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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
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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