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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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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
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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