Katherine Lymer / Knitting with Katherine


After all those hours of knitting the individual pieces of our garment, the sewing-up and finishing can be daunting, and fear of ruining our work can lead to stalling. It’s often the details that allow our knitted garments to have a pleasing, professional “handmade” finish – but instructions for achieving such finishes aren’t always included in the pattern.

In this workshop, we will discuss the different stages of the process of making a professionally finished garment to allow us to better manage our time and expectations. We’ll learn some of the techniques needed to create that professional finish including amending the instructions for shoulder-shaping to avoid stepped, holey edges, grafting by knitting to bring together each side and how to pick up stitches.

Skill Level: Confident beginners and intermediate knitters

Skills Needed: Casting on and off, knit, purl, simple shaping.

Materials required:

  • Your completed homework
  • More of the same yarn (for completing the sample) NB You might want to consider a contrast colour yarn of the same weight for picking-up stitches
  • 3.5mm/US size 4 circular needles (cable length approx. 60cm/24” – exact length is not essential)
  • 3.75mm/US size 5 needles (straight or circular, whichever you prefer for working back and forth)
  • 4mm/US size 6 needles (straight or circular, whichever you prefer for working back and forth)
  • Your knitting bag with your usual accessories (including a wool/tapestry/darning needle, scissors)
  • Perhaps a notepad and pen/pencil in case you want to take additional notes
  • Glasses if you wear them :-)


Homework: Participants have been sent an email detailing the small amount of knitting required in advance of attending this workshop

Workshop Duration: 3 hours

Date / Time: Saturday 3rd August 2019, 10am to 1pm

Price: £57.50 Workshop + Saturday Entry / £63.00 Workshop + Weekend Entry / £50.00 Additional Workshop (only valid if purchased AFTER purchasing a different Workshop + Entry ticket)


Brioche knitting is enjoying a welcome resurgence in creating accessories and garments in bright, bold colours.  Its thick fabric is gloriously textured and squishy and, when worked in two colours, can create a reversible ribbed fabric – perfect for shawls and scarves as well as other accessories and garments.

During this workshop, we will learn how to combine yarn overs, slipped stitches and the unique language of brioche knitting to create different brioche stitches, starting in one colour before progressing to two.  We’ll try different methods of casting-on and binding-off that are more appropriate to maintaining the characteristics of the brioche fabric that we’re creating.  With these new skills under your knitting belt, you’ll be ready (and raring!) to start your own brioche project.

Skill Level: This workshop is suitable for the knitter confident in the basic stitches

Materials Required: Yarn: Two contrasting colours of DK yarn for knitting swatches.   4mm/US size 6 circular needle with 60-80cm/24-32” cable (We’re working back and forth-not in the round-so the cable length needs to accommodate the working stitches, but can be longer.)  Darning needle (plus all your usual knitting accessories e.g. scissors).

Homework: None!

Workshop Duration: 3 hours

Date / Time: Sunday 4th August 2019, 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Price: £57.50 Workshop + Sunday Entry / £63.00 Workshop + Weekend Entry / £50.00 Additional Workshop (only valid if purchased AFTER purchasing a different Workshop + Entry ticket)

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Katherine's mum taught her to knit when she was four or five but knitting didn't really happen for her until she was in her early twenties - when she spotted a cardigan that she not only want to wear, but was desperate to knit too.  Her needles have been busy ever since creating more garments, accessories, shawls, socks, toys and decorations. She loves exploring new techniques, yarns and designs and always has more than one project on the go.

Coming from a scientific background, she's interesting in the "how" and "why" of knitting and gets a tremendous amount of pleasure from sharing and learning from her fellow knitters, during their workshops together.