Friday Workshops

 

FRIDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS 9am – 12pm

 

1. TURN YOUR LEFT-OVER YARN INTO A MÖBIUS LACE COWL

Teacher: Anne Eunson

All us knitters have a stash of leftover bits of yarn which we’re never sure what to do with. In this class you will be shown how to turn some of your own stash into a functional object which is fun to both knit and wear.

Please bring: Up to 12 yarns from your stash, these can be colour coordinated or totally random. (About 50 gm in weight)
Circular Needle 120mm. in total length. This cowl is knitted at quite a loose tension – if your yarn is mostly fingering weight then 5/5.5mm should be fine. If lace weight then 4/4.5mm.

 


 

2. MARLISLING THE KRAAI MITTS

Teacher: Anna Maltz

Minimum skill level: Intermediate/advanced beginner

Existing knowledge required: Must have experience of colourwork and be confident knitting in the round.

Marlisle (combining marl and colourwork, aka fairisle) is an unusual technique for creating decorative texture and colour shifts with a particular focus on seamless knitting in the round. Marlisle allows patches of stranded colourwork to be scattered around a project 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 can even be used to adapt existing patterns. It’s a fun way to change how you look at knitting.

As an entry point into understanding this novel approach, you’ll cast on a Kraai Mitt, from Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting, under Anna’s expert guidance. A speedy, engrossing little project inspired by old fashioned leather driving gloves with arrows on the fronts that echo birds in flight or road markings. Knitted in the round, it uses increases and decreases to create travelling stitches that mean there’s an interesting shaped chart to follow.

Suitable for a range of skill levels, but perhaps most exciting for knitters who have experimented with stranded colourwork and intarsia and understand the limitations of these existing techniques.

Skills covered:

– an insight into the possibilities of Marlisle
– following a Marlisle stitch pattern from a chart
– transitioning between colours for Marlisle
– long-tail cast-on
– travelling sts
– a variety of increases and decreases
– neat buttonhole construction

Please bring ( students need to know their gauge and needle size for their chosen yarn BEFORE class):

– copy of Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting by Anna Maltz
– 4ply/fingering yarn in 2 contrasting, but harmonious colours. At least 50gr of each.

Go for 100% wool, ideally not super wash treated – you want something a little ‘sticky’.

– 3.25mm DPNs or circular needles long enough for magic loop (depending on personal preference and existing knowledge – aka it’s not a good time to try magic-loop for the first time!) or whatever needle size needed to achieve the correct gauge). Students can bring a range of sizes from 2.5mm to 4.5mm, as they may wish to adjust during class, while we are together.
– pencil (at least 2 colours), scissors, ruler or tape measure

Homework: Work out which needle size works for you to get:
22 stitches x 40 rows = 10cm x 10cm/4”x 4” over garter stitch using both yarns held together after blocking.
This should be a fairly DENSE garter stitch using your chosen two 4ply yarns held together.

 


 

3. BUILDING BLOCKS IN DOUBLE KNITTING –  NB: 4 HOUR CLASS! (09 – 13.00)

Teacher: Chrissie Day

Level: from beginners onwards.

This class is governed by techniques being built upon, one by one, to create a diverse understanding and ability to start double knitting and work onwards.
The class will cover more than the previous ‘Beginners’ and will run longer.
Double knitting is a technique that enables the knitter to produce two layers of knitting in one piece.  The technique can produce tubes, self-lined accessories, and garments.  We have many techniques to learn regarding casting-on, casting-off, shaping simultaneous sides together, and edge work, increasing and decreasing for shape.
We have Cable cast-on, Single colour cast-on, Double colour cast-on, Ribbed cable cast-on, Ribbed long tail cast-on which gives two very distinctive colour sides, Twined cable cast-on, Braided cable cast-on, Two colour long tail ribbed cast-on, Italian cast-on, Two colour tubular cast-on, and Two colour moebius cast-on.
We will cover double-knit ribbing which shows both the colours on either sides in ribbing and the special yarn placements needed to achieve this.
You will learn how to hold the wools and the working principles of hidden stranding.
It is not just a technique to give opposite colours on two sides, there are techniques to learn to produce layers, pockets, cuffs, two types of stitch design garment edging and the latest designs in dissimilar sides double knitting.
Join me in the first lesson of Building Blocks in Double Knitting with full written instructions to take home and a charted design written for the class covering the techniques you have mastered in our time together.
We will keep building our skill level as we explore techniques which interlock your design together as we start our garment or shawl with our double knit edging.
Cover the double knit to single face technique.
Learn to create pockets and the same technique to give pockets in garments learning how to cast off and re-cast on for differing layers.
Quilting layers for our edging for effect, and building lace stitches and cabling.
Garment edgings in double knit and buttonholes in this dual-faced fabric.

