Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Kim McBrien-Evans - Colour Tetris

Colour, especially combining colours, often makes us nervous. Come and play in this hands on workshop, elbows deep in yarn and colour and learn how colours can change how your textiles shine and reflect different personalities. Learn how to create different moods with colour, neutral knitted items that are not just black and grey and how to build colour combinations that are fun or sophisticated, professional or playful. Use colour to flatter YOU and express yourself, without fear.
This is a theory class where we will play games with yarn, colouring sheets and colour chips to create colour combinations for you to take home and use as inspiration for your next project.

Level: beginner

Skills needed: no previous experience needed

Materials to bring: - pencil, pen, notebook for taking notes.

- a list of people in your life that you knit for, or would like to knit for

- Optional: pencil crayons will be provided, however, if you have markers and pencil crayons you love to use, please feel free to bring them


Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 22

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Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Felicity Ford - Colours of Edinburgh

Learn how to translate elements of the Edinburgh landscape into stranded colourwork. Work from photos taken in Edinburgh and a carefully curated palette of Jamieson and Smith yarn to discover colours, patterns and shading schemes for your knitting.

Discover how Felicity Ford developed ideas for her book, the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook and begin creating your own swatch based on the city of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. The Colours of Edinburgh class includes:

• playing with a wide range of different yarn shades
• finding patterns in unexpected places and landscape photos
• experimenting with shading
• swatching in the round and working a steek

There will also be an opportunity to see and examine the 12 swatches created for the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook and the objects, photos and drawings associated with their production.

NB "Colours of Edinburgh" costs £5 more than other classes due to the amount of yarn provided!

Level: Participants need to know how to knit stranded colourwork in the round.

Skills needed: In order to get the best from this class knitters will need to know how to knit in the round with two colours at a time; this means it is not suitable for beginners.

Materials to bring: You will need to bring a set of 2.5mm DPNs or a circular needle as is your preference for knitting in the round and some squared notepaper.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 16

Note: This class also runs on Saturday afternoon.

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Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Nathan Taylor - Double-Knitted Lace

This class takes your experience of double-knitting to the next level. Love lace knitting? Imagine how you can make your favourite lace patterns take flight by adding a second colour to the textures and directions that lace can give you. Only DK can take you there. Just one more reason to love DK!

In this class, we will be looking at how to adapt a classic lace stitch pattern, and give it the DK treatment. Oh, it's simple enough to knit it with one colour on one side, and another on the other: that's just not enough, though. Using the "matched pair" philosophy we'll look at how to translate the pattern's increases and decreases into double-knitting, but we'll also explore the many and various options that we are presented with by the fact that we have two colours to choose from for every stitch. The possibilities are endless, and the results will astound you, and anyone who sees your stunningly beautiful and complex-looking masterpiece. And the best bit is: it's nowhere NEAR as hard as you think!

Level: Intermediate, but note: this is a fast-paced, fun class and there is a lot to get through!

Skills needed: You will need to know and be familiar with the basics of double-knitting: casting on with two colours, working basic, standard two-colour double-knitting, where both sides show as stocking stitch, locking the sides of your DK fabric together at the edges. 
A little bit of experience of lace knitting is helpful, but not essential. Some working knowledge of a variety of increases and decreases in single-face knitting is desirable.

Materials to bring: You will need to bring 20-30g of each of two highly contrasting colours of sock-weight yarn, and a pair of 3.5–4.25mm needles. Can be straights or circs. Choose smooth yarns with a high twist, and little to no bloom for best results. Only solids or semi-solids will work. Avoid variegated or multi-coloured yarns.
The class is a bit of a brain workout: be sure to bring water for hydration, and sugary snacks. Your brain will need to stay sharp.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 14

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Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Katherine Lymer - Finishing Touches for Hand Knitters

We love knitting and while happy to follow patterns, instructions for achieving a more pleasing, professional finish aren’t always included. 

In this small class, we will learn how to achieve a more polished “handmade” (as opposed to “homemade”) appearance to our work by (1) working symmetrical decreases and discussing placement of shaping within the row, (2) re-writing shoulder-shaping instructions in patterns to avoid stepped, holey edges and using, instead, short-rows to create a smoother, neater finish, (3) grafting together live stitches by knitting and sewing.

Level: Confident beginners and intermediate knitters

Skills needed: Casting on and off, knit, purl, simple shaping.

Materials to bring: 3.75mm/US size 5 needles (straight or circular, whichever you prefer for working back and forth)
4mm/US size 6 needles (straight or circular, whichever you prefer for working back and forth)
DK yarn (same as that used for the homework)
Darning needle
Knitting bag with your usual accessories

Any "homework"?: Yes: Two small, stocking-stitch samples will need to be prepared in advance of the class. Full details will be provided in January.

