I love making new knitters and showing more experienced ones new techniques!
I have been teaching people how to knit for a number of years, in school and workshop settings at both Yarn O’clock in Mold and at the Pop-Up Shop in Buckley whilst it was open. My live classes are two hours long and I will teach a maximum of six people in one class so everyone gets plenty of ‘tutor time’. One-to-one tuition is also available. I have recently started preparing online knitting courses which I am very excited about and these are hosted by Craftucation.
I can teach absolute beginners through to complex techniques such as steeking, moebius knitting and how to adjust a sweater pattern to suit and fit you. Below are the current classes I teach.
If you would like me to run a knitting workshop in your venue or online via Zoom or one-to-one online tuition, or if you just want to find out more, please get in touch via the Contact page.
Knitting for Beginners 1 and Knitting for Beginners 2 are now available on craftucation.com! Self-paced video courses that you keep forever, along with downloadable pdfs containing lots of still images from the videos and a transcript, these courses take you through the stitches step-by-step and also show you how to fix many of the common problems a beginner knitter may encounter. Kits to accompany these courses can be found here.
- Knitting for Beginners 1; Cute Stuffed Creature – Learn to cast on with the cable cast-on technique, cast off, knit, purl, ‘read’ your knitting, count your rows, work a simple seam and stuff your work.
- Knitting for Beginners 2; Bunting and Texture with Knit and Purl Learn a new cast-on; the Long Tail Cast-on, how to knit two together and yarn over. Learn how to use stitch markers, read and follow patterns. Learn to move between knit and purl stitches in the same row to create a variety of textures, how to cast off using both knit and purl stitches. As well as all this you will learn how understand and use charts, how to block you knitting and weave ends in invisibly.
- Introduction to Lace Knitting – There are both ‘newer knitter’ and more experienced versions of this class, both of which cover three different decreases, yarn overs and following written and charted lace instructions. The more advanced class looks at stitch patterns worked on both sides, using life lines and creating your own lace patterns.
- Introduction to Knitting in the Round – Learn how to cast on and set up for knitting in the round, common pitfalls to look out for and compare using double pointed needles and circular needles. Open up a whole new world of knitting – socks, mitts, cowls, seamless sweaters!
- Cables – Learn to work cables of different sizes, both with and without a cable needle, follow cable instructions in charts and written patterns.
- Slip Stitches – Fabulous colour work knitting whilst only using one yarn at a time! Learn to use slip stitches to create impressive colour patterns, follow a written pattern and chart and experiment with your own colourways.
- Introduction to Fair Isle/Stranded Knitting – Learn how to manage two yarns at once, maintain an even tension to create a smooth fabric and follow a colour-work chart.
- Intarsia – Learn to use intarsia technique to create blocks of colour and make pictures with your knitting, read from a chart, avoid holes, add new colours and weave in ends
- Finishing Techniques – Learn to use mattress stitch to seam your knitting and pick up stitches neatly to give fabulous end results. Learn to make buttonholes and how to choose the right type of increase and decrease for your project.
- Cast On, Cast Off; Beginning and Ending Well – Learn a range of different cast on and cast off techniques and which might work best in different situations.
- Moebius Knitting – Understand and learn to create the unique structure of a true moebius ring and how this technique can be used for wonderful neckwear and more. Learn the Moebius cast on and create a simple headband.
- Stacked Stitches – Knitting with stacked stitches (stacking increases on top of each other within the same row) creates amazing shapes and patterns to your knitting whilst still only using one colour at a time. Fabulous textures can also be achieved.
- Steeking – Steeking is a technique where you plan for holes to be made later, create a space for them (the ‘steek’), keep knitting in the round and when you finish… Cut your knitting open with scissors! Don’t worry; we reinforce the edges beforehand so all your hard work doesn’t fall apart.
- Making Your Sweater Your Own, two sessions – Making a sweater is a large investment of time and money and it’s only right that we should end up with a garment we want to, and can, wear. Learn how to accurately take your own measurements, the importance of swatching, yarn substitution, choosing the right size(s) in a pattern for your body shape and how to move between sizes. The second workshop focuses on ways to change the shape of the body and arms to achieve the result you want – for example, how to add extra width at the hips or bust, add waist shaping or alter the shape of the sleeves.