Class Pattern: Reversible cuffs. You may have diamonds on both sides or let some of them move from one side. This is an excellent introduction to dissimilar side double knitting.

Please bring: 2-5 colours of yarn and needles to suit your yarn. Bring stitch holder or safety pins to keep sample work on.

 


 

4. UNDERSTANDING SHETLAND LACE

Teacher: Elizabeth Johnston

Join Shetland Handspun’s Elizabeth Johnston to gain an understanding of the details and possibilities of Shetland Lace. Begin by charting and knitting a single motif to understand the placing of the holes and decreases. Take a look at how the motifs form shapes that fit into Shetland garments. Then, with a variety of lace motifs, start planning your own design. You will leave with the skills to plan and knit your own designs.

Please bring: 2, size 3mm DPN’s or 1 circular needle, pencil, rubber, notebook. Yarn and graph paper will be provided.

 


 

5. FEARLESS FAIR ISLE – knitting with two colours for absolute beginners

Teacher: Kurt Payne, New Zealand

Knitting in the round we will patiently explore techniques for handling two coloured yarns in the left hand, right hand or both hands, finding the perfect fit for you.

The class also introduces common Fair Isle techniques and chart reading so you will leave confident to cast on your first project.

Please bring:
2 x 50g balls DK/8ply woollen yarn in contrasting colours,
4mm circular needles or a set of double points
Pen and notepad
Stitch markers
Magnetic board or post it notes for marking charts.

Homework:
In one colour, cast on 80 Stitches, join in the round and knit two rounds.

 


 

6. INTRODUCTION TO KNITTING CABLES

Teacher: Maddie Harvey

Skills needed: Ability to knit and purl.

Level: Beginners

Come and learn how to knit cables and make beautiful patterns and textures within your knitting. You will learn how to knit a single cable and an easy double cable, using a cable needle, and we’ll cover how to decipher written instructions for knitting cables and look at some of the simple chart symbols used too. You will also learn how to knit bobbles and learn some top tricks to make the most of your new cabling skills.

Please bring: 4mm needles, 50g double knit yarn, cable needle

 


 

7. DORSET BUTTON MAKING

Teacher: Tania Ashton Jones

Learn about the traditional craft of Dorset Buttons, a cottage industry dating back to the 1600s.  Make a couple of Dorset Buttons using brass hollow rings and yarn, starting with the Crosswheel design and using the four techniques of casting, slicking, laying and rounding.  Dorset Buttons can be used to give that personal finishing touch to a textile project, update & revitalise an old garment or adorn a hat, bag or cushion.  It’s a great way to use up all those odd ends of yarn to make a beautiful accessory.  With the basic technique mastered there are endless designs and possibilities of how to use them!

Please bring: All workshop materials will be provided.  Although if you have any odd ends of yarn you’d like to incorporate into your Dorset Buttons please bring these along.

 


 

8. SWATCH WITH A PURPOSE

Teacher: Hazel Tindall

Knitters will knit a small fair isle brooch which gives opportunity to try different colours and work in the round using 2 colours.

Please bring: 4 short double pointed needles, 3.0mm or your preferred needles for working small diameters in the round. Small quantitiy of jumperweight yarn used for homework. (Instructor will have a selection of colours for knitting fair isle or you can bring your own colours.)

