Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Emily Wessel - Strange Brew

Make a start on designing your own colourwork yoke sweater following our versatile 'Strange Brew' recipe! http://tincanknits.com/pattern-TCK-strangebrew.html

We'll explore the design of a circular yoke worked either bottom up, or top down. In this two-session intensive workshop we'll explore yarn choices, colour combinations, and each participant will get one-on-one feedback on their unique yoke design. We'll also take a look at different ways to swatch and tools for developing designs both with pencil and graph paper, and by experimentation on the needles.

I encourage each of you to cast on and begin your project; either by making a swatch hat or cowl, or by getting started directly on your yoke sweater!

Level: Intermediate (or adventurous beginner)

Skills needed: - stranded colourwork knitting
- A knowledge of how to read multi-size knitting patterns
- An understanding of gauge
- A willingness to experiment!

Materials to bring: Yarn - 2 or more colours in either sock, DK, or aran weight yarn of the sort you would like to make a sweater in. I suggest you start with 50-100g of your main colour plus small amounts of contrast colours for swatching at a minimum.


- Needles to match the above yarn to achieve a gauge of 6.5 sts per inch in sock or sport weight, 5.5 sts / inch in DK weight, or 4.5 sts / inch in Aran weight, plus needles suitable for ribbing gauge (typically 2 sizes smaller than the main fabric gauge is sufficient). You'll likely want 16" circulars (or DPNs), in the smaller size, and possibly also 24" and 36" circulars in the larger size.

- Stitch dictionaries or patterns for inspiration, pencil, eraser, pens, colouring pens or pencils if desired, graph paper

I will email out a supplies list and the Strange Brew yoke design recipe pattern to participants in advance of the class (in January), so it will be very clear what yardage would be needed if you want to begin a complete sweater.

Any "homework"?:  If desired, you can knit the body and sleeves of a Strange Brew bottom-up sweater, and come to class with the yoke ready to be knit! This is not necessary though!
Another option would be to knit the ribbing portion of a swatch hat or cowl, so that you are ready to begin trialling stitch patterns when you arrive at class.
I will forward the PDF pattern for the Strange Brew yoke design recipe pattern to participants in advance of the class, enabling you to get started with either of the above if desired.

However, no "homework" is required! Just bring your enthusiasm and ideas and we'll have a great time!

Class size: 18

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. Food is not provided but is available very nearby in the busy Haymarket area. 

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Jane Crowfoot - Creative Crochet - How to Work in a Freeform Way

Freeform crochet breaks all the rules! 
Working in a freeform way means that no written patterns, charts or instuctions are used in order to create a unique and unplanned crochet piece.
Rather than being a scary exercise, working in a freeform way can be incredibly rewarding and therapeutic and can help you find an avenue for fun creativity whilst using up loads of oddments of yarn from your stash!

This is a fun workshop with the aim of helping participants to have the confidence to play with their crochet techniques and work in a more freeform way. Participants will make a small crochet piece, which they could use as a key fob, bag decoration or brooch. Various techniques will be shown including bobbles, bullion stitches, frills, loops and beading.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: This workshop is suitable for crocheters from intermediate level upwards – its important that you know your basic stitches and are aware of abbreviations, but you do not need to know how to read a pattern or a chart.

Materials to bring: Yarn and beads will be provided, but it is much more fun if participants also bring along a few bits and bobs from their stashes to use in their projects – fashion/variegated yarns are ideal, as are ribbons, buttons and beads. 

Participants will also need to bring along a selection of crochet hook sizes and a notebook and pen/pencil. A small sewing kit including scissors, a knitters sewing needle, and a fine sewing needle and thread is also required.

Any "homework"?: It is preferable for participants to have an understanding of UK crochet terminology, but this is not essential.

Class size: 10

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Tom van Deijnen - Darning Masterclass

Learn to darn with Tom van Deijnen, aka tomofholland. Best known for his Visible Mending Programme, he will teach you two darning techniques (Swiss darning and stocking darning.) Tom will also bring along his darning showcase for plenty of inspiration, and talk about why darning and repairing clothes is important to him. You'll take home a comprehensive hand-out, two darning needles, and the skills to tackle any holey sock or thinning elbow, and be able to wear a beautiful darn as a badge of honour. All practice materials provided.

