Knitting and Stitching Workshops

Beginners Knitting Workshop, Saturday 8 September 2018, 10am to 1pm, Jolly Stitcher, Fareham

Nicky Barfoot Learn to Knit workshop

An introduction to the meditative and practical craft of knitting. We will cover casting on (and off), knit and purl and how these basic stitches are combined to produce different fabrics e.g. garter stitch, stocking stitch, rib and moss. We will move on to shaping fabric for those students who are ready for it. Suitable for complete beginners and those who would like a refresher on the basics.

More information and details on how to book through the Jolly Stitcher here.

Rosebud Purse Workshop, Sunday 9 September 2018, 10am to 1pm, Hambrooks of Titchfield

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Make this sweet Vintage inspired purse adorned with rosebuds and featuring a lace edging. During this fun and relaxed, three hour workshop I will show you how to work from a knitting chart to create the perfect purse. Using simple directional decreases and a yarnover increase, you will be guided in a simple and pretty lace pattern. You will also be shown how to incorporate the cute rosebud motif into your knitting using the intarsia technique.

If you don’t feel ready for an adventure into colour work just yet, I can also show you how to embellish the knitted purse with the rosebud motif after knitting using a simple embroidery technique called duplicate stitch.

Suitable for everyone who can cast on, cast off and knit and purl.

Booking through Hambrooks of Titchfield on 01489 572285.

Knitted Leaf Mitts Workshop, Sunday 23 September 2018, 10am to 1pm, Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham.

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Practice your knitting in the round with these pretty and practical mitts. Worked from a chart, these cosy hand warmers feature a simple lace leaf pattern and an integral thumb gusset so you can practice both directional decreases and directional increases.

Knitted using less than a 50g ball of DK, these mitts can be made in one colour or two by adding a contrast to the cuffs. Perfect for Autumn weather and great for stash busting!

Suitable for everyone who is able to cast on, cast off, knit and purl.

Booking and more information from Ashcroft Arts Centre here.

Mitts: an introduction to the Magic Loop, Saturday 6 October, 10am to 1pm, Jolly Stitcher, Fareham.

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An introduction to knitting in the round (seamless knitting) using a long circular needle, a method often referred to as the Magic Loop method. We shall be working on these simple but practical DK mitts.

Suitable for everyone who can cast on, cast off, knit and purl.

More information and details on how to book via the Jolly Stitcher can be found here.

Halloween Double Knitted hanging decoration, Sunday 21 October, 10am to 1pm, Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

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Practice your double (faced) knitting technique and create a spooky hanging decoration.

Using a knitting chart, we will work a two sided fabric in two colours (the back features the inverse of the front) adorned with some suitable Trick or Treat motifs. Once mastered, this versatile technique can be applied to scarves and blankets and any other fabrics where the back is on show.

Suitable for everyone who is able to cast on, cast off, knit and purl.

Booking and more information from Ashcroft Arts Centre here.

DK Socks Workshop, Saturday 10 November, 10am to 1pm, Jolly Stitcher, Fareham

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An introduction to sock knitting using DK yarn.

Suitable for everyone who can cast on, cast off, knit and purl. This workshop makes a great follow on from the Magic Loop workshop in October as some experience of knitting in the round is helpful.

More information and details on how to book via Jolly Stitcher, here.

Happy Purse Workshop, Sunday 25 November, 10am to 1pm, Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

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Practice your intarsia colour work with this cheerful (Michael Craig Martin inspired) purse designed for the Ashcroft Arts Centre’s Writing Month. Worked in double knit yarn from a chart, this purse is designed to fit a standard metal purse frame but could also be finished with a button if preferred. Alternative finishing techniques for the top can be discussed if desired during the workshop.

More information and booking details from the Ashcroft Centre website, here.