Sarah Berry is an experienced teacher and designer, and North Child is where she designs knitwear influenced by her childhood, by the Northern Lands in which she lives – and by her love for pure, unique, enduring wool. She also designs and makes natural, wool-stuffed Waldorf dolls, often with knitted bodies.

As well as her work in knitting design and dollmaking, Sarah works part-time as an Art teacher in local Primary schools, and tutors adult textile-craft workshops. Apart from spending her twenties in Brighton, she has always lived in the countryside: as a child, in rural Worcestershire, and for the last 20 years, on the West Highland coast of Scotland.

You can find Sarah here.


Hygge-Slippers Workshop with Sarah Berry

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

In this workshop, we'll use ingenious cast-on and heel-shaping techniques to knit a Scandinavian-style slipper in chunky natural yarn. This satisfyingly speedy project is worked in the round, so bring your favourite needles for knitting small circumferences seamlessly (be it magic loop, dpns or two circular needles). Original North Child slipper pattern provided, including charts and advice for decorating with duplicate stitch and adding soles.

This class is aimed at knitters who have all the basic skills, who have worked small circumferences in the round and Kitchener stitch.

Participants should bring: 150g chunky-weight natural yarn of your choice; 7mm needles for working small circumferences in the round; scissors; tape measure; pen and paper/notebook; yarn needle.

Please note: you will need a valid market place ticket for the day of the workshop.

£45.00

  • Available

Lopapeysa Construction: Learn how to design an Icelandic Sweater Workshop with Sarah Berry

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

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. Participants will gain an insight into the design and construction processes involved, and be guided in designing their own stranded yoke pattern and knitting it as a seamless swatch – which will contain the information needed to begin designing.

A selection of Lettlopi yarn shades will be available for swatching, but if you have any particular colour preferences please feel free to bring Lettlopi yarn with you.

Participants should bring: 4.5mm needles for your preferred method of knitting small circumferences in the round (magic loop, dpns or two circular needles); tape measure; scissors; pen and paper/notebook; squared paper; calculator.

This workshop is aimed at knitters who are familiar with working in the round, and who have at least a little experience of stranded colourwork; therefore it is not suitable for beginners.

Please note: you will need a valid market place ticket for the day of the workshop.

£45.00

  • Available

Knitting in the Round: use the magic loop technique to make custom-designed fingerless mittens Workshop with Sarah Berry

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

This workshop will add the popular Magic Loop and Afterthought Thumb techniques to your knitting repertoire. For many knitters, magic loop is the go-to method of working small circumferences in the round, and fingerless mitts are the perfect project to practise it on. By adding an afterthought thumb, and by mixing and matching simple edgings with knit and purl stitches, you will design your   own mittens – and learn how to achieve a truly original finish with decorative hand-stitching.

This class is aimed at knitters who have all the basic skills, but who are new to the magic loop technique.

Participants should bring: 3.5 and 4mm circular needles or interchangeables at least 80cm/31.5” long, with flexible cables; 50g of dk-weight woollen yarn of choice (e.g. New Lanark Mills Double Knitting  50g = 120m/132yds); scissors; tape measure; pen and paper/notebook.

Please note: you will need a valid market place ticket for the day of the workshop.

£45.00

  • Available