Purl &Jane Workshops

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

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 phone the Purl &Jane studio on 01756 228247 or pop along to the studio to book your place.

Purl &Jane full day workshops take place on Sundays while half day workshops take place on Thursday morning.
They are in the Purl &Jane Studio and, after the workshop, you are welcome to browse Purl &Jane’s colourful shelves and receive a 10% discount on anything you buy on the day. The cost includes materials, patterns, refreshments and a delicious freshly home cooked lunch of soup and sandwiches mainly sourced from local independents.

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

*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.

Full Day Workshops

The Next Stage for Beginners – full day

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

Purl &Jane Workshops

SUNDAY 28TH JUNE 10.30AM – 1PM
Cost: £60
Skills needed: to be able to knit a stitch.

This workshop is for those beginners who can knit, whether that is one stitch or 100 stitches! You may have knitted a scarf or garter stitch squares and now you would like to learn some more skills.

We will learn to cast on, purl, reading patterns and simple fixing of mistakes. The classes are small so I can make sure everyone has individual attention and we can finesse any techniques.

Skills learnt: All the above as well as individual skills to take each knitter into the next stages of the joy of knitting. Because we have a full day we can really fine tune any knitting issues that you have or get you loving a technique that you’ve always wanted to try.

Materials included in cost: Gorgeous yarn, pattern, refreshments and a home cooked lunch of soup and sandwiches mainly sourced from local independents.

Materials to bring: Knitting Needles, size will be told when class is booked.

Contact me to book.

Finishing Techniques – full day

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

SUNDAY 14TH JUNE 10.30AM – 4PM
Cost: £60
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 reading a pattern, the importance of tension, 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; wrap a stitch when shaping shawl collars; and the importance of tension, substituting yarns and different plys of yarns.

Materials included in cost: Yarn (to collect before workshop) and pattern, refreshments and a home cooked lunch of soup and sandwiches mainly sourced from local independents.

Materials to bring: 3.75mm and 4mm needles, scissors, darning needle and pen and paper if you wanted to make notes.

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

Contact me to book.

Colourwork – full day

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

Purl &Jane Colourwork Workshop By Jane Ellison

SUNDAY 17TH MAY 10.30AM – 4PM
Cost: 
£60
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! The full day workshop means we can play with and learn more techniques.

Skills learnt: Striping, slip stitch or mosaic colourwork, Intarsia and basic fairisle.

Materials included in cost: Gorgeous yarn, pattern, refreshments and a home cooked lunch of soup and sandwiches mainly sourced from local independents.

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

Contact me to book.

Sock Workshop -full day

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

Sock Workshop

SUNDAY 3RD MAY 2020 10.30am – 4pm
Cost:  £60
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, refreshments and a home cooked lunch of soup and sandwiches mainly sourced from local independents.

Materials to bring: Nothing, just you and the willingness to learn something amazing.
Contact me to book.

Learn to Crochet – full day

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

Learn to Crochet Workshop By Jane Ellison

SUNDAY 19TH APRIL 2020 10.30am – 4pm
Cost: £60
Skills needed: Nothing, just a willingness to learn something new and exciting!

This workshop shows you the basics of crochet – yet with these simple techniques you can go on to crochet anything and everything! The techniques covered are simple, yet so difficult to get right by yourself. I help you easily and calmly master these techniques within this full day workshop.
Skills learnt: How to hold the hook and yarn, chain, slip stitch, double crochet, treble crochet and changing colours.
Materials included in cost: Gorgeous yarn, hook, pattern, refreshments and a home cooked lunch of soup and sandwiches mainly sourced from local independents.
Materials to bring: Just your hands as everything is provided!

Contact me to book.

Half Day Workshops

FREE: Learn to Knit Workshop

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

Learn to Knit Workshop By Jane Ellison

SUNDAY 2ND AUGUST *AND* SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST 10.30AM – 1PM
They are held from 10.30am to 1pm over two consecutive Sundays, to get the most out of the workshops you must be available for both days.

Skills needed: No skills required.

Cost: FREE! I just ask that you buy needles and yarn on the day of the workshop for your first project – there will be a choice of projects with prices starting at under £10 for yarn and needles.

Due to the love and joy created in the very first free class I held this year for learn to knit I decided to offer another free workshop because I love sharing the joy! Come along for free all that is required from you to attend the class is that you purchase your yarn and needles from me and also a willingness to learn something amazing! I’m here to help and guide. Whether you are an absolute beginner or have tried before this class is perfect for you!

