Introduction to Slip Stitch Colourwork with Kate Atherley
Photo of Kate Atherley. You can tell from her grin that she's a fun person. She's an even better teacher!
Winter Sole Slippers by Kate Atherley is an imaginative use of slip stitch to create a plaid effect in these cozy slippers.
These beautiful socks, called Dogwerry, are a design by Kate Atherley showing off the clever use of slip stitches and stripes.
A photo of Gridiron Socks, demonstrating a clever use of slip stitch wth a long colour repeat in a hand-dyed yarn.
A photo of Gridiron Hat and MItts, demonstrating a clever use of slip stitch wth a long colour repeat in a hand-dyed yarn.
The Mod Squad Hat, by Kate Atherley, is an excellent example of slip stitch colourwork.

Introduction to Slip Stitch Colourwork with Kate Atherley

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We love online learning. Especially when we're able to bring great instructors like Kate Atherley right to you. Using Zoom as our online videoconferencing platform, you can take this class from anywhere. 

An Amazingly Easy Method for Colourwork!

Slip-stitch colourwork is a less-known but amazingly easy method for working with multiple colours, a great way to change the appearance of projects worked with variegated yarns, and a clever solution for creating ‘fade effects’ with multiple yarns. We’ll show you everything you need to know, playing with a few different stitch patterns for one yarn and two, and explain how to interpret the charted instructions as well. And I’ll share tips for incorporating these patterns into your projects to customize and get creative. If you want to dip your toe into colourwork, but aren’t sure where to start, this is a great way to begin.

This 2 hour workshop takes place on Thursday, February 29 starting at 2:00 pm PST, 3:00 pm MST, 4:00 pm CST, 5:00 pm EST, 6:00 pm AST.

Skill level: advanced beginner - knitters need to be proficient with knit and purl stitches.

Please bring: two contrasting colours of scrap medium-weight yarn and 4-5mm/US #6-8 needles

Examples of Slip-Stitch colourwork designs by Kate Atherley (shown here) include:

  • The Mod Squad Mosaic Hat:
  • Winter Sole Slippers:
  • Dogwerry (socks):
  • Gridiron Socks:
  • Gridiron Hat & Mitts:

Kate Atherley

Kate Atherley has been teaching knitting professionally for more than 15 years at stores and events all over Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Her latest book, Custom-Fit Hats is her ninth, and the fourth in a series on customizing projects for perfect fit and style; it joins works on shawls, socks, and mittens. Her focus in all her work is the empowerment of knitters, illuminating both the methods and mechanics of the craft. The combination of her university degree in mathematics, professional experience in software development and usability, and training in garment and fashion design give her a unique perspective. She also works as a technical editor, helping other designers and authors bring their work into the world. She lives in Toronto with her husband and the family of skunks under their porch.

Read these helpful tips before you register:

  • Time Zones: the class times listed are Mountain Time (MT).
  • As this is an online class, you will need to have Zoom downloaded on a computer, tablet or mobile device. If using a computer, make sure you also have a webcam and microphone built in or attached.
  • The class session(s) will be recorded and copies of all/segments of the class will be available for you to review for a limited time after the class session(s).
  • Refunds? If you cancel 14 days (or more) prior to your workshop date, we will transfer your registration fee to a RCY gift card at no charge or offer a refund less a 10% cancellation fee. The cost of any materials provided to you will be subtracted from any refunds/transfers.
  • No refunds will be made if you have to cancel less than 14 days before your class is scheduled to begin. If minimum enrolment is not met we reserve the right to cancel the class. A full refund of your registration fee will be given should this situation arise.

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