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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
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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