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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
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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