Classes 2017

There are six streams of classes during Unwind, four streams of 3 hour classes and 2 streams of 30 minute Skill Shots.
You may enrol in a maximum of four 3 hour classes and 2 Skill Shots in total (one class/Skill Shot from each stream).

Classes require some tools, materials and preparation. You will be informed of full requirements for the classes you register for, well before Unwind begins.

3 Hour Classes – Stream One


Eek It’s A Steek!Steeking

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Get your scissors out and master the steek. Be the boss of your knitting. Knit colour work and plain knitting in the round so the right side always faces you – no purling – and then simply steek your knitting to end up with a cardigan or flat blanket.

This class will cover both hand sewn and crochet steek techniques, and then will showcase two methods of adding a neat finish to a steeked edge.

Participants should be able to knit, thread and use a yarn-sized sewing needle, and know one end of a crochet hook from the other. Steeks, work best in non-superwash yarn.

Suitable for for beginner knitters and beyond.

Teacher: Stella Lange

Knits That FitKnits that fit

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We all want to make garments that fit us well – so how do we work with knitting patterns that are designed for the imaginary ‘average’ body?

In this class we will learn how to assess a pattern’s construction and design. We’ll look at choosing the best yarn for a particular pattern, and then learn easy ways to modify a pattern to fit our own bodies.

We will make friends with the dreaded swatch, and work out how to choose the best size to start from – it’s not all about the bust!
Learn how to make modifications to make a great garment for you including:

  • Adjusting length
  • Adjusting ease in the bust, waist and hips
  • Different ways to add room in the bust
  • How to add cables or lace to a basic pattern

You’ll finish the class with many ideas for personalised modifications you can use for your next jumper or cardigan pattern.

Suitable for all knitters who like to make garments – or who are thinking about starting!

Teacher: Nikki Jones

 Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi Shawlpi

Explore the geometry of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi Shawl – a genius construction of a circular shawl worked from the centre outwards.

This is a great introduction to lace and circular knitting. This design can be adapted to cater to simple patterns or things much more intricate – whatever you desire.

Suitable for for confident beginners.

Teacher: Nanette Cormack

Short Rows With Styleshortrows

Short row shaping is a wonderful technique that no knitter should neglect to add to their skill repertoire. Short rows allow knitters to create more defined and improved shaping and length in their garments and designs. Many of us know one short row technique and use it all the time, but there are other ways, all with their own benefits and uses.

This class will cover multiple short row techniques and explain the benefits and applications of the technique and explore some the exciting design possibilities short rows provide.

Suitable for confident beginners and beyond

Teacher: Susan Hagedorn


30 Minute Skill Shot – Stream One

SATURDAY 1:30PM – 2:00PM

Hooks and Chainshookandchain2

Learn to hold your yarn and hook to create a crochet chain, the very beginning of your crochet journey!  Once you’ve mastered this, the next steps of forming stitches are relatively simple.

This skill is a pre-requisite if you wish to join in on the Shepherd’s Knitting or Get Going With Crochet class.

Suitable for absolute beginners

Teacher: Sofia Moers

Judy’s Magic Cast Onmagic-cast-on-photo

Wanting to knit seamless in the round toe up socks or a pinwheel blanket starting from the centre? This is the cast on for you!

Judy’s Magic Cast On makes an invisible cast on seam that cannot be seen on either side of the knitting.  Add this cast on to your repertoire and expand your horizons.

Suitable for all knitters who can knit in the round.

Teacher: Brenda Green

seamingSeam Like A Professional

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Give your knitted garment seams that professional look by learning how to do an invisible seam. Learn how mattress stitch is worked to create a neat finish on both stocking stitch and garter stitch fabrics. A perfect skill to add to your arsenal.

Teacher: Susan Hagedorn

My Favourite Stretchy Cast Offstretchycastoff2

Officially known as Margaret Stove’s Lace Cast Off, come and learn my favourite, and most used, stretchy cast off. Ideal for any situation where an elastic edge is required. Use this on garment hems, cuffs, sock hems, and shawls.

Suitable for confident beginners (if you can cast on, knit and purl, you’ll be just fine) and beyond.

Teacher: Morag McKenzie

3 Hour Classes – Stream Two

SATURDAY 2:30PM – 5:30PM

Magic Loop Socksmagic-loop-sock-class

This class we will demystify the sock construction by knitting a small top down sample sock in stocking stitch using the magic loop method.

