Saturday Workshops

SATURDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS 9am – 12pm

 

17.MINIATURE SHETLAND SHAWL

Teacher: Anne Eunson

In this class you will start to knit your own square Shetland Lace Shawl. You will be shown the traditional way of how the pieces are knitted and then grafted together. Once armed with these skills, you will then be able to knit any size of shawl you desire in the future.

Please bring: 1 Ball lace yarn. I pr Knitting Needles approx 3mm, or size recommended for your particular yarn.

 


 

18. PREPARING FOR A TOP-DOWN COLOURWORK SWEATER KNITTING ADVENTURE

Teacher: Anna Maltz

MINIMUM SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate/advanced

EXISTING KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

– you must have experience knitting a sweater involving colourwork
– you must be totally comfortable knitting in the round and understand the terminology

In this class, we’ll discuss embarking on making a top-down yoked sweater to fit you – knitting without using a pattern! Knitting from the top down, with colourwork thrown in, is an adventurous way to work. There will be fun choices and tricky ones along the way (fit, colours and short-rows, to name a few) and you choose how much (or little) planning you would like to do before you pick up your needles and yarn.  It’s about the thrill of a journey where you have a looser idea of your final-destination. It is not for the feint hearted, but you don’t need to be a mathematical or knitting whizz to do it.

Whichever level of wing-it suits your approach to knitting (and likely, life), it’s useful to start with knowing a few simple equations, measurements and principals so you can think about how they relate to each other (and your dream sweater). This class is discussion-based and aims to send you off inspired with a good grounding in how to proceed with confidence (and plenty of permission to fudge).

SKILLS COVERED

– planning a top down knitted sweater to fit you
– measuring for fit
– considering ease
– the benefit of short rows
– managing floats
– combining colours to build a palette
– deducing tension

Please bring: For discussion purposes, students may wish to bring:

YARN

Bring a good selection of your woollen DK or 4ply/fingering weight oddments leftover from previous projects and lonely single balls! The weight you choose depends on which weight you would like your sweater to be, but note that examples will be given for DK.

This will allow us to discuss building our palettes together from what we have and what is available around us in the yarn shop. Swapping encouraged – the colour you have lost the love for may be exactly someone else’s cup of tea. In colourwork, you never know what strange (and sometimes revolting) colours will make it sing – so bring them nasty ones.

GENERAL

– pencil
– at least 4 different coloured pencils
– tape measure
– note paper/book
– squared/graph/stitch related paper
– calculator (if you don’t have a mobile phone with one on it)

If you have a favourite sweater fit-wise (bought, borrowed, handmade or not) wear it to the workshop (or simply bring it along) so you can take some measurements from it as reference. If you have a dream sweater in mind, draw it and bring your drawing along.

 


 

19. KNIT-CROCHET WEAVE MEMORIES FROM TIME IN THE HIGHLANDS (9am-1pm)

Teacher: Chrissie Day

Chrissie Day is the author of ‘Wire Jewellery: Crocheted, Knitted, Twisted and Beaded’.

In this class, she will teach in a different venue to the classroom to let us all be  inspired by the colours from Fanø’s beach and sand dunes, fir trees and structures from the ships riggings, working with wire, wool and rubber to create a piece of knitted/crocheted jewellery to remember the island.

We will use wools to weave tiny pieces to incorporate into the work as fine as can be, mixed with fine wires.

Please bring: The finest yarn you can bring, and tiny crochet hooks (under 1.00mm).

 


 

20. BEGINNER SPINNING, SPINDLE OR SPINNING WHEEL

Teacher: Elizabeth Johnston

Join Elizabeth Johnston from Shetland Handspun, and discover the historical craft of hand carding and spinning on a spindle or a spinning wheel.  Judge a fleece for quality. Sort, and card wool direct from Shetland sheep which have grazed on the hill.  “Get the feel” of simple creation – making yarn! If you weave, knit, or crochet, you can further personalize your textiles with your own yarn by learning these age old skills. For a beginner or a fairly new spinner.

Please bring any equipment you have – a spinning wheel, or spindle, carder, lazy kate and niddy noddy, but some spindles and other items will be available.

Fleece will be supplied.

 


 

21. GET ORGANISED: MAKE A PERPETUAL KNITTING WORKBOOK

Teacher: Laura West                                                              

Is your knitting bag a jumble of wool, needles, patterns, paper scraps and tension samples? • Wouldn’t it be nice to have all these bits of paper and yarn scraps in one place with plenty of extra blank sheets to jot on? • In this workshop you will make a ‘perpetual’ (knitting (or spinning) workbook which contains a project sheet, clear pockets for your yarn or tension samples, buttons, plenty of paper (plain, ruled and grid) AND your current knitting pattern! •

All materials, inserts and How-to-Make guide provided. No experience necessary.

 


 

22. INTRODUCTION TO MAGIC LOOP KNITTING

Teacher: Maddie Harvey

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Skills needed: Some knowledge of knitting in the round, either on double pointed needles or with a smallcircumference

Learn how to knit using magic loop: a fantastic way to knit in the round on any sized circumference. We will be casting-on and setting-up our stitches for magic loop knitting, and making a small notions pouch. Learn to work stocking stitch and garter stitch in magic loop and also how to fix common mistakes, such as laddering, increasing stitches accidentally, and twisting your work, as well as other magic loop trouble shooting.