Homework: Use jumperweight yarn (any colour) and 3mm needle, cast on (18 stitches, place marker) 6 times. 108 stitches in total.

 


FRIDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS 2pm – 5pm

 

9. TURN YOUR LEFT-OVER YARN INTO A MÖBIUS LACE COWL

Teacher: Anne Eunson

All us knitters have a stash of leftover bits of yarn which we’re never sure what to do with. In this class you will be shown how to turn some of your own stash into a functional object which is fun to both knit and wear.

Please bring: Up to 12 yarns from your stash, these can be colour coordinated or totally random. (About 50 gm in weight)

Circular Needle 120mm. in total length. This cowl is knitted at quite a loose tension – if your yarn is mostly fingering weight then 5/5.5mm should be fine. If lace weight then 4/4.5mm.

 


 

10. KNOTTED STEEK (with a Marlisle option)

Teacher: Anna Maltz

Minimum skill level: Intermediate/advanced beginner

Suitable for stranded colourwork knitters of all levels who wish to extend their knowledge or even try steeking for the first time.

Existing knowledge required: Must have experience of colourwork and be confident knitting in the round. No prior steeking experience required.

Steeks are indispensable in allowing you to knit all manner of colourwork projects in the round, from the right side only, thereby avoiding purling with two colours on the wrong side. Steeks are most frequently used to knit cardigans as if they were sweaters. They involve cutting your knitwear, which seams terrifying until you do it. Steeking remains a thrilling moment, because it feels naughty to put scissors to your knits. However, when practiced correctly, your stitches will be totally safe! It’s good to do it in good company the first time,

The knotted steek is an unusual approach that is ideal for maintaining the stretchiness of your knitted fabric in a way that many steeks do not, because they rely on the use of crochet, sewing or ribbon to secure the stitches – these have much less stretch than most knitted fabric. Though it takes some time, the knotted steek results in a very smooth and not at all bulky edge that does not need to be used along the entire edge. This allows for greater flexibility and options in where you use a steek which creates interesting design possibilities. It can also be used to create an attractive, inbuilt fringed edge to shawls and scarves knitted in the round.

Skills covered:

– understanding the function and application of steeks
– casting on and off for a knotted steek
– establishing a steek zone
– using steek edge stitches
– securing stitches for safety
– cutting knits

Please bring ( students need to know their gauge and needle size for their chosen yarn BEFORE class):

– 4ply/fingering yarn in 2 contrasting, but harmonious colours. At least 25gr of each.

Go for 100% wool, ideally not super wash treated – you want something a little ‘sticky’ for easier steeking.

– 3mm DPNs or circular needles long enough for magic loop (depending on personal preference and existing knowledge – aka it’s not a good time to try magic-loop for the first time!) or whatever needle size needed to achieve a good colourwork gauge). Students can bring a range of sizes from 2.25mm to 4mm, as they may wish to adjust during class, while we are together.

– pencil, small sharp scissors

 


 

11. MELODY OF SHAWL SHAPES

Teacher: Chrissie Day

This class focuses on the theory of shaping knitted shawls, transforming shawl shaping formulas, and advanced shawl shaping recipes. It is a masterclass and I will walk you step-by-step through all the calculations and knitting steps for over 35 shawl shapes and variations. We will introduce stitches with reversible design for your Shawls plus new Tuck stitches to add 3-dimensional elements. So come along and become a better shawl designer. Once you have mastered construction of shape then there is only colour/stitch design to add-in for unique pieces. We will take 8 basic shawl shapes and learn the construction of design techniques before stitch pattern and colour are added.  We will look at these in detail and knit them up in miniature for reference in our 3 hour class.

Pattern book provided to take home to cover further designs.

Required: Please bring wool and needles to suit for class.

 


 

12. SHETLAND HAPS

Teacher: Elizabeth Johnston

Shetlanders knit Shawls and Haps – I love to knit Haps. These can be simple or decorative, but the important part is the border section of ‘hap shell’ or ‘old shell’ pattern, forming a wave in the knitting, where colour can be used to great effect. The class will look at hap construction, how it is worked in one piece, and including colour in the borders. Choose colours for your own border design and start a knit a mini hap to test your choices. Instructions to complete your sampler and knit a full shawl will be provided.

