I've knitted the continental way all my life. Before I moved to the UK I thought all knitters knitted like me. I have gotten in trouble in the past when I've suggested that continental knitting is faster and more efficient than English knitting but I do believe its true. Ofcourse when you first start learning a new technique you're going to be slower. But with regular practice you'll pick up speed quickly. The worlds fastest knitter is a continental knitter. In this class you'll also learn the Norwegian purl which I think is the best way to purl as the yarn is kept at the back at all times, making combined knit/purl stitch patterns like moss stitch and ribs, much easier and quicker. I'm teaching two dates at Spin A Yarn and one date is already full, so hurry up if you want to join this one.
In my Toe Up sock class you'll learn how to knit socks using the magic loop technique on circular needles, how to do a closed cast on for the toe, how to shape the toe and gusset, the heel turn and heel flap and the sewn cast off. If you're brave you can have a go at knitting two socks at a time. Again, you'll practice all these skills on a mini sock. I'm teaching this class on Friday 11 October at Spin A Yarn.
My two most popular designs are the Mar Menor shawl and Daisy shawl. Both shawls feature interesting drop stitch patterns and beads. Mar Menor has an interesting shape which is easy to wear and an interesting crossed stitch pattern. I'll teach you how to knit the dropped and crossed stitches, how to add beads to the beaded picot cat off and how to shape the shawl. In the afternoon you'll get to cast on for your own Mar Menor shawl. This shawl is a bit favourite at Spin A Yarn and several of the staff have knitted their own in Botany Lace. I'm teaching the Mar Menor class on 12th November.
In the Daisy class I'll show you how to shape this crescent shaped shawl which comes in two sizes. You'll also learn how to work the interesting Daisy stitch and how to add beads. In the afternoon you'll be starting your own Daisy shawl. The class is on 19th November.