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Emily Wessel - Strange Brew

  • Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Grosvenor St, Haymarket Edinburgh, Scotland, EH12 5EF United Kingdom (map)

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.