Workshop Dates & Events September – December 2018

Designer Residency: Tom of Holland

Saturday 8th September
1.30pm – 4.30pm

Best known for his Visible Mending Programme, Tom will teach you Swiss, Scottish and stocking darning methods.
He will also bring along his darning showcase (worth participating to see this stunning collection alone) and talk about why darning and repairing clothes is so important to him.
You’ll take home a comprehensive hand out, two darning needles and the skills to tackle any holey sock or thinning elbow as well as being able to wear a beautiful darn as a badge of honour.
Bring: any items you would like to fix under Tom’s expert guidance.
Skill level: no previous knitting or darning experience required

Tutor: Tom van Deijnen
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Sunday 9th September
11am – 2pm

This specialist darning class teaches you how to repair holes that are too large for regular darning.
You will be taught two techniques: the first is the web darn which starts with laying down a foundation in sewing thread and then the stitches are replicated using a darning needle. The second one is knitting in a patch with various options on how to attach the patch to the edges of the hole.
Attendees will take home a comprehensive handout, a darning needle and the skills to repair large holes.
Bring: a knitted swatch 20cm square, the knitting needles used to make the swatch and the leftover yarn used
You are encouraged to bring things that need fixing to receive expert guidance from Tom.
Skill level: able to knit and graft (as for the closing of a sock toe.)

Tutor: Tom van Deijnen
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Wild Wool: Erika Knight

Saturday 22nd September
10am – 2pm
Talk at 12pm

Collaborating once again with our friend, and Saturday Girl extraordinaire, Erika Knight. In addition to shop floor services Erika will be giving a talk about her latest yarn, Wild Wool, a sustainable blend of soft wool and nettle.
Made something from Erika’s extensive design collection or using her yarn? Come along and share your work.

Free event


Saturday 29th September
10am – 3pm

To round off our birthday month we’ll be launching an exclusive colourway created for us by Travelknitter on a luxurious base of 50% baby camel, 50% silk.

Indie dyer Larissa with her brand Travelknitter produces some of the most intense saturations of strong colour on temptingly tactile bases and we know you will adore her work.

Free event


Tickets available 10am Tuesday 21st August for the following classes. Come in to book and pay in person or email and we will invoice via PayPal. We do not take bookings nor payment over the phone.

Saturday 29th September
10am – 1pm

We will cover:
Increases, decreases, simple cables, slip stitches and simple lace.
Basic stitch combinations for rib and moss.
How to read patterns and lace charts.
Mattress stitch joining technique.
How to pick up and knit stitches.

Materials: Aran weight yarn, 5mm needles and a sewing up needle.

Skill level: basic. Able to knit, purl, cast on.

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
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Learn from a legend: Sarah Hatton

Saturday 6th October
10am – 4pm

Full day class with breaks for refreshments and lunch.

Learn from a legend with Knitwear Designer Sarah Hatton and access the tips she has picked up throughout her career in the hand knit industry.
This class is aimed at those who want to learn the tips, techniques and tweaks to improve the finished look of their knitted garments. You will cover different cast on techniques, methods of picking up stitches, revel in the joy of mattress stitch for a clean sewing up finish and oodles of little tips in the delightful company of one of the smiliest designers you’ll ever meet.

Materials required: students to bring 2 squares of stocking stitch 10cm x 10cm in either DK or Aran weight yarn, 4mm needles of your preferred type, additional yarn in the same weight as your two squares, a sewing up needle, a tape measure.

Skills required: able to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

Tutor: Sarah Hatton
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Designer Residency: Kate Atherley

Back by popular demand so maybe we should twin Faversham with Toronto?

Friday 19th October
10.30am – 12.30pm

‘Wrap & Turn’ is not a dance move, it’s a fabulous way to create shapes with short rows in your knitting. Short rows are used: for sock heels; to create ruffles; frequently in shawls to create shaping.
In this class there’s several common methods of working short rows and, just as importantly, hiding them! You will tackle; wrap&turn; yarnover; shadow; Japanese and, our favourite, German. Discussions on use in bust shaping to custom fit a garment and converting a shaped shoulder to short rows for easier seaming will be had as well as learning Kate’s no–fail recipe for tidy and elegant short row sock heels.

