Workshops 2017

Class requirements and Homework

Some classes require you to be prepared and have completed some prep to ensure you get the most out of your class time.  I will be posting the class requirements/homework here for you to either view or download.

Download Class Guide – contains when and where your classes are  HERE

Tutor – Charles Gandy

Creative Knitting Homework Download – Creative Knitting NZ Homework

Deck the Halls Homework Download – Deck the Halls Homework NZ

Finishing 101 Homework Download – Revised Finishing Homework NZ

Mosaic Knitting Homework – Mosaic Knitting Homework NZ


Tutor – Morag McKenzie

Fab Fairisle
  • Small quantities of 4ply yarn in a range of colours. Solid or semi-solid. Avoid highly variegated yarns. Left over sock yarns etc. are all fine (though traditionally non-superwash yarns are used). It would be nice if you were prepared to share your yarns with others so that we can all have fun playing with a wide range of colours.
  • Needles to suit your yarn (3.00mm – 3.50mm); magic loop, two circulars or DPNs – whatever us you preferred method of working small circumferences in the round.
  • Your usual knit kit (scissors, markers, etc.).
  • Pen and notepaper.
You must be able to knit small circumferences in the round to participate in class. If this is something you haven’t done or haven’t done in a long time, then I suggest getting acquainted before class – just cast on 40 stitches and use Magic Loop or double-point needles to knit a tube.
  • Something to steek – a decent swatch of knitting at least 20cm x 20cm in stocking stitch (non-rolling borders of garter is fine and will make your piece easier to handle). This can be worked flat or knit in the round (generally we steek things that were knit in the round, but it’s entirely possible to practice the skills on flat knitting). It can be one colour or stranded knitting. It is best if your swatch is knit in wool (or a high-wool-content blend), avoid superwash treated yarns if you can. Choose lighter colours to preserve your eyesight and sanity. Knit in Dk or 4ply. If you are taking the Fair Isle class you can potentially steek your sample from that class (provided you finish it to an acceptable size in time).
  • Sharp scissors (small dressmaking scissors or embroidery scissors are ideal).
  • A smooth, strong, fine yarn to reinforce your steek with – a light sock yarn is good. Choose a contrasting colour – make sure it can be clearly seen when laid on your swatch. You won’t need much, 5g will be plenty.
  • A crochet hook a few sizes smaller than the needles used to knit your swatch. So, if you used 3.25mm needles and 4ply, bring a 2.75mm hook.
  • sharp tapestry needle with a eye big enough to take your reinforcing yarn.
  • Your usual knit kit (markers, measure, etc.).
  • A fine knitting needle for picking up stitches (at least three or four sizes smaller than that which you used to knit your swatch). If you have a kit of needles – just bring the kit.
  • Pen and notepaper


Tutor – Georgie Nicolson

Circular Yokes  

  • Three different colours of dk/8ply weight yarn (approximately 100g of each)
  • US6/4mm needle (or the needle on which you achieve tension off 22 stitches and 30 rows over 4 inches) – I would recommend a 60cm circular.
  • US5/3.75mm needle (or one size smaller than you achieve tension with)


DYO Beanie

  •  A decent sized blocked swatch (6 x 6 inches) knit in the yarn and stitch pattern you wish to use for your hat. Please measure the tension prior to blocking as well!  (You may wish to bring more than one swatch).
  • Needles in the size used to knit your swatch in both a 40cm circular and dpns.
  • A 40cm circular in a size smaller than used for your swatch.
  • Cable needles, stitch markers, tape measure; your usual collection of necessary notions.
  • Notepaper and pens for taking notes.

Into the Round and Upside Down: Converting Stitch Patterns

  • Knitters graph paper – bring plenty, be prepared to make mistakes!
  • can be downloaded and printed from here:
  • Yarn; just in case you wish to play around with your stitch patterns
  • Needles: size relevant to your yarn
  • Cable needles, stitch markers, tape measure; your usual collection of necessary notions
  • Notepaper and pens for taking notes
  • Pencil and eraser — absolutely essential!

Tutor – James Herbison

Double Knitting

  • Two solid shades of contrasting yarn in the same weight: Light and dark (min 30gm each)
  • Needles appropriate for the weight of yarn chosen.

