Maddie Harvey


Stitch dictionaries appear to be increasingly popular among knitters and during this playful class we will experiment with stitches from these dictionaries to create individualised stitch patterns to fit into a cowl or hat design template.

We will begin by looking at the information that stitch dictionaries provide and use this to begin swatching stitch patterns. Students will experiment with these swatches by refining small elements of the patterning, playing with stitch counts, colour and texture to come up with their own stitch pattern. By the end of the class, students will have the information needed to knit a cowl or a hat using a stitch pattern originating from a stitch dictionary.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Skills Needed: Ability to follow a chart and to knit in the round.

Materials Required: A stitch dictionary (with lace or textured stitches, rather than colourwork), or a few stitch patterns that you are interested in working with (some stitch dictionaries will be available). Squared paper, pencil, rubber, ruler and blue/red pen. At least 2 colours of double-knit weight yarn (approx. 50g each). Four double-pointed needles (or a circular needle) that will knit to a gauge of approx. 21 sts per 10 cm in stocking stitch, and 4 double-pointed needles (or circular needle) one size smaller.

Homework: None!

Workshop Duration: 3 hours

Date / Time: Saturday 3rd August 2019, 1.30pm to 4.30pm

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)

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Maddie Harvey is a workshop tutor and knitwear designer, living and working in Edinburgh, UK. A former primary school teacher, she loves investigating colour combinations and textures in her design work. Maddie is a strong advocate of experimenting with knitting and using the process of swatching as a way to investigate stitches, and free-up the knitting process.

Maddie’s clients include Aberdeen Yarn Fest, Amirisu Magazine, Knit Now Magazine, Knitting For All, Loch Ness Knit Fest, Perth Festival of Yarn, and Pom Pom Quarterly. Find Maddie on Ravelry Designer Page: and Instagram: @harveyknits