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Saturday 26th January 2019
FAIR ISLE AND STEEKING – PART 2
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
£70 total for both classes
Saturday 23rd February
A BEAUTIFUL BUTTONBAND
12pm – 3pm
Another of Rénee’s classes that 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
Materials: 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: Rénee Callahan
Saturday 2nd March
9.30am – 3.30pm
Marlisle (combining marl and Fair Isle) is a simple, but unusual system of creating decorative texture and colour shifts in handknitted fabric with a particular focus on seamless knitting in the round. By separating out two yarns generally being held together to form a marl base, Marlisle allows patches of stranded colourwork to be scattered around a garment or accessory without the use of intarsia while avoiding unworkably long floats. It can be used to combine different weights of yarn, throw new light on your stash, overcome frustrations like jogging stripes and even to adapt existing patterns.
This class is an introduction to the technique of Marlisle and how, by understanding the method, you can come up with your own designs using it. You’ll start a circular swatch from your own stitch pattern created on stitch related graph paper. Suitable for a range of skill levels, but perhaps most exciting for confident and adventurous knitters who understand the limitations of standard circular knitting and colourwork techniques.
Minimum skill level: Intermediate, good experience of stranded colourwork. You must be totally comfortable knitting in the round and understand the terminology.
– designing a Marlisle stitch pattern chart on graph paper
– combining colours
– laying the foundations for a personal project
– casting on and off for Marlisle
– working a swatch in the round, including basic knotted steek
– deducing tension
– approaches to changing between colours
– managing floats and yarn
Students to bring
– at least two different pencil colours
– ruler or tape measure
– 4ply/fingering yarn in 2 contrasting, but harmonious colours. At least 25gr of each.
Out of preference, opt for 100% wool, ideally not super wash treated for something a little ‘sticky’ and forgiving for colourwork.
– 3.25mm needles suitable for working small circumferences in the round (depending on personal preference and existing knowledge– aka it’s not a good
time to try magic-loop for the first time!). Students can bring a range of sizes from 2.5mm to 4.5mm, if they wish to adjust for their personal tension on the fly.
Note: You can bring DK/light worsted yarn instead (or in addition) and corresponding needle sizes.
Work out which needle size works for you to get a DENSE garter stitch using two 4ply (or DK) yarns held together.
Tutor: Anna Maltz
Friday 15th March
CASTING ON & BINDING OFF
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
Saturday 16th March
TOP DOWN SOCK INTRODUCTION
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
Saturday 16th March
INTRODUCTION TO SLIP STITCH COLOURWORK
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
Saturday 20th April
KNITTING IN THE ROUND
12pm – 3pm
Going seamless is a game changer! Learn two methods for knitting in the round; Magic Loop and get to grips with Kerplunk for Knitters – double pointed needles DPN.
Materials: 50g of DK weight yarn; 4mm circular needles at least 80cm long; a set of five 4mm DPN; a stitch marker.
Skill level: intermediate beginner confident in knit, purl and unknitting.
Tutor: Rénee Callahan
Unfortunately we have made the decision to cancel the Designer Residency Weekend with Karie Westermann, we apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment this might cause. Full refunds will be made available via the method of payment for all participants.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Saturday 11th May
9am – 3pm
Following an immensely popular small pop-up on the shop floor, Larissa with her brand TRAVELKNITTER, home of exquisite hand dyed yarns of intense saturation, will be setting up for the day in our workshop room so there will be a more extensive range of desirable fibres to behold – if you attended the last one you’ll know there was a queue to get to the goods!
Saturday 18th May
TWICE THE FUN: LEARN TO DOUBLE KNIT
12pm – 3pm
Double knitting, as in double-faced fabric rather than mid range yarn weight, is one of those techniques that looks incredible, adds reversible potential to projects (see Kate Davies book Milarrochy Heids for ‘Tarradale’ by Emily Williams – a fully reversible hat) and is addictive once you learn how.
In this workshop with the calm and encouraging Renee you will cover casting on for double knitting, necessary techniques and how to follow the chart(s) for double knitting.
Materials: 50g each of two colours of DK weight yarn (one light, one dark) for use in class OR allow 200g light/ 200g dark if you want to make a start on a whole project in class rather than a swatch; 3.5mm and 4mm needles either straight or circular; 2 stitch markers.
Skill level: intermediate adept at knit, purl, unknitting and with a competent grasp of general skills.
Tutor: Rénee Callahan
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.
Karie Westermann – Karie Bookish Knits
Karie Westermann does many things with wool and words. She is a full-time knitwear designer, teacher, translator and technical editor.
Karie lives in Glasgow and is originally from Denmark which informs a lot of her creative work.
Anna Maltz is an avid sweaterspotter and knit detective who sees the world through yarn-tinted spectacles. She is an independent knitting pattern designer with a background in Fine Art. She writes a regular column (and the occasional pattern) for Pom Pom Quarterly. She has published two books, Penguin: A Knit Collection, and Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting, as well as contributing to other publications such as A Stash of One’s Own, compiled by Clara Parkes and Making Magazine. She lives in London and teaches all over the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A notebook and pen is a handy thing to bring
Rail for coats and bags
Water and biscuits provided
Classes are for adults
No animals in the workshop room
Refreshments tray and biscuits
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.