Tutor – Nikki Jones

Colours that Sing!

  • Coloured pencils (though I will have some spare)
  • Yarn for swatching (different colours, but of a similar weight)
  • Needles to match their yarn

I will have a pile of fingering weight available for swatching – people are welcome to use this, and it would be well suited to 2.75mm- 3.25mm needles.

Tutor – Nanette Cormack

Masterclass Techniques

  • Small quantities of DK weight yarn in two colours (ideally in light shades) 4mm knitting needles, straights or circulars as you prefer
  • A smaller double pointed needle or circular needle, eg less than 3mm 4mm crochet hook, Darning needle, Scissors
  • A few buttons with shanks (not flat buttons)
  • Pen and paper for notes

Closures Masterclass

  • Small quantities of DK weight yarn in two colours (ideally in light shades) 4mm knitting needles,
  • A 4mm dpn
  • Darning needle,
  • Scissors
  • Pen and paper for notes
  • 1 x 20cm zip with nylon teeth
  • 1 x knit picker

These last 2 items can be purchased on the day for $6 in the class


Make 2 squares of knitting in your DK yarn – garter stitch is best – around 15cm x 15cm.  No need to be exact but it will save valuable class time if you make these ahead of time.


Tutor – Frances Stachl

Classic Continental

  • 50gms DK weight yarn and 4.5mm needles to knit it on.
  • Bring needles in size 3.5mm and 5mm (but not essential if you don’t have them) Your preferred note taking equipment
  • Basic knit kit including your preferred yarn weight and needles (if not DK)

Lazy Girls Knitting – Intro to Mosaic Knitting

  • 25 – 50gms fingering (4ply) weight yarn in two colours (contrasting works best)
  • 25 – 50gms DK (8ply) weight yarn in two colours (contrasting works best)
  • 3.00mm , 3.25mm & 4mm circular needles
  • Basic notion kit

Homework – has been emailed directly to class participants


Tutor – Gillian Whalley-Torkler

Variegated Knitting

  • Small amounts of variegated, hand dyed or mono yarn
  • Needles to match yarns selected (3.25mm – 4.5mm suggested)
  • Basic Notion kit

Cowl Knitting

  • 3 balls of contrasting DK yarn. Heritage Alpaca is used in pattern.
  • 60 or 80cm circular needle to match yarns selected (3.25mm, 4mm & 4.5mm suggested) + your goody bag needle
  • Basic Notion kit (including stitch markers)

All materials for Gillian’s classes are readily available at Skeinz if need to purchase.

These classes are held at Skeinz and any supplies can be easily sourced or purchased.

Tutor – Libby Jonson

Shawls 101 

  • 3.75mm or 4mm needles – either straights or circulars (at least 40cm) with ideally sharp tips
  • 45 – 50gm of fingerling (4ply) weight yarn.  They could be a mixture, you require approx 15gm for each sample.
  • Silk blends suggested buy not essential.
  • 6 stitch markers

Tutor – Susan Hagedorn

Best Blanket Techniques 

  •  Usual knit sewing kit
  •  8 or 10ply wool:  2 different contrasting colours, 50 gms of each
  •  Circular (60 or 80cm), DPN’s (6 inch length), and Crochet hook sized to suit chosen yarn (eg 4- 5mm)
  •  Stitch markers – the lockable safety pin type
  •  A few long pins

Tutor – Sue Schreuder

Brioche Knitting

  • 5 to 4 mm needles – circular needle or long dpns
  • One light and one dark colour yarn – dk or worsted weight wool
  • Some locking stitch markers
  • Crochet hook to pick up dropped stitches

Tutor – Sofia Moers-Kennedy

Beginners Crochet

  • 4 mm, 4.5mm and 5mm hooks
  • At least 20 grams each of 8ply/DK tightly spun WOOL in two different LIGHT colours (Skeinz Vintage DK works well)
  • Scissors/snips


Tutor – Alia Bland

Ropey Rainbow Basket

  • All you need to bring is yourself and a 5mm hook ~ the pattern and all other materials are provided.