You will learn:

  • How to do a stretchy cast on
  • The heel flap
  • How to turn the heel
  • How to shape the gusset
  • Decreasing for the toes
  • Kitchener Stitch

At the end of the class you will have a sample sock with what you have learnt and a full basic 4ply sock pattern to practice your skills on.

Suitable for beginner knitters and beyond.

Teacher: Brenda Green

Turning Fluff Into String – Drop Spindling For BeginnersSpindling

Learn the fundamentals of spinning on the drop spindle.

The drop spindle is an ancient tool which is still widely used as a primary method for spinning in many cultures. The simplicity of the tool allows the spinner to grasp the fundamental rules of spinning.

In this work shop you will cover:

  • starting with and without a leader yarn.
  • how to draft fibre.
  • how to join fibre.
  • the basic principles of twist.

Suitable for for absolute beginners.

 Teacher: Frances Stachl

Playing with Colour – Persian Poppiespersianpoppies

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This is a fun workshop for knitters who are interested in sharpening their colour selection choices by practical experience within a supportive environment.

You will work with a range of light and dark colours in contrasting tones to build up a repeating sequence of colour to create the ever popular Persian Poppies design made famous by Kaffe Fassett.poppies-pic The experience gained should give knitters the confidence to use their own personal colour scheme in any of their own designs in the future.

Participants need only know how to knit and purl as the pattern will be knit in stocking stitch. Please note this workshop is not for the faint hearted as your tutor will be wearing a kilt and his knobbly knees will be on display.

Teacher: James Herbison



laceknittinglace1 lace2Secret Codes and Clever Tricks

A class for new lace knitters who need a spell to help unravel those lace charts, magically make everything easy and to uncover those tips and tricks to make you look dead clever.  We learned the hard way but you don’t have to.

  • Introduction to Lace
  • How to choose a pattern
  • Handy tools
  • Why make a swatch?
  • Cast ons and bind offs
  • Common stitches used in making lace
  • Garter Tab used in shawls
  • How to read your lace knitting and how to fix a mistake
  • How to read a lace chart (pro tip: this is easier than you might think)
  • How to put in a life line
  • How to add beads to your knitting
  • How to block your lace to make it look stunning.

Suitable for knitters who have been knitting but want to take the next step into lace

Teacher: Sue Schreuder

3 Hour Classes – Stream Three


Shepherd’s knittingshephers knitting

The earliest dated English reference to looping of yarn with a hook (Crochet) was 1812 and it was referred to as Shepherd’s knitting!

Around the world there are many other names for Shepherd’s knitting such as Muslim crochet, Pjoning and Bosnian crochet, though it is most popularly referred to as Slip Stitch Crochet these days.

The fabric created is different to that which we now associate with Crochet, despite (or maybe because of) its simplicity the results are exciting.  For knit wear designers and experimenters this could be a great way to integrate a bit of Crochet!  For those interested in history and origins I’ve sourced as much original material as I can.

This is a class suitable for anyone that would consider themselves a beginner crocheter and those with more advanced skills can easily take this technique a step further.

Teacher: Sofia Moers

My Hobby, My Business?business2

Imagine how great it would be to turn your hobby into a business.  Getting paid to follow your passion and spend all day doing what you love.

Are you really ready to take the plunge?  If your answer is ‘yes’, then what are a next steps to building a thriving business?

What are the common pitfalls, and how do you avoid them?

What are the tools you need to become your own boss?

If you are thinking about starting a home-based business relating to your craft then this is the course for you.

Teacher: Deborah Moore

Continental KnittingContinental

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Continental style sees the working yarn held in your left hand –  some knitters finds this faster, easier on their hands, and more intuitive.
In this class you will learn several variations of cast ons, and how to knit and purl in the Continental style. Norwegian purling and ribbing Continental will also be covered.

Suitable for everyone.

Teacher: Frances Stachl

Sew free Modular Knitting – Learn How To Join Modules Without Sewing To Create Amazing Projects.modular3

Modular knitting involves making small pieces of knitted fabric (modules) which are then joined together to make a larger item. However joining them together does not involve any sewing! This technique allows you to knit the modules together as you create them.

In this workshop you’ll learn and practice the technique with two basic shapes that will allow you to go on and create beautiful modular garments, accessories and even large items such as throws.

Suitable for for confident beginners.

