Close Knit’s November’s Session at The Costume Gallery, Platt Hall.

Saturday saw another enjoyable session at Platt Hall hosted by Kate Day. We were pleased to be sharing our space with the Costume Gallery’s new cafe and their customers seemed to enjoy knitting as a spectator sport too!

The theme of the session was designer knitwear  and Kate kicked off the session by introducing us to some of the knitted pieces from the collection which will be part of next year’s knitwear exhibition at the gallery. We went on to look at some inspirational designers and their knitwear pieces for the Autumn/Winter season 2012. I don’t know about you but I want to knit a jumper with a gap like the one we saw from Acne. Gorgeous!

Artist Sarah Marsh came along to say hello. She was keen to enlist some of our knitters to help with a knitted installation artwork for the gallery that she is working on with another group. If anyone would be interested in knitting some string or wire pieces for Sarah, they can be handed in for Kate Day, at Platt Hall reception or Manchester Art Gallery.


In the  practical knitting part of the session, we took our lead from the designers use of snoods and headbands this season, and tackled working in the round.

We tried lots of techniques, using double pointed and circular needles, with many of the group trying out the ‘magic loop’ method for the first time.  Even the tricky but interesting technique that allows one to knit a tube on a pair of standard needles was attempted. Our group is not afraid of a challenge!  There was something to stretch everyone’s skills from intrepid experts to absolute beginners, and cake too. Knitting aside, one thing is for sure, and we are all expert knatterers! Well done all!

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December’s session is earlier in the month than usual. It is at Manchester Art Gallery on Saturday the 8th, same time 2-4pm. See you there!


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