Level: beginners and beyond

Skills needed: No previous darning or knitting experience is needed.

Materials to bring: Although practice swatches, tools and materials are provided, participants are encouraged to bring along knitwear that requires repair.

Any "homework"?: none

Note: This class also runs on Friday afternoon.

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Olga Buraya-Kefelian - 3-D Knitwear (Moko-Moko Cowl/Ginga Cowl)

This class is part demonstration with AV presentation and lecture about my approach and part swatch-fest, and all inspiration process. I present my 3D design philosophy, to reveal a slightly different angle of knitwear and putting your knitting skills into a novel path. Students will have a choice of making Moko-Moko Cowl or Ginga Cowl patterns.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: need to know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, slip stitches

Materials to bring: For Moko-Moko Cowl:
340 yds of any worsted weight yarn
Waste yarn in smooth texture and similar weight
US 7 (4.5 mm) needle and a spare needle
Crochet hook F (3.75mm)
Waste yarn

For Ginga Cowl:
270 yds in each of 2 colors of worsted weight yarn
Waste yarn in smooth texture and similar weight
US 7 (4.5 mm) circular, 24” long
Crochet hook (size H or larger)
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 16

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Elizabeth Johnston - Spinning Worsted and Woollen Yarns

 Elizabeth of Shetland Handspun will take you through different preparations (or not) of both fleece and top to achieve both woollen and worsted yarns. The class will prepare fleece by combing and carding, and explore methods of manipulating tops to achieve different yarns. We will then spin each preparation into both woollen and worsted yarns. Spin the yarns you want from these preparations; from fine to chunky, in soft knitting yarn, strong sock yarn, weaving yarn.

Level: Any level beyond beginner.

Skills needed: Must be able to spin.

Materials to bring: Some fibre will be available, but bring a variety of fleece and fibre you prefer to spin, plus any new fibre you want to try. Spinning wheel or spindle; whatever you have of - hand cards, flick carder, combs; niddy noddy, lazy kate; oil; and a notebook.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 10

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Nancy Marchant - Tuck Into Your Own Brioche Cowl

Cushy textured brioche cowls - who doesn’t want one? So why not create your own, using the yarns and colours that look best with your wardrobe? Class begins with learning about tuck brioche stitches and how to read a tuck/brioche chart. Then, working the body of the cowl, in the round, in a stitch pattern that you have selected from an stitchionary of 2-colour tuck brioche stitches. You will walk out the door with the beginning of your own designer cowl and a small stitch dictionary (created exclusively for this class by Nancy) to help you design even more cowls at home.

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Skills needed: Basic knitting skills

Materials to bring: Small amounts of 2 contrasting colours of DK weight yarn to use for practicing the stitches, US4/3.5mm double-pointed or circular needle. For your cowl, you will need 2 contrasting colours of DK, or Aran weight yarn, at least 150 yds (140 m) each, and 16” circular needle one size smaller and one size larger than the size recommended for the yarn as well as the size recommended.

Any “homework”?: We are going to use a variation of the long tail cast on for our cowl. Instead of using one yarn and its tail, we are going to use two yarns. Tie your two yarns together leaving a 6 inch tail. Wrap the light color around the thumb and the dark color around the index finger, work the long tail cast on just as you would if you were using only one yarn on a 16” circular needle, the size recommended for the yarn. Come to class having cast on 96 sts loosely - the 6 inch tail can be used later on to loosen up the cast on if it is too tight.

Class size: 19

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Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Maddie Harvey - Next Level Shawls

This class is all about taking your shawl knitting to the next level and covers skills like picking up stitches, knitting different shawl edgings (i-cord, picot and a knitted-on edge), working simple short rows, managing stripes and blocking shawls. We will also explore how you might make shawls bigger, so you can use up your yarn, and there’ll be some tips on choosing colour combinations for shawls, including speckled and variegated yarns.
By the end of the class each student will have created at least two mini-shawls and have worked through the process of blocking one of these cute little shawls, so that it’s finished off beautifully!

