Continental Knitting - for English style knitters

Continental Knitting - for English style knitters

Continental knitting & get started on colourwork

Over 10 people have attended this class


Are you an English style knitter? A "thrower" with your right hand? Do you struggle with colourwork - the yarns get tangled, it feels slow and the tension is all wrong? Or do your hands get sore knitting your current way?

Learning to knit Continental style may be the answer. This style of knitting uses the left hand to hold the working yarn. With some practice it can be faster, more ergonomic and great for stranded colourwork.

This is a 3 hour hands on class. You will get written instructions, a colourwork chart and tips for transitioning from an English to a Continental knitter.

And while you knit you will be able to sip on a complimentary tea or coffee of your choice.

To participate in this class you should be very comfortable with knit and purl English style.

You will learn:

  • How to hold and tension your yarn
  • Continental knit
  • Continental purl (three ways)
  • How to read a colourwork chart
  • How to combination knit (one strand of yarn in each hand), for colourwork
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What you will learn

  • How to hold and tension your yarn
  • Continental knit
  • Continental purl (three ways)

What you will get

  • 3 hours of hands on class time & written instructions
  • Tea or coffee to sip on while you knit

What to bring

  • Yarn - two colours (any ply)
  • Needles to match your yarn (circular needles)

What to wear

Comfortable clothes for sitting and knitting 🧶💜☺️

Appropriate for

A basic knowledge of knits and purls is required


Cast on 44 stitches and work 10 rows of garter stitch

Unwind Craft Cafe

(171 Reviews)

Unwind Craft Cafe is the dream creation of Robyn And Kate to connect people through creativity.

Established in 2014 the space has changed to accomodate the tricky times we have been through, but the one thing that is always the same is the welcoming community and staff.

Open  the door to a store with a welcoming retro feel and walls full of colourful yarn from all over the world and fibres you may not have even imagined.

We cater to all budgets and styles with brands such as Noro, Katia, Scheepjes, Zealana, Tulip, Addi, Fiddlesticks, Fibrespates, Hedge Hog  Fibres, AYC and indie dyers.

You will often see someone learning a new craft, or selecting the yarn for a new project, which adds to the special atmosphere at Unwind.

With our stressful busy lives, the ever increasing screen and device time, knitting and crochet are back in vogue not only for creativity, also for their fantastic ability to help us relax, Unwind and connect, do not under estimate this truly magical side effect of these time honoured crafts.

What we love today is the community connection we provide through our amazing events, in store and our cruises have changed peoples lives by helping them find wonderful friendships with like minded people.

A great selection of yarn, books, knitting and crochet tools are also available, with someone who actual knows what they are selling and how to use the products (very rare today) so nothing left for you to do, other than book a class, pop in for shopping  and learn how to Unwind.

Let us help you Unwind real soon, we no you deserve it!

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5.0 (7 reviews)
Fionarated it
11 Dec 2023Continental Knitting - for English style knitters
Ros was a patient teacher. A great class and I now just need to practice!
Fiona rated it
09 Dec 2023Continental Knitting - for English style knitters
Great class that really helped me with getting technique and tension right with continental knitting.
Tricia rated it
09 Dec 2023Continental Knitting - for English style knitters
Ros is a great teacher with thorough notes and she is very knowledgeable, helpful and easy to understand. She really knows how to teach anyone at any level. Thank you for such an enjoyable class & thanks Unwind Craft Cafe for having a great place for learning
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 7 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$15.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 7 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$15.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 7 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$15.00 applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

Unwind Class Terms & Conditions

Payment for Classes:  Our classes are kept small in order to maximise your learning experience. This means you will receive individual attention during class, but it also means that places are limited.

In order to reserve a space in a class you must pay the full registration fee in advance. Payments and bookings are via We Teach Me (our preferred booking and payment system), in the store, or over the phone on (03) 9336 0687, using PayPal or a credit card.

Booking and Cancellations:We understand that things happen and sometimes you are unable to attend a class. However, in order to cover our teacher and class costs, please be aware of the following when booking your class.

Cancellations or changes of date made with 7 or more days notice will receive a full refund less $15  administration fee. This can be a refund or a credit to another class.

Cancellations or changes of date made with less than 7 days notice unfortunately  can only be gifted to someone, to attend in your place.

Missing a second or subsequent session of a multi-session class there is no refund for missed session. Make up sessions are generally not available, however our teacher may be willing to arrange another date for session, or attend one of our social events (assistance may be offered if teacher is present or from fellow participants) or book a private class.

*All reimbursements are made at the discretion of the shop owners and are determined on a case by case basis.

Occasionally, Unwind may cancel a class* due to low booking numbers or illness. We really don't like doing this as we love to teach people to knit, crochet and scrumble, but if we don't cover our costs we can't run the class. If Unwind must cancel a class, enrolled participants will be notified 24 hours or more prior to the scheduled class and will receive a credit for the replacement class or a full refund as required.

Our lovely teachers realise this may be disappointing for some participants (it's disappointing for them too!), and are willing to provide a Private or Small Group Lesson** if a cancellation due to low booking numbers occurs.

*Cancellations are at the discretion of the teacher and Unwind Craft Café.**Private (one participant) and Small Group (two participants) Lessons cost a little more, however you benefit from the individual attention from our teacher.

Supplies/Materials:To avoid the disappointment and frustration that occurs when using inferior tools, we ask that any specific materials be purchased from the shop and you do not substitute.

Students may be able to purchase supplies via We Teach Me when booking a class or from the store. Please arrive at least 15-30min early to purchase supplies if you have not already done so prior to class.

Please support your local yarn store and purchase your supplies at Unwind Craft Café.

Patterns: A link to Ravelry for any class patterns will be included on the class booking page on We Teach Me. For customers that are not familiar with Ravelry, patterns can be brought in store and sent to you (or someone you nominate) via email.

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