Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Maddie Harvey - Use That Stitch Dictionary!

Stitch dictionaries appear to be increasingly popular among knitters and during this playful class we will experiment with stitches from these dictionaries to create individualised stitch patterns to fit into a cowl or hat design template.
We will begin by looking at the information that stitch dictionaries provide and use this to begin swatching stitch patterns. Students will experiment with these swatches by refining small elements of the patterning, playing with stitch counts, colour and texture to come up with their own stitch pattern. By the end of the class, students will have the information needed to knit a cowl or a hat using a stitch pattern originating from a stitch dictionary.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Ability to follow a chart and to knit in the round

Materials to bring: A stitch dictionary (with lace or textured stitches, rather than colourwork), or a few stitch patterns that you are interested in working with (some stitch dictionaries will be available)
- Squared paper, pencil, rubber, ruler and blue/red pen
- At least 2 colours of double-knit weight yarn (approx. 50g each) 
- Four double-pointed needles (or a circular needle) that will knit to a gauge of approx. 21 sts per 10 cm in stocking stitch, and 4 double-pointed needles (or circular needle) one size smaller

Any "homework"?: Knit a swatch so that you can match the gauge above; identify a few stitch patterns to bring along

Class size: 10

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Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Bristol Ivy - Introduction to Brioche

Brioche is an easy stitch that creates a lush, drapey, warm fabric. In this class we’ll learn the basic principles of working brioche fat and in the round, and increasing and decreasing in pattern, and get started on knitting the Hey, Little Songbird pattern.

Level: Advanced beginner

Skills needed: knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing

Materials to bring: Approximately 70 meters of worsted weight (heavy dk/8-ply) and 4.5 mm needles for swatching and practising. You may also bring 750 meters of sportweight/fingering weight yarn and 6.5 mm needles

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 19

 

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Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Elizabeth Johnston - Improvers' Spinning Class

For spinners who want to improve their skills and techniques, on a spinning wheel or spindle. Whether you want to improve a spinning technique; understand and control the twist in spinning or plying; learn or improve different preparations - whatever the spinning query you need resolved - this class is for you. Tutor Elizabeth Johnston leads this class tailored for any level of student who wishes to improve their knowledge and ability. The class will deal with each spinning process the students wish to cover – fibre preparation; drafting long or short draw; twist; plying; to name a few.

Level: Any level beyond beginner

Skills needed: Must be able to spin

Materials to bring: Some fibre will be available, but bring a variety of fleece and fibre you prefer to spin, plus any new fibre you want to try. Spinning wheel or spindle; whatever you have of - hand cards, flick carder, combs; niddy noddy, lazy kate; oil; and a notebook

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 10

 

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Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Clare Devine - Tough Socks Naturally

Have you found yourself pondering whether sock yarn needs nylon for strength or questioning what the impact of superwash yarns has on the environment? In this workshop we will explore alternatives to superwash wool nylon blends for socks. By carefully considering the materials we use for our making we can impact the world around us. Every little counts. 

This workshop will focus on the wide range of natural fibres available and how to select the best options for sock knitting. We will talk about natural strengtheners to re-enforce hard wearing areas and stitch patterns that add durability to heels and toes and other areas needing a little extra support. 

With the knowledge that eventually everything starts to wear out we will look at how to care for your hand knit socks and how to repair holes to extend their life.

Level: Adventurous beginner onwards

Skills needed: An adventurous spirit and an enquiring mind. Basic knitting skills, some knowledge of sock knitting would be useful but this workshop would be a lovely introduction to sock knitting with natural yarns (please note you will not learn how to knit a sock in this class).

Materials to bring: Swatch for darning (see homework) or sock with a hole in it
- approx 40g sock yarn
- 2.5mm / US1 needles (or the size you usually use for socks)
- Optional – examples of yarns you would like to knit socks with

Any "homework"?: Create swatch using sock yarn (4ply): using 2.5mm needles, cast on 32 sts and work in stocking stitch flat for 32 rows

Class size: 14

 Note: This class also runs on Sunday afternoon.

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Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Anne Hanson - Advanced Lace Knitting: Taking It to the Next Level

An all-day intermediate/advanced class which covers knitted lace (motifs with lace knitting on RS and WS of fabric), chart reading, working with incorporated edgings and knit-on edgings, shaping for shawls of various types, and fielding specific lace knitting questions from students. 
The morning session will focus on building advanced lace knitting skills through hands-on practice and in the afternoon session, students will work through a mini triangle sampler shawl that incorporates advanced lace skills (pattern provided).

