Bias Knitting with Alison Ellen

Bias Knitting with Alison Ellen

Friday 17 February – 13:30 – 16:30,  £45 (includes day entry to the unravel festival, plus tea or coffee)

There are several ways of producing knitting where the whole structure travels diagonally or ‘on the bias’. This gives great design possibilities, but also makes a fabric which hangs and fits beautifully.

This course is about developing your own ideas, whatever your knitting experience. From basic knitting in simple diagonals to zigzags, we will explore stitches, and ways of using them in projects.

We will look at the range of possibilities in knitting on the bias, then try some simple samples in different stitches. These will cover zigzags, modular and entrelac stitches. You will work at your own pace with individual help: you may want to work towards a design for an item, or spend the time experimenting with stitches and finish with several samples to take away. Experienced knitters may want to explore ‘entrelac’ knitting and develop new ways of using stitches.

Level / Ability
You will work at your own pace. From those who have mastered the basics through to advance.

Participants should bring assorted knitting needles and yarn, and notebooks.


Alison has run a small business designing and making hand knits for over 30 years, dyeing her own yarns. She teaches short courses in the UK and abroad, and has published 4 books on designing in knitting.

Her interest in both designing and teaching is to explore how the stitches work, and how different stitches can shape fabric and create garments knitted without seams, to suit different people and to be a pleasure to wear. She encourages students to have confidence to make their own designs.

She has exhibited her work since the 1980s: in 2016 in a touring exhibition with weavers Ann Richards and Deirdre Wood, ‘Soft Engineering, textiles taking shape’, as part of SIT textiles symposium in Stroud, and at NCCD, Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

Buy tickets for Alison’s class here.