The Kotary Coterie

Thank you for checking out my website. If you are interested in crochet, knitting, historic textiles and garments, and other crafts, you may find some really cool things here.  I have a special interest in textile history and the evolution of the technology, so to speak. I look forward to sharing the new things I learn and explore. 

Classes and Events
I love to teach and share all the things I learn. If you see something on this site that you would like to learn more about, please contact me.  For more information about an event on the calendar, just click 

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Lessons are available in person or via webcam on Skype or Google Hangouts.

Private Lessons

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Private and Group Lessons are available at an hourly rate.  The time and location are very flexible.

If money is tight, find a couple friends to join you and create your own class.  I am happy to tailor materials to meet your needs. 

Reservation & Cancellation Policy
Lesson times should be reserved at least 24 hours in advance.
If a scheduled lesson is canceled with less than 24 hours notice, 
prepayment will be requested to schedule the next lesson.  
This policy applies to regular weekly lessons, private lessons and groups.
Repeated cancellations of regular weekly lessons may result in loss of a reserved time slot.

Class Descriptions


Time: 6 hours

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner - students must be able to ch, sl st, sc, count stitches, and read a basic pattern.


  • Worksheet provided by instructor
  • Worsted weight yarn – 2 skeins and size G-7 crochet hook
  • Basic tool kit containing 2 stitch markers, 2 darning needles, ruler, tape measure and scissors
  • Calculator (optional)

Homework: Make a single crochet tension swatch at least 5 inches wide and 3 inches long (bigger is better).


  • Introductions and discussion of techniques, passing around samples
  • Measuring gauge and feet, filling in worksheet
  • Toe
  • Instep
  • Custom fitting & ankle
  • Heel
  • Cuff & Finishing

Description: Kim Kotary, the author of You Can Crochet Socks and Learn to Crochet Socks the Toe-Up Way published by Annie’s Attic, will use a basic single crochet sock pattern to teach you how to custom fit socks for yourself and all your friends. By measuring your own gauge swatch and plugging your stitch count and foot measurements into a little algebra, you can customize any pattern in Kim’s book. While you are working on your sock, Kim will also share ideas for adding stitch patterns to the instep and cuff.

©Kim Kotary 27 February 2010


The sample project for the class is a children's hat.

 Michelle I. Jaeger wrote:"It was great! I finally learned how to knit with dpns."

Jenny Lai wrote: "I really enjoyed learning how to knit w/ double points."


Description: For people who have never touched a hook before.

Class Project: Basic Hat and Scarf

Duration: Flexible -minimum two 90 minute sessions

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to make and identify-

  •      Slip knot, Chain, Slip stitch, Double crochet
  •      Work in the round, Work in rows
  •      Read a basic pattern without abbreviations
  •      Understand the information provided on a ball band
  •      Weave in ends

 Materials Fee: $5 includes handouts, yarn and a crochet hook.

©Kim Kotary 10 February 2011



 Description:  For people who can work the basic stitches but are not confident to tackle a pattern or project on their own.

 Class Project:  A throw  worked in squares of different stitch patterns

 Duration: Flexible

 Materials: Students must provide their own yarn, hooks and large eye needle.

 Learning Objectives: Students will be able to-

  •      Work single crochet, half double crochet, repetitive stitch patterns,
  •      Measure and adjust gauge, Make simple color changes, basic seams and finishing
  •      Read a basic pattern with abbreviations

Suggested Yarns:  Smooth Worsted Weight Size 4

©Kim Kotary 27 February 2010



Time: 3 hours (6 hours for a bigger project)

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner – students must be able to ch, sl st, dc, count stitches, read a basic pattern and chart. Any symbols used will be explained in class.


  • Booklet containing history of filet “slides” and instructions provided by instructor for a small materials fee
  • Cotton yarn or thread and appropriate size hook
  • Basic tool kit containing darning needle and scissors

Homework: None


  • Introductions and discussion of history, tools and techniques, passing around contemporary and antique samples
  • Learning basic techniques
  • Making a square motif following same filet chart used for Filet lace class (105 min)
  • Additional material if time allows – increasing and decreasing, bars and lacets

Description: Have you ever considered how different types or styles of crochet evolved? The predecessor of filet crochet can be documented from textiles and publications of the 19th Century. We will learn about the background and evolution of this popular style of crochet. We will work a design from a chart. If you have never used symbol crochet, this is a good way to get your feet wet. Please note that this is a very basic introduction to the technique (I would be happy to provide a more in depth examination of the techniques in a full day class).