Level: Intermediate/advanced

Skills needed: Students should have completed at least two beginning/intermediate lace projects, have a complete understanding of increasing/decreasing and intermediate knitting terminology, experience with a variety of lace stitches, and be able to execute a crochet chain stitch.

Materials to bring: Stitch markers (include a few locking markers), notepad, dental floss or fine cotton yarn (for lifelines), tapestry needle, 100 yards of smooth, solid or semi-solid fingering yarn for practice PLUS a few yards of smooth scrap yarn in a contrasting color, 300 yards of smooth, solid or semi-solid fingering yarn for class project, size 5 or 6 needles, crochet hook size E or F, a magnetic board or any other pattern/chart reading tools that students find helpful.

Any "homework"?: No homework; students should brush up on any pre-requisite skills before arrival in class and be ready to work a crochet chain

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.

 

 

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Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Jen Arnall-Culliford - Adventures in Helical Knitting

All knitting in the round works by creating a continuous spiral of stitches. Helical knitting works by having multiple spirals of stitches worked simultaneously, each with their own ball of yarn. This clever technique can be used to create helical garter stitch (and other stitch patterns) with no “seam” at the start of the round, as well as jogless stripes. This class will introduce the basic method with 1x1 helical stripes before exploring other 2-round stitch patterns, and then moving on to multiple round patterns.

Level: Suitable for anyone who is confident knitting and purling in the round

Skills needed: Knitters must be confident at knitting and purling in the round on a small diameter (as you would for socks or mittens)

Materials to bring: 4ply (US fingering), sport weight or DK yarn (but not a mixture): 15-25g of 3 different shades of yarn AND 40g of another different shade, split into two roughly 20g balls.
- A set of needles for knitting 4ply/Sport/DK yarn in the round on a small circumference (think socks or mittens).
You may find it useful to have two sets of these needles.
- 4 locking stitch markers

Any "homework"?: Using one of your yarns, cast on 40 sts. Join to work in the round.
Round 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.
Work in 2x2 rib as set by last round until piece measures 2.5cm [1in] from cast-on edge. Leave stitches on needles ready for class.

Class size: 20

 

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Mar
20
2:00 PM14:00

Donna Smith - Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting

You will be guided through knitting with more than one colour at a time as used in traditional Fair Isle knitting. During class you will knit a small Fair Isle sample in the round that can either be worn as a wrist warmer or used as a swatch. The traditional techniques used in knitting Fair Isle in Shetland will be discussed and Donna will give you tips (e.g. how to hold your yarn) to help with your future Fair Isle knitting projects.

Level: Beginner

Skills needed: Need to be able to knit stocking stitch

Materials to bring: Set of 3 or more DPNs in size 3.00 mm, 3.25 mm or 3.5 mm, or circular needles to knit small circumferences in the round.
Tapestry needle.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 14

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Mar
20
2:00 PM14:00

Jennifer Steingass - Top-Down Stranded Yokes

During this workshop you’ll be knitting a top-down yoke swatch in the round. You’ll practice two-color stranded knitting and learn how to choose colors for successful yokes. We’ll cover techniques for knitting smooth and crisp colorwork, learn about different yoke construction styles, go over short row and body shaping options, and learn how to follow a top-down yoke chart while you shape your yoke swatches using a fun invisible increase. Jenn will bring a lot of her yoke sweaters for you to check out and we’ll go over any specific questions you might have.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Students should have these preexisting skills: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round

Materials to bring: Knitting needles - size US 6 and/or 7 - 32" or longer circular needles for magic loop or dpns - Needles suitable for whichever small circumference method the student is most comfortable with.

Students will need dk weight wool yarn, at least 50g of main color, and 25g of coordinating color, making sure one is significantly darker than the other so the pattern contrasts against the background.  If in doubt, take a black and white photo of the colors you’re considering and it'll give a more clear idea of the level of contrast.  You can bring a variety of colors if you like, but we'll only need colors for the swatch we'll be knitting.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 12

Note: This class also runs on Friday morning.

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Mar
20
2:00 PM14:00

Julie Dubreux - Gentle Brioche for First Timers

Project-oriented beginner brioche class : learn the basics of two-colour brioche in the round, and knit your very first squishy, cozy, colourful brioche project ! Start knitting an exclusive beginner-friendly cowl pattern designed especially for EYF by Julie Knits in Paris.

Level: Beginners welcome

Skills needed: Basic knitting skills; beginners welcome

Materials to bring: 2x100g of smooth bulky or chunky yarn in 2 contrasting colours, and the size of needles that best matches your yarn choice, from 8.00mm to 10.00mm / 60 cm long circular needles, crochet hook, locking stitch markers. 

