Purl &Jane Workshops

with simple patterns & fabulous yarns for a calm mind...
Everyone can knit or crochet.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! The only way to learn is to do it wrong at least once!

And, although some people think they should be able to knit like an old pro as soon as they pick up the needles, this isn’t true. Everyone has to start with one stitch...and I can help you with that first step on your knitting journey and every step of the way after that….Learning to knit or crochet may make you feel less stressed, very creative and fantastically proud of your skills.

To book on our workshops* please email me at [email protected], phone 01756 228247 or pop along to the studio to book your place.

Purl &Jane full day workshops take place on Sundays 10.30am - 4pm.
The classes are small to make sure everyone learns so there are no more than 5 people on each class.
Dates are released in blocks of 3 months and repeat throughout the year.
They are in the Purl &Jane Studio and, after the workshop, you are welcome to browse Purl &Jane’s colourful shelves with a 10% discount on any purchase.

The cost of the full day workshops was reduced after lockdown - this is because it didn't include refreshments & lunch due to restrictions enforced at the time. I am continuing these reduced prices for this year too because of the current situation and hope that helps everyone out to find or continue on their joyous wool journey.

Please bring your own lunch & refreshments or purchase a take away from one of the fabulous cafes in Skipton. You are more than welcome to drink your own hot drinks during the workshop. There will be time to pop out and get your own lunch from the cafes or bring your own to eat at the studio.

The cost includes materials & patterns as specified in the individual sections.

Places are limited and bookable in advance. Full payment is required at the time of booking. 

If you have any questions or would like to book a place please email me [email protected] or phone 01756 228247.

*Polite Warning: taking these workshops can lead to addiction to fabulous yarns and a relaxed, calm mind. Learning to knit or crochet may make you feel less stressed, very creative and fantastically proud of your skills.

Classes & Workshops

Colourwork

Location: Purl & Jane By Jane Ellison, The Yarn & Design Studio 4 Mount Pleasant, Off High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1JZ
Purl &Jane Colourwork Workshop By Jane Ellison

SUNDAY 23RD JUNE 2024 10.30AM – 4PM FULLY BOOKED!* MORE DATES COMING SOON!
Price: 
£50
Skills needed: You will need to know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

This workshop covers striping, slip stitch technique (my favourite type of colourwork because it is so simple yet so effective), intarsia and the basic techniques used in fairisle. Everything you need to make colourwork fun!

Skills learnt: All the techniques for you to confidently go forward with all types of colour work. We start off with striping and carrying yarns up, then slip stitch or mosaic colourwork, and finally the fun of Intarsia and fairisle.

Materials included in cost: Gorgeous yarn and pattern.

Materials to bring: 4mm and 5mm knitting needles. Scissors.

Refreshments are not included: During these current times and to keep the cost the same as the last few years please bring with you your own refreshments of hot drinks and lunch. Most peeps bring a flask with them and a packed lunch but there is time to get a takeaway at lunchtime & feel free to bring a takeaway coffee into the class.

To book please email me [email protected] or phone on 01756 228247

Learn to Knit Fairisle in the Round

Location: Purl & Jane By Jane Ellison, The Yarn & Design Studio 4 Mount Pleasant, Off High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1JZ Tel: 01756 228247

SUNDAY 19TH MAY 2024 10.30AM – 4PM FULLY BOOKED!* MORE DATES COMING SOON!
Price: £50
Skills needed: You will need to know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

For this workshop we will start to knit a wrist armer/mitten in the round while using the fairisle technique. And by the end of the day you’ll have a huge feeling of satisfaction that the mystery of knitting fairisle in the round has been solved, easily!

Skills learnt: Working in a round on double pointed needles, fairisle.

Materials included in cost: Double pointed needles, pattern and the perfect yarn to knit fairisle with.
Materials to bring: Nothing, just you and the willingness to learn something amazing.

Refreshments are not included: During these current times and to keep the cost the same as the last few years please bring with you your own refreshments of hot drinks and lunch. Most peeps bring a flask with them and a packed lunch but there is time to get a takeaway at lunchtime & feel free to bring a takeaway coffee into the class.

To book please email me [email protected]

*this class is fully booked but if you are interested in joining I can take your details and if there is enough interest I can put another class on in June.

Learn to Crochet

Location: Purl & Jane By Jane Ellison, The Yarn & Design Studio 4 Mount Pleasant, Off High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1JZ Tel: 01756 228247
Learn to Crochet

SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2024 10.30AM – 4PM
Price:
£50
Skills needed:  None! All that is required from you is a willingness to learn something amazing.

