Workshop registration OPENS JUNE 1, 2018!
 

All workshops are three hours in length and require advance registration.
Entrance to the Yarnporium marketplace is included in the cost of the workshop. 
All workshops are approximately three hours long. Cost per workshop: £65.
Please note that workshops are non-refundable except where a workshop is cancelled and unable to take place.

SATURday, November 3, 2018

Knitwear Photography - Jonna Hietala / Sini Ellen
At this workshop, we will dive into the world of knitwear photography. We will go through basic camera settings and how to bring out the best of your photos through post processing. By going through examples, we will learn about light and composition, how to create a picture with a story. Time for hands-on practice, one-on-one feedback and discussion will be given.

Experience Level - The workshop is open to photographers of all skill levels.

Materials to bring:

  • Camera (mirrorless, DSLR or mobile phone)


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The Pi Shawl - Kate Atherley
The circular Pi shawl is a fabulous and fascinating project, and it's a great way to expand your lace knitting skills. It's also very easy to customize, and works well with any weight of yarn. Use one of our standard templates, or create your own one-of-a-kind lace piece. If you've got a favourite lace stitch pattern, bring it, and I’ll show you how to use it in your own design. I'll demonstrate the magical circular beginning – and some easier alternatives, and demonstrate several clever and easy finishes, including the no-cast-off, blocking-friendly crochet edging.

Experience level: Adventurous Beginner and above. Lace experience is not necessary.

Materials to bring:

  • 1,000m - 1,200m of yarn and DPNs and a 16 inch circular needle to match: for sock/fingering weight bring 3.75mm/US #5 needles, for DK weight, bring 5mm/US #8 needles.

  • Heavier weight scrap yarn

  • Crochet hook in size appropriate for the project yarn


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My Dream Sweater - Julie Dubreux
Create your own sweater that fits your body shape and suits your fashion sense. Learn about top-down raglan sweater construction and proportions and how to make the alterations that are just right to make you feel good!

Materials to bring:

  • DK weight yarn

  • 4mm and 4.5mm circular needles

  • Stitch markers


Knitting Socks Two at a Time - Jane Lithgow
In this class you will learn how to impress your friends or strangers on the bus by knitting two socks at a time on one long circular needle. This technique is really useful for people who suffer from second sock syndrome or if you want to ensure that you match shaping or stripes. You will learn casting on and working socks from the top down and the toe up.

Experience level: Intermediate. You must have the ability to knit at least either a top down or a toe up sock. Familiarity with knitting in the round using Magic Loop and casting on a toe up sock is helpful but not essential. There will be time to brush up on Magic Loop and Judy's Magic Cast On if needed.

 


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Strantarsia - Nathan Taylor
We all know that intarsia can't be done in the round. You CAN, however, work a panel of stranded (think fair isle) knitting in the round, where the colourwork does not go all the way round the piece, but is only worked in one specific area.

This is a technique that I have pioneered myself and it's really fun to do. Its applications are many and various. You can put a contrasting motif on the ankle of a sock, or a sports logo on the front of a hat. Fancy working a patch of colourwork into the breast of a jumper knitted in the round? Thought you could only achieve it with duplicate stitch after the event? Not any more! Now you can add little patches of stranded colourwork anywhere you like in your in-the-round projects.

Skills covered include knitting backwards (the ability to work your knitting from the right needle to the left, so that you don't need to turn the work), how to create the Strantarsia panel itself, and the mechanics of how it works, and tips on joining the colours so that there are no holes where one section flows into the next.

Experience Level - Adventurous Beginner: This is a class that will be suitable for knitters with some experience of stranded/fair isle knitting, who are comfortable with working with two colours of yarn at the same time, and who are looking to expand their horizons. You need to be competent in two-colour colourwork knitting and working in the round.

Materials to bring:

  • 4mm needles (circular or straights) - or size appropriate for yarn chosen4

  • 2 x 20g balls of DK weight yarn in highly contrasting colours (choose a grippy, natural fibre wool suitable for colourwork such as Shetland wool for best results)

Homework:

  • A swatch worked as follows:

  • Using DK weight yarn and appropriately sized needles with your main colour cast on 42 sts in the round. Work 8 rounds of 1x1 rib, followed by 4 rounds of stocking stitch/stockinette. Do not work any colour changes. DO NOT CAST OFF YOUR SWATCH! We will continue knitting it in class.


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Brioche Stitch Basics - Renée Callahan
Welcome to the wonderful world of brioche stitch! In this workshop you will learn how to knit plain brioche rib stitch, brioche stitch terminology, how to read your brioche knitting, how to troubleshooting your brioche, and begin working brioche rib stitch in two colours.

Experience Level - Intermediate: confident knitting, purling, casting on, unknitting.

Materials to bring:

  • 4mm circular needle

  • 2 x 50g balls of DK weight yarn: one light and one dark (a smooth, solid, wool-based yarn works well)


British Breed Yarn Tasting - Jane Lithgow
In this class you will learn the different styles of yarn and characteristics of different British sheep breeds. Participants will be able to swatch with a range of different yarns as they learn how they can best be used. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the wide variety of sheep found across the UK.

Experience level: Beginner.

Materials to bring:

  • A variety of sizes of knitting needles for swatching


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Demystifying Double Knitting - Nathan Taylor
This is a class for knitters who want to explore the wonderful world of double-knitting (DK). That's the two-sided technique, not the yarn weight! DK is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting, so no more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one as whatever beautiful pattern is displayed on the front shows on the back too, but with the colours reversed. Magic!

In this class we will explore how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you. We'll talk a little bit about what is possible in the technique to give you a flavour of where this foundation can eventually lead you, and make sure you get familiar with what yarn goes where!

We'll start with a two-colour cast on, learning about simple, no-pattern DK (one colour on one side, and a different colour on the other), reading DK charts, and changing colours. While learning you'll be creating a cute little coaster with a gorgeous heart design on it. 

Experience Level - Adventurous Beginner: ability to knit and purl. Please be familiar with the long-tail cast on. Familiarity working with two yarns at the same time is good but not essential.

Materials to bring:

  • 4mm needles (circular or straights)

  • 2 x 10g balls of DK weight yarn in contrasting colours (choose a smooth yarn with a high twist for best results)

Homework:

  • Know the long-tail cast on, tying a slipknot with two strands of yarn, and knitting two stitches together with TWO strands of yarn.


Introduction to Garment Alterations - Kate Atherley
Found the perfect pattern but can't find a yarn that matches gauge? Want to change the size of a pattern? Need shorter sleeves, or a longer body, or a different neckline? We'll teach you how to alter a pattern -- whether for a different gauge, or to change the fit or style. We’ll also discuss how to choose patterns that are easiest to alter, and good designs that can be leaping-off points for your own inspirations.

Experience level: Intermediate. Suitable for knitters who have worked a couple of garments from a pattern.

Materials to bring:

  • Paper and pencil

  • Tape measure

  • Calculator

  • Any patterns you're interested in altering


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    Shake Your Shawl Shapes - Julie Dubreux
    Explore shawl construction, classic and wilder shapes. Have fun with colours and textures, and discover the many possibilities there are to knit large shawls with few stitches at a time!

    Materials to bring:

    • Leftover yarn in different weights and colours and circular needles 

    • Stitch markers