Workshops

Booking a Class/Workshop

To avoid disappointment all Classes/Workshops must be pre-booked. Due to the very limited enrolment numbers, payment must be made in FULL when booking. Bookings are non-refundable and there are no transfers or reschedules. Please check your diary carefully before you sign up. Of course, if you are unable to attend, you are welcome to send someone in your place; please provide your replacement’s name, phone number and email address in advance of the Class/Workshop.

Our right to cancel a Class/Workshop

If a Class/Workshop is cancelled, we will try to give you as much warning as possible by email and telephone. We will refund booking fees or transfer you to a Class/Workshop of the same price, space permitting. However, we cannot accept responsibility for wasted travel or other costs or for disappointment.

Crochet Workshops

Knitting Workshops

Crochet Workshops

Crochet Class for Beginners

The class lasts 2 hours and costs £27.50. You will learn how to make basic crochet stitches including chain stitches, double crochet and treble crochet.

Materials provided:  Crochet hook and yarn.

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

Saturday   4 September 2021   10.30am – 12.30pm

Thursday   16 September 2021   10.30am – 12.30pm

Thursday   7 October 2021   10.30am – 12.30pm

Saturday   16 October 2021   10.30am – 12.30pm

Thursday   28 October 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday   17 November 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Friday   26 November 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Crochet Granny Squares Class

This class lasts 2 hours and costs £27.50. You will learn how to crochet a basic granny square.

Experience needed: Intermediate crochet level and ability to read crochet pattern.

Materials provided: Granny Square pattern & Yarns of contrasting colour

Materials to bring: Size 4.00mm or 5.00mm crochet hook

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

Thursday  23 September 2021  10.30am – 12.30pm

Saturday   30 October 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Thursday   25 November 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday   8 December 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Crochet Basket Class

You can learn to crochet beautiful baskets which are perfect for keeping tidy your wools and other crafty items. Soon you will have baskets of different colours and sizes for storage. The class lasts 2 hours and costs £27.50.

Experience needed: intermediate crochet level and ability to read crochet pattern.

Materials provided: Crochet Basket pattern & Yarn

Materials to bring: Crochet hook

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday   28 September 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday   13 October 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Friday   5 November 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Saturday   11 December 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Crochet Snowflakes Class

Crochet Snowflakes to decorate the Christmas Tree…..or even your house for the festive season. We now have classes to show you easy techniques to crochet snowflakes – you’ll be totally hooked when you have completed the class. The class lasts 2 hours and costs £27.50.

Experience needed: Intermediate crochet level and ability to read crochet pattern.

Materials provided: Crochet Snowflakes pattern & Yarn

Materials to bring: Crochet hook

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday  10 November 2021  10.30am – 12.30pm

Saturday   27 November 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Tuesday   14 December 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Corner-to-Corner Crochet Class

Corner-to-corner crochet (often just called C2C crochet) is a terrific technique to add to your crochet repertoire. With C2C crochet, you begin in the corner of a crochet project, typically a crochet blanket, and work towards the other corner in a way that produces a finished project that looks like a textured, layered version of the classic granny square. It is a unique technique with an original look but it builds upon basic crochet skills, which makes it is surprisingly easy to learn. This class will show you the basics of corner-to-corner crochet and give examples of the best C2C crochet patterns for practicing the technique. The class lasts 2 hours and costs £27.50.

Experience needed: Intermediate crochet level and ability to read crochet pattern.

Materials provided: Crochet-to-crochet instructions & Yarn

Materials to bring: Crochet hook

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

Thursday  30 September 2021  10.30am – 12.30pm

Thursday   21 October 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Tuesday   16 November 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Saturday   4 December 2021   1030am-12.30pm

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Tunisian Crochet Workshop

Tunisian crochet, also known as Afghan crochet, is a type of crochet that uses an elongated hook, often with a stopper on the handle end, called an Afghan hook. It is sometimes considered to be a mixture of crocheting and knitting. This is a 3 hour workshop and cost is £38.

The tutor for this workshop is Sara Thornett. Sara has a Masters degree in Fashion and Knitwear. She is a published designer with patterns in books and online. Sara is a very experienced tutor and works nationwide as part of the Rowan Workshop Team.

