Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Felicity Ford - Colours of Flowers

Learn how to translate your favourite flower into stranded colourwork and how to use your own motifs to make a personalised, floral shawl. This class expands on the Efflorescent chapter in the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Playbook and includes a copy of the pattern as well as access to all the swatches and photos used in the book. We'll pick a yarn palette and develop charts and shading schemes from your chosen flower as well as discussing sunlight and petals; the maths of the Efflorescent shawl; different floral and petal shapes; and knitterly methods for celebrating blooms and blossoms in glowing rounds of knitting.

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

Level: Advanced

Skills needed: Attendees will need to know how to knit small diameter projects in the round, and to be comfortable and familiar with working two yarn shades at once (Fair Isle method, sometimes also called Stranded Colourwork).

Materials to bring: Squared notepaper
- pencil or pen for charting designs (coloured pencils are not necessary unless you have a strong preference for using them)
- circular or double-pointed-needles as you prefer for working small-diameter stranded colourwork projects in the round: recommended needle size 2-3mm depending on your tension (use larger needles if you tend to knit tightly; use smaller needles if you tend to knit loosely)
- 1-5 printed photos of your favourite flower to use as your inspiration in the class (please pick just one type of flower)

Any "homework"?: Please choose a flower to work from for this class. Take several photos of this flower and then print out a very small selection - 1-5 - to use as your inspiration source. You can use a phone or tablet, but will find it much easier to match and work with colours if you print your photo(s) out ahead of class.

Class size: 16

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Katherine Lymer - Knitting Cables in the Round

 Knitting in the round using the magic loop technique allows small circumference projects (such as socks, gloves and sleeves) to be worked on a single, long circular needle and can be a particularly useful method when your work has a well-defined front and back (such as the project for this class).  

In this small class, we will learn how to use the magic loop technique to start knitting a pair of beautiful gauntlets, the front of which will be adorned with a striking design comprised of cables of different sizes and slants. This variation will allow us to become well practised at knitting cables and become familiar with cable terminology as used in patterns - as well as following charts in the round.

Level: Confident beginners and intermediate knitters 

Skills needed: Casting on and off, knit, purl (prior experience of working in the round, or cable knitting, is not essential).

Materials to bring: Aran weight yarn (approx. 95m/104 yards)
5mm/US size 8 circular needle with 80cm/32” cable
Cable needle
Darning needle (plus all your usual knitting accessories e.g. row counter, scissors).

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 4

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Tom van Deijnen - Sock Repair

Learn how to repair hand-knitted socks with Tom of Holland. In this class you will learn how to replace worn out toes and heels. Regardless of your preferred sock construction (toe up or cuff down, classic heelflap, short-row heel, or other heel constructions,) with the two techniques covered in this class, you will be able tackle any holey sock. Tom will give you plenty of hints and tips along the way, and share his wealth of experience in knitwear repair. The techniques will be taught on a sample you will need to make at home, but you are invited to bring along your own holey socks, too.
You will leave with a comprehensive handout to refer back to.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Experience in sock knitting a must.
Know how to graft closed a toe (eg using Kitchener stitch)

Materials to bring: Leftover sock yarn from making the homework
Knitting needles used to make the homework
Yarn darner or tapestry needle for grafting/Kitchener stitch 

Any "homework"?: Students will be asked to knit a sock-like item with two heels. Full details will be sent out in January.

Class size: 12


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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Nancy Marchant - A Grab Bag of Brioche Techniques

Learn to play with the design possibilities of two-color brioche stitch in this class. We will experiment with syncopated brioche. Then we will move into brioche crossed stitches and cables. You will leave with a sample of entirely new brioche stitch techniques.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Students need to know how to work two-color brioche stitch.

Materials to bring: 3-4 colors worsted or DK weight plain wool or cotton yarn, double-pointed or circular 4mm (US 6) needles

Any "homework"?: Bring a sample of something that you have made in two-color brioche (it could be just a swatch).

Class size: 19

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Clare Devine - Fix It! Level 2

 Do you feel confident fixing simple mistakes but shudder at the thought of dropped stitches along the side of your work, or a mistake in your cabled sweater or lace shawl. In this workshop you will develop the skills and confidence to tackle those mistakes that seem destined for “the frog pond” (where ripping your work back seems like the only option).

