June’s Close Knit

Close Knit, Saturday 27th June, 2- 4pm
The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme, Manchester
 
Join us for June’s Close Knit as we get inspired by pieces the gallery’s collection that make a design feature of the belt. We will be creating own own cabled belts using a simple repeat pattern that will allow for plenty of chatting! Don’t be worried if you haven’t cabled before-this is a great pattern to learn the basics. 
We will be working in aran (worsted) weight wool and 4.5mm needles if you want to bring your own- this is a great way to use up those odd balls that you bought because they were beautiful! It would be particularly useful if you could bring your own cable needles if you have them (don’t worry if not). The belt can be knotted but if you prefer a buckle it will need to be for a belt width of 1.75″ (4.5cm). Hope you can join us!
 
Free and friendly adult sessions for beginners and experts. Needles and yarn are supplied. 

April’s Close Knit

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April’s Close Knit

Saturday 25th April 2015
2-4pm, The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall.
This month Close Knit is inspired by the Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design exhibition which is taking place at Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition invites us to ‘See the amazing history and future of East Asian craft and design and its global influence in this exhibition inspired by objects from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. The show features over 1,500 years of the rich craft heritage of Japan, China and Korea: ceramics, metalwork, furniture, lacquer, textiles and sculpture, with exhibits ranging from magnificent court treasures, to masterpieces by contemporary makers.’
 As lovers of wool, we will be celebrating the incredible influence Japanese ‘Amigurumi’ techniques and design have had on contemporary crochet in recent times. This session will be a chance to brush up (or pick up!) basic crochet stitches and create kawaii (Japanese for cute), spring-themed, amigurumi character egg cosies. For the die-hard knitters there will be an opportunity to create amigurumi-style knitted cosies too. Hope you can join us!
Friendly adult sessions for beginners and experts. Needles and yarn are supplied but if you would prefer to bring your own materials: 
those choosing to knit will be making sheep cosies using a mixture of aran or chunky yarn (as fluffy as you like) and DK, and 5mm and 3.5mm dpns;
crocheters will be making chicks or rabbits using DK yarn and 4mm and 3mm hooks. 

March’s Close Knit

Close Knit, March 28th, 2-4pm

The Gallery of Costume

Platt Hall, Platt Fields, Rusholme

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Close Knit in March is set to blow your minds with some far out threads straight from that happening 60s scene. Inspired by a groovy piece the gallery’s collection, Louis Feraud’s fab 1967 pink mini dress which is embossed with geometric patterns, we will be creating some out of sight mittens, worked in the round with picot edging and zany raised zigzags. Ditch last year’s grotty gloves and dig these hip hand warmers! Don’t be square, be there!

Friendly adult sessions for beginners and experts. Needles and yarn are supplied but feel free to bring your own choice of DK yarn and a set of 4mm double pointed needles if you’d prefer.

February’s Close Knit

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February’s Close Knit

Close Knit, Saturday 28th February 2-4pm 
The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme
 
Join us for a 16th Century “Wolf Hall” inspired knitting session!
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We will be looking at an amazing piece of early knitting from the gallery’s collection: a hat preserved by the mud of the River Thames. This fascinating item resembles those hats worn by tradesmen in the 16th century and by Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII. Inspired by this highlight of the gallery’s collection, we will be creating similar hats of our own. 

Hope you can make it!  

Friendly adult sessions for beginners and experts. Needles and yarn are supplied but feel free to bring your own choice of DK yarn and 4mm standard needles (or a set of 4mm double pointed needles) if you’d prefer.

January’s Close Knit

Close Knit at The Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme

Saturday 31st January 2-4PM

 

Join us for the first session of 2015 as we are inspired by the gallery’s beautiful wedding dresses on display in the ‘Something Blue: Wedding fashions 1914-2014′ exhibition. We will be looking at the construction and shaping of the gowns and paying particular attention to those that feature collars. The shape of a collar can really place a garment in it’s era and allow us to add to an outfit with a retro twist. We will be creating Peter Pan collars that can be worn with a plain jumper to add interest. We will be introducing the (relatively simple) technique of shaping using ‘short rows’- an invaluable addition to your skills if you ever feel the urge to knit some socks or shape a shoulder!

Hope you can make it!  

Friendly adult sessions for beginners and experts. Needles and yarn are supplied but feel free to bring your own choice of DK yarn and 4mm needles if you’d prefer.

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