Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Beth Brown-Reinsel - Twined (Two-End) Knitting

The Norwegians believe that keeping one's pulse warm helps keep one's whole body warm. Knit one of a pair of wristers using the 400 year-old Swedish technique of Twined, or Two-End, Knitting. In this three hour class, learn to work a two-color Half Braid, twined knitting, twined purling, and patterning (the "O" stitch, the Crook stitch, and Chain Path). Learn how to manage your yarns so that untwisting becomes a cinch! Reading Twined Knitting charts is also included.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: The ability to knit holding the yarn in one's right hand is very helpful, but not essential. Also have familiarity with knitting in the round using double-pointed needles or two circular needles.

Materials to bring: • One skein of Chunky or worsted weight wool yarn, preferably light colored. The skein must be wound as a center-pull ball because you will be working with both ends. Also, at least 4 yards of a contrast color of worsted weight yarn. No single ply yarns! Heathers and fuzzy yarns obscure the patterns. Four ply yarns show the textures best.  
• One set of size 6 or 7 (4 or 4.5 mm) double pointed needles or two circulars of any length.
• Stitch markers, sticky notes or a magnetic board to keep one's place on the chart.

Any "homework"?: Wind your yarn into a center pull ball if it is not already a pull-skein. Find both ends of the ball before class.

Class size: 20

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Molla Mills - Two-Colour Crochet 'Pohjanmaa' Bag

Crochet a two-color Pohjanmaa pattern with a traditional Finnish cotton yarn using tapestry crochet technique. In the 3-hour workshop you will learn how to make a colorful crochet work with a double crochet stitch, you'll learn how to carry the yarns inside the stitch and where exactly to change the color of the yarn to create clean lines in the pattern.

Level: Beginner upwards

Skills needed: Basic crochet skills, how to hold several yarns in the hand while working, how to make a double crochet stitch

Materials to bring: Crochet hooks 1.75mm and 2mm. We will use the size that fits with the students' tension in crochet. (Yarn will be provided by the tutor.)

Any "homework"?: The student can check out the word Pohjanmaa to see where the origin of the work comes from.

Class size: 10

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Anne Hanson - Shapely Shoulders

The shoulder area of any garment is its most visible feature; a well-fitted, beautifully finished shoulder line creates a clean, tailored, and professional image for its wearer. This class offers students tips and tricks for fitting shoulders and executing smooth shoulders seams. Students will practice a variety of shoulder bind off techniques and learn how to stitch shoulder edges together without lumps and bumps. They will be introduced to short row shoulder shaping and learn how to substitute it into most patterns.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Students must have a complete understanding of increasing/decreasing, have completed a project or read a pattern that requires traditional shoulder shaping, and have an intermediate level of knitting skill and pattern reading (understanding of intermediate knitting terminology is expected).

Materials to bring: Please bring about 100 yards of DK yarn for practice work, a few pairs of knitting needles size 3.5 to 4.0 mm (DPN sets are convenient for this class!), a few yards of scrap yarn for holders (or several stitch holders), tapestry needle, scissors (a basic knitting toolkit)

Any "homework"?: Participants should prepare six (6) swatches that are 21 sts wide by 1 inch deep, worked in stockinette stitch, with live sts on a holder (do not bind off).

Class size: 22

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Bristol Ivy - Knitting Outside the Box

One of the most interesting and best parts about knitting is the huge variety of patterns available. But where does the inspiration for those patterns come from? In this class, we’ll talk about different forms of inspiration and different ways of thinking about knitting, and then explore methods and theory to bring those ideas to reality. This is a great class if you’re interested in designing, or just want to experiment with all the possibilities knitting has to offer!

Level: Advanced beginner

Skills needed: Must be comfortable with stitch patterns, and have a willingness to experiment and play.

