Learn new tips and tricks from famous knitters at The Great KnitFest! Pre-book a course so you can your hone knitting and crochet skills with the likes of Jane Crowfoot, Debbie Bliss, Renée Callahan and Sasha Kagan.

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Courses are £45 and pre-booking is essential. Please also note that tickets to the Great KnitFest need to be bought separately.
To book your space please scroll down to the booking form or email us at knitforpeace@charitiesadvisorytrust.org.uk or call 020 7794 9835.
To buy tickets to the Great KnitFest, please visit the Tickets page.


10:30 am  – 12:30 pm
Debbie Bliss: Perfecting techniques; giving your knits a professional finish
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Debbie will show you the best sewing up techniques for the perfect seam, picking up stitches for bands and creating the best button holes.

If you can, do bring along some 3 x 10cm squares in stocking stitch, and 3 in garter stitch, to work on. We will provide you with needles.




10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sasha Kagan: Design Inspiration – an introduction to design for hand knitting
Sasha KaganSasha will describe her creative process and what leads her to explore her favourite themes such as Geometric, Folkloric, Florals, Leaves, Whimsicals and Abstracts.

Plus a potted history of the trials and tribulations of her career!
Students are welcome to bring in their garments for advice.



2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Jane CrowfootFreeform Crochet
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This is a fun workshop with the aim of helping participants to have the confidence to play with their crochet techniques and work in a more freeform way. Participants will make a small crochet piece without the aid of a pattern, which they could use as a key charm, bag decoration or brooch. Various techniques will be shown including bullion stitch, frills, loops and beading.

Yarn and beads will be provided, but it is much more fun if participants also bring along a few bits and bobs from their stashes to use in their projects – fashion/variegated yarns are ideal, as are ribbons, buttons and beads. Participants will also need to bring along a selection of crochet hook sizes and a notebook and pen/pencil. A small sewing kit including scissors, a knitters sewing needle, and a fine sewing needle and thread is also required.

Participants need a basic knowledge of crochet stitches and terminology.


2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Renée Callahan: Brioche Stitch Basics
beetlebum1 Getting to grips with this great technique can be a little tricky, so if you want to learn the basics in order to create neat brioche stitches then this is the workshop for you!

Tutored by Renée Callahan of East London Knits this workshop will show you how to read and understand brioche terminology, how to knit plain brioche stitch, how to work brioche rib stitch flat with a selvedge, how to work increases and decreases and how to work brioche in 2 colours of yarn. ** THIS COURSE IS NOW SOLD OUT **



Tickets will stop being sold online at 12pm pm Saturday 4th November but will be available to purchase on the door.

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