Classes with Rosee Woodland
Rosee is an expert in knit/crochet/sew pattern design, with a gift for helping knitters and crocheters get to grips with the basics. After cutting her teeth as editor of The Knitter and Knit Today magazines, Rosee decided it was time to fly solo! She enjoys passing on her love of all things woolly to her students, teaching knitters everything from sock knitting to how to design their own sweaters. Rosee is known for her colourful designs and Scandi-inspired style, creating patterns for Debbie Bliss, Knit Now, The Knitter, Simply Knitting, Noro, Araucania, Deramores and more. When she’s not teaching or designing she works as a technical editor for yarn companies and other independent designers, and writes for a range of crafty publications.
Click here to see Valerie catch up with Rosee Woodland about knitting socks with fancy yarns – a little bit of magic really as the yarn does all the work for the perfect pattern design – and then about Rosee’s particular passion for including Scandi designs into her knitwear.
Colourwork patterns and traditional techniques, with a special interest in Icelandic sweaters, Fair Isle mittens, and navy fisherman’s ganseys.
Rosee’s Top Tips:
- Read your pattern all the way through before casting on. If there’s something you don’t understand, check our knitting video archive for the answer!
- Take time to swatch if you’re making a garment. On a small project like a hat or mitts if you don’t get the correct tension your item might be a bit too big or small but it’ll fit someone. - - When you’ve got scores of stitches on your needles for a garment a difference in tension could make it completely unwearable!
- ‘Block’ your knits by steaming them or soaking in warm water and leaving them to dry flat.
- When buying yarn, make sure the tension on the label matches the tension in your pattern, and make sure your dye lots match too! Most yarn shops will put a couple of extra balls by for you if you’re not sure how much you’ll need.
Meet Rosee Woodland - Knitwear Consultant
Valerie catches up with Rosee Woodland in the studio and learns about knitting socks with fancy yarns. A little bit of magic really as the yarn does all the work for the perfect pattern design. And then about Rosee's particular passion for including Scandi designs into her knitwear.
Rosee was ...
Moss Stitch with Rosee Woodland
You can incorporate the moss stitch into any of your projects. And like this, you will add texture as it behaves very well, staying flat.
For our subscribed viewers, with knitting skills, we have this delightful little project –
a Moss Hat designed by Sarah Hatton. The pattern is available as a...
How to Knit Socks with Rosee Woodland
This is a very comprehensive sock workshop from our expert knitter Rosie Woodland who explains the whole process, in perfect detail, from top to toe so to speak.
Rosee knits through all the processes for you in miniature, so making a baby size, but the pattern comes with grown up size instruct...
How to Fasten Off Crochet with Rosee Woodland
What more is there to say – at the end of the project you need to fasten off – including the last stitch , which is easier than you might think.
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How to Double Crochet with Rosee Woodland
Once you have made your starter chain, you can then move on to this stitch, which is quite a firm stitch and often used for home furnishings and toys.
Rosee also shows you have to make a turning chain, and talks about crochet Bunting which can be created from simple triangles in crochet using th...
How to Treble Crochet with Rosee Woodland
This treble crochet stitch is often used when creating Granny Squares (similar to knitting) which can then be turned into quilts/rugs. This is quite a tall stitch, so that your work will grow quite quickly.
Rosee reminds you about the turning chains (which she also showed you how to do in the D...
Beginners How to Crochet Series - Part 1 - Fasten On with Rosee Woodland
Crochet projects start with a chain – so once you know how to do this, you can settle down to all your other options.
Rosee has a great tip about turning your work over too.
Having mastered this, you could move on to the other short videos in this beginners series:
Double Crochet, or Treble Croch...
Slipping Stitches - Knitting with Rosee Woodland
The slipped stitch at the beginning of the work, gives a really nice neat edge. In this video, Rosee shows us how to prepare the stitch at the end of the row, ready to do that on the return.
Moreover, Slipping Stitches is the assumed method used in older patterns for neatened edges.
Yarn Over Stitches - Knitting with Rosee Woodland
Rosee shows us how to create these yarn-overs. These are usually worked form the knit side of your work. Rosee also show s us how to identify the stitch when we get back to it. AND how to create this extra stitch/hole effect when working from the purl side of your work.
This stitch is a way of in...