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: To get the most from this class you should have completed a few knitting projects and feel confident fixing basic mistakes, dropped stitches, adding increases and decreases etc. You also need to have some experience of simple cables and lace knitting.

Materials to bring: Yarn - I would recommend selecting something that has high wool content, is light in colour, tightly spun and smooth. This makes it easiest to read your knitting and see what is happening when fixing mistakes.

DK / 8ply yarn in a smooth light colour
4mm / US 6 needles or size needed to get approx. gauge of 22sts per 10cm / 4in
4mm crochet hook
Darning needle
A few lockable stitch markers or ‘bulb safety pins”
T-pins or dressmaking pins
4mm cable needle
4mm DPN or spare circular needle
Bring your WIPs that are causing you strife. I can’t guarantee we can fix them but we will certainly be able to troubleshoot and come up with a range of solutions.

Any "homework"?: Students will be asked to knit three swatches in DK yarn - details will be sent out in January.

Class size: 10

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Kim McBrien-Evans - Creative Shawls

There is a place for patterns, and a place for learning to let go of traditional shawl structures and make creative design decisions on your own. This is what we will explore in this class.
Look at the things you do everyday as a knitter: basic shapes, stitch patterns, colour and design Learn how to “break” those structures, change them and how far you can bend them to your will. Through a series of exercises, gain confidence in your own experiments and design ideas and learn how to bring them to your knitting.

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Skills needed: Students will find it helpful if they have knit at least one shawl, and are familiar with a number of shawl shapes (triangle, semi-circular, rectangular, etc.)

Materials to bring: - notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes/sketching/etc.
- needles: bring a variety of needles you enjoy working with. There will be samples of yarns to play with
in a range of weights. Gauge will not be important, so a few different sizes that feel good in your
hands is more important than a whole set
- small amounts of yarn to play with (some will be provided as well, so if you don’t have this, don’t
worry)
- your own stash of favourite knitting tools: stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle, tape measure, scissors or snips etc.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 22

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Nathan Taylor - Patterning a Sock

Sick and tired of not being able to find JUST THE RIGHT sock pattern? Always wishing there was a sock out there that featured your favourite stitch texture?
This is the class for you!

I’ll show you how to create a “blank canvas” sock template, upon which you will be able to lay pretty much any stitch pattern you like.
We’ll cover converting flat stitch patterns to in the round, dealing with the maths to make everything fit, placement of pattern elements so that they work both practically and aesthetically.

This class is so much more than that though, because designing a good sock is so much more than knitting a pattern on it!

A good sock has “flow”. All the different elements should grow organically from one to the other. We’ll discuss the various options available to you at each stage, so that your sock doesn’t end up like some Frankensock, but instead holds together with elegance and grace.
You’ll be a sock designer before you know it!

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Experience of knitting socks, cuff down, with heel flap and gusset construction. Knitting in the round.

Materials to bring: Do some research into some of your favourite stitch patterns, and bring a selection with you. Stitch patterns should be charted out, either by hand, or in a book, and easily readable. Challenge yourself: bring lace, or cabled patterns, as well as simple K&P textures.

One set of 2.5mm circular knitting needles. A 100g skein of sock/4-ply/fingering weight yarn. Choose a smooth yarn with a high twist and a solid or semi-solid colour for best results.
Bring pencils and a calculator, and squared graph paper if you have it, as well as your stitch pattern as reference material

Any "homework"?: Do some research into some of your favourite stitch patterns, and bring a selection with you. Stitch patterns should be charted out, either by hand, or in a book, and easily readable. Challenge yourself: bring lace, or cabled patterns, as well as simple K&P textures.

Class size: 19

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Beth Brown-Reinsel - Traditional Gansey Techniques

This is a full-day, 6-hour class with an hour's break for lunchStudents 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 Friday.

