Knitting Course – six sessions
with Jacqui Harding – £20 per session (£10 for Atelier members) – Get all six sessions for £80 (£40 for Atelier members)
- Session 1: Wednesday October 10th (19-21) – Knitting in the round
- Session 2: Wednesday October 17th (19-21) – Colourwork knitting – Intarsia
- Session 3: Wednesday October 31st (19-21) – Blocking
- Session 4: Wednesday November 7th (19-21) – Finishing techniques
- Session 5: Wednesday November 14th (19-21) – Colourwork knitting – Stranded
- Session 6: Wednesday November 21st (19-21) – Steeking – deliberately cutting your knitting
Level up your knitting skills in a series of workshops with knitting pattern designer Jacqui. Jacqui will give you tips and techniques that will help you get your knitting look good enough for the magazines. Why do patterns tell you to swatch? How can you choose a different yarn? What on earth is magic loop? How do you sew up seams neatly? And how can you knit with more than one colour? We will cover all of these and more in a series of six evening workshops that will look at; knitting in the round, intarsia, stranded knitting, finishing techniques and blocking. Suitable for knitters who want to improve their skills, from adventurous beginners through to experienced knitters.
Session 1: Wednesday October 10th (19-21)
Knitting in the round:
Knitting in the round can look fiddly, and the needles look strange. In fact, knitting in the round is a traditional technique, it’s been around for hundreds of years. We will try knitting with 4 or 5 double point needles, circular needles & demystify magic loop knitting over the evening.
#magicloop #circularneedles #circularknitting #dpns #knittingintheround
Session 2: Wednesday October 17th (19-21)
Colourwork knitting – Intarsia: Intarsia knitting is generally used for motifs & is knitted flat. Think of children’s jumpers with cartoon characters on, or intricate Kaffe Fasset type creations. It is worked with small lengths of yarn for each colour change, and the yarns are twisted together at the back of the work to avoid holes appearing. The advantage of this technique is that you can create simple or even wildly complex pictures in your knitting that you can’t really get any other way.
#intarsia #intarsiaknitting #colourknitting #motif #colourwork #colorwork
Session 3: Wednesday October 31st (19-21)
Blocking– What is it? : Do you ever feel like your knitting isn’t quite as good as it should be? Does it look uneven, with curling edges? Is lace a crumpled disaster? Hats deflated? Blocking is the answer! Blocking is an essential part of finishing almost all knits. It’s absolutely critical for lace knitting & colourwork. It’s easy – and I’ll give you all the tips you need to block like a pro. I’ll show you my favourite ways to block hats, shawls, sweaters and everything else. This is probably the single most important technique for improving your satisfaction with your own finished knits.
Session 4: Wednesday November 7th (19-21)
Finishing techniques: Knitters are notorious for finishing knitting a jumper, then leaving the pieces for months waiting to be sewn together! Or finishing a cardigan except for the buttonband. Finishing your knits doesn’t need to be a headache. In fact good finishing can make your knits look better than you imagined, and it’s not even difficult. I’ll give you tips on making your knits easier to sew together, how to pick up stitches evenly and how to sew the neatest looking seams
#finishingknits #seaming #bindoff #mattressstitch #knittingessentials #knittingmagic #mattressstitchmagic #buttonband #pickupstitches #grafting
Session 5: Wednesday November 14th (19-21)
Colourwork knitting – Stranded: Stranded knitting – often known as Fairisle – is used for all over patterns and is very often worked in the round. Holding 2 (or more) colours at the same time, it’s often worked in quite fine yarn as it becomes a double layered fabric – one colour knit and the other carried as a strand along the back of the work. This means that a stranded wool jumper will be very warm & cosy without being very heavy or thick– there’s a reason that this technique is best known from Scotland, Scandinavian countries & Iceland! This technique is addictive – the compulsion to do just one more round to see the pattern appear can be quite overwhelming!
#colourwork #colorwork #stranded #fairisle #strandedknitting #fairisleknitting #strandedcolorwork
Session 6: Wednesday November 21st (19-21)
Steeking – deliberately cutting your knitting: This is a traditional technique and is how fairisle cardigans and vests were made after being knit in the round. Probably the scariest knitting technique! We’ll be steeking a colourwork mug cosy which you will have started in the previous class. We will look at different reinforcement methods before taking very sharp scissors and cutting through your lovely tube of knitting! This lesson uses parts of most of the previous 5, and will leave you feeling triumphant!
#fairisleknitting #strandedknitting #steek #steeking #cutyourknitting #knittechniques