Skills learnt: Simple basics of knit, depending on your skill this can be just knit or knit and purl.

Materials to bring: Nothing, just you and the willingness to learn something amazing!

Contact me to book

Finishing Techniques – half day

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

THURSDAY 4TH JUNE 10.30AM – 1PM
Cost: £30
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 half day class covers half of the things we get to do on the full day workshop however it does include the good basics that you need to succesfully complete a hand knit, including the importance of tension, 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.

Materials included in cost: Yarn (to collect before workshop) and pattern, a cup of tea or coffee for refreshment.

Materials to bring: 3.75mm and 4mm needles, scissors, darning needle and pen and paper if you wanted to make notes.

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

Contact me to book.

Advanced Stitches for Beginners: Cable and Lace – Half Day

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

Strickland Socks by Jane Ellison

THURSDAY 28TH MAY 10.30AM – 1PM
Cost: 
£30
Skills needed: cast on, knit, purl, cast off.

This workshop is for knitters who know how to knit and purl but are looking to learn more stitch techniques. We will be covering cable and lace starting with all cables and lace and even working cable without a cable needle! We will cover all types of cable, from twisted stitches to cables that involve purl as well as knit.

Skills learnt: cable, twisted stitches and lace work.

Materials included in cost: Gorgeous yarn, pattern, a cup of tea or coffee for refreshment.

Materials to bring: Knitting Needles, size will be told when class is booked.

Contact me to book

Colourwork – half day

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

Purl &Jane Colourwork Workshop By Jane Ellison

THURSDAY 21ST MAY 10.30AM – 1PM
Cost: 
£30
Skills needed: You will need to know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

This half day workshop covers everything in the full day workshops however if gives a little sample of each technique, so great if you just need reminding or want a brief introduction to take the techniques further by yourself. The techniques are 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: Striping, slip stitch or mosaic colourwork, Intarsia and basic fairisle.

Materials included in cost: Gorgeous yarn, pattern, a cup of tea or coffee for refreshment.

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

Contact me to book.

The Next Stage for Beginners – half day

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

Purl &Jane Workshops

THURSDAY 14TH MAY 10.30AM – 1PM
Cost: £30
Skills needed: to be able to knit a stitch.

This workshop is for those beginners who can knit, whether that is one stitch or 100 stitches! You may have knitted a scarf or garter stitch squares and now you would like to learn some more skills.

We will learn to cast on, purl, reading patterns and simple fixing of mistakes. The classes are small so I can make sure everyone has individual attention and we can finesse any techniques.

Skills learnt: All the above as well as individual skills to take each knitter into the next stages of the joy of knitting.

Materials included in cost: Gorgeous yarn, pattern, a cup of tea or coffee to refresh.

Materials to bring: Knitting Needles, size will be told when class is booked.

Contact me to book.

Learn to Crochet – half day

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

Learn to Crochet Workshop By Jane Ellison

THURSDAY 7TH MAY 2020 10.30am – 1pm
Cost: £30
Skills needed: Nothing, just a willingness to learn something new and exciting!

This half day workshop shows you the basics of crochet – yet with these simple techniques you can go on to crochet anything and everything! The techniques covered are simple, yet so difficult to get right by yourself. I help you easily and calmly master these techniques.

Skills learnt: How to hold the hook and yarn, chain, slip stitch, double crochet, with the option of trying the treble crochet for those that are ready.

Materials included in cost: Gorgeous yarn, hook, pattern, refreshments and a home cooked lunch of soup and sandwiches mainly sourced from local independents.

Materials to bring: Just your hands as everything is provided!

Contact me to book.

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 groups

Would you and your friends enjoy getting together and learning something new?
I run personal workshops for a minimum of four people at £60 per person for a full day which includes materials, pattern, refreshments and lunch.

You can choose one of my regular workshop topics or we can chat about a bespoke workshop covering whatever you like.

These workshops usually take place on a Sunday but there’s an option of an evening or another day – it’s up to you! Just get in touch for a chat and I will arrange the workshop.

 

Personal workshops for you

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. These sessions are £40 for one hour or £60 for two hours. If you would like more time, please just give me a call and we’ll discuss details and costs.

 

What can you expect from a Purl &Jane 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!

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.

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.

How can Purl &Jane support you after the workshop?

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

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

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