Creating Easy Patterns in Knitting Using Slip Stitch

Are you stuck knitting in a single colour, but you dread the idea of carrying two or more colours at once? Then this course is for you. You will learn how to add colour and pattern to your projects using the versatile slip stitch technique. The magic is that you don't need to worry about carrying two or more strands of yarns at the same time! When it comes to more graphical depictions this is a great alternative to Fair Isle knitting. Plus, the bonus of being able to create organic shapes too. You will learn the nitty-gritty of slipping stitches so that at the end of the class, you will have the basic skills to add colour and pattern to your next project and a sampler scarf customised by you and ready to be finished at home.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This course is aimed at confident beginner/intermediate and improvers knitters wishing to develop their skill set by adding colour work techniques. This is not a class for absolute beginners, you must already be able to knit, purl, increase and decrease to shape comfortably. However, you do not need previous experience in colour work.

What does this course cover

This is a basic introduction to slip stich which is a simple and versatile technique that introduces colour into your projects with the benefit of working with only one strand of yarn at a time. The patterns that you can create are unlimited, from geometric to organic. You will learn about the different approaches to slip stitch: classical, weaving and mosaic. You will also learn about the fundamentals of the slip stitch: for example where to hold the yarn when slipping and its most used abbreviations in written patterns. Because it is a hands-on workshop you will knit at least 3 sample swatches with stocking stitch and garter stitch using commercial slip stitch patterns including some mosaic knitting patterns. You will be also introduced to reading charts for knitting flat or in the round.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Understand how the slip stitch works and how to use it.
2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the different approaches to slip stitch.
3. Be able to read and follow basic charts for knitting flat or in the round.
4. Be able to chart your own simple repeatable motif.
This course is a hands-on practical workshop. The teacher will demonstrate how to do the technique and you will receive a handout with step by step instructions. While you are knitting your swatch, the teacher will go around the class checking your understanding on a one-to-one basis.

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Please bring 2 balls of 100g of 2 solid contrasting colours (*read explanation below) and 1 ball of a third accent colour of DK, Aran or Chunky yarn with its appropriate needles. It is advisable to bring wool or at least a yarn that contains around 30% of it.

Good yarn colours to bring would be a light colour such as cream, white, light grey and a dark or bright such as navy blue or royal blue, red, black, orange.

What this course could lead to

After this course you can book the 'Exploring Colour Work Knitting Techniques' course where you will not only expand your mosaic knitting knowledge but also you will learn about colour combination, yarn and at least other 4 more colour work techniques. If you feel more adventurous you can book the 'Customised Cowl/Scarf with your Own Colour Work Stitch Patterns' course where you will use your visual research and inspiration to create your own designs for a cowl/scarf and make all the necessary calculations.

You can also join the other related courses such as 'Knitting and Crochet for Beginners and Intermediate' and 'Crochet projects' where you can work in your personal projects.

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Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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