The Guild is having a Summer School over 3 days in January 2017 at Ross House in Flinders Lane, Melbourne. On Monday 9, Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 January 2017 there will be 2 classes per day of 3 hours each, from 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm. The classes will be taken by members of the Guild who each have many years of knitting experience.
Monday 9 January, 9.30am-12.30pm: Lace Knitting, with Nola Raabe
Only 4 places left
This class is for advanced beginners or intermediate knitters. In this class you will learn to how to work lace stitches, the best yarns and needles to choose for knitting lace, preventing and fixing mistakes, finishing and blocking your lace work. You will knit a lace sample to take home with you.
Materials: 2 balls of yarn (not unwound skeins) in 4ply/fingering or 8ply/DK weight, straight or circular 4mm needles, pen/pencil, and a notebook.
Monday 9 January, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Colourwork, with Nola Raabe
This class is for knitters wanting to learn how to work with coloured yarns. We will cover basic colour theory, explain and demonstrate different colour techniques including intarsia, fair isle and slipped stitches. You will also learn to work from charts, helpful tips and more. You will create a coloured sampler to take home. Skill level: Intermediate. You must know how to cast on, cast off, knit, purl, work slipped stitches and yarn overs.
Materials: Bring 6 different coloured yarns of the same weight, either 4ply/fingering or 8ply/DK, 4mm circular knitting needles (40cm or 60cm preferred), a small pair scissors, stitch markers, pen/pencil, and a notebook.
Homework: Cast on 30 stitches, knit 5 rows in garter stitch, then 5 rows in stockinette. Do not cast off or cut yarn.
Wednesday 11 January, 9.30am-12.30pm: Mastering Mistakes, with Barbara Bugg
Only 4 places left
After this session you will be more confident to deal with dropped stitches, accidental extra stitches and holes. Learn to safely rip back or unknot your work. Hints on avoiding these and other problems will also be covered.
Materials: Tape measure, scissors, darning needle, notebook, a crochet hook, and two sizes of needles, 4mm and 3.25mm needles.
Homework: Cast on 15 stitches, knit 4 rows stocking stitch. DO NOT CAST OFF.
Wednesday 11 January, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Finishing Techniques, with Shirley Pullen
In this class we will cover different techniques to sew an article together. Seaming and mattress stitch will be covered as will picking up a neckline or a cardigan front. We will demonstrate how to steam and wet block your work to make sewing easier and achieve a professional finish to your knitting.
Materials: Yarn and appropriate needles to match, 3.5mm or 4mm crochet hook, a darning needle, scissors, notebook and a pen.
Homework: Bring two sample squares of any stitch approximately 20cm by 20cms with a ribbing section of 2.5cm. If you have a half finished item then that would be useful to bring also.
Friday 13 January, 9.30am-12.30pm: Sock Knitting, with Natalie Siem
Only 2 places left
For anyone who has ever wanted to knit socks, but has been frightened off by the words ‘turning a heel’ this is the class for you! We will be knitting miniature versions of adult socks, just right for a newborn, using techniques that you can utilise to customise your own socks.
Materials: 100g of 10ply/Aran yarn, a variety of stitch markers, and 4mm needles. EITHER a set of 5 double-pointed needles, OR 2 different coloured 60cm circular needles, OR one set of 80cm circular needles for those brave enough to try the Magic Loop Technique, (Natalie recommends the latter).
Friday 13 January, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Reading Charts, with Valerie Elliott
Cables, lace, motifs and textured patterns. All of these can be written in full, but some pattern writers use charts. You will be will be practicing reading charts and will learn the symbols for all types of patterns to be able to confidently tackle any chart you come across.
Materials: A cable needle, plain coloured 8ply/DK yarn, and some knitting needles.
Booking and information
The Summer School is most suitable for intermediate knitters.
Prices per class are $65 for Guild Members and $75 for non members.
All classes will be held in the the Jenny Florence meeting room on the third floor at Ross House, in 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (next to the City Library). For members, the Guild’s library will be open for borrowing during the Summer School.
Bookings have been extended until 1 January for the remaining places. No refunds will be given, although you can give your spot to a friend if something comes up. There will be a minimum of 5 people per class and a maximum of 10.
To secure your place in a class email the Guild’s Treasurer with your name, phone number, and the class or classes that you would like to attend. The Treasurer will reply with a code for your class and payment information.
This is great opportunity to learn from experienced knitters and to improve your range of knitting techniques.