Materials to bring: A pencil and sketchbook, scrap yarn and needles for swatching ideas, and any items/photos/tearsheets that inspire you.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 22

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Jen Arnall-Culliford - Clever Cast-Ons

Are you stuck in a rut, using the same cast on for everything? This class will teach you some new tricks for your casting on toolbox. You will learn three cast-on methods - each with a number of practical applications. First up is the magical tubular cast on. This technique enables your ribbing stitches to grow out of nowhere, and is immensely satisfying to do. The second technique is the pinhole (or Emily Ocker's circular) cast on. Used for starting the centre of projects worked in the round, you'll learn how to cast on, as well as how to get started with those fiddly first few rounds. This cast on is great for the toes of toe-up socks, or the crowns of top-down hats, as well as working blanket squares from the centre out. Finally, you will get to grips with Judy's Magic Cast On (JMCO) - a highly intuitive cast on, which is both quick to work and versatile. JMCO is perfect for the toes of toe-up socks, or the base of a pocket or bag, as well as a handy provisional cast on.

Level: Intermediate onwards

Skills needed: Need to know how to knit, purl and work in the round.
- Should be comfortable working with small circumferences (so things like the toe of a sock or the top of a mitten).
- Basic increases and decreases (M1, kfb, k2tog, ssk, p2tog for example).

Materials to bring: Smooth yarn in a solid colour, and needles of a suitable size to match your yarn. Anything between 4ply (US fingering) and aran weight would be suitable.
- Smooth waste yarn of a similar thickness to your main yarn.
- 2 sets of circular needles in a size suitable for your yarn.
- 1 set of double-pointed needles in a size suitable for your yarn.

Any "homework"?: Make a swatch as follows:
Using waste yarn and needles of a suitable size, cast on 10 sts.
Starting with a knit row, work 5 rows in stocking stitch (thus ending with a knit row).
Change to your main yarn.
Starting with a purl row, work 4 further rows in stocking stitch (thus ending with a knit row).
Either leave your stitches on your needles, or slip them to waste yarn. Leave a good length of yarn (at least 2m) attached to the swatch.

Class size: 15

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Julie Dubreux - My Dream Sweater

Create your own sweater that fits your body shape and suits your fashion sense. 
Learn about top-down raglan sweater construction and proportions, and how to shape a sweater that is just right to make you feel good!

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Students should be able to knit in the round, and increase / decrease

Materials to bring: DK weight yarn, 4 and 4.5mm circular needles, stitch markers

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 20

Note: This class also runs on Wednesday EVENING!

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Katherine Lymer - Mastering Mattress Stitch

Completed correctly, mattress stitch – sometimes known as “ladder stitch” – can produce a near invisible join when sewing together sections of knitted fabric (when viewed from the right side of the work). On the reverse side, this method produces a consistently even and robust seam, which is useful in providing structure and stability to our finished work.

Level: Confident beginners and intermediate knitters

Skills needed: Casting on and off, knit and purl

Materials to bring: Darning needle
- Yarn (ideally the same as that used for the homework)
- Scissors
- Pins

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 9

This class also runs on Wednesday afternoon.

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Donna Smith - Fair Isle Crowns

Fair Isle hats have been knitted in Shetland for many years, during this class we will look at the types of decreases, colours and patterns commonly used in the crowns. You will then go on to designing a crown sample which you can then use in a future hat design. 

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Participants should be able to knit stocking stitch and have experience of knitting in the round with two colours at a time.

Materials to bring: Although the emphasis is more on the design rather than knitting you can bring: 3 or more DPNs, size 3mm, 3.25mm or 3.5mm for swatching if time allows.

Any “homework”?: none

Class size: 12

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Jennifer Steingass - Design Your Own Stranded Yoke

Want to design your own yoke? Let’s do it! In this 2-part class, you’ll learn all the techniques needed to create your own stranded yoke sweater design. Jenn will bring her sweaters and talk about her design process and how it’s evolved since she first started. We’ll cover various construction styles, proportions, sizing, and customizing your yoke according to gauge and chart width. There will be colorwork motifs on hand that you can incorporate into your yoke chart, or feel free to bring in charted motifs that you may have come across that inspire you, or if you’re feeling adventurous, design a chart all your own. We’ll have colored pencils and plenty of inspiration on hand. You’ll learn how to sketch your design and how to chart your yoke on graph paper. You’ll knit a fringed speed swatch while following your chart.

