Finesse Your Knitting Skills

Over this 10-part Masterclass Series Juliet will direct you to perfect the techniques: explaining different sock heel and toe techniques, double knitting, brioche, continental knitting, steeking, intarsia, short row shaping, cabling without a cable needle and how to recolour a Fair Isle pattern.
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Tutor Name(s): Juliet Bernard
Level: Intermediate
Programme: On Demand Masterclasses
Duration: 3.5 hours
SKU: 05
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Have you ever wanted to try some intermediate knitting techniques to take your craft to the next level? Finesse Your Knitting Skills with designer Juliet Bernard will take you there.

Over this 10-part Masterclass Series Juliet will direct you to perfect the techniques: explaining different sock heel and toe techniques, double knitting, brioche, continental knitting, steeking, intarsia, short row shaping, cabling without a cable needle and how to recolour a Fair Isle pattern.

This comprehensive series sponsored by Stylecraft and Knit Pro is perfect for those knitters with a good level of experience (or the adventurous beginner) to level-up their knitting skills.

Key Learnings:

Unlock techniques that might seem scary:

  • Continental knitting
  • Steeking
  • Different toes and heels for socks
  • Brioche knitting
  • Double knitting
  • Cabling with and without a needle
  • Intarsia
  • Short row shaping
  • How to recolour a Fair Isle
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Session Overview
Session 1
Continental Knitting

Dive straight into learning and master the continental knit and purl stitch before progressing to Fair Isle using the two-handed technique. These skills will help your floats lie flatter and means your yarn doesn't get tangled.

Key Learnings:

  • Continental knit
  • Purl stitch
  • Two-handed Fair Isle

Materials:

  • DK yarn in contrasting colours
  • 4mm needles
Session 2
Steeking - how to cut your knitting safely

This session steers you to master a technique which is particularly useful for knitting items such as cardigans. You’ll be shown how to prepare a knitted mug cosy using the crochet technique and how to ensure it is secure when you come to cut it.

Key Learnings:

  • Preparing a steek
  • Cutting
  • Making a border

Materials & Preparation:

  • Ahead of this session, use the mug cosy pattern provided to knit in a DK yarn with wool and 4mm needles.
Session 3
Three different toes for socks

Discover different styles of toes for socks to help them fit better for your foot type: normal toe, gored toe and toe up socks using Judy's magic cast on.

Key Learnings:

  • Grafting or Kitchener stitch
  • Shaping
  • Judy's magic cast on

Materials & Preparation:

  • 4ply and 2.75mm needles
  • Having knitted your heel from the previous workshop, knit to the point in the pattern where the toe starts. In the case of the toe up sock, no preparation is needed.
Session 4
Three different heels for socks

Following on from perfecting toe designs, create various styles of heels for socks: heel flap, strong heel and afterthought heel.

Key Learnings:

  • Heel flap
  • Turning the heel
  • Inserting an afterthought heel

Materials & Preparation:

  • 4 ply yarn and 2.75mm needles
  • Knit a tube to the point the heel starts before the workshop
Session 5
Brioche knitting

Be introduced to a very popular technique that is easy to master: Brioche Knitting. Juliet will guide you through the two-colour technique in the round, following a ribbed cast on, as well as how to use increases and decreases to add interest to your patterns.

Key Learnings:

  • Brioche Knitting using two colours
  • Decreasing and increasing in brioche

Materials & Preparation:

  • DK in two contrasting colours
  • 4mm needles
  • You will need to have completed the rib of the cowl before the workshop, using the pattern provided

 

Session 6
Double Knitting

This next style of knitting is so clever but it does take some concentration. You will ascertain how to cast on, the double knitting technique, as well as how to read a chart in order to complete the lovely washcloth pattern provided.

Key Learnings:

  • Casting on
  • Foundation rows
  • Creating a pattern in double knitting
  • Casting off

Materials:

  • DK cotton yarn in two contrasting colours
  • 4mm needles
Session 7
Cabling with and without a needle

During this session, Juliet will aide you to be able to cable with a cable needle and then progress to the more convenient technique without a cable needle. A cabled hat pattern is provided to help you learn this technique.

Key Learnings:

  • 4 stitch cable
  • Cable diamond
  • Bobble

Materials:

  • DK yarn
  • 4mm needles
  • A chunky yarn and knitted small squares
Session 8
Intarsia

This colour work technique is all the rage at the moment. In Session 8: Intarsia, Juliet will show you how to make an intarsia motif without getting in a tangle!

 

Key Learnings:

  • How to wind a yarn butterfly
  • Introducing colours
  • How to twist yearns together so you don't get gaos
  • Weaving in ends

 

Materials:

  • DK in 3 colours
  • 4mm yarn
  • Ahead of this session you should knit the moss stitch border and up to row 4 from the pattern provided
Session 9
Short row shaping

Explore two ways of knitting short rows to help shape your knits on both knit and purl stitches - the wrap and turn method and the German short row.

 

Key Learnings:

  • Wrap and turn short rows in knit and purl
  • Picking up wraps
  • German short rows in knit and purl
  • Knitting the double stitches

 

Materials:

  • DK yarn
  • 4mm needles
  • Ahead of this workshop, knit 8 rows of stocking stitch on 25 stitches
Session 10
Recolour a Fair Isle

Have you ever looked at a Fair Isle design but just not liked the colours? In the final session of our series you will be able to successfully change colours to your palette and create balance. Realise what happens if you reverse colours and be able to discern if a colour is dark, light or mid-tone. 

 

Key Learning:

  • Changing colours in Fair Isle

 

Materials:

  • Assorted colours of DK yarn
  • 4mm needles
Materials & Preparation

Materials:

• DK and 4 ply yarn 

• 4mm straight or circular needles

• 4mm DPNS

• 2.75mm DPNs

• A chunky yarn and knitted small squares

 

Preparation:

 

• Some workshops such as steeking, socks and toes and short row shaping need some knitting to be done before starting

 

Meet the Master: Juliet Bernard

Juliet Bernard is a teacher, journalist and designer who lives and works in the UK. She was the founding editor of ‘The Knitter’, and now spends her time writing her own blog, designing, and running a company called Planet Handmade. Alongside this, Juliet works to promote brands including Stylecraft and UK Hand Knitting.

In her own time, she enjoys knitting and this personal passion extends to her teaching where she specialises in continental and double knitting, with particular favouritism towards Fair Isle techniques.

 

Find out more about Juliet Bernard:

Instagram @julietbernard 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/juliet.bernard/

 

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