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Cockleshell Fichu Knitting with Vera Marcu - Saturday May 25

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Cockleshell Fichu

Learn how to knit this beautiful one skein shawl that is a perfect addition to your wardrobe or a gorgeous gift to someone dear. Based on the traditional Shetland Cockleshell stitch pattern, the Fichu is long and narrow, easy to wear and fun to knit. 

In this workshop we will go through all the steps and skills necessary for the project: long-tail cast on, cable cast on, knit decreases, yarn over increases and dropping stitches. There will be time to practice everything so that at the completion of the workshop you will have the confidence to continue working on the project on your own. A video tutorial is also available for later reference and a printed pattern is included.

You will need to bring 2.75mm circular needles of at least 80cm length, one skein of 4 ply (fingering weight) yarn in a light solid colour, preferably non variegated so that the stitch pattern is clearly visible and 4 ring stitch markers.

About your tutor

Vera Marcu learned knitting as a child and is still fascinated by this mindful and rewarding activity that brings joy to so many people. The first patterns she was exposed to were written in the European style, with minimal instructions and explanations. As she progressed and started to understand how charts presented the knitted fabric, how certain yarns worked better for certain textures, Vera found herself diverging more and more from patterns, and in the last 20 years she has mostly knitted her own designs. During the quiet times of lockdowns an idea of sharing these patterns with the knitting community became a reality and in 2021 Vera published her first pattern on Ravelry. Since then she has published more than 10 patterns independently, had patterns appear in knitting magazines and is now collaborating with several yarn companies, developing knitwear patterns. Vera likes to design things that are fun to knit but also stylish and practical to wear.

Teaching is also close to her heart, as Vera is a violin and viola teacher with many years of experience. These skills help her understand how people learn, how practical knowledge is shared and explained, and what methods work best for each individual.

When : 10am-12pm
Location : 211 Dowling Street, Dungog NSW
Parking : Dowling St or nearby side streets