Class size: 4

Note: This class also runs on Saturday afternoon.

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Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Jennifer Steingass - Top-Down Stranded Yokes

During this workshop you’ll be knitting a top-down yoke swatch in the round. You’ll practice two-color stranded knitting and learn how to choose colors for successful yokes. We’ll cover techniques for knitting smooth and crisp colorwork, learn about different yoke construction styles, go over short row and body shaping options, and learn how to follow a top-down yoke chart while you shape your yoke swatches using a fun invisible increase. Jenn will bring a lot of her yoke sweaters for you to check out and we’ll go over any specific questions you might have.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Students should have these preexisting skills: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round

Materials to bring: Knitting needles - size US 6 and/or 7 - 32" or longer circular needles for magic loop or dpns - Needles suitable for whichever small circumference method the student is most comfortable with.

Students will need dk weight wool yarn, at least 50g of main color, and 25g of coordinating color, making sure one is significantly darker than the other so the pattern contrasts against the background.  If in doubt, take a black and white photo of the colors you’re considering and it'll give a more clear idea of the level of contrast.  You can bring a variety of colors if you like, but we'll only need colors for the swatch we'll be knitting.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 12

Note: This class also runs on Wednesday afternoon.

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Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Beth Brown-Reinsel - Traditional Gansey Techniques

Students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the 19th century and early part of the 20th century among the fishermen of the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including the classic Channel Island Cast-on, split welts, seam stitches, traditional knit/purl patterns, the underarm gusset, the perpendicular shoulder join, picked-up sleeves, and three choices for the collar. Alternative methods to these techniques will also be explored.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Students must be proficient with dp needles, Magic Loop, or working with two circulars. The class sampler is worked flat and in the round.

Materials to bring: • One set of four 7" long (shorter is OK) dp needles, US size 5 (3.75mm).
• One set of four or five 20cm/7" long (shorter is OK) dp needles, US size 7 (4.5mm)
• 2 oz. plain-textured, solid, light-colored chunky or worsted weight yarn (approximately 80 yards).
• Optional: 11 1/2" or 12" (30cm) circular needle US size 4.5 mm, st markers, waste yarn, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the chart. (If you prefer using the Magic Loop or 2 circulars, bring the appropriate needle.)

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 22

Note: This is an all-day class with an hour's break in the middle, and is held in a venue two miles from the Corn Exchange and other teaching venues. When purchasing a ticket you will be asked to choose which other day/s you would like to attend the marketplace at the Corn Exchange, as attending on the day of the class would not be possible. Food is not provided but is available very nearby in the busy Haymarket area.  

This class also runs all day on Saturday.

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Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Anne Hanson - Beginning Lace Knitting

 A beginning lace class which covers types of lace motifs, getting organized for lace knitting, lace yarns, tools and techniques for successful lace knitting, terminology, simple architectural and pictorial shapes in lace. Students will work through a lace sampler as a class project to practice different types of lace motifs (pattern provided).

Level: Advanced beginner/early intermediate

Skills needed: Students must have a complete understanding of increasing and decreasing, and be able to execute k2tog, ssk, sl1 k2tog psso, without assistance. Students should have completed a small project that requires shaping (hat, mittens, cowl, etc) and employs an early intermediate level of knitting skill and pattern reading (an understanding of intermediate knitting terminology is expected).

Materials to bring: Stitch markers (including a few locking markers), notepad, dental floss or fine cotton yarn (for lifelines), 200 yards of smooth, solid-colored fingering yarn for class project, size 5 or 6 needles; a magnetic board or any general pattern reading tools that individual knitters find helpful.

Any "homework"?: No homework; we will work entirely from the class handout.
It IS essential that students are familiar with the prerequisite skills and have practiced/used all of them before arriving in class.

Class size: 22

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Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Julie Dubreux - Brioche: I Want It All!

Get ready to start a fancy brioche project tonight ! 
You have never or hardly ever tried brioche but you're a confident knitter, and this fancy brioche shawl caught your eye. From little or no brioche to enough two-colour brioche moves to cast on a stunning project as soon as you get home !

Level: Bold beginners onwards

Skills needed: Confidence!

