Extreme Knitting

Experimental hand-knitting exploring alternative materials and scales in knitting. You will get to use giant knitting needles, make knitting devices of your own and work with non-traditional materials including rope, wire and plastic.

Who is this course for

This course is suitable for beginners, as well as those with basic hand knitting experience who would like to broaden their skills and take knitting in new directions.

What does this course cover

During this course students will:

- Learn basic knitting techniques and a variety of different stitches to make creative textures and structure
- Develop sculptural techniques including cords, circular knitting, grafting and shaping.
- Learn how to create their own experimental yarns including plarn and rag yarn. Students will also experiment with yarns not usually associated with knitting including rope, wire, ribbon, paper, string and tape.
- Experiment with colour and patterning within their knitting
- Develop their own knitting tools and devices including giant needles and peg looms.
- Think about knitting as an art form - looking at and evaluating the work of knitting artists and designers, collecting ideas and imagery to inform samples and personal projects.
- Think about scale in knitting using a variety of different needles including giant needles.

Each week students will make a range of swatches, samples and small pieces, working towards the end of the course where you will have the option of following a set or independent project.

- Demonstrate confidence in working with hand knitting and fibre in an experimental way
- Present samples of experimental knit displaying different stitches, materials and techniques
- Be able to follow and adapt simple knitting patterns
- Be able to create their own experimental knitting devices
- Be able to apply their knitting skills to create a piece of their own
- Develop evaluative skills in relation to their own and others work

What will it be like

During classes there will be visual demonstrations, examples and imagery for inspiration and information sheets to follow/for reference.
Teaching will be on a one-to-one and group basis.
Students will learn through practical hands-on experience, following handouts and in one-to-one and group discussions.

You will receive regular verbal feedback from your tutor throughout the course.
There will be regular group evaluation and opportunities for you to receive feedback from peers.
You and your tutor will also be asked to informally assess your progress at the end of the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

Please bring along a range of knitting needles and wool that you would like to knit with during the sessions.
session. A sketchbook or folder is also advisable to keep samples in, collect visual information,
record techniques and collect handouts.

Basic experimental materials will be provided but you will be
encouraged to bring along any yarns or recycled/found materials you may wish to experiment with.
Students will be asked to work on knitting during the week in order to complete samples and master

You will also be required to gather visual research to inspire your projects, source
experimental materials and visit relevant exhibitions and galleries for research and inspiration.

What this course could lead to

There is a range of textiles courses at the Mary Ward Centre in stitch, knitting and felt making, which would continue learning in this area. Advice will be given on other courses and classes to develop skills you have learnt.

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’