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Fisherman’s Knits with Julia Billings
30 October, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm£65
Explore the history and how-to of British fisherman’s knits in this full-day class with Julia Billings. We’ll begin by delving into the history, regional styles and construction methods of that knitter’s hallowed ground, the fisherman’s jumper, and explore the elements that make it immensely practical and very beautiful. We’ll take a look at both traditional and contemporary materials and how contemporary taste is altering the shape, fabric and aesthetic of the original jumper.
After learning to work cables (both with a cable needle and without) and knit/ purl textures, we’ll explore some of the more unusual stitch patterns and tackle the issues and challenges involved in designing with a combination of stitch patterns, putting pencil to paper to come up with personals designs for a shoulder bag.
Level: Advanced beginner/ intermediate
Skills required: Casting on and off, knit and purl, reading a knitting pattern
Materials: 400-500m of DK/ light worsted-weight, woolly yarn that is sturdy enough to hold the shape of the bag and relatively plain in texture and colour in order to highlight complex stitch patterns.
Suggested yarns: Cascade 220, Frangipani Guernsey 5ply and Moeke Elena. Students wishing to purchase yarn from the shop can do so with a 10% participants’ discount.
Because this class involves combining different stitch patterns to make your own design for a bag, yarn requirements vary depending on the stitches you use and so can only serve as an estimate – the use of cables in your design will place you in the upper end of requirements and knit-purl combinations in the lower.
You will also need a 40cm and 100cmm circular needle in the size required to get 23-24st/ 10cm (suggested size 3.5mm), as well another needle and a crochet hook in one size smaller, a cable needle, 4 stitch markers, a few different-coloured pencils and an eraser. Needles and hooks will be available to use during the class, and to buy with a 10% participants’ discount if you’d like to take them home.
About the Teacher
Jules taught herself to knit twelve years ago in an attempt to keep warm while working outdoors in horticulture- and soon found most of her spare time being spent knitting! Travels in Shetland and time with inspired teachers further fuelled a love of traditional techniques and working with colour… and it is the reworking and combining of these old skills and techniques with simple, clean design and materials that most inspire her.
Jules firmly believes that the transfer of skills and knowledge is essential to the ongoing development and elevation of the craft. She has taught knitters of all levels at several Melbourne crafty schools and, since moving to Scotland with her husband in January, will be sharing her take on knitting and natural dyeing with a whole new community. Always learning, she recently released her first design and has a large backlog of idea to get onto her needles! Knitting and plants, her two loves, come together in plant dyes, as well as botanically-inspired colourwork for her online shop, woollenflower, where she also sells knitting tool pouches made from worn-out Harris Tweed jackets and other reclaimed tweeds.