Intro to Portuguese Style Knitting

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Intro to Portuguese Style Knitting


The Portuguese style of knitting uses a "knitting pin" to tension the yarn and your thumbs make the stitches. It's a very comfortable style of knitting. Trouble with maintaining tension? Joint/tendon issues? Take this intro class!

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What It's All About

Learn to knit with a knitting pin and free up your hands to knit faster and with less stress. In this intro class, you'll learn how to tension the yarn with the knitting pin, cast on, execute the knit and purl stitches and work increases and decreases in this style. You’ll discover that the Portuguese knitting style is perfect for those who are “all thumbs”! 

In this two part class, you’ll have the opportunity to work on two projects. The first will be a practice piece that you can turn into a pair of wrist warmers and the second will be a pair of handwarmers, knit in the round. In addition to tensioning the yarn through a knitting pin, you'll learn how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off in the Portuguese style. You’ll also learn how to alternate knits and purls (rib stitch) and work increases in this style. You bring the knitting needles and we'll provide the instruction, yarn, knitting pin and patterns!

Skill Level

This class has been designed for advanced beginners, intermediate and experienced knitters. You should be comfortable working in the round on double pointed needles, one long circular or two circulars as you prefer.

Please bring:

  • 4.5mm needles (dpns, one long circular (40"/100cm) or two circulars depending on your favourite method) for knitting in the round. If using dpns, please bring two point protectors to the first class.

  • Your knitter’s notions kit including: point protectors (see above) wool needle, tape measure and scissors.


  • Four hours of patient instruction;

  • Portuguese knitting pin;

  • Yarn for your workshop projects; and

  • Two patterns to complete and practice your new, very ambidextrous skills!

Other important info that you should know about...

  • You have to pay the registration fee in advance to hold your seat. You can pay online or call the store at 780-477-9276 to make a payment over the phone.

  • This workshop may be held on our mezzanine level which is roomy but only accessible by stairs. If you have mobility issues and can't manage the stairs, please contact Cynthia:

  • Cancellations? We know you have every intention of coming, but life happens, so we need a cancellation policy, and this is it: 

    • If you cancel 7 days (or more) prior to your workshop date, we will refund your registration fee less a $25 administration & service fee.

    • No refunds will be made if you have to cancel less than 7 days before your class is scheduled to begin. If you are unable to attend, you may ask a friend to take your place.

    • If minimum enrolment is not met we reserve the right to cancel the class. A full refund of your registration fee will be given should this situation arise.

  • Questions, comments, concerns, suggestions? Please contact

  • Private group or individual sessions are also available. For information please Cynthia (see above).