Workshop Dates

Tickets for January – April 2018
Classes Available Now

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Thursday 11th January
CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS COURSE CLASS 1
7pm – 8pm

Complete beginner or in need of a refresher of the basics?
A set of three classes to introduce and develop a new skill.
4mm hook and a ball of Erika Knight Gossypium Cotton to get you started.

Tutor: Linda Evans
Sold Out
£45 for the course of three classes


Saturday 13th January
BRIOCHE STITCH BASICS
12pm – 3pm

Hot topic class with one of your favourite designers.
You will learn:
Brioche stitch terminology
How to knit plain brioche
How to work 2-colour brioche rib stitch
Working increases and decreases
Bring: 4mm circulars and DK yarn in two colours; one light, one dark
Skill level: able to confidently knit, purl, cast on

Tutor: Renée Callahan
Nine spaces
£45


Thursday 18th January
CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS COURSE CLASS 2
7pm – 8pm

Bring 4mm hook and smooth DK yarn.

Tutor: Linda Evans
Sold Out
£45 for the course of three classes


Thursday 25th January
CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS COURSE CLASS 3
7pm – 8pm

Bring 4mm hook and smooth DK yarn.

Tutor: Linda Evans
Sold Out
£45 for the course of three classes


Saturday 27th January
LEARN TO KNIT
10am – 1pm

A class for the complete beginner, a basic skills refresher or a confidence boost for the self-taught recent starter.
Using how to knit a superchunky hat as a basis you will learn:
How to hold your needles
Casting on
Knit and purl stitches
Decreasing
Joining
Understanding different yarn weights and tension, choosing and reading suitable patterns.
Needles and yarn included.

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
Sold Out
£45


Saturday 3rd February
MAKING THE CUT
12pm – 3pm

The terror of steeking soothed – guided by Renee (whose class for this topic is already sold out at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018) you will take scissors to your knitting and master the fear.
You will learn:
How to prepare your fabric
Cutting your steek
How to finish the raw edges
Bring: 3 swatches (10cm x 10cm) of DK weight yarn; a crochet hook slightly smaller than the needles used to knit the swatches; approx 20g of 4 ply weight waste yarn; small, sharp scissors; a sewing up needle.
Homework: swatches to be knitted in advance and brought to class – pattern irrelevant, stranded colourwork essential.
Skill level: intermediate – able to knit in the round and do stranded colourwork

Tutor: Renée Callahan
Nine spaces
£45


Thursday 8th February
CROCHET BASKET
7pm – 8pm

As seen in stores and magazines, come and learn how to make your own stand alone tub for storage or projects.
You will learn:
How to form the circular base
Work from the base to raise the sides
Adapting for different sizes and weights of yarn
Bring: 4mm hook and smooth DK weight yarn (yarn from stash, Phoenix DK Cotton or Erika Knight Gossypium cotton ideal)
Skill level: basic crochet skills

Tutor: Linda Evans
Nine spaces
£15


Thursday 15th February
CROCHET – AFTER THE BASICS
7pm – 8pm

Moving on from basic skills to add joining techniques, Granny squares and changing colours to your repertoire.
Bring: 4mm hook and DK weight yarn in two colours
Skill level: good grasp of basic techniques and a willingness to progress

Tutor: Linda Evans
5 spaces left
£15


Saturday 17th February
TOP DOWN SOCKS (HEEL FLAP)
10am – 1pm

Superb introduction to sock knitting for sock novices or a skills refresher if it’s been a while since you last had a go.
Working on a mini sized sock you will learn all the techniques required to confidently go full size and add sock knitter to your abilities.
You will learn:
The knitted anatomy of a sock
How to work in the round on four needles
How to turn a heel
Heel flap construction
Grafting using Kitchener stitch
Bring: 4mm DPNs and DK yarn
Skill level: intermediate; confidently knit, purl, cast on, cast off, increase and decrease

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
Nine spaces
£35


Thursday 22nd February
CROCHET – AFTER THE BASICS
7pm – 8pm

Moving on from basic skills to add joining techniques, Granny squares and changing colours to your repertoire.
Bring: 4mm hook and DK weight yarn in two colours
Skill level: good grasp of basic techniques and a willingness to progress

Tutor: Linda Evans
Nine spaces
£15


Saturday 24th February
TOE UP SOCKS
10am – 1pm

Superb introduction to sock knitting from the toe upwards instead of cuff downwards; great skills addition or refresher. In class you will make a mini sock, mastering all the techniques to then make full size socks.
You will learn:
Turkish cast on method for the toes
Knitting socks in the round on circular needles
How to knit and shape the toe section
Increasing for the gusset
Turning the heel
Working the heel flap
Altering the cuff length
Doing a stretchy cast off for comfort fit
Bring: 4mm circulars of 80cm length and DK yarn
Skill level: intermediate; confidently knit, purl, cast on, cast off, increase and decrease