This workshop teaches you the basics of how to crochet in rows. The techniques covered are simple, yet so difficult to get right by yourself. I help you easily and calmly master these techniques. All that is required from you is a willingness to learn something amazing! I’m here to help and guide. Whether you are an absolute beginner or have tried before these classes is perfect for you.

Skills learnt: How to hold the hook and yarn, chain, slip stitch, double crochet, changing colours and how to keep the rows straight without adding or decreasing stitches.

Materials included in cost: Gorgeous yarn, hook and pattern.
Materials to bring: Nothing, just you and the willingness to learn something amazing.

Refreshments are not included: During these current times and to keep the cost the same as the last few years please bring with you your own refreshments of hot drinks and lunch. Most peeps bring a flask with them and a packed lunch but there is time to get a takeaway at lunchtime & feel free to bring a takeaway coffee into the class.

To book please email me [email protected] or phone on 01756 228247

Professional Finishing Techniques

Location: Purl & Jane By Jane Ellison, The Yarn & Design Studio 4 Mount Pleasant, Off High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1JZ Tel: 01756 228247

SUNDAYS – MORE DATES COMING SOON! 10.30AM – 4PM
Price: 
£50
Skills needed: You will need to know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

I love sewing my knitted items together! I treat my knitted pieces as knitting and sew together as such, rather than treat them like cloth and then get disappointed with uneven edges. When you treat a hand knit as a hand knit, the picking up of stitches and sewing together is the most fun! I share these techniques in this class so sewing up becomes a joy.

Skills learnt: This full day class covers decreasing and increasing, how to pick up stitches, live stitches and reading your knitting, use different sewing up techniques for stocking stitch, garter stitch and moss stitch, join a cast off edge to a side seam; graft (live) stitches using (a) knitting needles and (b) a wool/tapestry needle; cast off buttonholes; and the importance of tension, substituting yarns and different plys of yarns.

Materials to bring:  Knitting needles (confirmed at time of booking), scissors, tape measure, darning needle and pen and paper if you wanted to make notes.

Refreshments are not included: During these current times and to keep the cost the same as the last few years please bring with you your own refreshments of hot drinks and lunch. Most peeps bring a flask with them and a packed lunch but there is time to get a takeaway at lunchtime & feel free to bring a takeaway coffee into the class.

To book please email me [email protected] or phone on 01756 228247

Please note: There is a bit of easy homework to complete before this class. This will be given at time of booking.

Learn to Knit Socks

Location: Purl & Jane By Jane Ellison, The Yarn & Design Studio 4 Mount Pleasant, Off High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1JZ Tel: 01756 228247
Sock Workshop

SUNDAY 17TH MARCH OR SUNDAY 9TH JUNE 2024 10.30am – 4pm
Price: £50
Skills needed: You will need to know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

This full day workshop will give you all the techniques you need to complete a sock and create a new addiction all in one fun session. I share with you the joy of double pointed needles, turning the heel and all the other technical parts of knitting a sock. And by the end of the day you’ll have a small sock and a huge feeling of satisfaction that the mystery of knitting a sock has been solved!

Skills learnt: Working in a round on double pointed needles, turning the heel, shaping the instep and grafting the toe together – everything you need to make a pair of small socks.

Materials included in cost: Double pointed needles, sock pattern and yarn – which has all you need to make a gorgeous pair of small socks.
Materials to bring: Nothing, just you and the willingness to learn something amazing.

Refreshments are not included: During these current times and to keep the cost the same as the last few years please bring with you your own refreshments of hot drinks and lunch. Most peeps bring a flask with them and a packed lunch but there is time to get a takeaway at lunchtime & feel free to bring a takeaway coffee into the class.

To book please email me [email protected] or phone on 01756 228247

Learn to Knit

Location: Purl & Jane By Jane Ellison, The Yarn & Design Studio 4 Mount Pleasant, Off High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1JZ
Simple Baby Blanket Vintage Teal Shades

ANY TIME THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Price: 
Free 
Skills needed: None! All that is required from you is a willingness to learn something amazing!

This is a free online course and can be found by clicking here or you can read about the course on this blog post

I’ve been teaching workshops in real life for over 20 years. On this online course I will take you through the basics of learning to knit. I’ve split it into three parts – Part One: How to cast on, Part Two: How to knit, Part Three: How to cast off. Within these three parts I have made some chatty videos that explain what to do and then some short videos that just show you the simple skills. I will show you how I teach everyone to learn. There are so many techniques out there now but, as I say in my workshops, I recommend you follow one way and prefect that way and then, if you wanted look to see how others do it. It can be confusing, when learning a new technique to try following different ways all at once! SO hopefully my technique will work for you and you can start your wonderful woolly journey.

