homework), a coffee clutch with a two-color pattern and steek stitches, then stabilize the stitches with slip stitch crochet, cut the tube and finish the raw edges with a zipper.

SKILLS: You must be able to complete the required homework before class.

MATERIALS: Worsted-weight wool yarn in two colors (you’ll use just part of each ball); a set of U.S. size 7 and 8 (4.5 and 5 mm) double-pointed needles (two circulars for the “magic loop” method can be substituted); tapestry needle; sharp-point sewing needle and sewing thread to match one of the yarn colors. The yarn will be knit prior to attending the class. You will be provided with the homework pattern when you sign up for the class. The pattern is color work knit in the round, however you can omit the color work and knit a one color coffee clutch, you will still learn all of the skills above.

If you need help getting started on the homework, a class will be offered with Laura, on April 11 at 2pm, the class is free for registered attendees of the Steeks class and $15 for non- class attendees. Please sign-up to reserve your spot. Other times will be scheduled by request! 

Fixing Mistakes

Wednesday, May 24   2pm-5pm


In this class, we’ll examine how the basic stitches look in a piece of knitting, and practice fixing common mistakes, including ripping out, picking up dropped stitches (even edge stitches!), reversing the direction of a cable turn and correcting a snag that breaks the yarn.

SKILLS: Advanced-beginner knitting skills; must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, and turn a cable. (if you need to learn to cable you can pop into any of our weekly classes! Inquire at the shop when signing up)

MATERIALS: One partial ball of your choice of yarn (tightly twisted worsted-weight wool or wool blend recommended); knitting needles in a size appropriate for your yarn; cable needle; crochet hook.

CO 18 sts.
Row 1 and 3: (RS) K4, p2, k6, p2, k4.
Rows 2 and 4: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Row 5: (RS) K4, p2, slide 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, k3, k3
from cable needle, p2, k4.
Rows 6 and 8: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Rows 7 and 9: (RS) K4, p2, k6, p2, k4.
Row 10: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Rep Rows 1–10 once more (20 rows total). Place sts on a holder.

Again… save your spot now by calling 863-662-8288, by stopping in, or online here.