Turning Sideways


Participants will work through a number of different techniques, including short rows, provisional cast-on and kitchener stitch (garter). We also discuss how turning our knitting through ninety degrees affects stitch patterns and increases/decreases, and learn how we can use them to our advantage. We will also discuss the maths of a circle, using garter stitch and it's gauge properties.

This is a 3hr teacher led class. Woolly will demonstrate a number of techniques, and participants will start by creating their own short row circle to help understand the construction and the relevance of the maths. From there, time permitting, participants can create different sideways swatches – half circles with cables, cones etc, or consider how they would like to create their own sideways knit (side to side, short row) garter stitch Hat.

Workshop notes covering all of the techniques, including charts and illustrated tutorials where applicable will be provided.

8 students maximum

Skill Level: All skill levels.

Length: 3 hrs

Instructor: Woolly Wormhead

Woolly is a hat architect. Hats are fascinating. They are relatively quick to knit, but they are also endlessly versatile. She thinks of her Hat designs as sculptures and 3D objects.

With an educational background in textiles and engineering, she holds a BA in Textiles and a postgrad PGCE in Art & design from Goldsmiths, London. She has always been curious about how textiles were made – this sense of curiosity continues to fuel both her work and her life. As a child she experimented with hand-dyeing, dress-making, and designing her own clothes. Later she explored silversmithing and pattern-cutting. While her background informs her work as a Hat architect, she doesn't let it define her. Woolly has set out to keep inventing new methods of knitting Hats.

Materials: Materials are not included in the price of the class. Students should bring several small balls of up to 50g and the appropriate sized straight needles are required. Participants will also need a crochet hook, some waste yarn, and a tapestry/darning needle. Should participants wish to design/make themselves a sideways garter stitch beanie, then 100g of yarn and appropriate needles will also be required. Cost of materials will vary depending on the yarn you choose. Students will receive a 10% discount on materials bought for this class from the shop.

Cancellation Policy: In the event of a cancellation refunds will be provided if another student is available to take your place. We run a waiting list system for these eventualities but please be aware that any cancellation made close to the date of the course is less likely to be refundable.

In the unusual event that the class or course is canceled by us a full refund will of course be processed.

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