Skills learnt: Simple basics of knit.

Materials to bring: Yarn and needles This can be for your own stash or one of the projects I recommend:

 

1:1 Personal Workshop

Location: Purl & Jane By Jane Ellison, The Yarn & Design Studio 4 Mount Pleasant, Off High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1JZ Tel: 01756 228247

Time: 5PM – 6PM
Dates Available: WEDNESDAYS, contact me for a date that works for us both.
Price: £20
Skills needed: none to many.

These are personal one to one classes just for you. We can go through whatever you want to do, whether that’s knitting or crochet. We can start at the beginning and I can show you how to knit or we can look at professional finishing and sewing up garments. Anything you want to do to finesse your knitting or crochet skills.

Skills learnt: Anything and everything! Whatever you want to learn in this hour.

Materials to bring: Again, whatever you want to do so needles/hook and yarn for a learn to knit/crochet to knitted pieces to sew up.

To book please email me [email protected] or phone on 01756 228247

Personal Workshops

Personal Workshops

Location: Purl & Jane, The Yarn & Design Studio, 4 Mount Pleasant, Off High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1JZ Tel: 01756 228247
Personal Workshops with Jane Ellison

Personal workshops for you

These sessions are £20 for one hour.

If there is some aspect of knitting you have always wanted to learn or improve at, we can arrange a one-to-one session where we can get together and I can help you with whatever you want.

In this hour I can turn a frown into a smile, as the old saying goes, and get you back on the road to loving your knitting or mastering a new technique that previous seemed like it would never click with you.

For further information please email me [email protected] or phone 01756 228247.

Personal Workshops for groups

I run personal workshops for a minimum of four people at £45 per person for a full day which includes materials & pattern.

Or you can have an evening workshops for a minimum of four people at £30 per person which also includes materials and pattern.

Would you and your friends enjoy getting together and learning something new?
You can choose one of my regular workshop topics or we can chat about a bespoke workshop covering whatever you like.

These workshops can take place on a Sunday or Monday but there’s an option of an evening – it’s up to you!

Just get in touch by email [email protected]  or phone 01756 228247 and we can arrange the workshop between us.

 

 

Who are Purl&Jane workshops for?

Knitting and crochet is for everyone.

Everyone can knit. However some people believe they should be able to knit like an experienced knitter as soon as they pick up the needles, this isn’t true, everyone has to start with one stitch.

Every pattern I design is simple and achievable for everyone, it’s just about taking your time, knitting a few stitches here and there and some gentle coaching in the right direction.

And, no matter how long you’ve been knitting, there’s always something to learn.

This can seem scary to a beginner or to the first time knitter who tries knitting something and it doesn’t turn out as they expected. I can help with this. Sometimes it is a teeny tiny change that doesn’t seem obvious until we’ve talked it through. I talk it through with you to get the best solution for you.

There isn’t a end to knitting but there is a beginning…and I love helping people start on their journey and guiding them as they grow.

What can you expect from a Purl &Jane workshop?

I’ve been teaching workshops for nearly 20 years all over the world – from Canada to the USA to local yarn stores all over the UK to the flagship John Lewis store on Oxford Street, London.

Over the years, I have learnt that the most effective format is to limit numbers because I want everyone to take some new skills away from the class. Everyone has their own unique learning style so with small classes and a gentle and calm teaching style, everyone learns something and has a base to start from.

It is from chatting to knitters all around the world that has helped me learn to design patterns that knitters want to knit. And now I can share the joy of these simple to knit patterns by giving everyone the guidance and support they need with all aspects of the knitting journey from your first few stitches to learning to love sewing up your garments.

How can Purl &Jane support you after the workshop?

Once learnt, the techniques are simple and what you do with these techniques is then up to you! The list of things to knit is infinite!

There is no need to struggle alone – after the class you can pop back to the studio to ask any question or get help with a tricky technique you’ve forgotten. Sometimes it can take a few minutes to show something, that might take longer if you look in a book. Videos and books – especially My YouTube videos which complement my workshops (find the videos by clicking here!)– can be a helpful aide memoire to techniques that have been shown to you in a relaxing class with someone on hand to help you through…even if it’s just to say, yep, that’s right!!

To book contact me on [email protected] or phone me on 01756 228247