Workshops

We are delighted to announce the workshops that will be taking place at this years NYE. I am sure that you will agree, this is a stunning line-up with an international flavour! Places on these workshops are limited, so make sure that you book early to avoid disappointment. For more information about the workshops, teachers and how to book then ensure that you follow the links.

Olive Knits

The Sweater Whisperer

Want that perfect fit for your hand knit sweater? In this class Marie will focus on common mistakes that affect fit, how fibre choice changes results, knitting for your body shape and how to make subtle modifications along the way. Gauge (does it always tell the truth?), the art of shaping and ease (how much do you really need?) Make sure that you read between the lines in a pattern - before you start!

Saturday 11th November, 9:00am until 12 noon

£45

The Pick-Up Artist

Don't let the finishing process get in the way of having a gorgeous sweater! In The Pick-Up Artist, you'll learn Marie's techniques for finishing, picking up stitches, and working clean, crisp edges. Take your sweaters from good to great with this game-changing class.

This class comes with password-protected online resources so you can practice what you learn at home. It's a great bonus!

 

Sunday 11th November, 9:00am until 12 noon

£45



Ann Kingstone

Celtic Cabling

Have you ever been inspired by ethereal Celtic artwork? You can now translate these intriguingly beautiful motifs into your knitwear design.

Ann will guide you effortlessly through the intricacies of re-creating these Celtic knots in your cabled knits. You will use advanced techniques for increasing and decreasing, as well as methods for working cables without a cable needle.

 

Saturday 11th November, 9:00am until 12noon

£45

Steeking

Does the thought of steeking fill you with dread? 

Steeking enables you to work entirely in the round in situations where ordinarily you couldn't, eg when working armholes or the opening of a cardigan. It is particularly useful for projects that involve stranded colourwork

Ann will help you overcome your fear and give you the confidence to steek absolutely anything! 

 

Saturday 12th November, 1:00pm until 4:00pm

£45



Nathan Taylor (aka sockmatician)

Demystifying Double-Knitting (beginner)

Have you ever wondered how to create stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting? Then this workshop is definitely for you!

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!

'One stitch at a time' is Nathan's mantra. 

Saturday 11th November, 9:00am until 12noon

£45

Shaping: The Future of Double-Knitting (intermediate)

Do you want to take your double-knitting to the next level, are you ready to move on from using double-knitting to make scarves to creating more complex objects? Then this is the class for you.

Nathan will teach you how to execute a variety of different types of increases and decreases, and explain where to use each of them to their best effect. Once you get to grips with what is possible, the possibilities are endless. This really IS the future of double-knitting!

Saturday 12th November, 1:00pm until 4:00pm

£45



Sarah Berry

Hygge-Slippers

These gorgeous slippers will definitely add some Hygge to your Winter.

Sarah will explain ingenious cast-on and heel-shaping techniques that will be used to knit a Scandinavian-style slipper in chunky natural yarn. This satisfyingly speedy project is worked in the round, using one of Sarah's beautiful, original designs.

Advice on customising your slipper and adding soles will also be provided.

 

Saturday 11th November, 9:00am until 12 noon

£45

Lopapeysa Construction: learn how to design an Icelandic sweater

The Lopapeysa is not only an iconic garment design, traditionally knitted from primitive-breed Icelandic yarn; this easy-fitting pullover with its stranded colourwork yoke is the perfect introduction to seamless sweater construction. Sarah will give an insight into the design and construction processes involved, and you will be guided in designing your own stranded yoke pattern and knitting it as a seamless swatch – this will contain the information needed to begin designing.

Saturday 11th November, 1:00pm until 4:00pm

£45

Knitting in the Round: use the Magic Loop technique to make custom-designed fingerless mittens.

Design and knit a pair of 'on trend' fingerless mitts, a perfect November project! 
Sarah will explain how to use the Magic Loop method of knitting small circumferences in the round and afterthought thumb techniques. Both will become invaluable additions to your knitting repertoire!

Simple edgings and decorative hand stitching will be used to customise your, soon to be cherished, mitts.

Sunday 12th November, 9:00am until 12 noon

£45



Clare Devine

Beginners socks

Want warm toasty toes in the winter? Not sure what all the fuss about hand knitted socks is about? This class is perfect if you want to find out more about knitting socks. 

Clare will walk you through everything you need to know about getting started with socks including: 

Choosing suitable needles and yarn

Selecting the best cast on method for top down socks

Creating a sock with a top down heel flap construction

Shaping the toe

Grafting using Kitchener Stitch

Sunday 12th November, 9:00am until 12 noon

£45

Perfect heels and toes

Love knitting socks but not always happy with the fit? This class is the perfect introduction to some of the more technical aspects of sock knitting, allowing you to knit “off piste” a little and adjust sock patterns to suit your foot shape, rather than knitting something you love the look of and hoping that it fits. 

This workshop contains a mixture of technical information, practical hands on measuring and knitting time to explore the shaping of heels and toes. 

Sunday 12th November, 1:00pm until 4:00pm

£45



Sarah Hazell

Beginners Crochet: Afghan square

Do you know some of the basics of crochet but want to take it further?

Sarah will teach you how to create the basic afghan motif, you will explore how to arrange colours when joining motifs together. As you become more confident you will work on a Mitred Granny and a Flower Granny. This provides an opportunity to translate a circular motif into the traditional afghan square.

Sarah will also be show you how to add a border to your  squares and provide you with some tips on how to join squares successfully and finish your work professionally.

Saturday 11th November, 1:00pm until 4:00pm

£45

Intermediate Crochet: Mandalas

Mandala is the Sanskrit word for circle – in Hinduism and Buddhism, mandalas are used to represent the universe and as an aid to meditation. Mandalas have become increasingly popular in many cultures and crafts. They are designed to make us enjoy looking at their colour and detail – helping us to let go of worries and irritating thoughts. They allow the busy mind to rest and allow creative thoughts to flow freely.

This workshop is suitable for crocheters who have mastered the basics and want to learn how to combine different patterns and change colours successfully.

Sarah will teach you how to work increases using clusters, V stitch and chain spaces.

Sunday 12th November, 1:00pm until 4:00pm

£45



Lynne Rowe

Fairisle knitting

If you have ever wanted to learn the techniques to create stunning Fairisle garments then this workshop is tailor made for you.

Lynne will talk you through the terms and abbreviations associated with Fairisle knitting and will teach you how to knit fairisle flat; how to hold two colours of yarn; stranding and weaving techniques; how to keep edges neat; how to read charts, how to fix mistakes. Lynne will also demonstrate how to knit fairisle in the round, using two hands to hold yarns.

 

During the workshop you will knit a fairisle mug cosy from Lynne’s latest book ‘Knit Yourself Calm’.

Sunday 12th November, 9:00am until 12 noon

£45

Mindful knitting

It is well documented that knitting is beneficial to our mental health and well-being.

Lynne will introduce the concept of mindful knitting and lead you through a series of exercises and activities to help create your own mindful knitting toolkit, including: finding your mindful knitting stitch; how to choose your ‘happy’ colours; how to create calming textures and how to choose the right projects for your mood. We will record our findings and create a knitted Christmas Wreath throughout the workshop.

Sunday 12th November, 1:00pm until 4:00pm

£45