October’s (slightly delayed) Close Knit

Close Knit, Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme
2-4pm Saturday 1st November
Christmas comes early to Close Knit! Hallowene has been and gone so it’s time to start thinking about those Christmas treats for ourselves and perhaps even for friends and family! We respond to some of the textures and patterns in the Gallery of Costume’s collection and create some beautiful contemporary baubles to jazz up the tree. You might not be feeling festive yet but these quick knits will help those long evenings fly by! 


September’s workshop was well attended as the leaves began to turn. We tackled the tricky but useful and interesting technique of double sided double knitting. Lots of fun despite a twisted yarn or two!

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September’s Close Knit

27th September 2-4pm Platt Hall, Platt Fields, Rusholme, Manchester

September’s Close Knit will introduce the fun technique of ‘Double Knitting’ which allows you to knit two colours and two sides of a picture pattern at once. Not as complicated as it sounds! We’ll be making lovely double sided coasters that can be adapted to make great gifts. Hope you can come!

August’s Close Knit

Close Knit
30th August 2-4pm, Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall
Inspired by the Gallery of Costumes stunning collection of garments that are heavily embellished with tassels and ruffles, this months session focuses on Loop Pile Knitting! This interesting and fun technique can be used on a variety of garments to create a chunky, heavily textured fabric, or as a collar or cuff edging. A perfect stitch for those chunky winter knitting projects. Have a go at a variety of samples during the two hour session with knitting tutor Rachael Gwilliam (ArtYarn).

July’s Close Knit

A change is as good as a rest and July’s Close Knit offered both! We were relocated to the other end of the gallery and got to spend some time with some of the 20th century outfits in the collection. A lovely change. And the rest came in the form of the wonderful ‘dormir’ eye masks we created for catching 40 winks on those holiday journeys and long dog days of summer!

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July’s Close Knit

26th July, Gallery of Cotume, Platt Hall, 2-4pm

Please come along as we spend some time with the Gallery of Costume Photographic Portrait Archive and look at how the Victorians spent their leisure and holiday time. As it is getting close to holiday season we’ll be making a great comfy eye mask to use on those flights, ferries, trains and coaches to catch a wink of sleep or escape from the other passengers for a while! Please come along, experts and beginners welcome!

June’s Close Knit

We had fun in June thinking about how clothing and knitted items offer us protection in various ways, from keeping the rain off to stopping us getting burnt fingers from hot kitchen items. We made quilted oven mitts and cup holders to prove the point!


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