Level: Experienced

Skills needed: Know how to knit in the round, have knit several sweaters, experience with modifying patterns.

Materials to bring: Yarn - bring your choice fingering, sport, DK, or worsted weight yarn. Bring knitting needles suitable for small circumference knitting (your choice dpns or long circulars for magic loop) of a diameter suitable for the yarn weight you choose to bring. Try to bring at least 1 dark colored yarn and 1 light colored yarn, to ensure there will be enough contrast so you can easily see the colorwork motifs. If in doubt, take black and white photos of the yarn you're considering - more on color value and contrast here: https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/article/knitting-color-theory/. Optional: bring along pictures or charted colorwork motifs that inspire you.

Any "homework"?: None

Class size: 12

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, as attending on the day of the class would not be possible. Food is not provided but is available very nearby in the busy Haymarket area.

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Mar
21
2:00 PM14:00

Beth Brown-Reinsel - Latvian Wristers

Using wristers as a template, some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class. Knit one of a pair of wristers to learn the following techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and some subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the wrister, as well as a picot edge at the end. Additional techniques to be discussed include yarn dominance, knitting with two yarns in the right hand or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three colors and setting up the knitting for color changes in the braids.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Students must be able to knit in the round. Some two-color stranding experience is helpful.

Materials to bring: • 1 oz. each of 4 colors of solid-colored, smooth-textured sport weight or DK yarn.
Space-dyed yarns, heathered yarns and fuzzy yarns will obscure the patterns and are 
not recommended.
• One set of 3.5mm (US size 4) short double pointed needles. If you are proficient in the magic loop or working with two circs, bring the appropriate needles.
• Tapestry needle and stitch markers, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in 
reading the text or chart.

Any "homework"?: None

Class size: 20

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Mar
21
2:00 PM14:00

Molla Mills - Four-Colour Tapestry Crochet

Crochet a colorful Rottinki pattern with a 4-color tapestry crochet technique using a double crochet stitch. In the 3-hour workshop you will learn how to carry the yarns inside the stitch and how to change the color of the yarn to create clean lines in the pattern. 
In the workshop the student will learn the challenging skill of a multicolor crochet and how to create their own complex patterns.

Level: Advanced

Skills needed: Basic crochet skills, how to make a double crochet stitch, how to work with many yarns in the work (we will also learn this in the workshop)

Materials to bring: DK cotton yarn, four colors and 150 g of each colour. The teacher recommends KPC yarn or Gossyp cotton. Other yarn options are Rico, Baby Classic DK or Paintbox Yarns, Cotton Aran.
You will also need a crochet hook suitable for the yarn. If you use Gossyp the hook size is 3,0.

Any "homework"?: None

Class size: 10

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Mar
21
2:00 PM14:00

Jane Crowfoot - Bohemian Blooms Crochet Mandala

In this workshop participants will work through a crochet block motif, which echoes the design theme of Jane's Crochet Along style project 'Bohemian Blooms' and will include many of the techniques Jane used in her blanket. 

Participants will be shown how to read and understand one of Jane’s crochet patterns, how to join in new yarn shades, how to weave in yarn ends and how to work crochet stitch techniques, including 3D layered crochet and beading.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: This is not a workshop for brand new crocheters and crocheters must have a good knowledge of stitches and techniques and know how to read a written crochet pattern.

Materials to bring: Participants will need to bring along a 3mm, 3.5mm and 4mm crochet hook 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. Yarn will be provided.

Any "homework"?: My patterns are written in UK terminology so an understanding of this is an advantage, but not essential.

Class size: 14

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Mar
21
2:00 PM14:00

Donna Smith - Making the Cut

Take the fear out of knitting steeks and cutting your knitting! During the class Donna will discuss various ways of knitting steeks and finishing work once it has been cut. You will knit a small piece of Fair Isle with a steek and then will cut it at the end. You will also pick up stitches at the edge of the steek. There will be some examples of finished garments knitted using steeks on display.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Need to know how knit in the round. Experience in knitting with more than one colour at one time would be an advantage.

