Learn to knit cables

All day cable knitting workshop at No Frills Knitting, Bedminster, Bristol

Saturday 22 January 2022, 10:30-16:00 (UK time).

Ooh, I love me a bit of cable knitting. So cosy, and squishy, and satisfying. And a lot easier than it looks – cable knitting is one of those big-impact skills that’s well worth having up your (handknitted) sleeve.

During this session workshop, we’ll be talking about:

  • what the heck cables are, and how they behave in knitted fabric
  • how to decode charts, abbreviations, and instructions
  • working a cable the traditional way (with a cable needle), and the sneaky cheat’s way (without a cable needle)
  • how to fix a cable that crosses the wrong way.without ripping back rows and rows of your work

There’ll be plenty of time to try out all the techniques on your own cable panel, and with only 6 people in the group, you’ll have loads of help to make sure your cables are doing just what they’re meant to.

Book your spot now, or take a look at the FAQs below to find out more.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is perfect for advanced beginners and intermediate knitters who want to start knitting lots of lovely cabled patterns. It’s also going to have some sneaky tips for more experienced knitters who want to know things like how to work without a cable needle – because those things run away.

What will we be making?

We’ll be working on a little cable panel that will give you a chance to try out cables of different sizes and complexity. If you fancy, you can keep knitting this panel and turn it into a scarf of cowl; you’ll get instructions on the day on how to do just that.

What’s included?

The cost of a ticket includes cable needles, handouts, patterns, tea, coffee, and way too many biscuits. Lunch isn’t included, so please bring your own – or visit one of the many tasty eateries right near the shop to grab something.

Are yarn and needles included? Can I bring my own?

The workshop price doesn’t include yarn and needles (except the cable needles), but for an extra £10 you can get two balls of aran-weight yarn and a pair of 4.5mm. There’ll be a whole selection for you to pick from on the day. Plus, workshop attendees will get a discount in the No Frills Knitting shop if you want to keep on cable knitting after the session ends (which you will!)

Alternatively, you can bring your own – but please make sure the yarn is aran-weight and the needles are the right size!

What can I do next?

After this workshop, you’ll be ready to take on all sorts of cabled wonders. Since the workshop is taking place in a knitting shop, we’ll have a chat about next steps and possible patterns towards the end of the session, and you can even grab your supplies before you head home.

About the venue

This workshop is being held at the sparkly new No Frills Knitting shop in Bedminster, Bristol. It’s got level entrance from the street, and we’ll be using the workshop room at the back of the shop. You get to the space through the shop, but there is also a back door that can be propped open during workshops to move some air about and keep things Covid safe.

About the host

Jacki is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher based in Bristol, UK. She’s been knitting for over 10 years, designing for the last couple of years, and teaching workshops both online and in person throughout 2021. You can find out more about her on her website, or follow her on Instagram to see what she’s working on.

Who can I contact if I’ve got a question?

Give Jacki a shout, and she’ll be more than happy to help.