Materials to bring: 4mm or 4.5mm(US6 or 7) circular needles, crochet hook, locking stitch markers, 2 contrasting colours of smooth DK yarn.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 20

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Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Molla Mills - Optical Illusion Crochet

Crochet a three-color Lato pattern with a thick cotton yarn using a single crochet stitch and an optical crochet technique. In the 3-hour workshop you will learn how to carry the yarns inside the stitch, how to change the color of the yarn and how to create a single crochet pattern with straight vertical lines. 
The optical crochet technique is inspired by Latin American women from Wayuu tribe, who make the beautiful crocheted Mochila bags. After this workshop a student has the expertise to crochet different colorful patterns.

Level: Advanced

Skills needed: Basic crochet skills, how to hold several yarns in the hand while working, how to make a single crochet stitch.

Materials to bring: Chunky cotton such as Schachenmayr Catania Grande, mercerized 50 g yarn roll, thickness 8-10-ply aran. Students need three colors of the yarn: one dark color, one light color and one secondary color to create the optical pattern. 
Crochet hook fitting with the thickness of the yarn. If using Catania Grande the hook is 3.5mm.
Other yarn options are Rico, Creative Cotton Aran or Yarn and Colors, Epic cotton yarn.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 10

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Kim McBrien-Evans - Secrets from the Skein

Hand dyed yarns seduce us with their beauty, but are often challenging to work with. But once the honeymoon is over and you’re knitting your project, all its secrets rise to the surface. What is your hand dyed yarn REALLY telling you, and how can you best use it in your next project?
We’ll explore:

• what kinds of projects are best suited for different dyeing styles
• identify different dyeing styles and how to “read” your yarn
• the myth of the “dye lot”
• how to easily and effectively alternate skeins for larger projects and stripes

Level: Beginner

Skills needed: no specific skills required

Materials to bring: - notebook and pen/pencil

- a small amount of yarn (3 small balls of scrap yarn are fine) and appropriate needles (for practicing techniques)
any hand dyed yarn from your stash that you’d like help analyzing

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 22

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Nancy Marchant - Discovering Brioche Lace

Interested in a new lace technique? Brioche Lace is new, yet to be explored. Learn to apply brioche knitting to normally knitted lace stitch patterns to create reversible lace with different colours on each side. Lots of samples will be on display and discussed.

Level: Intermediate to experienced

Skills needed: Students need to be familiar with two-colour brioche knitting.

Materials to bring: 2 colours smooth worsted or DK weight plain wool or cotton yarn, double-pointed or circular 4mm (US 6) needles

Any "homework"?: None

Class size: 15

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Felicity Ford - Quotidian Colourwork

Learn with Felicity Ford AKA KNITSONIK how to turn your everyday inspirations into stranded colourwork! Bring something that is important to you – a favourite sweetie wrapper, a photo of a place you love, anything which inspires you – and together we’ll explore how it can be used as a basis for developing your own amazing and personal stranded colourwork.

Discover how Felicity Ford developed ideas for her book, the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook and begin creating your own swatch based on something you love. The Quotidian Colourwork class includes:

• playing with a wide range of different yarn shades
• choosing a palette for a project
• finding patterns in ordinary life
• experimenting with shading
• swatching in the round and working a steek

There will also be an opportunity to see and examine the 12 swatches created for the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook and the objects, photos and drawings associated with their production.

NB "Quotidian Colourwork" costs £5 more than other classes due to the amount of yarn provided!

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: In order to get the best from this class knitters will need to know how to knit in the round with two colours at a time; this means it is not suitable for beginners.

Materials to bring: You will need to bring a set of 2.5mm DPNs or a circular needle as is your preference for knitting in the round; some squared notepaper and of course your inspiration source! This can be a special photo and/or object. You'll use this as a starting point. Everything can be celebrated in stranded colourwork so don’t worry too much about picking the perfect inspiration source – as long as you choose something you love you’ll have a great time discovering and celebrating its hidden charms in your knitting.

Any "homework"?: None

Class size: 16

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Katherine Lymer - Colourful Cables

Cables are a stunning way to introduce pattern and texture into your knitting and adding colour can produce dramatic effects! 

In this small class, we will learn two methods of adding colour to our cables. First, we will create a striking, cabled panel, by learning how to knit cables in a contrasting colour using the intarsia method. Our second panel uses stranded knitting techniques to create a wonderfully textured fabric in two colours. These panels have been designed to be sewn together to create a beautiful case for your essential knitting accessories.

Level: Confident beginners and intermediate knitters

Skills needed: Confident in the basics (casting on and off, knit and purl).
Prior experience of intarsia and stranded knitting would be useful but not essential.