Materials to bring: Set of 3 - 4 DPNs size 3mm, 3.57 mm or 4.0 mm
- Small sharp scissors
- Tapestry needle

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 12

Note: This class also runs on Wednesday EVENING!

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Mar
21
2:00 PM14:00

Katherine Lymer - Colourful Cables

Cables are a stunning way to introduce pattern and texture into your knitting and adding colour can produce dramatic effects! 

In this small class, we will learn two methods of adding colour to our cables. First, we will create a striking, cabled panel, by learning how to knit cables in a contrasting colour using the intarsia method. Our second panel uses stranded knitting techniques to create a wonderfully textured fabric in two colours. These panels have been designed to be sewn together to create a beautiful case for your essential knitting accessories.

Level: Confident beginners and intermediate knitters

Skills needed: Confident in the basics (casting on and off, knit and purl).
Prior experience of intarsia and stranded knitting would be useful but not essential.

Materials to bring: DK yarn in two colours
4mm/US size 6 needles for working back and forth (straight or circular as you prefer)
Cable needle
Bobbins (only required if you usually use them for intarsia knitting)
Darning needle
Knitting bag with your usual accessories

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 4

Note: This class also runs on Friday afternoon.

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Mar
21
2:00 PM14:00

Clare Devine - Fix It! Level 1

Dropped stitch, decrease in the wrong place? About to rip the needles out and “frog” the lot … stop, your mistake might be easy to fix on the needles. This class aims to equip you with the skills you need to fix some of the most common mistakes we make as knitters. Not all errors need to prove fatal to your lovely knitting project, many mistakes are easy and simple to fix “on the needles”, meaning you can be back on track in no time. This practical class will leave you with a fresh perspective on your knitting and equip you with the skills and confidence to shimmy that decrease into the correct direction, catch that dropped stitch before it runs off or switch that miss-crossed cable before it drives you to “knitterly” despair.

Level: Beginners onwards

Skills needed: To get the most from this class you should have completed a few knitting projects – none of them needle to be overly complicated but it would be helpful if you have had experience of simple decreases and increases.

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”

Any "homework"?: Make two swatches as follows: 
Using DK / 8ply yarn and 4mm / US 6 needles, cast on 22 sts.
Row 1: knit
Row 2: knit
Row 3: knit
Row 4: k2, p18, k2
Work Rows 3&4 another 12 times. 28 rows worked. Place live stitches on a stitch holder or leave them on the needles.

Class size: 12

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Mar
21
2:00 PM14:00

Bristol Ivy - Shawl Shapes

Shawls are one of the most popular projects in the knitting world right now. They’re the perfect way to explore new techniques or use just a few skeins of precious yarn for something lovely. In this class, we’ll look at a how to create a few different shawl shapes, and then discuss adding stitch patterns or playing with unconventional shaping.

Level: advanced beginner

Skills needed: Knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing

Materials to bring: 70 meters of light-colored, smooth worsted weight (8-ply) yarn, appropriate needles (4mm-5mm), and stitch markers.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 22

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Mar
21
2:00 PM14:00

Anne Hanson - A Survey of Colour Knitting Techniques

Let's tackle something new together and take the fear out of color knitting! This class is an exploration of color knitting techniques including slip stitch, mosaic, intarsia, and stranded colorwork. We will start with intarsia, then move on to slip stitches and mosaic using two colors. Finally, we’ll try stranding, where both two-handed and one-handed techniques will be demonstrated.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Students should have command of intermediate knitting skills and terminology, have executed simple patterned motifs in knit/purl or lace from written or charted instructions, and be able to read charts.

Materials to bring: Needles size 5US or 6US (3.75 mm to 4.0 mm), scissors, stitch markers, and other small tools 
- 50 yards each of a 2-ply, Shetland-type fingering yarn in TWO contrasting colors
- 30-50 yards of a smooth silky or slippery fingering yarn (such as a bamboo blend sock yarn or tencel blend sock yarn)
- 30-50 yards of a smooth 3-ply wool fingering yarn (such as a superwash merino or BFL sock yarn)

Any "homework"?: Please take care to bring only the yarns described above

Class size: 22

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