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Olga Buraya-Kefelian - 3-D Knitting (Kune-Kune Shawl)

3 dimensional knitwear can be created in a variety of ways and utilizing many knitting techniques. Learn how to create this highly textured shawl and learn several new techniques and practice the ones you already know as well as discover numerous tips when you knit Kune-Kune Shawl or even customize it into a cowl.

Level: Advanced

Skills needed: knowing how to knit, purl, pick up the stitches, knit stitches together

Materials to bring: Yarn - 2160 yards of lace weight yarn (if held double stranded) OR 1080 yards of fingering or sport weight yarn (if held single stranded)
Needle: US 5 (3.75 mm) circular, 24-36”
Notions: Crochet Hook D (3.25 mm) or E (3.5) mm
Waste yarn in different color and similar weight to work
One double pointed needle, 1 or 2 sizes smaller than main needle
Tapestry needle
Kune-Kune Shawl pattern will be provided in print only

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 16

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Clare Devine - Perfect Heels and Toes

Love knitting socks but not always happy with the fit? This class is the perfect introduction to some of the more technical aspects of sock knitting, allowing you to knit “off piste” a little and adjust sock patterns to suit your foot shape, rather than knitting something you love the look of and hoping that it fits. 

The class contains a mixture of technical information, practical hands on measuring and knitting time to explore the shaping of heels and toes. You will also be provided with a comprehensive handout that contains many heel and toe options that you can use to adjust patterns to suit your foot shape.

Level: Advanced beginner / intermediate and above

Skills needed: Ability to knit in the round
Basic knowledge of sock construction (you need to have knitted at least one pair of socks to benefit from taking this class)

Materials to bring: About 50g of DK wool to knit samples. 
(I would recommend selecting something that has a high wool content, is light in colour, tightly spun and smooth. This makes it easiest to read your knitting and see what is happening.)

3.5mm needles suitable for knitting in the round.
Stitch markers. Lockable stitch markers in different colours. 
Darning needle / tapestry needle for Kitchener Stitch. 
Tape Measure

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 9

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Nathan Taylor - Shaping: The Future of Double Knitting

Ready to move on from using double-knitting to make pot-holders, coasters and scarves? Then this is the class for you.

Double-knitting is a fantastic technique for creating reversible, double-squishy fabric with no unsightly wrong sides, and can be used for many different purposes. If you want to take your double-knitting to the next level, you are going to need to know a little bit more than how to make the standard stocking-stitch-on-both-sides fabric that we all know and love. 

I'll show you how to execute a variety of different types of both increases and decreases, and tell you where you might want to use each of them to their best effect. Once you get to grips with what is possible, the possibilities are endless. This really IS the future of double-knitting!

Level: Intermediate to advanced. This is a class that will be suitable for proficient knitters with some experience of double-knitting, who are looking to expand their horizons.

Skills needed: You will need to be proficient in standard, two-colour double-knitting, creating a fabric that show as stocking stick on both sides. You will need to know how to cast on in two colours, alternating knit and purl stitches, to set up for DK, and you will need to know how to perform the Slip-Stitch Edge technique for creating neat and tidy edges that lock the two faces of your fabric together.

Materials to bring: You will need about 20g of each of two colours of yarn, worked into the swatch described below. Use two highly contrasting colours, and a nice smooth yarn that is not too grippy. 

Any “homework”?: A swatch worked as follows:
Using DK-weight yarn, and appropriately sized needles, cast on 20 PAIRS of stitches (40sts in total), using any two-colour, alternating cast on you like, and work about 8-10 rows of standard double-knitting, where both faces of the fabric display stocking stitch. Do not work any colour changes, so that you will have colour A on one side, and colour B on the other with no pattern showing. 
DO NOT CAST OFF YOUR SWATCH! We will continue knitting it in the class.

Class size: 19

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Kim McBrien-Evans - In Stitches

Stitch patterns create our favourite textures in our knits. This workshop will look at developing a library of personalized stitch patterns. We will play with expanding and contracting, manipulating and warping common stitch patterns. Learn how to adapt a favourite pattern to best suit a garment, scarf or shawl. Learn how to plan, map out or improvise a stitch pattern to travel in a dynamic way across your knits.
**Note: this is a theory class that includes some playing with yarn. No specific project will be created, but many many evil plans will emerge!

