Small, friendly Workshops
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‘Born to Knit’ runs day-time and evening knitting and crochet workshops offering tuition in everything from casting-on and cable patterns to colour work. Unless stated otherwise, all our Workshops are held at Fisherton Mill.
Whether you're a complete beginner or wanting to learn new techniques, we can help!
Can't manage the date?
How to book
Make a provisional booking by phoning us on 07557 985935, emailing or calling into the shop; you must confirm with a £10 deposit no later than one week before the workshop date.
Each Workshop is individually priced (see the "more details" links on the right), but typical prices (including yarn) are just:
- Evening Workshops (7pm - 9:30pm) - £32
- Two-evening Workshops (7pm - 9:30pm) - £52
- Day Workshops (10:30am - 4pm) - £52
- Two-day Workshops (usually 10:30am - 4pm) - £75
Tea/coffee, biscuits and jelly babies are included. For day workshops The Mill's Gallery Café offers a wide range of delicious made-to-order lunches from £5.95 see menu (pay the café on the day). If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know - the chef will do his best to accommodate them. Alternatively, you can of course bring your own lunch.
See the sidebar for the dates of our forthcoming courses.
Learn How To Knit - for complete beginners
Learn the basics, and start on your first-ever project — a chunky scarf for the cold season.
Improvers’ Knitting Course - for knitters who know the basics
Learn to increase & decrease stitches to add shape to your work, follow a pattern and change colours to create striped patterns. Make a tea cosy or hat, or perhaps bring a suggestion of your own.
Fair Isle or Intarsia - for experienced knitters ready to move to more advanced work
Learn Intarsia (blocks of colour) or Fair Isle (the colours not currently needed are left at the back and woven in). Use them to add colour and interest to a cushion cover or other project.
Make a Felted Bag (2 session) - for knitters who know the basics
Learn the expertise and confidence to make your own, original bag.
Day One is for knitting the basic design, and includes the techniques of picking up stitches and then knitting on a circular needle. Having made the basic bag, you go away and felt it in the washing machine.
Day Two is the opportunity to let your imagination loose in finishing, lining and embellishing the handbag to your own personal taste.
Finishing Techniques - to help you sew up & finish something you've already knitted
Learn how to achieve the finished, professional look that your time and hard work deserve.
The workshop includes different types of buttonhole, blocking and pressing, successful seams and picking up stitches to make neckbands and borders.
Knitting on 4 needles - for knitters who are confident to cast on, knit and purl
Learn to use circular or double-pointed needles to avoid sewing up seams once you’ve finished – a stage that many knitters go to great lengths to avoid! Learn the techniques of circular knitting, and then embark upon a pair of fingerless gloves.
Lace Knitting - for knitters with experience
Discover knitting with fine yarn and the basic techniques needed to create beautiful lace designs, and begin a scarf.
Entrelac Knitting - for knitters with experience
Learn to knit using a technique that produces a 'woven' style effect, that can be used to create bags, scarves, borders, tea cosies and more! Learn the basics, and then move on to beginning a bag or a cushion cover.
Brioche Knitting - for knitters with experience
Learn the technique of brioche knitting or, Fisherman's rib. It is worked on double-pointed needles and used to create a reversible fabric which is particularly effective with different colours.
Knitting with Beads - for knitters with experience
Learn how to incorporate beads into knitting to add interest and texture to a whole variety of projects.
Aran Designs - for knitters with experience
Learn to knit cables, bobbles and twisted stitch patterns to incorporate into your next knitting project.
Crochet Granny squares
Learn the basics of crochet and combine different stitches and colours to create the 'granny squares' that are so popular at the moment and which can be made into anything from dresses to cushions to iPad covers.
Revise the basics, and then combine different crochet stitches to create a flower brooch.
Learn to Knit Socks - for knitters with experience
Learn how to knit on four needles and turn a heel to make your own made-to-measure pair of socks
Double Knitting - for knitters with experience
Learn how to knit 2 layers of fabric at once to create a reversible design.
Domino Knitting - for knitters with experience
An introduction to a different technique where small pieces are knitted together as the work progresses – a bit like building up a patchwork quilt only with knitting.
If you're unable to make our Workshop dates, or if you prefer to learn privately, we offer one-to-one tuition, which we tailor to whatever you are interested in learning. £7.50 per 15 minutes.
Please phone us on 07557 985935, email or call into the shop for further details.