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 20

 

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Mar
20
2:00 PM14:00

Karie Westermann - Knitting the Landscape

Psychogeography is about seeing your local environment in a new light: bike lanes, paths worn by human feet, and old forgotten rivers. It is about wandering about your home town and looking closer at things you pass every day.

This class will be an exploration of how to express your memories and thoughts of a specific place using knitting as a medium. Knitwear designer Karie Westermann will talk about her own experiences designing knitwear inspired by specific landscapes – from shawls mimicking submerged beaches to hats taking visual cues from her Glasgow cityscape.

Then, together, you will begin to explore your own landscapes on the needles. What is the fabric of your own place? How can you translate the way you navigate the world into a wearable piece of knitwear? Karie will guide you in thinking about textures, stitch patterns and colours – and make you look at your familiar surroundings in a new way.

Level: Beginner upwards

Skills needed: Basic knitting skills

Materials to bring: Bring yarn that you associate with the place you want to explore.
- Bring appropriate needles
- Bring at least two photographs of the place you want to explore (or drawings if the place you want to knit is imaginary)
- Pen & paper
- A open mind – this won't be your average knitting class!

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 20

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Mar
20
2:00 PM14:00

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 Thursday morning.

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Mar
20
5:30 PM17:30

Bristol Ivy - Short Rows

Short rows are a very handy way to add shaping to your knitting in both conventional and unexpected ways. Use them to turn a heel on a sock, better tailor a garment to your shape, or add un-expected twists and turns to accessories. In this class, we’ll discuss the mechanics of short rows, try out different short row techniques, and think about when and where to use them. Experience needed: decreasing.

Level: Advanced beginner

Skills needed: Students should be familiar with decreases

Materials to bring: Smooth, non-haloed, light-colored worsted weight (heavy DK/8-ply) yarn and appropriate needles (approx 4-5mm).

Any "homework"?: Students should cast on 30 stitches and work about an inch in stocking stitch prior to class, ending ready to work a RS row.

Class size: 19

Extra note: This class takes place on Wednesday EVENING!

 

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Mar
20
5:30 PM17:30

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 Thursday morning.
Extra note: This class takes place on Wednesday EVENING!

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Mar
20
5:30 PM17:30

Maddie Harvey - Choose Colour!

This is a playful class where we will experiment with colour and texture to create colourful working swatches. After the class, students can use these swatches as reference points for their next multi-coloured project.
Beginning with some colour theory, we will explore different colour combinations through the use of striping, textured stitches, lace patterning, fading and more. We will also experiment with holding yarns double to create marled effects and try out combinations of speckled and variegated yarns.

Level: Adventurous beginner/intermediate

Skills needed: Basic knitting skills: knit, purl, casting on and off. Useful but not essential: able to knit lace patterns and read a chart

Materials to bring: Small amounts of different yarns (leftover yarn would be perfect!) in a variety of colours and if you have them, in different weights and textures (eg lace-weight, brushed mohair etc).
If possible, a variety of needle sizes, but if not, then needles to match the weight of yarn (eg 3.75 mm for fingering-weight yarn).
Pencil/pen
Smart phone – we will be photographing yarn combinations, so a smartphone or camera will be useful but not essential.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 10

Extra note: This class takes place on Wednesday EVENING!

 

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Mar
20
5:30 PM17:30

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 Thursday afternoon.
Extra note: This class takes place on Wednesday EVENING!

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Mar
20
5:30 PM17:30

Clare Devine - Sock Knitting Toolkit

Love knitting socks but want to experiment with some new techniques to add a new level of finesse to your projects – this workshop is the perfect space to extend your sock knitting toolkit. This jam-packed workshop will leave you feeling inspired and ready to tackle some new sock patterns while banishing all those little niggles that often leave you feeling lacklustre about the finished object. 

We will cover cast-on and cast/bind-off techniques best for both toe-up and top down socks, hints and tips for a neater finish to your socks including gapless gussets and neater no “donkey ear” toes. There will be plenty of large group discussion, time for practising new knitting techniques and small group demonstrations.

Level: Adventurous beginner onwards

Skills needed: Some knowledge of sock knitting – ideally you will have completed one or two sock projects. Knit, purl, knit in the round (DPNS or magic loop)

Materials to bring: DK yarn to knit samples – choose a light, solid coloured, tightly spun and smooth yarn with a high natural fibre content. This is an ideal time to use up odds and ends in stash. 
3.5mm / US 4 - 3.75mm / US 5 needles

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 15

Extra note: This class takes place on Wednesday EVENING!

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