Purl &Jane Workshops

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

Below you will find the workshops I offer and dates.

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.
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 has been reduced for the first workshops after lockdown and for the rest of the year - that is because it doesn't include refreshments & lunch, please bring your own. 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. 

*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

Learn to Knit a Christmas Sock

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

SUNDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 10.30am – 4pm
Price: £60* (Usually £75)
Skills needed: You will need to know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

For this workshop we will knit a small Christmas sock to hang up for Father Christmas to fill with a small gift! 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 Christmas 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, slip stitch (mosaic) colour work and grafting the toe together – everything you need to make a pair of small Christmas socks.

Materials included in cost: A Purl &Jane Cotton Kit bag including double pointed needles, sock pattern and yarn. *Just to keep everyone as safe as possible, these first few workshops (after the last year) are reduced in price because they do not include refreshments or lunch, please bring your own drinks and lunch.

Materials to bring: Nothing, just you and the willingness to learn something amazing.
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Learn to Crochet a Granny Square Cushion

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

SUNDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 10.30AM – 4PM
Price: 
£60* (usually £75)
Skills needed: chain, double

This workshop is for crochets who know how to do the very basics of crochet, the chain and at least a double. We then take these skills to learn how to make granny squares. In this workshop there will be enough yarn to complete a granny square cushion. I will also show you how to join your squares together to make your cushion. If you want there is the option to purchase more yarn to create a blanket, if you get totally hooked to granny squares!

Skills learnt: treble, working a granny square and joining them together.

Materials included in cost: A Purl &Jane Cotton Kit bag including enough gorgeous yarn to make a cushion, crochet hook and pattern. Just to keep everyone as safe as possible, these first few workshops (after the last year) are reduced in price because they do not include refreshments or lunch, please bring your own drinks and lunch.

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Finishing Techniques

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

SUNDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 10.30AM – 4PM
Price: 
£45 (usually £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: A Purl &Jane Cotton Kit bag including gorgeous yarn and pattern – to collect before the workshop. Just to keep everyone as safe as possible, these first few workshops (after the last year) are reduced in price because they do not include refreshments or lunch, please bring your own drinks and lunch.

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.

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Learn to Knit a Sock

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

Sock Workshop

MORE DATES COMING SOON FOR 2022 10.30am – 4pm
Price: £65
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, A Purl &Jane Cotton Kit bag including double pointed needles, sock pattern and yarn – which has all you need to make a gorgeous pair of small socks. Just to keep everyone as safe as possible, these first few workshops (after the last year) are reduced in price because they do not include refreshments or lunch, please bring your own drinks and lunch.

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 24TH OCTOBER 10.30am – 4pm
Price: £45 (usually £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: A Purl &Jane Cotton Kit bag including gorgeous yarn, hook and pattern. Just to keep everyone as safe as possible, these first few workshops (after the last year) are reduced in price because they do not include refreshments or lunch, please bring your own drinks and lunch.

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

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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 10TH OCTOBER 10.30AM – 4PM
Price: 
£45 (usually £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: A Purl &Jane Cotton Kit bag including gorgeous yarn and pattern. Just to keep everyone as safe as possible, these first few workshops after the last year are reduced in price because they do not include refreshments or lunch, please bring your own drinks and lunch.

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

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Improve your Stitch Skills

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

NEW DATES COMING IN 2022!
Price: 
£45 (usually £60)
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: using knit & purl on a row, correcting mistakes on a row below, reading your stitches, yon, twisted stitches, cables (including cabling without a cable needle) and lace.

Materials included in cost: A Purl &Jane Cotton Kit bag including gorgeous yarn and pattern. Just to keep everyone as safe as possible, these first few workshops (after the last year) are reduced in price because they do not include refreshments or lunch, please bring your own drinks and lunch.

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

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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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