Please bring: 3, size 3mm DPN’s or 1 circular needle, pencil, rubber, notebook. Yarn and pattern will be provided.

 


 

13. DORSET BUTTON MAKING

Teacher: Tania Ashton Jones

Learn about the traditional craft of Dorset Buttons, a cottage industry dating back to the 1600s.  Make a couple of Dorset Buttons using brass hollow rings and yarn, starting with the Crosswheel design and using the four techniques of casting, slicking, laying and rounding.  Dorset Buttons can be used to give that personal finishing touch to a textile project, update & revitalise an old garment or adorn a hat, bag or cushion.  It’s a great way to use up all those odd ends of yarn to make a beautiful accessory.  With the basic technique mastered there are endless designs and possibilities of how to use them!

Workshop Materials:

All workshop materials will be provided.

Although if you have any odd ends of yarn you’d like to incorporate into your Dorset Buttons please bring these along.

 


 

14. CABLING WITHOUT A CABLE NEEDLE

Teacher: Maddie Harvey

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Ability to cable with a cable needle/intermediate

Learn how to speed up your cable knitting by getting rid of your cable needle! In this class we will cover several different methods of cabling without a cable needle, for both right and left-leaning cables, and help you to find a method that you feel comfortable with. We will also have a look at charted cable patterns and learn how to decipher different cable symbols.

Please bring: 4mm needles, 50g double knit yarn

 


 

15. DESIGNING MODERN GANSEYS

Teacher: Kurt Payne, New Zealand

Traditional Ganseys are knit in high twist five ply ‘seaman’s iron’ which was perfect for fishermen in the 19th century. The beautiful knit and purl based designs knit up wonderfully in modern, softer, solid colour and heathered yarns.

This class takes you from tension swatch to a written plan for a Gansey or cardigan inspired by Scottish fleet designs and traditional construction techniques using your own measurements and favourite yarn.

Please bring:

Pen and notepad.
Calculator.
Ruler and tape measure.
Tapestry needle and scrap yarn.
1 x ball of the jersey lot of yarn you would like to knit your Gansey with. Anything from a 4ply – 10ply is suitable, preferably wool and a solid colour or heathered.
Circular or double pointed needle sets to match the yarn.

Homework:
Cast on 90 stitches, join in the round and knit in work measures 4”/10cm, cast off.
Gently wash and block ready to measure in the class.

If you do not like the fabric you have made, change up or down a needle size and knit another swatch.
Note if you are designing for someone other than yourself you will need their chest measurement.

 


 

16. INTRODUCTION TO FAIR ISLE YOKES

Teacher: Hazel Tindall

Skill level: Intermediate

Skill level information: Experience of knitting with two colours in a row.

Participants are shown yoked garments and a selection of vintage yoke patterns cut from worn out garments. Knit a small section of yoke to try colours and to understand the shaping. Handout gives instructions for knitting a yoked jumper.

Please bring: 2 short double pointed needles (at least 20cm long), 3.0mm or your preferred needles. Small quantitiy of jumperweight yarn used for homework. (Instructor will have a selection of colours for knitting fair isle or you can bring your own colours.)

Homework: Use jumperweight yarn (any colour) and 3mm needle, cast on 50 stitches, work back and forth. Work 4 rows of K1, P1 rib followed by 1 knit row and 1 purl row. Do not cast off the stitches.

 


 

FULL DAY WORKSHOP FRIDAY (09 – 12.00 and 14 – 17.00 )

31. ESTONIAN LACE WORKSHOP

Teacher: Ethel Hillier

This workshop is for knitters who are at least competent beginners

This workshop covers  an introduction to lace knitting including vital rules for success

History of Estonian Lace.
The special stitches of  Estonian Lace
The construction of the traditional Estonian shawl and patterns
We will knit a sampler using the stitches and some patterns

Please bring  

Needles size 3.75mm.
1 ball of lace weight wool – shetland 2-ply is best
Stitch markers

 


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