Purl 2 Tog Knitting with Rosee Woodland
This decrease is worked from the wrong side of your knitting. Therefore creates a nice right hand leaning edge for such things as a neckline. Possibly used in conjunction with the SSP-Left leaning decrease – which you can enjoy by clicking here.
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SSP - LL Decrease - Knitting with Rosee Woodland
Another decrease that you work from the wrong side of knitting, but which produces a really nice, neat firm edge.
This is left leaning, so could be used in conjunction with a right leaning decrease (Pearl 2 tog) to create a neckline.
SSP stands for slip, slip pearl and Rosee thinks this is a litt...
Two by Two Rib with Rosee Woodland
Like the 1×1 Rib stitch, this is a combination of knit stitch and purl stitch. But this time you are doing two of each. Again this is often used on the lower edge of knitted garments to provide a neat but stretchy edge. You can use it also on cuffs and around the neckline.
Rosee is showing how to...
Pick Up and Knit with Rosee Woodland
The three useful ways you might need are – picking up from the horizontal edge; picking up from a vertical edge; picking up along a curved edge. Rosee shows you very clearly how to do each of these.
Rosee gives you a great tip about choosing your needle size. And also how to avoid creating a flar...
Spit Splicing Knitting Tip from Rosee Woodland
This tip helps you to avoid a bulky join in the middle of a row of knitting but only works with handwash yarns and Rosee has another tip when talking about extra thick yarns.
Rosee is a little more hygienic in her workshop video for you and uses a glass of water – but you get the idea.
S2 KPO Central Knitting Decrease from Rosee Woodland
Rosee likes this option for decreasing a stitch in the centre of the row and thinks it might be slightly easier to knit than the CDD central decrease, but not necessarily easier to say!
This pattern can sometimes be referred to in patterns by other names.
This is a companion workshop video to the...
Sigga Sweater Pattern from Rosee Woodland
Lopis are always worked in the round, so you will need circular needles, plus double-pointed needles for the sleeves. If you are comfortable using the Magic Loop technique you won’t need the DPNs.
The colourwork sections are worked using the stranded technique. When working a colourwork round, st...
Central Double Decrease in Knitting with Rosee Woodland
Rosee shows you very clearly how to decrease in the centre of your row of knitting by knitting 3 stitches together.
It is quite straightforward: you slip two stitches knitwise – knit one stitch and then pass the slipped stitches over.
This is a companion piece to the S2 KPO central decrease works...
Knit Two Together in Knitting with Rosee Woodland
Rosee talks you through this Knit Two Together which in a pattern is K2TOG.
This creates a right leaning edge to your project (for a left leaning decrease you need to check out the SSK video/workshop)
Rosee explains where she knits two stitches together and why. Therefore you will see that this ...
How to Increase Stitches in Knitting with Rosee Woodland
Rosee shows you how to increase a stitch at either end of your knitting row in this very clear video. KFB is knitting into the front and back of your stitch to produce more stitches and therefore a shaped edge to your project.
Just remember that the new stitch lies to the left of the original one...
SSK - or Left Leaning Decrease in Knitting with Rosee Woodland
Rosee guides you through how to create this left leaning edge to your project and she suggests that you work one stitch in from the edge to do this, as this produces a firmer and neater edge for you to work from later.
This is a companion stitch to the K2 Tog – which produces a right leaning decr...
Rib 1x1 with Rosee Woodland
The rib stitch is a combination of knitting and purling. You can use it for creating a neat and slightly stretchy edge to your project or garment.
Rosee guides you through the ‘how to’ as well as giving you helpful tips on needle sizes for the rest of your project/garment.
Knitting a Remembrance Poppy from Rosee Woodland
Rosee guides you through her pattern which is made up of small petals, large petals and a centre.
She shows you how to increase to make the petal shape (this applies to both sizes). On the 5th row there are two different techniques. You will be knitting into the front and the back of the stitch a...
How to Knit with Rosee Woodland
After casting on, the knit stitch is the first stitch you need to learn in order to create anything. Once you know how, you are off and running. We hope Rosee has inspired you to pop down to your local store and grab a pair of needles and a ball of wool and make a start.
Next week we will be co...
How to Purl with Rosee Woodland
The purl stitch is another of those must-have stitches if you wish to knit. It allows you to create a flatter piece of work than if you just use the knit stitch. When used in the combination of knit one stitch and purl one stitch, they can create the rib of a garment.
Rosee shows you clearly how...