give it a go…

This month, our Homes Edi­tor Lau­rie grabs some nee­dles and falls for yarn

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Our Homes Edi­tor Lau­rie tries out a knitting work­shop

Knitting used to be con­sid­ered an old-fash­ioned hobby, but thank­fully those days are gone and it’s now a trend­set­ting art, with new knitting clubs and work­shops pop­ping up all over the coun­try.

Keen to learn more about this age-old craft, Lau­rie from the Style at Home team took part in three 1-2-1 ses­sions with Rian­non, the founder of I Make Knots. This Lon­don-based com­pany of­fers work­shops, par­ties and 1-2-1 lessons for any­one who fancies learn­ing how to knit, cro­chet, weave or macramé. Here’s how she got on.

Aim­ing big

‘At my first ses­sion, I ex­plained that I knew roughly how to cast on and do the ba­sic knit stitch,’ Lau­rie says. ‘So, Rian­non taught me how to use large Man­u­osh 45mm cir­cu­lar knitting nee­dles and chunky merino wool. The nee­dles are great fun to use once you get the knack. And merino wool is so soft and fluffy – it’s lovely to work with. In just one day, I’d made a cosy woollen throw.

Cro­chet time

‘The fol­low­ing week, I got to use a 25mm Tu­nisian cro­chet hook to make a cush­ion cover us­ing Afghan and waf­fle stitch. It was good fun learn­ing the dif­fer­ent stitches and I found my­self get­ting slightly speed­ier. I loved the lilac colour of this wool, too – so pretty! At the end of the ses­sion I got to take home the beau­ti­ful wooden Man­u­osh nee­dles and the re­main­der of the merino wool to prac­tise.

I’ve got it cov­ered!

‘On my fi­nal ses­sion, I set about mak­ing a fun lamp­shade cover, and Rian­non let me choose from sev­eral dif­fer­ent-coloured yarns – I couldn’t re­sist the vi­brant pink! To make this I needed to learn her­ring­bone, stock­inette and linen stitches, and it was easy to pick them up. So much so, that I also had time to tackle mak­ing a rope yarn cro­chet bas­ket, which meant learn­ing how to make a foun­da­tion chain (this is the first step of cro­chet), how to in­crease in dou­ble cro­chet stitch and how to dou­ble cro­chet in the round. Rian­non was ex­tremely pa­tient and is so knowl­edge­able. I couldn’t be­lieve how much I achieved in just a few ses­sions.’

Lau­rie’s first ses­sion is se­ri­ously im­pres­sive

ex­per­i­ment with new tools and bright and beau­ti­ful yarns

Try rope yarn for chic re­sults

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