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Sun 6th Oct: Knit Nerdism - Making Your Knitting Behave

  • Sunday 6th Oct 2019: 10am - 2pm


    "I have a new philosophy of knitting. Knit Nerdism."

    It’s all about interrogating your knitting. Not just the stitches you make, but the tiniest aspects of how you create those stitches. And WHY!

    It’s a funny thing about knitters: a disproportionate number of us just love to geek out about the technical aspects of what we do, but just how much of that stuff do we actually know, when it comes to the finer details of the whys and wherefores?

    And most people would argue, why does it matter anyway?
    This class looks at the fundamental aspects of what makes knitting work, on subatomic level. Well, maybe not quite quantum, but certainly very small.

    We’ll be looking at the anatomy of a stitch, the importance of stitch mount, what it means, and why it matters.

    We’ll be looking at the various ways there are to slip a stitch, and what we can learn from them. You may be surprised: there are more than you think. And what about twisting a stitch? It doesn’t happen as often as people think it does, and it certainly doesn’t happen WHEN people say it does! Symmetry is a word that we’ll be focussing on a LOT!

    True perfection in your knitting can only come as a result of truly understanding the simple building blocks of what knitting actually is.

    No more ladders up the sides of your magic loop projects, no more flabby, wobbly lines of SSKs! All this can be gained from looking at knitting through the lens of Knit Nerdism.

    Intrigued? Come and explore Knit Nerdism with me, and all will be revealed.

    (Be sure to read the Pre-Class Info in the next tab before class!)

  • Class Duration:
    3 hours, starting 10am sharp.

    Prior Experience:
    COMPULSORY: The ability to knit, and a questing mind. This class is largely conceptual.

    Class Materials: 
    Bring a price of knitting currently on the needles: ideally have some stocking stitch to hand, so that you can try out some of the things I’ll be talking about, and see what it looks like in your own hands, but any knitting will do.
    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.

    Nathan Taylor (aka Sockmatician on Ravelry, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) is a knitwear designer, knitting teacher, and popular podcaster on YouTube.

    Since starting his adult knitting life in 2011, he has had patterns published in the following magazines:
    Knit Now!;Vogue Knitting;Rib; andThe Knitter, and in the bookVogue Knitting: Shawls and Wraps 2.

    The majority of his patterns, however, can be purchased individually on Rav- elry (search Sockmatician’s Sock Shop). His first book, GUYS KNIT, from Haynes Publishing, is available now at Tribe Yarns!

    Although his designs encompass a wide variety of techniques, Nathan is most known for his work in developing and designing patterns in Double-Knitting: a technique for creating a reversible, two-sided fabric in two or more colours, where the pattern and colours on one side are inverted on the other, and he has given classes in the subject all over the UK, Europe, America, New Zealand, and Australia, in locations ranging from the smallest local yarn shop, to North America’s largest sheep and wool festival, Rhinebeck.

    As well as teaching his flagship beginners’ DK class, Nathan gives classes in many other aspects of knitting, from Cuff-Down Socks for Beginners, Patterning a Sock, Knit Nerdism, One-Pass Brioche, and Strantarsia (a brand new technique he has pioneered himself for adding a localised patch of stranded colourwork to a project worked in the round.)

    He is also an accomplished musical theatre actor, having appeared in many shows in the West End, but that’s his other life, and a story for another time.

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