Please bring: Needed: 4mm / 100cm circular needle, 50g double knit yarn

 


 

23. CREATE YOUR OWN TAM O´SHANTER

Teacher: Kurt Payne, New Zealand

A Tam, Tammie or Tam o’ Shanter is a versatile hat shape that suits a lot of heads and yarn types as well as making the perfect emergency container for carrying the brambleberries you discover on an autumn walk.

In this class we will design and cast on a Tam using your own yarn for a truly unique creation and explore construction techniques and finishing options.

Please bring:
Pen and notepad.
Calculator.
Ruler.
Tapestry needle and scrap yarn.
Stitch markers.
100 – 150g desired yarn either all in one colour or multiple colours. Anything from 4ply – 12ply is suitable, gradients and sports team colours are great!
Matching needles, either circular or double pointed.

Homework:
Cast on 60 stitches, join in the round, knit for 2-3” / 5-7.5cm, place on scrap yarn or 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.
If you would like to incorporate some Fair Isle designs into your Tam, practice these in your sample swatch.

 


SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS 2pm-5pm

 

24.MINIATURE SHETLAND SHAWL

Teacher: Anne Eunson

In this class you will start to knit your own square Shetland Lace Shawl. You will be shown the traditional way of how the pieces are knitted and then grafted together. Once armed with these skills, you will then be able to knit any size of shawl you desire in the future.

Please bring: 1 Ball lace yarn. I pr Knitting Needles approx 3mm, or size recommended for your particular yarn.

 


 

25. INTRODUCTION TO MARLISLE

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 create a circular swatch from a choice of designs provided (we might even get round to a sneaky bit of steeking). 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. The aim is to send you off inspired.

Skills covered:

– following a Marlisle stitch pattern from a chart
– working a swatch in the round, including basic knotted steek
– combining colours
– deducing tension

Please bring:

– pencil (at least 2 colours), scissors, ruler or tape measure
– 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’.

– 3.25mm DPNs or circular needles long enough for magic loop (depending on personal preference and existing knowledge). 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.

Homework: Work out which needle size works for you to get a DENSE garter stitch using two 4ply yarns held together.

 


 

26. BUILDING BLOCKS IN DOUBLE KNITTING (2pm-6pm)

Teacher: Chrissie Day

A new double knitting class 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.

 


 

27. KNIT A FAIR-ISLE BOOKMARK

Teacher: Hazel Tindall

Practice techniques for knitting with 2 colours at a time, knitting in the round, use a steek, and pick up stitches from the steek edge.

Please bring: 3 or 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 41 stitches, work back and forth for 3 rows: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1. (moss/seed stitch). Next row: K1, (K3, make 1) 12 times, K4 – you should now have 53 stitches.

 


 

28. GET ORGANISED: MAKE A PERPETUAL KNITTING WORKBOOK

Teacher: Laura West                                                              

Is your knitting bag a jumble of wool, needles, patterns, paper scraps and tension samples? • Wouldn’t it be nice to have all these bits of paper and yarn scraps in one place with plenty of extra blank sheets to jot on? • In this workshop you will make a ‘perpetual’ (knitting (or spinning) workbook which contains a project sheet, clear pockets for your yarn or tension samples, buttons, plenty of paper (plain, ruled and grid) AND your current knitting pattern! •

All materials, inserts and How-to-Make guide provided. No experience necessary.

 


 

 

29. KNITTING TWO AT A TIME

Teacher: Maddie Harvey

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Already be familiar with the magic loop method of knitting in the round.

Knitting ‘two at a time” or TAAT, is a fantastic way of knitting two matching items in the round, at the same time, such as sleeves, mittens and socks. During the class you will learn how to cast-on for TAAT knitting and how to set-up your needles and stitches to avoid twisting your work. We will discuss when TAAT knitting is useful and when it’s not, and how to use it to make matching items and mirrored items. During the class you will make a pair of fingerless mitts and also learn how to fix common TAAT mistakes.

Please bring: 4mm / 100cm circular needle, 50g double knit yarn

 


 

30. BRIOCHE RIB PLAID

Teacher: Kurt Payne, New Zealand

Create a beautifully squishy, reversible, multicolored fabric suitable for scarves, shawls and blankets. Using knit one below to create the brioche structure and intarsia for colour blocking we will knit up a plaid which can be in your clan tartan colours! It sounds tricky but once you are established it is a breeze with no yarn overs or purling.

Please bring:

4 x 100g balls DK/8ply yarn in 3 or 4 colours. Choose clan tartan colours or experiment with long variegated and speckled yarns.
4.5mm circular needle
Pen and notepad
A shoe-box or basket might be handy for keeping yarns in order
Stitch-markers.

 


FULL DAY WORKSHOP SATURDAY

 

 

32. LACE FINISHING TECHNIQUES

Teacher: Ethel Hillier

This workshop teaches how to finish your lace creation and make it beautiful

We cover

Lace edges of different traditions of Northern Europe
How to join 2 pieces of knitting  including Grafting (Kitchener stitch)
Yarn joins
Mistakes and what to do!
How to block your work
We will knit a lace sample with a knit-on edge. We will also knit and attach a lace edge to our grafted sample
This workshop is knitters who are at least competent beginners

Please bring:

Lace yarn -1 ball-shetland 2 ply or similar is best
3.75-4 mm needles
Large Tapestry needle with a blunt end
Small amount of coloured wool lace weight for your graft(so you can see it)
Stitch markers and stitch holders
Please knit 2 pieces of knitting in a laceweight (again shetland 2-ply weight) in stocking stitch- 30 stitches and 15 rows each .Leave stitches on needle holders as we will graft these two pieces


 

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