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Sat 29th Feb: Fearless Finishing with Kate Atherley

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  • Saturday 29th February 2020: 6 - 9pm

    Fearless Finishing:

    Kate is a sought-after knitting teacher, seasoned designer, author and's Managing Technical Editor. We are thrilled to host Kate again at Tribe this Spring!


    Do you find yourself avoiding patterns because of the strange seaming involved? Even the most experienced knitters have holes in their knowledge that can stymie an otherwise perfect finishing job.

    This hands-on workshop teaches practical, useful and sensible finishing skills. Along the way we’ll dispel a lot of common myths, break down some common sources of confusion, and show you short-cuts that make the finishing task easier and improve the finished project.

    We’ll cover the three key seaming methods – reviewing how to do them and where to use them, including how to set in a sleeve.

    We’ll practice two key skills that cause problems for knitters of all experience levels: grafting (Kitchener stitch) and picking up stitches – how and where to pick them up, how to handle large numbers of picked up stitches, and what to do if you can’t match the number the pattern calls for.

    We’ll discuss blocking, weaving in ends and how the proper cast ons and cast offs can make your finishing work easier – and improve the finished result.

    Key finishing skills: seaming, blocking, weaving in ends, Kitchener stitch, picking up stitches.

    skill level
    : all levels

    students should bring
    : Students should bring any projects that need finishing, the swatches below, and a blunt-tipped darning needle.

    PLEASE NOTE: This class requires homework! See Pre-Class Info!

  • Class Duration:
    3 hours, starting 6pm sharp. Please arrive on time.

    Prior Experience:
    All levels

    Class Materials:
    Students should bring any projects that need finishing, the swatches below, and a blunt-tipped darning needle.

    Pre-Class Homework:
    Using 4.5mm needles and worsted (aran)-weight yarn in a light colour, make the following squares:
    2 4x4 in squares in stocking stitch;
    1 4x4 in square in garter stitch;
    1 4x4 in square (k1, p1) ribbing;
    2 20-stitch swatches of stockinette stitch – work 10 rows and leave the stitches on holders.

    We are sorry but we cannot offer refunds on classes if you are unable to attend for whatever reason, unless we are able to refill your spot.

    This class will take place upstairs, with access via spiral staircase.

  • About Kate Atherley:

    Kate is’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly.

    Her latest book, The Knitter’s Dictionary, is an easy-to-use and friendly guide to the language of knitting. A reference book and a guide to pattern reading all in one, it covers topics from Gauge to Yarn Barf. It received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

    ‘Knit Mitts: Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens and Gloves’, released in fall 2017, brings the same any-size-any-gauge approach as used in Custom Socks to hand coverings of all kinds. The first printing sold out in record time.

    ‘Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet’ was released summer 2015 by Interweave Press, to great acclaim. It takes a different approach than many sock books, teaching you how to measure your feet and providing numbers for working both toe-up and top down socks for 12 sizes and 9 gauges.

    Her ‘Pattern Writing for Knit Designers’ book is the industry’s first guide specifically written to help knit designers (and teachers) of all levels create easy-to-follow, high quality knitting patterns.

    It’s been called a “game-changer” and a “must-have” by designers and magazine editors. She’s known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, and she regularly teaches at stores and events across North America, including Interweave YarnFest and Vogue Knitting Live.

    Her work has appeared in many books and magazines. Kate lives in Toronto with her husband and their adorable but sometimes challenging rescue dog Dexter..

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