Close Knit in March

Close Knit
March 25th 2-4pm
The gallery of Costume
Platt Hall, Platt Fields, Rusholme, M14 6LA

This Saturday we will be howling at the moon with a hounds-tooth knit inspired by this classic pattern that was so well utilised by Mary Quant. We will be making a simple slip-stitch hounds tooth bag which means colour-work without stranding!
Hope you can make it!
Close Knit is a free and friendly group and all materials are provided. Bring 4 or 4.5mm needles if you can.

November’s Close Knit in December


November’s Close Knit will be a week later than the usual last Saturday of the month, taking place instead on the 3rd December.

The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Platt Fields, Rusholme
Dec 3rd, 2-4pm

This Christmas special, we will be creating really cute 3D Christmas trees for use as tree, table or cake decorations! There are several designs, some easier than others, including ones with colour-work and cables. Small amounts of any yarn can be used. The trunks are corks which will be provided but if you want to use this as an excuse to start your mulling early, feel free!

The pattern requires double pointed needles slightly smaller than those you would normally use for a particular yarn. If you have any festive colours of yarn or embellishments like beads or sequins that you would like to bring along, please do! Otherwise, materials and needles are provided and the workshop is free and friendly. Hope you can join us!

October Close Knit

Saturday 29th October 2-4pm
Platt Hall, Platt Fields

Join us this month, we’ll be enjoying the chill in the air and the mellow fruitfulness of autumn as we create some handy and Halloweeny pumpkin pin-cushions! We’ll be taking a look at the gallery’s fabulous collection of buttons and maybe find inspiration for woolly winter knits.

Close Knit is a friendly and free group and all materials are provided. Hope to see you there!

September Poppies 

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Close Knit September

Saturday 25th September 2-4pm

Platt Hall, Platt Fields


This month we will be preparing for Remembrance Day by knitting and crocheting remembrance and peace poppies. We will be thinking about how wartime knitters were engaged on the ‘home front’ to make warm items for servicemen and women, as we take a look at some vintage patterns from the era.

Close Knit is a friendly and free group and all materials are provided. If you have any red, green or white yarn that you would like to use, please bring it along.

Hope to see you there!

August Close Knit

Close Knit 27th August


The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme

This month we celebrate the Domestic Goddess, celebrating the return of The Great British Bake Off! We will be looking at vintage patterns from the 40s and 50s and knitting sweet treats and beautiful buns.

Close knit is free and friendly and all materials are provided. Hope you can join us!

July’s Close Knit

Hi all,

Close Knit,
Saturday 30th July
The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme, Mannchester

Get out your surrealist sun-cream, it’s hot enough to celebrate Elsa Schiaparelli (who features in a scorchingly stylish exhibition at the Gallery of Costume) and her collaborations with Salvador Dali! Let’s escape the mundane, worship the weird and drift in dreamscapes as we create our own surrealist masterpieces! We will make extraordinary lobster claw mittens as we have a look at the fantastic results of their collaboration.

All materials will be provided but if you want to bring your own, you’ll need sets of 3.5mm and 3.75mm dpns plus 2 holding dpns of a similar size and approx 135 m of aran weight yarn in pink, brown or blue, depending on if you like your lobster cooked or not!

Close Knit is a friendly, free adult group. Do come along!