Materials: students to bring light coloured DK yarn; 4mm or 4.5mm needles; 10 removable stitch markers

Skill level: intermediate

Tutor: Kate Atherley
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Friday 19th October
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Even if you never plan to make granny squares, crochet skills are immensely useful to the knitter. This two hour session teaches you how to bring the power of the hook to your knitting – to pick up dropped stitches and fix mistakes; for painless seaming for those who loathe sewing up; for creating decorative edgings; for button loops without needing to add a knitted rib and for the oft–mentioned/ mysteriously–regarded, yet damn handy, provisional cast on.

Materials: students to bring a 10cm square of stocking stitch knitted in an Aran weight yarn; 4.5mm or 5mm crochet hook; Aran weight yarn in a different colour to the knitted square – please note this does not have to be a whole ball of yarn.

Skill level: any knitters without crochet skills – this is NOT a class for those who are looking for crochet tuition, it’s a very specific technique–enhancing workshop using crochet for particular knitting problems.

Tutor: Kate Atherley
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Saturday 20th October
9.30am – 12.30pm

Knitting patterns can sometimes be quite vague, sweater patterns most of all, making it feel like you’re reading instructions in a language you do not speak. Instructions like ‘decrease every RS row 4 times’ and ‘increase evenly across taking extra stitches into pattern’ along with the sometimes mind–melting ‘at the same time’ present two types of challenges – 1. figuring out what they mean and 2. how to work them.
There are many different methods and the choice can make all the difference in how the finished project looks – and how easy it is to put together!
You’ll review key finishing tasks; setting in sleeves, and picking up neckline stitches. Ways of making the finishing easier will be discussed including methods for easier and better shoulder shaping.

Materials: a small homework piece required for this workshop will be emailed to students several weeks before the class.

Skill level: minimum level of confident beginner able to cast on, knit, cast off.

Tutor: Kate Atherley
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Saturday 20th October
1.30pm – 4.30pm

A comprehensive introduction to the magic of lace knitting or a skills development if the deliberate placement of holes has eluded you so far. An excellent class for students who would like to build skills and confidence to tackle a particular project or demystify one you already have underway.
Through hands–on–the–needles tuition and swatching of different types of stitch pattern you will learn how to work them confidently using either written or charted instructions – Kate will talk you through both.
You’ll learn how to identify, fix and prevent mistakes with tips to make lace knitting easier and more fun.
If you have a lace project you want to tackle, bring it with you so we can make sure you have the skills to begin.

Materials: light coloured DK or Aran weight yarn; 4mm to 5mm needles either straight or 40 – 60cm circular depending on your chosen yarn weight for this class and your preferred type of needle; the lace project you wish to start (if already decided.)

Skill level: minimum level of advanced beginner confident in; cast on, knit, purl, increasing and decreasing.

Tutor: Kate Atherley
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Sunday 21st October
11am – 2pm

A Yarn Dispensary Shop Floor Special – Tuition + Private Shopping

You’ve worked a few socks, now expand those skills. In this class you will learn how to determine size and fit, how to choose a good yarn and how to reinforce for longevity. We’ll address the tricky bits like how to avoid holes at the top of the heel, how to get a tidy gusset pick up and specialised cast ons and cast offs. We’ll talk about both toe–up and top–down socks, different heel and toe constructions and when to choose one over another.

Materials: using DK yarn and size 4mm needles or Aran weight yarn and size 4.5mm/5mm needles (whatever you have available matching the DK or Aran yarn to the relevant needle size) – have completed 2.5cm of (K1, P1) ribbing on 36 stitches in the round in your preferred configuration for sock knitting (DPN/ magic loop/ specialised 23cm sock circulars/ Addi Crasy Trio) leaving the rib on the needles ready for use in class. Tape measure, notepad, calculator or knitting app if you use one.

