Our workshops for 2017 have once again been curated and organised by Jane Crowfoot and feature many well-known names. They are held at our quirky offices in the heart of Hampstead Village. Less than 5 minutes walk from Hampstead tube station on the Northern Line.
All courses are on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Each workshop costs £65 and the price includes coffee/tea, cake and materials. Workshops may be subject to change depending on availability and demand. For more information and to book please call 020 7794 9835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 13th May – Nicki Merral: Beginners Knitted Socks
There’s nothing like hand knitted socks to make you feel cosy when it’s cold! Within this workshop you’ll be able to try out a variety of techniques for knitting in the round to see which method you like. You’ll knit a small sock starting with the cuff and leg. You’ll have a choice of knitting a heel with a heel flap or a short-row heel and then you’ll knit the foot and finally the toe. You’ll have time to start a second sock, with the same or the other heel. Written instructions will be provided. You’ll leave able to knit simple socks!
Different ways of knitting in the round (double-pointed needles, two circulars or Magic Loop)
Heel flap and Turning a heel
Shaping a toe
Using Kitchener stitch to finish a toe
Level: Intermediate (can cast-on and off, work stocking stitch and rib; knitting in the round would be an advantage, but not essential).
Please bring 4mm 15 cm double-pointed needles or two circular needles or 80cm long circular needle if using the Magic Loop method
Saturday 10th June – Julier Bernard: Reversible Knitting
Double knitting is a really interesting technique that produces the warmest, squidgiest, reversible fabric you can imagine and is used mainly for hats and scarves in very cold countries. In this workshop Juliet Bernard, former editor of The Knitter, will guide you through the basic techniques using an exclusive placemat design.
Please bring along a pair of 4mm knitting needles (or the needles you would usually use for DK weight yarn, scissors, a knitters sewing needle. Yarn will be provided.
Saturday 8th July – Dedri Uys: Fun Crochet Techniques
Come along to what is bound to be a fun day of crochet tips and techniques with inspirational crochet designer Dedri Uys of ‘Look at What I made’. Whilst working through one of Dedri’s lovely designs you will be given the chance to brush up on your skills and chat with Dedri about her own design work and inspirations.
Within the workshop Dedri will show how to work short rows, will explain stitch anatomy and pattern repeats, discuss the importance of tension and talk you through how to fix common problems. This workshop will also contain an element of ‘design your own’ stitches.
Please bring along a range of crochet hooks between 3mm and 5mm, stitch markers, scissors and a knitters needle for sewing up. All other materials will be provided.
Saturday 5th August – Sarah Hazell: Mindful Knitting
This is a brand new workshop that will help you to find ways to become fully present with your knitting!
Over the last few years, there has been an increasing acknowledgement and awareness of the therapeutic benefits of knitting. As a knitter, you probably recognise some of the triggers that encourage you to pick up your needles – gorgeous colours, squishy, comforting textures or wanting to create something to wear or to give – we’ve all been there! However, have you also found yourself becoming detached from what you are knitting, distracted by TV or conversation, rushing to meet a deadline or resenting having to make that second sock or sleeve?
During the day, Sarah and Lynne will guide you through a series of activities and exercises that will help you to observe how you relate to your knitting and how you can fully engage with yarn and needles in order to achieve a greater sense of well being.
Suitable for all levels.
Please bring a range of sizes of knitting needles, scissors and a notebook for recording your thoughts and observations.
Saturday 16th September – Dame Hilary and Helpers: Easy felting
Learn how to do felting the easy way.
Felt is ideal for bags, cosy slippers, table mats
Knit a tension square. Felt it by sticking it in the washing machine at 40 or 60 degrees and see how much it shrinks. It’s a great way to use up loads of yarn! (although not all of it felts)
On this course you’ll learn how to choose suitable yarn, work out patterns and have loads of fun.
Bring 10mm needles if you can find them (don’t worry we have some in stock). Techniques to make slippers, matts or bags.
Saturday 21st October – Renee Callahan: Brioche Stitch Basics
Getting to grips with this great technique can be a little tricky, so if you want to learn the basics in order to create neat brioche stitches then this is the workshop for you!
Tutored by Renee Callahan of East London Knits this workshop will show you how to read and understand brioche terminology, how to knit plain brioche stitch, how to work brioche rib stitch flat with a selvedge, how to work increases and decreases and how to work brioche in 2 colours of yarn.
This class will teach you all you need to know to get started on a brioche stitch project
Brioche Stitch Terminology
How to knit plain brioche stitch
How to work the brioche rib stich flat with a selvedge
Working increases and decreases
Working brioche stitch in 2 colours
Yarn will be provided, however if you have a particular choice of DK weight yarn that you would like to use, please bring along 2 x 50g balls.
Participants also need to bring along 4mm circular needles.
Saturday 18th November – Jane Crowfoot: Crochet Bag project
By working through a small purse project you can learn some great crochet techniques! Within this workshop Jane will show you the various ways of adding beads to your crochet, how to work 2 colour crochet and how to work textural stitches and crab stitch. During the day you will also be given the chance to learn how to make a dorset button.
A yarn kit and beads will be provided for the project but you will need to bring along a range of crochet hooks between 2.5mm & 4mm, stitch markers, scissors and a knitters needle for sewing up.