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Some previous experience of knitting shawls; ability to follow a chart

Materials to bring: 2 colours of double-knit weight yarn (approx. 50g each)
4.5 mm circular needles, and one double-pointed needle or spare straight needle, also 4.5mm
Blocking pins (approx. 30)
Pencil/pen

Any "homework"?: Knit one or two mini-shawls, following the pattern provided. Details will be sent to participants in January.

Class size: 10

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Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Karie Westermann - Faroese Shawls

 In this class we will be looking at the way Faroese shawls are constructed and how their unique shaping allows for contemporary lace motifs.

The wonderful knitting traditions of the Faroe Islands have recently become a big hit with knitters. While colourwork has seen much attention, Faroese shawl knitting has enjoyed a revival. Far from being dainty special occasion objects, Faroese shawls are big, warm everyday items that sit well on shoulders.

Together with Scandinavian knitting designer Karie Westermann, you will make a mini-shawl that will teach you about a rekindled knitting tradition and also teach you valuable skills for a full-sized shawl.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Knit and purl 
Picking up stitches 
How to read an easy lace chart/written lace instructions

Materials to bring: 1 ball of woolly double-knitting yarn
4 stitch markers
1 pair of 5mm needles
Tapestry needle

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 20

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Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Beth Brown-Reinsel - Traditional Beginnings: Cast-Ons From Long Ago

Learn eight of the most beautiful, and practical, cast-ons in our knitting history. From the UK, we will cover the Channel Island Cast-on, the Knotted Cast-on, and the Multi-Strand Cast-on. Included are two basic go –to cast-ons, the LongTail and Old Norwegian cast-ons, that are the basis for two decorative cast-ons from the Twined Knitting tradition in Sweden. Last, the wonderful Braided Cast-on from Finland will be taught in 3 colors! In addition, a couple bind-offs will be covered as well for you to practice on as you bind off your swatches.

Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Skills needed: Students must be able to knit and purl.

Materials to bring: Yarn - Three colors of DK or worsted weight yarn, about 2 oz. each.
Needles - Size 7 or 8 (4.5 or 5.0 mm) needles (can be straight, dpns, or circular)
Optional: 8 hang tags to mark the different samples.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 20

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Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Olga Buraya-Kefelian - Novelty Cables

We all love the look of cabled knits but some of them can be quite complex to execute! In this class you will be presented with something beyond the traditional cable knitting, you will be introduced to 5 other novel options of creating cables! Some will be very easy and some will be using several novel techniques. Besides learning these techniques, you will also be guided about their best use and numerous tips and tricks about this basic representation of 3D knitwear!

Level: Intermediate

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

Materials to bring: Yarn - 2-3 colors of 200 yds of worsted weight yarn for swatching
Needles - US 6 (4 mm) needle and US 7 (4.5 mm) needle
Cable needle
Crochet Hook Size F (3.75 mm) or G (4 mm)
Tapestry needle

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 16

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Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Clare Devine - Tough Socks Naturally

Have you found yourself pondering whether sock yarn needs nylon for strength or questioning what the impact of superwash yarns has on the environment? In this workshop we will explore alternatives to superwash wool nylon blends for socks. By carefully considering the materials we use for our making we can impact the world around us. Every little counts. 

This workshop will focus on the wide range of natural fibres available and how to select the best options for sock knitting. We will talk about natural strengtheners to re-enforce hard wearing areas and stitch patterns that add durability to heels and toes and other areas needing a little extra support. 

With the knowledge that eventually everything starts to wear out we will look at how to care for your hand knit socks and how to repair holes to extend their life.

Level: Adventurous beginner onwards

Skills needed: An adventurous spirit and an enquiring mind. Basic knitting skills, some knowledge of sock knitting would be useful but this workshop would be a lovely introduction to sock knitting with natural yarns (please note you will not learn how to knit a sock in this class).

Materials to bring: Swatch for darning (see homework) or sock with a hole in it
- approx 40g sock yarn
- 2.5mm / US1 needles (or the size you usually use for socks)
- Optional – examples of yarns you would like to knit socks with

Any "homework"?: Create swatch using sock yarn (4ply): using 2.5mm needles, cast on 32 sts and work in stocking stitch flat for 32 rows

Class size: 14

 Note: This class also runs on Wednesday morning.

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