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Suitable for everyone who can cast on, cast off, knit and purl. This course is designed as an introduction to working in the round using a long circular needle and the Magic Loop method. A suitable progression from this would be a sock knitting workshop.

Knitting in the round is an extremely useful skill and enables garments to be created seam free. It is best known for gloves, socks and hats but can also be put to good use for larger garments such as sweaters and skirts where seams are not desired.

During this three hour workshop Nicky will introduce you to knitting in the round using a long circular needle. This method is often called the Magic Loop and many people find it easier than working on double pointed needles for small items such as gloves and socks. You will be given a pattern for a pair of DK adult mitts, which you will start to work from during class and can take away and finish at your leisure after the workshop.


Attendees will need to bring: one 50g ball of a DK yarn and a circular needle (80cm or longer) in each of size 3mm and 3 3/4mm. Pen/pencil, scissors, tapestry needle. Also three stitch markers if you have them.

Maximum number of attendees: 8-10

About your tutor

Nicky Barfoot is an artist, designer 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 London and Harrogate 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.

Through her teaching, Nicky aims to share the enjoyment, relaxation and well being associated with the process of making something, with love, slowly, by hand.