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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

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

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

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

WE REGRET THAT THIS CLASS HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED - PLEASE SEE EMAIL FROM EYF (check your junk inbox if it didn’t arrive, thanks).

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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