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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

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

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

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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