Level: Adventurous beginner

Skills needed: basic knitting skills, familiarity with working with different stitch patterns, ability to read basic knitting charts

Materials to bring: -notebook/sketchbook and pen or pencil for taking notes
- graph paper
- needles and yarn: light coloured yarn. DK or worsted yarns will make it easier to see stitch patterns - stitch markers, cable needle and any other knitting tools you commonly use
- pencil and eraser
- optional: your favourite stitch patterns. 2-8 st repeats work best

Any "homework"?: optional: collect favourite stitch patterns and bring to class to play with

Class size: 22

How many students is your class suitable for?: 20 to 22 people

Materials to Bring: -notebook/sketchbook and pen or pencil for taking notes
- graph paper
- needles and yarn: light coloured yarn. DK or worsted yarns will make it easier to see stitch patterns - stitch markers, cable needle and any other knitting tools you commonly use
- pencil and eraser
- optional: your favourite stitch patterns. 2-8 st repeats work best

Skills Needed: basic knitting skills
familiarity with working with different stitch patterns
able to read basic knitting charts

Skills Focus In Class: - creative skills
- modifying and adapting stitch patterns

Any "homework"?: optional: collect favourite stitch patterns and bring to class to play with

Approximate Level: adventurous beginner

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Karie Westermann - Get Published!

 If you harbour a desire to see your name in print – and maybe even on the cover of your favourite knitting magazine – this workshop is for you. Karie Westermann will take you through how to answer magazines' call for submissions. This is a hands-on workshop where you will learn to work with mood boards, figure out how to format eye-catching submissions, and gain insight into what commissioning editors look for. We will also talk about how to find your audience, how to tailor your ideas to different magazines, and how to turn designing into work.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: A basic understanding of how to design
Ability to produce a PDF

Materials to bring: A blocked swatch
Pen & paper

Any "homework"?: Students will be given a PDF moodboard before the class (in January) & will need to email Karie one basic design idea a week before the class. They will need to bring the related swatch to the class. The swatch should be at least 4" x 4" /10cm x 10cm and blocked. The type of yarn used does not matter.

Class size: 22

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

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 Friday morning.

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Olga Buraya-Kefelian - Modular Knitting with Negative Space

In this class you will learn the technique for working knit fabric modular style while creating negative spaces without breaking of the yarn or working intarsia. You will practice a variety of negative space shapes while swatching, while considering possibilities for use of this method in knitwear or creating the Ten-Ten Wrap.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: need to know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, decrease, increase

Materials to bring: For swatching:
100-200yds of Sport weight or DK weight yarn for swatching
Needle: US 3 (3.25 mm) and US 4 (3. 5 mm) circular or straight
Notions: 
Removable stitch marker or a pin
For Ten-Ten wrap:
Yarn: 1600 yds of fingering weight 
Needle: US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle, 24-36"
Notions: 
Crochet hook D (3.25 mm) or E (3.5 mm)
Removable stitch marker or a pin
Pattern for Ten-Ten Wrap will be provided in printed form only.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 16

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Katherine Lymer - Finishing Touches

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 Friday morning.

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Tom van Deijnen - Specialist Darning

This specialist darning class teaches you how to repair holes that are too large for the regular stocking darn. You will be taught two techniques: the first is the web darn, which starts with laying down a foundation in sewing thread and then the stitches are replicated using a darning needle. The second one is knitting in a patch, with various options on how to attach the patch to the edges of the hole. Attendees will take home a comprehensive hand-out, a darning needle, and the skills to repair large holes.

Level: Intermediate and above

Skills needed: Participants will need to be able to do Swiss darning (also known as duplicate stitching) and to be able to knit and purl, pick up stitches, and make left and right-leaning single decreases.

Materials to bring: Participants will need to bring double-pointed knitting needles and a knitted swatch, and the needles and yarn used for knitting the swatch

Any "homework"?: Students will need to knit a swatch, yarn type, colour, and size to be specified. Details will be sent out in January. Please be sure that you have some knowledge of Swiss darning/duplicate stitching.

Class size: 12

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