Whether you’re an absolute beginner or looking to refresh your skills, this course will give you a firm grounding in the basics of machine knitting. You’ll gain an understanding of how the machine works and what it can do, with plenty of time to practise and experiment. The workshop covers basic skills, such as casting on and off, knitting stripes, increasing and decreasing, and creating various textures, patterns and hems using manual techniques. You’ll create a range of samples to take away and learn how to solve (and avoid) common machine knitting problems!
On Sunday you have the choice between applying what you’ve learnt on a larger project, such as a scarf or cushion panel, or continuing sampling, trying out the basics of punchcards or partial knitting. As part of the workshop, we provide advice on buying a machine and sourcing yarn, accessories and spare parts.
This is a two-day workshop. Day 1 (Saturday) is 10am to 4.30pm; Day 2 (Sunday) is 10am to 1pm, followed by lunch (finished by 2pm). The workshop takes place at Rose Tinted Rags, Union Walk, Commercial Street, Country bus Station, Hereford.
*THIS COURSE IS GOING TO BE RUN ALONGSIDE THE INTERMEDIATE CLASS - 'BEYOND THE BASICS'
This workshop caters for those who have either attended our Basics of Machine Knitting workshop, or who are competent in basic operations and want to learn more.
Rather than write a fixed workshop schedule, we are keen to help you with your own knitting ambitions – whether that is to create beautifully finished items to wear, fabrics to felt, or more experimental and sculptural textiles.
Therefore, before the workshop we’ll invite you to pick up to four topics to focus on from the following menu (the fewer topics chosen, the longer will be spent on each one)
getting to grips with the punchcard
hems and neck trims
using ‘hold’ for necks/pockets and/or sculptural shaping
seamless joining and edging
more manual textures and patterns
sewing up (by hand and/or linker)
troubleshooting (tell us your troubles!)
Parking at the rear via the Country Bus Station. Pay at the pay stations.
£150 Two Day Workshop
Rose Tinted Rags
Go to our website to secure your booking by making a deposit.
“‘Yes the weekend was fab - very inspiring. Marissa was great and managed to teach us all so much.’ ‘I just wanted to say a big thank you for the course last weekend. Marissa was brilliant and I have now mastered the ribber, well I am now able to set it up and make ribs I am sure there are lots more things I can do in time. She also showed us some great new techniques for edges etc. It was great being part of a small group and we all got on really well. I will return and take part in another beyond the basics course as I am sure I will learn lots more. It was a great weekend and please pass on my thanks to Marissa and I look forward to returning.’ ‘I wanted to say what a brill totally inspiring couple of days I had at the April workshop with the others and Marissa, brill teacher. I will be looking out to attend again if the opportunity arises.’ ”