Designer Residency: Kate Atherley

Friday 15th March
2.15pm – 4.15pm

A deep dive into starts and ends. You’ll cover key ways to start and end your knitting highlighting both good general purpose methods and specialist techniques, discussing when you would use them.
You will learn how to create stretch when you need it and how to stop it when you don’t. Along the way Kate will provide tips like how to ensure you never run out of yarn for a long tail cast on and how a crochet hook can change your knitting life.
Cast on techniques: long tail; cable; provisional; Twisted German; Judy’s Magic; Chinese Waitress.
Bind off techniques: suspended; lace; Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Cast Off.

Materials: 4mm to 5mm needles, straight or circular and enough LIGHT COLOURED leftover yarn for practising various cast on/ bind off methods – you do not need a full ball, please use whatever you have spare from other projects in DK or Aran with an appropriate needle size; similar sized crochet hook.

Skill level: advanced beginner confident in knit and purl.

Tutor: Kate Atherley
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Saturday 16th March
9.30am – 12.30pm

Learn how to make top-down socks. Starting from the cuff with a mini ‘training sock’ Kate will teach you everything you need to know to knit socks – from working in the round to turning the heel to shaping the toe. Once you have mastered the mini you’ll get started on your full size sock with lots of tips and techniques from our expert in the subject. Learn: easy ways to join in the round, without twisting; handling the gusset pickup; beginner- friendly no-graft toe.
If you’ve never made socks before or if you want the definitive guide to cracking it, this is the class for you. There will be demonstrations of Magic Loop plus the patterns provided allow for use of DPN or two circulars instead.

Materials: DK or Aran weight yarn in a LIGHT COLOUR – full ball not necessary; 4mm DPN, stitch markers.
Skill level: advanced beginner/ intermediate comfortably able to knit, purl, rib, decrease; some experience of working in the round is preferred but not essential.

Tutor: Kate Atherley
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Saturday 16th March
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Slip stitch colourwork is a less well known but amazingly easy method for working with multiple colours. This is a great class if you want to dip your toe into colourwork or if you want an alternative to Fair Isle techniques.

Materials: two contrasting colours of Aran weight yarn, 200m of each colour; 4.5mm needles for preferred method of working in the round – 80cm long for magic loop or DPN.

Skill level: competent in the basics and with experience of knitting in the round. No previous colourwork ability is required.

Tutor: Kate Atherley
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