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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
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

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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

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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