Classes on offer:
- Shetland Lace Knitting – Shetland is known for delicate lace shawls knitted in very fine yarn. In this workshops, we’ll look briefly at the history of Shetland lace shawls and you’ll practice working Shetland lace stitches, reading lace charts, and construction methods of traditional Shetland lace shawls. This class is suitable for confident knitters. Experience in lace knitting is not essential as there will be a choice of lace patterns to suit various experience levels. All materials will be supplied.
- Fair Isle Knitting – Stranded colour work includes both traditional fair isle and traditional Scandinavian colour work. You will learn how to work with two colours at a time, how to hold two colours, how to strand the yarn, how to knit in the round using the magic loop technique and how to read a fair isle/stranded colour work chart. All materials will be supplied. Suitable for adventurous beginners and intermediate knitters.
- Steeking – So that a garment can be knitted in the round, the traditional method of steeking is commonly used in Norwegian and fair isle patterns to cut the holes needed for armholes or down the front of cardigans. This workshop will include how to reinforce a steek before cutting, the ‘steek sandwich’, how to cut and how to pick up for edgings. We’ll also cover topics such as why steeks are used, how they are used in various designs, and the benefits of being able to knit items in the round without worrying about armholes or knitting fronts of cardigans separately. This workshop will require you to knit a fair isle swatch in the round (pattern will be provided) in advance of the workshop. Suitable for intermediate knitters.
Jen Best – Beaker Button
This workshop will start with a crosswheel Dorset Button, the most popular and easiest style to make, and progress through various stitching techniques. Once you have mastered the basic stitches you will be able to invent your own styles of button. We’ll cover threads, rings, tools and a little history. We’ll also explore different ways of using them. Then we’ll look at how to design a Dorset button posy, and progress through various stitching techniques to make your own piece.
All materials are included in this workshop
Emma Bevan – Ffolky Ffelt
Needle felted miniature landscape. All materials included.
Renée Callahan – East London Knit
1. Brioche Stitch Basics
- Brioche stitch terminology
- How to knit plain brioche stitch
- How to work 2-colour brioche rib
- Working increases and decreases
2. Twice the Fun: Learn to Double Knit
- How to cast on for double knitting
- Double knitting techniques
- How to follow the chart(s) for double knitting
- How to cast off
- This class includes a pattern