Knitting workshop with Maddie Harvey at Countess Ablaze
This is a playful class where we will experiment with colour and texture to
create colourful working swatches.
After the class, students can use these swatches as reference points for their next multi-coloured project.
Beginning with some colour theory, we will explore different colour combinations through the use of striping, textured stitches, lace patterning, fading and more. We will also experiment with holding yarns double to create marled effects and try out combinations of speckled and variegated yarns.
- Level: Confident beginner upwards
- Skills Needed: Basic knitting skills - knit, purl, casting on and off. Useful but not essential - able to knit lace patterns and read a chart.
- Materials Needed: Small amounts of different yarns (leftover yarn would be perfect!) in a variety of colours and if you have them, in different weights and textures (eg lace-weight, brushed mohair etc). If possible, a variety of needle sizes, but if not, then needles to match the weight of yarn (eg 3.75 mm for fingering weight yarn), pencil/pen, smart phone – we will be photographing yarn combinations, so a smartphone or camera will be useful but not essential.
- Class attendees receive a 10% discount at Countess Ablaze for use on the day.
About Maddie Harvey:
Maddie is a former primary school teacher who teaches knitting workshops across the UK as well as being a knitwear designer. Her website can be found at
About Countess Ablaze:
Countess Ablaze is an established, independent yarn dyer since 2011 and has a three floor dye studio and retail boutique in the Northern Quarter of Manchester city centre. There are two showrooms on the ground and first floor. The building is DDA compliant with a lift and wheelchair access throughout. The ground floor is dedicated to sock yarn and fingering weight and the middle floor is dedicated to everything else.