Workshop Dates

April – September 2018


Saturday 7th April
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
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Saturday 14th April
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
Understanding different yarn weights and tension, choosing and reading suitable patterns.
Needles and yarn included.

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
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Saturday 5th May
10am – 1pm

One of our most popular classes covering professional finishing techniques for knitters.
You will learn:
Various joining methods
Which methods to use; where and when to use them for best results
Finishing and fitting of shoulder and sleeve seams
Increase and decrease methods
Casting on and casting off techniques for best use and appearance
Picking up stitches
How to work a perfectly neat buttonhole
Importance and methods of blocking
Bring: 4mm needles
3 square swatches of stocking stitch 10cm x 10cm in DK or worsted weight yarn
2 squares swatches of garter stitch 10cm x 10cm
Sewing up needle and you are encouraged to bring a project that you would like to finish off using the techniques in this workshop

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
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Saturday 19th May
10am – 1pm

Mosaic knitting produces a pattern complex in appearance but as easy to master as knitting in stripes and carrying yarn.
During this class Anna will introduce you to the technique, giving you all the skills necessary to produce two coloured knitting with a striking appearance.
Bring: 4mm needles and DK yarn in two contrasting colours of your choice
Skill level: confident with excellent grasp of knit, purl, cast on, cast off, increase, decrease and ability to read and follow patterns

Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
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Designer Residency: Karie Westermann

Saturday 9th June
10.30am – 4.30pm

Full day class with breaks for refreshments and lunch.

Shetland lace sounds daunting but in this workshop Karie will teach you how to apply this technique to make a hap shawl. Together you will explore the different techniques used: picking up the stitches; reading and understanding a lace chart; how to knit an applied edge.
We’ll talk different lace traditions and how best to ‘hack’ a lace shawl. You’ll also get a chance to look at some stunning samples whilst you crack the code!
Bring: 4mm needles, circular at least 60cm length or straights
4 ply yarn containing at least 50% wool
5 stitch markers
Skill level: intermediate; confident with knit, purl, knit two together, yarn overs, casting on and off. No previous lace experience required.

Tutor: Karie Westermann
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Sunday 10th June
11am – 2pm

Why not pick up a technique that will transform how you think about stranded knitting?
In this class you will learn an efficient and practical way of knitting with two colours at the same time.
Karie will teach you:
How to knit colourwork holding the yarn in two hands
How to keep your yarn floats correctly tensioned
How to control colour dominance
How to speed up your colourwork knitting
Colour planning

This class includes instructions on how to combine continental with the standard throwing technique and is suitable for people who knit either way.
There will be plenty knitted samples for inspiration.
Bring: 4mm needles – you’ll be working back and forth as well as in the round with small circumference so bring your preferred needles for this
DK weight yarn in two colours, 50g of one colour, 25g of another – yarn must be wool or predominantly wool
Sewing up needle
2 stitch markers
Skill level: intermediate; comfortable knitting in the round and able to follow a simple colourwork chart

Tutor: Karie Westermann
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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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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.

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.

Karie Westermann
Karie Westermann is a knitwear designer and tutor working from Belfast to Brighton. Her client list includes Rowan Yarns, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Oslo Strikkefestival, Malabrigo, Blacker Yarns and Eden Cottage Yarns. Karie also regularly appears in UK knitting magazines and podcasts. She is an experienced and sought-after tutor with more than 15 years’ experience teaching at all levels. Her first book — This Thing of Paper — was published on November 30, 2017.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.