During this workshop you will be shown the following.

How to pick up chains

Simple Tunisian stitch

Knit stitch

Purl stitch

Moss stitch (a mixture of simple and purl stitch)

How to work the last row

Increasing and decreasing

Working with two colours

Experience needed: Proficient crocheters who can follow crochet patterns.

Materials provided: Full instructions, two balls of DK weight yarn and a Tunisian crochet hook.

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

Saturday  2 October 2021  10am-1pm

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Knitting Workshops

Knitting Class for Beginners

The class lasts 2 hours and costs £27.50. You will learn how to make cast on, knit and purl.

Materials provided: Knitting needles and yarn.

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

Friday   10 September 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Saturday   18 September 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Saturday   25 September 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday   29 September 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday   6 October 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Friday   29 October 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday   3 November 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Saturday   13 November 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday   24 November 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday   1 December 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Thursday   9 December 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Thursday   16 December 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Learn to Knit Fair Isle Class

Introduction of colour(s) into your knitting for the depiction of shapes and motifs is fun. In this class you will be shown intarsia and stranded colour knitting (fair isle knitting). The class lasts 3 hours and costs £33.

Experience needed: Knit, purl, cast on, cast off and ability to read a knitting pattern

Materials provided: Fair isle chart pattern /  DK weight yarn in contrasting colours.

Materials to bring: Size 4.00mm knitting needles

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday   8 September 2021   10.30am-1.30pm

Tuesday   5 October 2021   10.30am-1.30pm

Saturday   23 October 2021   10.30am-1.30pm

Thursday   4 November 2021   10.30am-1.30pm

Thursday   18 November 2021   10.30am-1.30pm

Thursday   2 December 2021   10.30am-1.30pm

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Lace Knitting Class For Beginners

Lace knitting looks complex, with its delicate holes and patterns of shaping. But the secret is, it’s really not! Lace fabrics are created with simple increase and decrease stitches.

We now have classes to introduce Lace Knitting. In these beginner’s classes, we’ll introduce some of the most important stitches in lace knitting, recommend some needles and patterns to try. You will learn the basic skills to begin knitting beautiful lace items. We will look at decrease stitches commonly used in lace, and advice on blocking for the beautiful finished project. The class lasts 2 hours and costs £27.50

Experience needed: Knit, purl, cast on, cast off and ability to read a knitting pattern

Materials provided: Lace knitting pattern and yarn

Materials to bring: Size 4.00mm knitting needles / Stitch markers / Sewing up needle (blunt ended).

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

Friday   24 September 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday   20 October 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Saturday   6 November 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Friday   19 November 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Friday   3 December 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday   15 December 2021   10.30am-12.30pm

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Knitting Cables Class

This class introduces you to working cables into your knitting. You will be knitting a hat in the round with cabling incorporated. The class lasts 3 hours and costs £33.

Experience needed: Knit, purl, cast on, cast off and ability to read a knitting pattern / Ability to knit in the round is desired.

Materials provided: Cabled Beanie pattern / Chunky weight yarn

Materials to bring: Size 6.00mm double pointed knitting needles or 6.00mm circular knitting needles 60cm.

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday   15 September 2021   10.30am-1.30pm

Saturday   9 October 2021   10.30am-1.30pm

Wednesday   27 October 2021   10.30am-1.30pm

Saturday   20 November 2021   10.30am-1.30pm

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Brioche Knitting Workshop

Brioche knitting is a very versatile technique that in its simplest form may be worked quite easily without the knitter really being aware that they are using such a fantastic method. It creates a fabric that is reversible and because of that, the results are quite thick and full bodied. It can therefore be quite lustrous. This is a full day workshop and costs £58 which includes a complimentary lunch provided along with tea/coffee/soft drinks.

The tutor for this workshop is Sara Thornett. Sara has a Masters degree in Fashion and Knitwear. She is a published designer with patterns in books and online. Sara is a very experienced tutor and works nationwide as part of the Rowan Workshop Team.

This workshop will teach the basics of this technique, as well as show its capabilities. There will be a couple of projects available for the participants to choose from on the day. Its aim is to showcase a different knitting technique and inspire the participants towards future projects.