Materials to bring: DK yarn in two colours
4mm/US size 6 needles for working back and forth (straight or circular as you prefer)
Cable needle
Bobbins (only required if you usually use them for intarsia knitting)
Darning needle
Knitting bag with your usual accessories

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 4

Note: This class also runs on Thursday afternoon.

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Nathan Taylor - Demystifying Double Knitting

Double Knitting is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting. No more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one, as whatever beautiful pattern is displayed on the front, shows on the back too, but with the colours reversed. Magic!

Because the results are often so impressive, a lot of people feel that DK is beyond their knitting capabilities. This class is to prove that belief wrong! As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch At a Time, and if you can knit and purl, then you too can become a DK wizard.

In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you. 

We’ll be starting with a two-colour cast on, learning about simple, no-pattern DK (one colour on one side, and a different colour on the other), reading DK charts, changing colours, and while we are learning all of this information, we’ll be creating a cute little coaster.

Level: Suitable for confident knitters who have some experience of colour-work, and are used to knitting and purling, and have a yearning for something new and fabulous!

Skills needed: Please be familiar with the Long-Tail Cast On; and you will need to have some experience of working with two yarns at the same time

Materials to bring: minimum 10g of DK weight yarn in each of two contrasting colours; 4mm needles (or your usual size of needles for working with DK yarn)

Any “homework”?: None.

Class size: 12

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Tom van Deijnen - Darning Masterclass

Learn to darn with Tom van Deijnen, aka tomofholland. Best known for his Visible Mending Programme, he will teach you two darning techniques (Swiss darning and stocking darning.) Tom will also bring along his darning showcase for plenty of inspiration, and talk about why darning and repairing clothes is important to him. You'll take home a comprehensive hand-out, two darning needles, and the skills to tackle any holey sock or thinning elbow, and be able to wear a beautiful darn as a badge of honour. All practice materials provided.

Level: beginners and beyond

Skills needed: No previous darning or knitting experience is needed.

Materials to bring: Although practice swatches, tools and materials are provided, participants are encouraged to bring along knitwear that requires repair.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 16

Note: This class also runs on Sunday morning.

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Molla Mills - Three-Colour Crochet Pouch

Crochet a 3-color Kirsikka pattern with leftover yarns. In the 3-hour workshop you will learn how to make a double crochet stitch carrying the two other yarns inside the stitch, how to crochet a popcorn stitch and how to change the color of the yarn to create clean lines in the pattern.

Level: Beginner onwards

Skills needed: Basic crochet skills, a student will learn everything we need in the workshop.

Materials to bring: In this workshop you can use any leftover yarns. Choose three colors with the similar thickness, it can be DK or thinner. You will need 100 g for the base color (white), 30 g for the cherries (red) and 30 g for the stem (black). 
Crochet hook suitable for the yarn.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 10

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Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Jen Arnall-Culliford - Fixing Mistakes in Cables

Would you like to be able to correct errors in your cable knitting, even when they are miles back? This class will teach you two different methods for dropping and correcting mis-crossed cables, as well as how to embroider over a cable to disguise it, and the completely invisible snip, re-cross and graft method. Never again will you put a project to the back of the cupboard due to a cable error!

Level: Intermediate to advanced - you need to be confident picking up dropped stitches, and familiar with techniques such as grafting.

Skills needed: Need to know how to knit and purl.
How to work a basic cable (C4B or 2/2 RC for example - slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold at back, k2 then k2 from cable needle).
Need to be able to pick up a dropped stitch that has fallen down a couple of rows.
For the last fixing technique, a familiarity with grafting stitches (Kitchener stitch) would be helpful.

Materials to bring: Ready-prepared swatches (see below for homework).
DK to aran weight yarn in a solid colour (the same as you used in your swatches). A smooth, woolly yarn would be best – nothing too slippery.
Needles suitable for knitting with your chosen weight of yarn (approximately 3.75mm-4.5mm for DK yarn up to 5mm for aran weight yarn).
A cable needle.
Spare double-pointed needles in the same size as your main needles, or one or two sizes smaller.
Crochet hook of a suitable size for your chosen yarn.
A tapestry needle.
A small quantity of contrast coloured yarn to your main yarn (10g max).

Any "homework"?: There are 5 swatches that need to be knitted prior to the class. Full details will follow by PDF in January since I can’t upload the charts here. ☺

Please knit and cast off 3 swatches with miss-crossed cables, as per the first chart. Then also knit a fourth swatch from the same chart, but leave the stitches on the needles (and a tail of yarn of approx 1m.). And finally, please knit a swatch from the second chart, and leave the stitches on the needles (and a tail of yarn of approx 1m.).

Class size: 19

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