Filtering by: Water of Leith

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
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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