©Kim Kotary 18 December 2008


PASSIMENTERIE – Pom-Poms & Tassels

Time: 90 minutes

Skill Level: Beginner (no crochet or knitting experience necessary)


  • Handouts provided by instructor
  • Full-sized, sharp fabric scissors and regular paper scissors
  • Ruler
  • Yarn
  • Darning needle
  • Bring your favorite commercial gadget to share with the class (optional)

Homework: None


  • Introductions and discussion of techniques and tools, passing around samples
  • Making pompoms
  • Discussion of techniques
  • Making Tassels

Description: Have you ever wondered about all the different gadgets available to help you make pom-poms? Are any of them really going to help you make a better pom-pom? Has the secret of the perfect pom-pom eluded you? In this class, you will learn some of the secrets of great pom-poms, try out some gadgets, and explore some of the cute things you can do with pom-poms. But wait, there is more! The tassel is a close cousin to the pom-pom. Tassels can be a simple or elegant way to add that little extra something to a project. Tassels and pompoms were used to make pencil toppers at the last NYC Knit Out and Crochet Too in 2006. I taught hundreds of kids, parents and grandparents to make and decorate their own pencils. On a similar note, I have also taught hundreds of people on multiple occasions to make yarn dolls, which are a variation on tassels.

©Kim Kotary 27 February 2010



Time: 3 hours

Skill Level: Beginner (no crochet or knitting experience necessary).

Materials (provided by instructor for a materials fee):

  • Handout booklet
  • Spinning hook
  • Roving
  • Pre-warped stretcher frame with string heddles

Students must bring:

  • Ruler (1-2” wide and 12” long)
  • Scissors

Homework: None

  • Introductions and discussion of techniques and tools, pass around samples (30 min)
  • Spinning yarn
  • Weaving
  • Finishing
  • Demonstration with Drop Spindle, if time allows.

Description: When we twist a bunch of wool fibers, we can stretch the bunch out and make a yarn. In this class, students will work in pairs and serve as each other’s spinning wheel to turn fluffy wool roving into yarn. Then they will weave that yarn on a basic loom to learn the basic structure of fabric. We will discuss the evolution of textile production and the Industrial Revolution. This workshop gives students a real appreciation for technological innovation and the changing value of textiles through history.

©Kim Kotary 27 February 2010



Time: 3 hours

Minimum skill level - Students must be able to:

  • Execute and identify basic stitches
  • Crochet flat pieces without the use of a pattern
  • Read a pattern


  • Paper and a variety of colors of writing instruments
  • Regular yarn and thread with suitable size hooks (no novelty yarn)
  • A few paperclips
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Split ring markers (optional)


  • Abbreviation list
  • Diagram symbols handout
  • Symbol diagrams
  • Introduction to Sweater Design

Homework - Please bring the following assignment to class:

  • Without looking at a pattern, please make one 9-inch granny square
  • Two attractive 7x9-inch rectangles of your own design
  • After the class is finished the squares can be donated to Warm-Up America or the Jewish Board of Family Services' Sanctuary Stitchers Project

Outline - During the class students will:

  • Learn how to read and use symbol diagrams
  • Write a pattern from a symbol diagram
  • Write a basic 9 inch granny square pattern
  • Write and edit patterns for squares and motifs made by their classmates

Description: Are you inspired by yarn but don’t have a published pattern for it? Are you ready to move beyond published patterns and create your own designs? Would you like help preparing a design for publication? If you know how to increase and decrease and have ever finished a sweater, you are ready for this class. With a little inspiration and a few basic tools, you can create your own original designs. In this three-hour hands-on workshop, you can make a flat paper sloper to fit yourself, learn about sizing patterns and how to create fabric for your customized design.

©Kim Kotary 27 February 2010


BASIC TEXTILE CONSERVATION - Repairs and Stabilization for Crocheters

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Materials: Basic tool kit including crochet hooks, scissors, darning needles of various sizes, tweezers

Homework - Please bring the following assignment to class:

  • 2 or more granny squares with at least 4 rounds each. A swatch or 2 in your favorite stitches or patterns.
  • Extra yarn for each piece.
  • A piece in need of repair (optional) with yarn or thread matching as close as possible.

Description:Do you have a family heirloom in need of a little TLC? Did a critter find your favorite afghan while it was in storage? Does your favorite sweater have a unwanted hole in it? In this class, we will examine the structure of crochet stitches and learn how to remove and replace stitches in the middle of the fabric without remaking the entire piece. Learn from a trained textile conservator with years of experience in museums and private practice.

©Kim Kotary 27 February 2010



Time: 3 hours

Skill Level: All Levels

Homework: None

Materials: Handout booklet (provided by instructor for a materials fee)

Description:Do you collect vintage textiles or clothing? Do you have pieces that are family heirlooms? Learn from a trained conservator with years of museum experience how to help your collections last forever. Some basic chemistry will help you understand more about the special characteristics of different kinds of fibers. Learn how to identify, eradicate, and prevent future infestations by pests without the use of chemicals. Learn about cleaning, storage materials, and techniques to help prevent future damage and deterioration. If you want advice on a specific piece in your collection, please bring it to share with the class.

©Kim Kotary 27 February 2010



Time: Flexible

Skill Level: All Levels

Homework: Several swatches or pre-made items for practice


  • Handout booklet (provided by instructor for a materials fee)
  • A few yards of yarn or thread in various sizes or colors
  • Darning and embroidery needles in various sizes
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)

Description: Do you have a sweater or afghan you would like to spruce up? Do you have a stain you would like to cover up? Would you like to make an extra special gift or design? A little embroidery might be just the thing to take your project to a completely new level. In this class, you can learn a variety of embroidery techniques and tips from a professional embroiderer.

©Kim Kotary 27 February 2010