Designer Residency: Kate Atherley

It is our privilege to be hosting Kate for two workshop sessions on the Saturday and two shop floor talks on the Sunday.

Friday 23rd March
3.30pm – 4.30pm
Meet and Greet plus Book Signing

Saturday 24th March
9.30am – 12.30pm

Brioche knitting uses a simple and clever technique to create beautiful fabrics – deep ribs and fascinating colourwork. It’s particularly effective in two colours and is an excellent way to tame a busy variegated yarn.
This class covers the skills for working brioche patterns, including reading the sometimes complicated instructions and fixing mistakes.
Knitters will leave with a one of a kind shawl project well underway.
Bring: 4mm circular needle 50cm length; two contrasting colours of DK yarn. If you wish to start your project in class bring heavy 4ply or DK weight yarn – one variegated, one solid – it works best if there is a strong contrast between them.
Skill level: intermediate knitters; must be VERY confident with knit and purl. No previous brioche ability necessary.

Tutor: Kate Atherley
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Saturday 24th March
1.45pm – 4.15pm

Suitable for knitters just getting to grips with cables or those wishing to learn from the best (why wouldn’t you?) this class takes your skills to the next level. We’ll create a sampler playing with a wide variety of cable patterns and stitches: knit/purl versions; uneven cables; reversible; slip stitch variations. We’ll show you how to work without a cable needle, speeding up the process and share tips for making cable fabrics more tidy. Along the way we’ll review chart and pattern reading and teach you how to fix mistakes plus touch on designing and customising cable patterns.
Bring: 4.5mm needles and cable needle to fit; DK or worsted weight yarn in a light colour.
Skill level: confident knitters able to knit, purl, cast on, cast off, increase, decrease, read and follow a pattern.
Cable knitting and chart reading experience helpful but not essential.

Tutor: Kate Atherley
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Sunday 25th March
Kate Atherley
10am – 11am

All those beautiful skeins with their tempting variations of semi solid, stripes, speckles and freckles, how we love them but it can be a bit hit and miss in the results once knitted up; using lots of visuals during this talk Kate will give you a guide to diagnosing variegated yarns whilst still in their skeins to learn how they might knit up and will provide suggestions for pattern stitches and projects to help make the most of your carefully chosen indie dyer yarns.

Bring: notebook and pen
Skill level: yarn addict
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Sunday 25th March
Kate Atherley
11.45am – 1.45pm

An in-depth discussion of blocking focused on easy and practical techniques – how blocking varies for different fibres, fabrics and the why/how for varying projects.
Care, storage and moth prevention methods.
Essential stuff for the fibre fiend.

Bring: notebook and pen
Skill level: desire for better results
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Kate Atherley is an expert teacher, with more than 12 years’ experience teaching at local yarn shops, guild gatherings, retreats and large-scale events. All classes include high-quality handouts. Technique classes are a lively mix of discussion, demonstration and hands-on practice, with individual attention and guidance provided.


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