Nathan Taylor / Sockmatician

Nathan Taylor (aka Sockmatician on Ravelry, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) is a knitwear designer, knitting teacher, and popular podcaster on YouTube. He has had patterns published in the following magazines: Knit Now!; Vogue Knitting; Rib; and The Knitter, and in the book Vogue Knitting: Shawls and Wraps 2. The majority of his patterns, however, can be purchased individually on www.ravelry.com. Autumn 2018 saw the publication of his first book, GUYS KNIT, a beginner’s knitting manual, aimed specifically at encouraging and representing men in the fibre-craft community.

He is most known for his work in developing and designing patterns using the Double-Knitting technique, and he has given classes in the subject all over the UK, Europe, America, New Zealand, and Australia, in locations ranging from the smallest local yarn shop, to North America’s largest sheep and wool festival, Rhinebeck in New York. 

As well as teaching his flagship beginners’ DK class, and more advanced classes in the field (DK Lace, and DK Shaping techniques, Nathan also gives classes in many other aspects of knitting, including Knit Nerdism, Cuff-Down Socks for Beginners, Patterning a Sock, Double-Knitted Brioche, and Strantarsia (a brand new technique he has pioneered himself for adding a localised patch of stranded colourwork to a project worked in the round.)
He is also an accomplished musical theatre actor, having appeared in many shows in the West End, but that’s his other life, and a story for another time.

DEMYSTIFYING DOUBLE-KNITTING

This is a class for knitters who want to explore the wonderful world of double-
knitting (DK). That’s the two-sided knitting technique, not the yarn weight!
DK is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting, so no more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one: whatever beautiful pattern shows on the front, shows on the back too, and with the colours reversed. Magic!
Because the results are often so impressive, a lot of people feel that DK is beyond their knitting capabilities. This class proves that’s entirely wrong! As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch at a Time (#OSAAT), and if you can knit, and purl, then you too can become a DK wizard.
In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you. We’ll talk a little bit about what is possible in the technique, to give you a flavour of where this foundation can eventually lead you, but we’ll mostly be concerning ourselves with getting you familiar with what yarn goes where!
Together we’ll be creating a cute little coaster, with a gorgeous heart design on it. When you’ve finished, you can turn it over, and look! There’s another heart, in a different colour! Congratulations, you are now a double-knitter!
REQUIRED SKILLS:
Compulsory - (meaning, do not attend the class without!): The ability to knit and purl.
Desired - It would be good to have some experience of working with two yarns at the same time. If you have already done any stranded or fair isle knitting, and are already comfortable manipulating two strands of yarn together, you will be on to a winner! (If you normally use a yarn guide for holding two yarns in the same hand, it will be useful for you to bring it with you.)
Materials required - Bring one set of 4mm knitting needles, they can be circs or straights. About 10g of each of two contrasting colours of DK-weight yarn. Choose a smooth yarn with a high twist for best results.

HOMEWORK:
Prior to coming to the class, you MUST learn the Two-Colour, Alternating, Long-Tail Cast On for Double-Knitting ( https://youtu.be/RO-maaxl8Rc ).
Tie a slip knot with both yarns held together, leaving enough of a tail for weaving in later. Using the above cast on method, cast on 14 further PAIRS of stitches. That means you will have 15 pairs of loops on your needles, INCLUDING the two loops of your slip knot.

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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KNIT NERDISM

I have a new philosophy of knitting - Knit Nerdism.
It’s all about interrogating your knitting. Not just the stitches you make, but the tiniest aspects of how you create those stitches. And WHY!
It’s a funny thing about knitters: a disproportionate number of us just love to geek out about the technical aspects of what we do, but just how much of that stuff do we actually know, when it comes to the finer details of the whys and wherefores? And most people would argue, why does it matter anyway?
This class looks at the fundamental aspects of what makes knitting work, on subatomic level. Well, maybe not quite quantum, but certainly very small.
We’ll be looking at the anatomy of a stitch, the importance of stitch mount, what it means, and why it matters.
We’ll be looking at the various ways there are to slip a stitch, and what we can learn from them. You may be surprised: there are more than you think. And what about twisting a stitch? It doesn’t happen as often as people think it does, and it certainly doesn’t happen WHEN people say it does! Symmetry is a word that we’ll be focussing on a LOT!
True perfection in your knitting can only come as a result of truly understanding the simple building blocks of what knitting actually is.
No more ladders up the sides of your magic loop projects, no more flabby, wobbly lines of SSKs! All this can be gained from looking at knitting through the lens of Knit Nerdism
Intrigued? Come and explore Knit Nerdism with me, and all will be revealed.
REQUIRED SKILLS:
Compulsory -
The ability to knit, and a questing mind. This class is largely conceptual.
Materials Required - Bring a price of knitting currently on the needles: ideally have some stocking stitch to hand, so that you can try out some of the things I’ll be talking about, and see what it looks like in your own hands, but any knitting will do.                                                                               

HOMEWORK: None!

Workshop Duration: 3 hours

Date / Time: Sunday 4th August 2019, 10am to 1pm 

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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