(includes tea/coffee and day entry to the unravel festival)
with Nicky Barfoot
Learn how to knit on the bias to create the perfect square in garter stitch, and then how to join these squares together to make a beautifully draping fabric. Modular knitting is an easy technique to master and can be used in a variety of knitted projects from scarves, blankets and cushions, to extremely flattering jackets and sweaters.
During this fun, three hour workshop Nicky will teach you how to create a square module using a simple central decrease. With her help, you will begin to work from a printed pattern to knit a striking modular based scarf (which you can take away and continue at home). As you master the technique you will be encouraged to add a contrast yarn (variegated sock yarn works really well) to create an exciting striped effect with the scarf pattern suggesting different ways that the stripes can be spaced to produce different visual interest to each of the modules.
Level / Ability
Suitable for everyone who is able to cast on, cast off and knit.
Participants should bring 4 ply yarn in a solid colour (A) and a contrast colour (variegated sock yarn works well) B, and 3 1/4mm knitting needles (30cm or longer). One ball of each will be enough for sampling during the workshop but if attendees wish to build on the sample at home to create the full scarf using the pattern provided, then they will require 100g of yarn A. Also a stitch marker and a pair of scissors for snipping yarn would be useful.
Nicky Barfoot is an artist, designer and tutor based on the South Coast of England. Brought up in a creative household, knitting and stitching have always been her passions. Nicky’s designs have won a number of accolades including second place in the Rowan International Design Competition, and both Silver and Gold in consecutive years of the UK Knitted Textile Awards. Her work has been featured in national knitting magazines and she has exhibited at the London and Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Shows.
Nicky has a Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles from Winchester University and a City and Guilds in Hand Knit Design. Her accessible patterns are designed to delight makers of all levels through the use of simple techniques to maximum effect. Through her teaching, Nicky aims to share the enjoyment, relaxation and well being associated with the process of making something, with love, slowly, by hand.
Modular Knitting with Nicky is on Saturday 17 Feb, 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Book your ticket here