Teacher: Nanette Cormack

30 Minute Skill Shot – Stream Two

SUNDAY 1:30PM – 2:00PM

Clever Buttonholesclever-button-holes-stella

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Learn how to work an elegant symmetrical one row button hole.  This button hole is pretty, sturdy, and looks the same at both ends. The size is easily customisable, and there are no ends to weave in.

Suitable for confident beginners and beyond.

Teacher: Stella Lange

Easy Grafting in Patterngrafting

Learn how to graft two sets of stitches together no matter what fabric they are knit in (stocking stitch, garter, rib, moss stitch, etc). There is an easy technique that will see you grafting any thing together without having to memorise a different set of instructions for every stitch pattern.

Teacher: Sue Schreuder

Italian Tubular Cast Ontubular-cast-on

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Here’s a nifty little cast-on that’s super easy to learn, and allows your knits to start with a knitted row of tidy rib. Perfect for socks, sleeves, waistbands and hats!
There’s no fiddly twisty business – just simple knits and purls.

Come and learn this very useful cast-one for 1×1 rib, and also see how to adjust it for 2×2 rib.

Suitable for confident beginners and beyond.

Teacher: Nikki Jones

neatnecklinesNeat Necklines

Are you often bothered by how your knitted necklines look?  This class will show you where and how to pick up stitches around necklines so the neckband looks neat and sits correctly.  This skill is also useful for picking up armhole stitches.

Suitable for confident beginners and beyond.

Teacher: Susan Hagedorn

3 Hour Classes – Stream Four

SUNDAY 2:30PM – 5:30PM

Stop Fumbling And Start Tumblingtumbling-blocks

An introduction to the intarsia method of adding colour to your knitting.

Intarsia is a clever method of knitting where you say goodbye to the constraints of stranded knitting and say hello to using fields of colour to create shapes and texture. Twisting your yarn at the back of your work instead of having to pull strands across allows you to use less yarn in projects and to achieve a smoother surface to your knitting.

In this class we will be working with a striking, geometric pattern called Tumbling Blocks. Participants will have the choice of testing the waters with a simple three colour interpretation or of pushing the boat out and opting for nine colours.

With either option you will learn:

  • How to place your colours together for impact
  • The art of twisting your yarn at the back
  • How to work in your ends as you knit
  • How to take the tumbling blocks pattern to the next level

Suitable for confident beginners (you need to be able to cast on, knit and purl) and beyond.

Teacher: James Herbison

Fancy That

Fancy That

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Add a little drama to your knitting! East European knitters have been adding fancy elements using two colours of yarn for centuries. Knitted braids are simple to add to your knitting as you work. Fancy two yarn braids replace ribbing and stop the knitted edge from curling.

This class will cover a two yarn cast on and how to work several pretty braids, some in two colours, some more subtlety worked in the same colour as the background knitting. Participants will knit a pretty sample that is designed to be a cuff for a fingerless mitt. The full mitten pattern is provided as part of the class, participants can knit the cuff as a sample or continue the mitt after class and knit a second mitt to match.

Participants need to be comfortable knitting it the round using magic loop or double-point needles, and should know at least one version of a long tail cast.

Teacher: Stella Lange

Get Going With Crochet


Come and start your first proper crochet project! Learn how to work a simple but effective motif, how to join in new colours, how to work in ends, and how to join your finished motifs together (using crochet, rather than sewing). At the end of class you’ll have all the skills you need and be on the way to working your first blanket or cushion cover.

If you can hold your hook and crochet a chain then that’s all you need to partake in this class (take the Hooks and Chains Skill Shot to learn these skills if you are an absolute beginner). If you can do a little more but would like guidance in creating and connecting multi-colour motifs this class is also ideal for you.

Teacher: Jenni Fraser

Using Natural Light For Brilliant No Fuss Project Photographyphotography

So you’ve made something beautiful, and you want to show it off to friends and family. Your stunning work deserves a little extra effort to take it from boring to brilliant, without the need for fancy instagram filters!

You don’t need to understand iso or focal length, exposure or aperture – but a good understanding of natural light will improve both your project photography and every other snap you take too. The direction, intensity, contrast, and colour of light are fundamental to photography, and it’s often the very last element we consider when preserving our work for posterity.

You’ll learn how to pick great lighting conditions from poor ones, how to choose which shots to take, and how to manipulate natural light. You’ll understand that great photographs are a product of great lighting and framing, not great camera gear!

Suitable for everyone. You do need a camera, your phone camera will be fine.

Teacher: Lara Nettle