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
Nine spaces
£35


Saturday 3rd March
A BEAUTIFUL BUTTON BAND
12pm – 3pm

Another of Renee’s classes that’s already sold out at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018 and a new topic for this year.
Button bands are the final and oft dreaded, step for that project you spent so much time knitting.
You will learn:
Several ways to work buttonholes
How to space your buttonholes perfectly
Professional tips and tricks from a top designer
Bring: 15cm x 15cm stocking stitch swatch in DK with extra DK weight yarn and needles one size smaller than the ones used to knit your swatch; a few buttons; needle and thread for sewing on buttons. In addition, please feel free to bring along a project you have in need of a button band to plan that final touch.
Skill level: advanced beginner; confident stocking stitch skills including increasing and decreasing.

Tutor: Renée Callahan
Nine spaces
£45


Saturday 10th March
TOP DOWN SOCKS (SHORT ROW SHAPING)
10am – 1pm

Sock knitting for the complete novice or a skills refresher for the rusty. Working on a mini sock you will learn all the skills to then go ahead and knit full size socks.
You will learn:
The knitted anatomy of a sock
How to work in the round on four needles
How to turn a heel using short row shaping
Knitting the foot
Grafting the toe using Kitchener stitch
Bring: 4mm DPNs and DK yarn
Skill level: intermediate; confidently knit, purl, cast on, cast off, increase and decrease

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
Nine spaces
£35


Saturday 24th March
INTRODUCTION TO BRIOCHE
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
Nine spaces
£50


Saturday 24th March
CABLE KNITTING MASTERCLASS
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
Nine spaces
£50


Sunday 25th March
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY: WORKING WITH HAND DYED YARNS
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
£10 per ticket


Sunday 25th March
THE FINISHING TOUCH: BLOCKING AND FIBRE CARE
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
£10 per ticket


Saturday 7th April
ZEN AND THE ART OF SEAMLESS SWEATER CONSTRUCTION
12pm – 3pm

Want to knit in the round for a perfect fit, seam-free, nothing more than a couple of ends to tidy instead of sewing up?
You will learn:
Choosing the correct size for you
Working short-row shoulders
Picking up stitches for trims and sweater elements
How to work a set-in seamless sleeve
Adjusting a pattern to get the perfect fit
You’ll finish all you need to get started knitting
Pattern from the Zen Variations Collection included in class
Bring: 4mm needles for small circumference knitting ( 80cm circulars for magic loop or DPNs) and straight knitting (circular or straight needles as you prefer), 1 stitch marker, DK yarn
Skill level: advanced beginner/intermediate; must be confident with knit, purl, cast on, cast off, increase, decrease, able to knit in the round

Tutor: Renée Callahan
Nine spaces
£45


Saturday 14th April
LEARN TO KNIT
10am – 1pm

A class for the complete beginner, a basic skills refresher or a confidence boost for the self-taught recent starter.
Using how to knit a superchunky hat as a basis you will learn:
How to hold your needles
Casting on
Knit and purl stitches
Decreasing
Joining
Understanding different yarn weights and tension, choosing and reading suitable patterns.
Needles and yarn included.

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
Six spaces
£45


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.
www.eastlondonknit.co.uk

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.
www.moochka.co.uk

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.

www.kateatherley.com


BOOKING INFORMATION
Advance booking is essential.
Spaces for classes are on a first come, first served basis by ticket purchase.
Tickets are available in store or we can invoice via PayPal if you send us your preferred class request and number of tickets required.
Tickets are valid only for the class purchased.
Contact details will be noted at the time of booking to allow us to notify of any changes to the published schedule. These details will be used for this purpose only.

CANCELLATIONS
By us:
Classes may be cancelled the week before if there are insufficient numbers to reasonably justify going ahead.
If we regrettably have to cancel the class for this, or any other reason, you will receive a full refund or transfer to another workshop if feasible.
We will contact you as soon as possible if cancellation is likely.
By you:
If we can fill your spot with another student then a refund will be given.
The less notice we are given, the less likely it is that the ticket can be resold – please bear that in mind.

ALL CLASSES
A notebook and pen is a handy thing to bring
Rail for coats and bags
Water and biscuits provided
Loo
Classes are for adults
No animals in the workshop room

SATURDAY CLASSES
Refreshments tray and biscuits

DAY CLASSES
Fridge and microwave available for lunch break use


NEED TO RENT A SPACE?
We are happy to share our beautiful workshop room with others.
If you have something you’d like to do but need some space…your own class, a meeting, photo shoot, large table to cut fabric…come in, have a look and discuss your requirements. Maybe we’ve got what you need.