Distance Knitting

Hand Knitting Workshops

The one day workshops I currently offer are:

Patchwork/Domino Knitting

A creative way to make original items of knitting using a variety of individual units. Choose from squares, or strips and shells, to mention just a few of the variations available to you in this exciting technique.

This workshop can be extended to two days to cover designing your own original garment/item using this technique.

 
Patchwork Cushion 1
Patchwork Cushion 2
Shells bag close up
 

Bead Knitting

There are many ways of using beads with knitting from embellishing a simple garment to make it unique, making precious purses, to creating unusual and original jewellery.

Choose from one of the following classes:

 
Bead Knitted Purse

Beaded knitted purse

Bdea Knited Cuff

Bead knitted cuff

Bead Knitted Necklace

Beaded knitted necklace

 

Freeform Knitting

Freeform KnittingFreeform knitting is a technique which combines a variety of colours, textures and stitch patterns working in different directions, to create unique pieces of knitting. The knitting can be worked as one piece that continues to grow in all directions or many small pieces called 'scrumblings' which are joined together later when making up the item.

The technique can be worked in knitting alone, or it can be combined with crochet, and the pieces that are made can be tacked to canvas and blended in with canvas work as well.

Felted Knitting and Needle Felting

Felted knitting is a great way to make bags, slippers and soft furnishings among other items. Once the knititng has been felted it cal also be embellished with needle felting.

 
Squares felted bag

Squares Felted Bag

Felted Knitting

Felted Knitting

Circles Felted Bag

Circles Felted Bag

 

Colour Knitting, Fair Isle stranded knitting

Fair Isle knittingLearn to work 2-colour stranded knitting with a yarn in each hand. During the workshop we look at the way colour can affect the appearance of the pattern and then students have the opportunity to start knitting a Fair Isle beret in the round working with a yarn in each hand.

Two-colour Slip Stitch

Slip Stitch CushionKnit two-colour patterns without the problems of working with more than one yarn in each row. This simple colour technique can be used to create some very unusual patterns and textures.

Using up your Stash, Gifts and small items

Stash samplesWe all have a yarn stash including 'odd balls' you might use one day. This workshop looks at a number of stitch techniques to make the most of a variety of colours and textures within one piece of knitting. It also looks at a variety of small items that can be made from left over yarn e.g. fingerless gloves, scarves, jewellery etc.

Stash Christmas Items

This workshop offers a number of Christmas decorations and small gift ideas that can be made from small amounts of yarn. They don't take long to make so are great for last minute gift ideas as well.

Finishing Techniques

This workshop is now offered in 2 parts in order to provide a thorough grounding in Finishing Techniques. In the first workshop we will look at different ways of casting on and casting off (including 3-needle cast off)and the best methods for sewing up your knitted items. In the second workshop we look at picking up stitches for necklines and knitting buttonhole bands.

Socks

SocksI currently offer 3 different sock knitting workshops, learn to knit a basic sock, toe-up socks and short row heel and toe socks

Learn to knit basic socks covers knitting with 4dp needles i.e. the stitches on 3 needles and knitting with a 4th. The workshop also covers the traditional heel flap and gusset style heel and grafted toe.

Toe-up Socks are worked on 2 circular needles (although 5dps can be used instead) and covers the Turkish cast on, a short row heel and a sewn cast off.

Short Row heel and toe socks can be worked on 5dp, 2 circulars or 'magic loop'. They are cast on at the cuff, the heel and toe are worked using the same short row shaping and the stitches are cast off using a variation of 3-needle cst off.

Lace Sampler Scarf

lace knittingIn this workshop stuents will learn to follow lace charts as well as knititng a number of samples of different lace patterns. The workshop will also cover the use of stitch markers to keep track of your pattern repeats in lace and 'life lines' in case you have to undo your knititng.

Advanced Lace: Shaping in Lace

In this workshop we will cover some aspects covered by the Lace Sampler Scarf workshop i.e. charts, stitch markers and life lines but in particular with regard to knitting a garment in an all over lace pattern

Cables, Travelling and Twisted stitches

cables travelling and twisted stitchesIn this workshop we look at a variety of cable patterns from traditonal cables, travelling stitches which move groups of stitches across the knititng indiagonal lines to Bavarian twisted stitch pattern. Students will also learn to read cable charts and will have the opportunity to knit a variety of samples in the day.

Bavarian Twisted Stitch Beret

Learn about some of the traditional Bavarian stitch patterns (similar to Aran) while make a beret in the round

Knit 1 Below: Brioche Stitch

Knit 1 Below is a technique that allows you to knit vertical stripes while working with only one yarn at a time. It is similar to Brioche Stitch or 2-colour Fisherman's Rib but is worked in a stocking stitch base. The workshop covers the basic 'Knit 1 Below' technique and if there is time will go on to look at other variations of Brioche Stitch.

Embellish Your Knitting

In this workshop we look at a number of ways to embellish your knitting including Swiss darning, embroidery and applique

Beyond a scarf; Learn to knit from a pattern

This workshop is for beginners who have learnt to knit but are not confident about following a knititng pattern or how to work garment shaping to produce a well finished garment. during the workshop we go through the information provided by most commercially produced patterns and what this actually means in terms of knitting. During the workshops students also knit a mini garment front to put some of the shaping techniques into practice.

Knitting with Handspun

HandspunLooks at different ways of making the most of your handspun yarn and covers some basic principles of designing your own garment. During the workshop we look at different types of yarn and the most suitable stitch patterns for each yarn, the importance of making a test sample, a simple percentage system for designing a garment and some knitting methods of finishing your garment.

Reversible Fabrics

Learn to knit a variety of reversible fabrics.

Choose from one of the following

If your group/guild would like a specific topic covered I am happy to offer workshops tailored to the group's requirements.

Charges

Workshops up to 15 people£150.00 plus travel at 30p/mile