Sunday, 3 February 2013

Saturday 6th July 2013, 10-4pm - Professional Finishing Techniques for Knitters with Donna Jones

Venue: Hazel Court, Sketty Park, Swansea

A good finish starts before you even cast on. What you do before you start and throughout the garment will determine the finish you will get.  Finishing off can seem a chore and be rushed.  My aim is to get you to enjoy the finishing off as much as the knitting (well, nearly as much!) and see it as a satisfying skill to achieve a really good finish.

You will need to do a little bit of homework ready for the day so you will have some knitting to 'finish' - details of this will be sent out on booking.


On the day we will cover:

  • Things to consider before you start knitting 
  • How to check your tension
  • Using the best cast on and cast off for your particular projects
  • Increases and decreases  
  • Blocking and pressing techniques
  • Tips for picking up and knitting button bands
  • Joining shoulders using a 3 needle bind off
  • Sewing up for the best finish
  • making button holes (if time) 
By the end of the workshop you should be equipped with the skills necessary to finish all your future projects to a high standard, and find the experience more pleasurable. You may have a few UFO's (unfinished objects) you can  go try out your new skills on !

You will need to bring:

  • Your completed homework! This is essential
  • knitting needles: 3.25mm (no.10), 4.00mm (no.8) and 4.50mm (no.7)
  • scissors
  • stitch holders
  • paper, pencil and small ruler
  • Sewing up needle, pins and safety pins
  • Hand towel (to be used to pin out work for blocking)
Provided for you:
  • full tuition
  • yarns for use on the day
  • a workbook

This workshop costs £30 per person and is suitable for new, 'rusty', or experienced knitters who can knit and purl an follow a basic pattern. See here for further information.

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