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Suitable for everyone who can cast on, cast off, knit and purl, and designed for those who wish to try their hand at stranded colourwork. Some experience of knitting in the round would be helpful.

Socks are the perfect project to practice your stranded colour work skills. As they are knitted in the round there are no pesky purl rows to interrupt the flow, leaving you to get to grips with stranding using knit only. A perfect stash buster, the result is a cosy and striking pair of socks. Worked in DK yarn they are also quick to knit up.

During this three hour workshop you will be working in the round using double pointed needles (or a long circular needle and the magic loop method if you prefer). You will be given a pattern (which includes a chart for the colour work) to start in class and take away so that you can finish your socks at your leisure.

Attendees will need to bring: three 50g balls of a DK weight yarn in three main colours A, B and C. Also bring small amounts of DK yarn in up to another 6 colours from your stash if you have them (but don’t worry if you don’t as the chart can be adjusted for three colours only). You will need a set of 3.25mm dpns, or a long cable (80cm or longer) circular needle if the Magic Loop method is preferred. Pen/pencil, scissors, tapestry needle and stitch markers are also useful if you have them.

About your tutor
Nicky Barfoot is an artist and tutor based on the South Coast of England. Brought up in a creative household, knitting and stitching have always been her passions. Nicky’s designs have won a number of accolades including second place in the Rowan International Design Competition, and both Silver and Gold in consecutive years of the UK Knitted Textile Awards. Her work has been featured in national knitting magazines and she has exhibited at the Knitting and Stitching Shows. Nicky has a Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles from Winchester University and a City and Guilds in Hand Knit Design. Her accessible patterns are designed to delight makers of all levels through the use of simple techniques to maximum effect.

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