Learn a New Skill this Autumn

The leaves are turning colour, the days are getting shorter…what better way to prepare for winter than learning a few new skills with renowned designer and teacher Anniken Allis at one of our workshops?

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Firstly on Tuesday 11th October we have Easy Lace Knitting.

A quick glance at the latest designs in the knitting magazines and online shows that Lace Knitting is more than just a skill – it’s an art form! Whilst it may look complicated, most lace patterns are made up of a handful of stitches which you probably already know. It’s not just for fancy shawls either – you can use lace to add a pretty border on some mitts, as a panel on a summery top, or even on socks and hats!

The workshop will teach you how to read the charts (which provide a visual aid to the written instructions), how to work the stitches and decreases required for lace knitting, how to add beads with a crochet hook, and how to shape within a lace pattern. It’s suitable for adventurous novice and intermediate knitters.

lace-knitting

Next up we have an exciting workshop teaching you how to knit Two Socks at a Time, on Tuesday 15th November.

Why would I want to do that, you might ask? Well, did you know that Second Sock Syndrome is rife among sock knitters? The joy of finishing the first sock is replaced by the weary feeling of having to repeat the whole process again. As a result, single socks linger sadly in the knitting bags of many a sock knitter! Beat it by learning how to knit two socks at a time, top-down, using circular needles. You can either use magic loop method or the two circulars method, whichever you are most comfortable with. We stock a dazzling array of sock yarns in the shop – from self striping, colour-shifting, to self-patterning!

Learn how to cast on and arrange your stitches onto the needles, how to work the heel flap, heel turn, and gusset, and all the other skills needed to knit a pair of socks in one go. (Please note, this workshop is suitable for adventurous and intermediate knitters who have knitted at least one pair of basic socks from the top down.)

socks

Both workshops cost £49 for the day, which includes Joyce’s delicious home-cooked lunch and teatime treats. For more information and to book please call 01626 836203, or email us at customerservices@spinayarndevon.co.uk

A little information about Anniken Allis…one of our most long standing teachers at Spin A Yarn, top knitwear designer Anniken specialises in lace knitting, which she loves to add beads to. Growing up in Norway, she learned to knit before she left primary school, knitting continental style. When she moved back to the UK, she resumed knitting, found a love for blogging (follow her adventures at Annis Knitting Blog), and started writing up her own patterns (we still have some of her earliest patterns here in the shop!).

Anniken taught herself lace knitting (and cables) by using online videos, books and magazines, and quickly realised that it was much easier to knit from charts. Her patterns are regularly published in national magazines such as Debbie Bliss, Knitscene, Interweave Knits, and she even achieved her goal of having a pattern published in Vogue Knitting!

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Anniken’s Lace Workshops

We’re very lucky here at Spin A Yarn to count one of the current top lace designers of the knitting world, Anniken Allis, as a great friend and well established workshop teacher.

Anniken AllisAnniken at SaY Fashion Show

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Hailing from Norway, knitting is in Anniken’s blood – having learnt Continental knitting from a young age, she started designing patterns in her early 30s and her love affair with designing beautiful lace accessories and garments began. Now a published author (of Beaded Lace Knitting) and having had her work featured on the front of the highly respected US Vogue Knitting, we are thrilled that she regularly travels up from her home in beautiful Cornwall to continue teaching workshops with us – on everything from how to knit Continental style, to Norwegian ‘Selbu’ style mittens.

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Selbu Mittens

Candace Pattern by Anniken Allis

Candace Shawl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anniken’s delicate and glamorous shawls feature novel stitch techniques, unusual cast-offs (and sometimes cast-ons!), and often beading… she teaches all of these techniques and more on her dedicated workshops for each pattern. In the morning you learn the techniques required, and in the afternoon you start your own project, choosing from the wide selection of beautiful yarns we stock here at Spin A Yarn (workshop attendees get an extra discount voucher on the day!).

Violetta Shawl

Violetta Shawl

We have a few spaces left on each of these workshops, so if you’d like to embark on making a gorgeous accessory with Anniken’s help and advice, do give us a call on 01626 836203 to secure your place. These workshops cost £49 each, run from 10am to 4pm, and include a copy of the pattern plus Joyce’s home-cooked lunch and tea-time treats. They are suitable for confident novice or intermediate knitters, or confident knitters who just want to enjoy knitting a new pattern in good company!

St Aubin’s Bay Shawl – Tuesday 26th April

St Aubin's Bay Shawl

St Aubin’s Bay Shawl

An elegant crescent shaped shawl worked from the top-down with an eyelet garter stitch pattern. Two short row wedges and a beaded picot cast-off add interest to a fun accessory. In the morning you’ll practice the techniques used to knit this shawl including short rows, adding beads using a crochet hook, picot cast-off, and how to shape the shawl. In the afternoon you will start your own St Aubin’s Bay shawl with the 4-ply/sock yarn and beads of your choice.

 

 

Knitting the Mar Menor and Daisy Shawl – Tuesday 24th May

Mar Menor Shawlette

Mar Menor Shawlette

Daisy Shawl

Daisy Shawl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Daisy and Mar Menor shawls are both fun shawlettes featuring unusual stitch patterns and are some of the most popular in the shop! In this class you’ll learn the elongated and crossed stitch patterns used in these two shawls, as well as how to add beads using a crochet hook, how to work a beaded picot cast-off, and how to shape both shawls. In the afternoon you’ll be able to start your own Daisy or Mar Menor shawl with the 4-ply/sock yarn and beads of your choice.

Persephone Shawl – Tuesday 26th July

Persephone Shawl

Persephone Shawl

An eye-catching crescent shawl worked from the top down, with multiple yarn overs used in the edging to create a big impact. In the morning you’ll practice the techniques used to knit this shawl, including how to read a lace chart, how to work large yarn overs, and how to shape the shawl. In the afternoon you’ll start your own Persephone shawl, with the 4-ply/sock yarn of your choice – enjoy choosing two contrasting or gently complementary colours.

 

 

 

 

 

Free Pattern – Rowan Beaded Shawl

Rowan Free Shawl Pattern

To celebrate our Spring 2016 Newsletter, Rowan have shared with us a beautiful and very glamorous shawl pattern designed by Jennie Atkinson in one of our favourite yarns, Kidsilk Haze. It features all over lace and a crochet trim making it suitable for the more experienced knitter.

This design uses only 1 ball of Kidsilk Haze and 1 pack of 6mm Swarovski Aquamarine Selection Beads. This pattern has been translated into French, German & Swedish – you need only print the pages you need after downloading.

Rowan Free Shawl Pattern

Rowan Free Shawl Pattern

Click here to download: Rowan Swarovski Shawl by Jennie Atkinson

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