Skill level: intermediate – students MUST have experience of knitting socks. This class is not at all suitable for sock knitting beginners.

Tutor: Kate Atherley
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Saturday 3rd November
10am – 1pm

Our most popular crochet class. Aimed at the complete beginner or those in need of a refresher.
We will cover:
How to hold the hook and yarn
Basic stitches – double crochet, half treble and treble
Turning chains
Changing colour
How to crochet in rows and rounds

Materials: included. You will have a 4mm comfort grip handle crochet hook and a ball of Erika Knight Gossypium Cotton provided in class.

Skill level: complete beginner or those in need of a total refresher.

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
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Saturday 17th November
10am – 1pm

Moving on from the beginner class to strengthen and develop your skills.

A fun workshop looking at important crochet techniques such as how to crochet correctly in the round and how to create a perfect square.
We will cover:
Turning chains
Chainless foundation
Magic loop
Joining techniques
Front and back post stitches
Invisible decreases
Suspended treble

Materials: students to bring a sewing up needle, several completed granny squares using DK weight yarn (2 x 4 rounds granny square and 1 x 3 rounds granny square) and a 4mm hook plus a selection of DK yarns in wool and in cotton.

Skill level: suitable for those who have confidently mastered the basics.

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
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Saturday 1st December
10am – 1pm

Part one of a two part workshop with Steeking taking place on 26th January 2019 to give you ample time to have finished what you will begin in class.

Part One: during this workshop you will learn how to work colour cast on, knit with two colours using the two–handed method, strand the yarn, knit in the round and read fair isle charts.

Materials: DK or worsted weight non-superwash wool in 3 colours, 4mm dpns.

Skill level: intermediate knitters who can cast on, off, knit, purl, follow patterns and undo with confidence.

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
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£70 total for both classes

Saturday 26th January 2019
10am – 1pm

Second and final part of the workshop.

Learn how to reinforce your steek then take a deep breath, pick up the scissors and cut the fabric you have so lovingly created (we know…gulp. Tissues for teary moments and hot tea available.)
Having survived the shearing, you will pick up for the edgings and celebrate with tea and biscuits.

Materials: students to bring along the now completed knitted swatch from the first class plus leftover yarn, needles used to create the swatch in the first place, steely determination and courage.

Skill level: intermediate.

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
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£70 total for both classes

Tom van Deijnen – Tom of Holland
Tom van Deijnen is a self-taught knitter from The Netherlands, who now lives in Brighton, UK. Technique, tradition and narrative inform much of his work. Under the moniker tomofholland, he explores these aspects of knitting and shares his enthusiasm with other knitters through exhibitions and workshops. Hand-knitting has also raised his awareness of the meaning behind garments and his relationship with the clothes he wears. This has led to the Visible Mending Programme, through which Tom provides mending and repair inspiration, skills and services.

Anna Nikipirowicz
Anna Nikipirowicz is a designer, author and tutor. Her client list includes the Country Living Fair, The Creative Sanctuary, Rowan, John Lewis and other lovely, local yarn shops like us.
Her work is regularly featured in The Knitter, Inside Crochet and Simply Homemade.
We are thrilled that Anna can work with us and know you will have great fun whilst learning with her.

Sarah Hatton
One of the hand knit industry’s favourite pattern designers learned to knit as a child and has always been passionate about style combined with form and function.
On completion of her degree in fashion she entered the world of professional hand knit and has worked for Rowan, West Yorkshire Spinners, Patons, Sirdar and Sublime with work published in all your favourite magazines in addition to an impressive collection of books with patterns made time and time again by knitters worldwide.

Kate Atherley
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.

Renée Callahan – East London Knit
I’m an ex-pat relocated from sunny Seattle to sunny East London. I love knitting and designing and strive to create hand knit patterns that are enjoyable to knit and remain wearable for years to come.

After studying fashion design with knitwear at Central Saint Martins college, I began to hoard yarn and a range of knitting machines. I love textiles and technical challenge of knitting. There is real joy in producing something both useful and beautiful.


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