Back to school with our classes

There’s new notebooks in the shops, and all the kids are wearing too-big uniforms, that means it’s time for back to school! If you’re itching to learn something new, but aren’t part of the school age set, why not a knitting class?

We’ve got a full range of knitting and crochet classes available, from never knit before before beginners to our renown master classes with some very exciting teachers. We’ll be announcing the master classes over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for those! In the mean time you can get started or brush up on skills.

First up we have the basics. Our learn to knit classes span two weeks, for 2 hours from 6:30-8:30 each evening. The next one is Thursdays October 22 and 29, and another session on Tuesdays November 3 and 10. This class is perfect for absolute beginners who have never picked up a needle before, or if it’s been a long time and you’d like a refresher. you will learn to cast on, the knit stitch, casting off, and some finishing techniques.

If you’ve got a handle on the basics but are looking to expand your knitting skills we have a few great options that will help you level up. The first one is Tech knitting – how to read knitting patterns. What’s a k2tog and how do you ktbl? This class will take the mystery out of all those abbreviations and help make sense of what it all means. The next class is on Saturday October 17, from 1-2:30pm.

The next levelling up class that is great for knitters of all levels is Sewing Up and Finishing. This class covers many techniques to give your finished knits a really polished and professional look. Feel free to bring any projects that need finishing along to the class and the instructor will take a look at it and advice on the best methods. The date for this class is Tuesday October 27, from 6:30-9:30pm.

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We’ve also got two sock knitting classes if you are looking to take on the ultimate knitting accessories. One is a mini sock, which means you’ll have all the skills needed to tackle a full sized sock on your own. The date for this class is Wednesday October 21, from 7-9pm.

If you want to turn socks on their head, why not try knitting them from the toe up? This clever method means that you’ll never have to worry about running out of yarn, you can knit them until you run out! It’s also a great way to learn a few more unusual knitting techniques that are handy for a variety of other projects as well. This class runs for two weeks on Thursdays November 5th and 12th, from 7-9pm.

If knitting isn’t catching your fancy, we also have learn to crochet classes. Our next class is this Saturday September 26, from 10:30-1pm. You’ll learn all everything to make one of the most common crochet pieces, the granny square! This is a great building block for future crochet projects and skills.

If you have a little crochet experience and are looking for a next project, why not learn to make a stuffed toy? The Edward’s Menagerie book is a great collection of animals that are sure to appeal to children and adults. Even better, they are great skill builders. This class includes the book, so you don’t have to choose to make just one! This class is on October 10, from 3-5pm.

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Of course, if you’ve got a specific technique in mind, or have gotten stuck on a project we are always available for a one on one private lesson as well. Just let us know and we will arrange an instructor for a time that works for you!

Check out our class page for more information on each class and booking information. Don’t worry if you can’t make a time, we’ll be adding lots more in the coming weeks as well. We hope to see you soon!

 

Festive season is early this year!

What happen – where did all those years go? I can’t believe it has been five years already, but it has! Imagine that, in five years Knit with attitude has gone from this:

First Stall

To this:

Shop 2015

The Anniversary CollectionThis autumn and winter, Knit with attitude is celebrating 5 years in business! We have plenty of exciting and celebratory things planned, which we can’t wait to share with you. First and foremost we have teamed up with some independent knitting designers to create some exclusive knitting patterns with some of our favourite yarns, which together constitute ‘The Anniversary Collection’.

Spitalfields Shawl

First up is the Spitalfields Shawl, by our own Natalie Selles. This triangle shawl uses our DesignEtte 4ply raw silk, in two colours. We have used two balls of solid colour of Hokkaido and one ball of multi coloured Shikoku. We have kits made up for this design that have the yarn, pattern and a limited edition KWA 5 year anniversary tote bag. You can also buy the pattern to download from Natalie’s Ravelry page.

