Knitwear Finishing Techniques workshop
A one-day workshop with Nicki Merrall
10:00–16:00, Saturday 18 May 2024
Being Knitterly Studio, Loughborough, Leicestershire
This workshop is suitable for you if you have knitted one or more garments and would like to improve your finishing techniques.
If you have never made a garment or followed a pattern before How to Knit short course for improvers would be more suitable.
Knitwear Finishing Techniques – one-day workshop
Improve your finishing techniques with knitwear designer and tutor Nicki Merrall. This workshop is suitable for anyone who has knitted one or more garments and has been unhappy with the finished garment(s).
You will start by measuring stitch and row tension and finding out why these are important. Then you will knit small samples with mirrored increases and decreases and short-row shaping for shoulders.
After lunch, you will join the shoulders using a simple, clever cast-off method. Then you will a couple of small samples with different selvedges and join them using mattress stitch. Finally, you will learn how to pick up stitches for a button band and work a buttonhole.
Using these techniques will help you finish garments successfully, so you will be proud to wear them or give them to others.
“The techniques we learned will really help make garments look better. All the knitters attending were very nervous that we weren’t advanced enough for the course, but it was at just the right level for us all.”
- Knitting a tension square and measuring stitch and row tension.
- Making and using different selvedges.
- Shaping a garment using fully-fashioned shaping (mirrored increases and decreases).
- Blocking your knitting.
- Sewing seams on knitwear using mattress stitch.
- Shaping shoulders.
- Joining shoulders using the three-needle cast-off.
- Picking up stitches and knitting button bands & buttonholes.
You will leave with samples of, and instructions for the techniques covered. You will be asked to knit one sample before the workshop, so you can make the most of the day.
You have knitted one or more garments and been unhappy with the finished item(s).
If you have never made a garment or followed a pattern before How to Knit for Improvers short course would be more suitable.
- Yarn for samples.
- A summary of the techniques covered.
- Refreshments all day, a light vegetarian lunch and home-baked cake in the afternoon.
- Your knitted sample.
- Notebook and pen.
- 3.5 and 4.0 mm knitting needles.
- Yarn scissors.
- A yarn needle.
Knitting needles and yarn will be available to purchase.
The Being Knitterly Studio is in a beautiful Edwardian house in Loughborough, Leicestershire.
After booking, Nicki will email you details and directions, and ask about your previous experience.
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