Knitting machine classes with knitwear designer Liadain De Buitlear
~~All classes are hands-on with one to one tuition available.
Classes last as long as you want but the recommended time for beginner is 4 hours as you will be learning lots of new things about your machine and it is better to build up the sessions over time with plenty of hands on practice in between the sessions.
The studio has standard gauge and chunky knitting machines (no need to own a machine…but it is advised if you plan on taking up machine knitting).Liadain can advise you on the type of machine to get.
In this class you will learn all the basic techniques required to use the main bed of the knitting machine, including cast-on and cast-off, striping, increasing and decreasing. Trouble shooting techniques such as unraveling and picking up dropped stitches, are taught along with short-rowing and re-hung stitches. This course is appropriate for complete beginners, or those who want to brush up on their knowledge.
This class covers all the patterning techniques, including fair-isle, tuck, slip/miss stitch, lace , weave. This course is appropriate for machine knitters with basic experience
This class allows students to further cement their skills on the knitting machine, learn design skills and walk away with a custom sweater. Exercise your creativity working with your own pattern and color.
Start with the idea of this basic sweater or cardigan, add in your own dimensions as far as width and length of sleeve and body. (There is some restriction on width, based on the fabric you choose and the number of needles in the knitting machine, but most things will work). Come up with your own body stitch based on techniques learned in class– stripes, fair-isles and tuck stitches would all work great. Work through the steps involved in getting your design complete from swatch to graph to finished piece.
• Class One: Come to class with a sketch and measurements for your garment and some idea of what you want the body fabric to be. Working with yarn, make a swatch of your rib and body fabric in order to graph out your garment.
• Class Two: Your swatch will now be washed and steamed and you can use it to start figuring out your measurements and fashioning. Start with knitting your sleeves.
• Class Three: Knit the back.
• Class Four: Knit the fronts.
• Class Five: Knit the collar for your garment.
• Class Six: Learn to use the Linker to assemble your washed and steamed pieces into the finished garment
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