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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
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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