This workshop is for the experienced knitter.

Materials provided: Full knitting instructions and yarns are provided.

Materials to bring: Sizes 3.25mm and 4.00mm knitting needles

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Learn to Knit Socks Workshop

Knitting a sock has many levels of expertise and for this reason it can excite or scare knitters. The increase in many coloured sock yarns has meant that many have caught the intrigue of knitting socks. This workshop looks at those techniques used in many socks, including working in the round on double-pointed needles, turning a heel and grafting the toe. Socks can be made in various ways and this course looks at the basics for those starting their knitted sock journey. This is a two-day workshop and costs £60.

This workshop is for the experienced knitter who can knit in the round.

Materials provided: Full knitting instructions / Sock yarn / Double pointed knitting needles

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Knit a Cowl in the Round Class

As well as socks, many garments and accessories are knitted in the round. This method of knitting ensures there is no need to sew up seams and the garment is completed after casting off. We will show you how to join up your cast on stitches and knit a simple snood. The class lasts 2½ hours and the cost £30.

Experience needed: Knit, purl, cast on, cast off and ability to read a knitting pattern

Materials provided: Cowl pattern / Chunky weight wool

Materials to bring: Size 6.00mm double pointed knitting needles or 6.00mm circular knitting needles

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday  22 September 2021  10.30am-1pm

Thursday   14 October 2021   10.30am-1pm

Thursday   11 November 2021   10.30am-1pm

Saturday   18 December 2021   10.30am-1pm

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Professional Finishing I Workshop

The tutor for this workshop is Debbie Abrahams. Debbie is one of Britain’s most celebrated hand-knit designers, renowned for her contemporary designs and hugely successful Mystery Blanket and Mystery Cushion clubs. She completed a degree in Knitwear Design from Nottingham Trent University to do a BA (Hons). Soon after graduating, her association with Rowan began and she has worked for them as a freelance consultant for over twenty years whilst gradually establishing her own hand-knitting business. This is a 3 hour workshop and costs £38.

During the workshop Debbie will discuss and practice various techniques to help improve your knitting and finishing skills. Included in the itinerary will be:

  • Methods of casting on – Thumb, Cable and Tubular
  • Methods of decreasing and increasing (fully fashioning)
  • Calculating the number of stitches to pick up along an edge
  • Picking up stitches along vertical and horizontal edges
  • Mattress stitch for vertical seams

This course is suitable for knitters who can already knit and follow a basic pattern but want to improve their knitting and finishing skills.

A small amount of knitting prep is required to enable you to get the most of your time at the workshop.

Materials to bring: Sizes 3.25mm and 4.00mm knitting needles / Sewing up needle (blunt ended)

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Professional Finishing II Workshop

The tutor for this workshop is Debbie Abrahams. Debbie is one of Britain’s most celebrated hand-knit designers, renowned for her contemporary designs and hugely successful Mystery Blanket and Mystery Cushion clubs. She completed a degree in Knitwear Design from Nottingham Trent University to do a BA (Hons). Soon after graduating, her association with Rowan began and she has worked for them as a freelance consultant for over twenty years whilst gradually establishing her own hand-knitting business. This is a 3 hour workshop and costs £38.

The following techniques will be covered:

  • short-row shaping (sloped shoulders)
  • mattress stitch
  • how to knit a neat buttonhole
  • swiss darning (embroidery on knitting)
  • chain stitch (embroidery on knitting)
  • how to keep selvedge edges neat
  • sewing in loose ends

This course is suitable for knitters who can already knit and follow a basic pattern but want to improve their knitting and finishing skills.

A small amount of knitting prep is required to enable you to get the most of your time at the workshop.

Materials to bring:         

  • Sizes 3.25mm, 4.00mm and 4.50mm knitting needles.
  • The left over double-knitting yarn from your knitted samples
  • Scissors
  • Sewing up needle (blunt-ended)
  • Sewing needle (sharp-pointed)
  • Stitch markers (clip ones that you can open up like a safety pin)

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Workshop – An Introduction to Knitwear Design and Adaption of Patterns

The tutor for this workshop is Debbie Abrahams. Debbie is one of Britain’s most celebrated hand-knit designers, renowned for her contemporary designs and hugely successful Mystery Blanket and Mystery Cushion clubs. She completed a degree in Knitwear Design from Nottingham Trent University to do a BA (Hons). Soon after graduating, her association with Rowan began and she has worked for them as a freelance consultant for over twenty years whilst gradually establishing her own hand-knitting business. This is a 3 hour workshop and costs £38.

