Knitting School 2018

This is RedApple’s Knitting School –  In the early 19th Century it was common in the UK local schools to be set up to teach useful skills – reading (the Bible), writing (your name) and knitting (a life skill). Knitting Schools taught children as young as four, to knit at a time when piecework knitting was common and this ecomonic skill could save them from starvation.

Beginners Class – for Knitting and Crochet. Every Saturday (except during August) from 1:30 to 4pm we will help you up skill – from I haven’t a clue? … to How do I do? …… bring your project or skill you want to master and we’ll help you on your way.  This is £3.50 per session no need to register (but we miss you if go missing).

Our Knitting School are theme lead Play Days – Knit and natter with a purpose! where you will make a series of sample swatches based on the theme of the day.  Discuss the techniques, stitches, fabric swatches and abbreviations. You will need to be an improver knitter you will need to be able to knit and purl, the smoother you can knit the more samples you will be able to make. We will try new skills, techniques and yarns and keep you entertained with snippets of knitting trivia and knitting know how.

Textures: We will explore stitch patterns making samples of rib and various texture stitch patterns using Knit and Purl, and some simple lace holes- Date 16th May; 11th July; 26th September

Making up and Edges : This session looks at starting AND stopping. Cast ons and Cast Offs; Picking up and fancy edges. And good sewing up, with some hints to make it easier.  Dates for 2018 – 11th April; 30th May(halfterm); 27th June; 15th August; 19th September

Sock Skills: This session looks at sock making how to and some of the skills you need to turn a heel picking up and short rows as well as work in the round. Dates for 2018 – 25th April; 4th July; 29th August; 24th October;


Tension: this session will look at standard tension, your tension, the effect of changing needles size and yarns substitutions for patterns. Dates in 2018: 6th June; 1st August;  12th September;

Colour: This session will look at changing colour stripes, slip stitches and simple colour changes in FairIsle and intasia. We will also venture into knitting in the round. Dates for 2018 – 13th June; 18th July; 3rd October

Yarns: This session looks at the effect of the fibre of the DK yarn has on the fabric you produce. A chance to sample yarn you might not ordinarily choose. We will sample cotton, linen, a selection of different sheep’s wool, alpaca, and mixed natural fibres  (this session will be £35). Dates for 2018 – 2nd May; 25th July; 10th October

Day Classes –These are all Wednesday sessions and run from 10am to 3:30pm, at the shop, they cost £25 (£35 for the Yarns day) and will include some materials and refreshments and homemade biscuits, but please bring your own lunch. You will also need your favourite DK and 4ply needles (a selection of needles will be on hand) and a notebook. Please contact the shop via facebook  or email or phone Jude on 01570 423715 during shop hours to book. Places limited to 8.


These days can also be booked as one off events for parties.  Why book a day while you are on holiday?  They can be tailored  to your group please ask for details.

11th Making up and Edges
25th Sock skills
2nd Yarns
16th Texture Stitches
30th Making up and Edges
6th Tension?
13th Colour changes
27th Making up and Edges
4th Sock Skills
11th Texture Stitches
18th Colour Changes
25th (RWAS) Yarns (UK Special
1st Tension
15th Making up and Edges
29th Sock Skills
12th Tension?


Making up and Edges
26th Texture Stitches
10th (Wool Week) Yarns (UK Special)
24th Sock Skills
31th Making up and Edges