Spitalfields Shawl

I’m so in love with this design as the first of many to celebrate KWA’s anniversary, and I think it is the perfect ‘first one’ in so many ways – just look at what Natalie says about her design – I’m so happy and grateful about what she’s created for us:

Maya started her shop as a stall at the Spitalfields Market with two boxes of yarn, so this seemed like an apt name for the pattern. I wanted a shawl with strong graphic lines to represent the ethical stance that Maya has taken with the shop. The shawl is very easy as it is written in garter stitch. It is perfect for new knitters who want to expand their skills to some easy lace, or for experienced knitters looking for an easy knit.

Spitalfields ShawlWe’re not the only ones that have something grand to celebrate – oh no – look at this amazing celebratory yarn that Blacker Yarns has brought out! Celebrating their 10 year anniversary Blacker Yarns has hand blended the Cornish Tin using fibre from ten of their favourite small producers. This steely grey woollen spun yarn is blended from a collection of the highest quality British fibres including Alpaca, Gotland, Jacob, Shetland, Black Welsh Mountain, Mohair, and English Merino.

Cornish TinCornish Tin is a careful blend of lustrous, smooth fibres with slightly more bulky wools to create a lovely handle and give the yarn a delicate halo. This yarn is truly limited edition and will only be made once! This wonderfully bouncy yarn is available in a gorgeous silver grey and 4 bold dyed shades all named after Cornish Tin Mines. Now how’s that for a fibre party!

 

 

Mithral KAL with Carol Feller

Mithral by Carol FellerWe are delighted to take part in this autumns’ beautiful fairytale – Mithral – a knit-a-long brought to you by designer Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches in collaboration with Fyberspates. Carol has hosted a sweater KAL every September for the last few years, and this year she has changed things up and invited yarn shops to join in.

Mithral by Carol FellerLightweight and warm, Mithral is a wonderful sweater for cooler weather when you don’t want extra bulk. Knit from the top down with set-in short row sleeves. The gentle a-line in a simple lace flowing from below the empire waist flatters most body shapes. Choose from several different neck styles for your perfect sweater!Mithral Hat by Carol Feller

Swatching starts September 1st – this means that you can purchase the pattern code right here through us – or at the Mithral Pattern Ravelry page. We are offering a 10% discount on the Cumulus yarn for anyone who participates in the KAL – this is applied automatically when buying the yarn and pattern code from us. If you have bought your code elsewhere (for instance on the Mithral Pattern Ravelry page) please contact us when you are ready to make your purchase and we’ll provide you with the discount.

The pattern code is used to log in on the Mithral Pattern Ravelry page, you will then receive the first sweater pattern information pdf and also the pdf of the additional Mithral hat pattern – which is great for swatching.

Cast On is October 1st – with the release of the first KAL clue. The KAL consists of a series of 4 clues, with one released every 2 weeks. Each clue contains the next part of the pattern, a section on modification tips, and links to online tutorials for any tricky sections.

There will be chats and pattern support from the designer on the Mithral Forum Ravelry page, where you can also post your finished project to enter for prizes!

The grand prize draw is December 4th!

Sizing and Materials:

SIZE
To Fit Actual Bust Circumference up to:
32 (35.25, 38.5, 40.75, 44, 47.25, 50.5, 52.75, 56)” / 81.5 (89.5, 98, 103.5, 112, 120, 128.5, 134, 142) cm.
0 – 1” / 0 – 2.5 cm positive ease recommended.

MATERIALS
Yarn – Fyberspates ‘Cumulus’ (74% Baby Suri Alpaca, 26% Mulberry Silk; 164 yds /150 m per 0.88 oz /25 g skein);
Color: Slate (913); 6 (6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins without cowl; 7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10) with cowl

NEEDLES
US size 6 / 4 mm circular needles, 32”/ 80 cm long
US size 6 / 4 mm circular needles, 16”/ 40 cm long
Set of US size 6 / 4 mm dpns (if not using magic loop for sleeves)

Mithral by Carol Feller