This course is suitable for knitters who can already knit and follow a basic knitting pattern but want to design their own knitted garments or accessories. In this workshop you will be guided through the process of how to alter and adapt existing patterns to create your own design, giving you the opportunity to learn basic design skills. You can bring with you a pattern or garment that you want to work from, but this is optional as the agenda for the day is mainly discussion and does not include any actual knitting.

The following techniques will be covered:

  • How to make a spec drawing
  • Where to get the measurements from for your design
  • How to convert measurement into stitches and rows
  • Transposing tensions from one pattern to another (ie, from 4-ply to double-knitting yarns)
  • How to transfer your design onto graph paper
  • How to work out how much yarn you will need for your design

Materials to bring:

  • A knitted swatch in the yarn and pattern that you want your design to be in (this is optional)
  • Calculator
  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Paper and pencil
  • Eraser

Graph paper will be provided.

The following date is available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Steeking Workshop

In knitting, steeking is a shortcut used to knit garments such as sweaters in the round without interruption for openings or sleeves until the end. After completing a tube, a straight line is cut along the centre of a column of stitches, in order to make room for an opening or place to attach another piece. Steeks are made either side of where the cut will take place in order to secure the knitted stitches. This is full day workshop and the cost is £58 which includes a complimentary lunch provided along with tea/coffee/soft drinks.

The tutor for this workshop is Sara Thornett. Sara has a Masters degree in Fashion and Knitwear. She is a published designer with patterns in books and online. Sara is a very experienced tutor and works nationwide as part of the Rowan Workshop Team.

This workshop looks at one way of steeking, which uses crochet to secure the stitches. The cut edge will then be worked into by picking up stitches. This workshop is for the experienced knitter.

Materials to bring:

A small amount of knitting prep is required to enable you to get the most of your time at the workshop.

  • Pre-knitted tube to be worked in double knitting yarn on 4 mm needles can be worked as wished e.g. fairisle, plain, striped, etc
  • Size 2.50mm or 3.00mm crochet hook
  • Scissors – small with a sharp point works best
  • Size 3.25 mm knitting needles
  • DK weight yarn for the steeks and the knitted edges

The following date is available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Double Sided Knitting Workshop

Double-sided knitting is a very fascinating technique for the hand knitter and one that is fun to explore and create. This workshop looks at getting started with the technique – how to work basic fabrics which have one colour on one side and another on the other, giving a reversible finish. There will also be stitch patterns with all-over geometric patterns to try with the same reversible colourings. This is perfect for scarves and cowl accessories, which this workshop will give the inspiration for. This is full day workshop and costs £58 which includes a complimentary lunch provided along with tea/coffee/soft drinks.

The tutor for this workshop is Sara Thornett. Sara has a Masters degree in Fashion and Knitwear. She is a published designer with patterns in books and online. Sara is a very experienced tutor and works nationwide as part of the Rowan Workshop Team.

This workshop is suitable for knitters who can already knit and follow a basic knitting pattern. Each participant will be given two balls of DK weight yarn.

Materials provided: DK weight yarn in different colours

Materials to bring: Size 4.00mm knitting needles

The following date is available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433

Knit and Natter Meetings

We meet every 2nd and 4th Saturday. The session lasts 2 hours and cost £3 for refreshments. Admission only by prior booking.

The following are dates available and you must book to avoid disappointment.

Saturday   11 September 2021   3pm-5pm

Saturday   25 September 2021   3pm-5pm

Saturday   9 October 2021   3pm-5pm

Saturday   23 October 2021   3pm-5pm

Saturday   13 November 2021   3pm-5pm

Saturday   27 November 2021   3pm-5pm

Saturday   11 December 2021   3pm-5pm

To book please email yarnloft@gmail.com or telephone 07825 702433