André de Castro is a knitwear designer, researcher and instructor with degrees in design and fashion illustration who is based in Porto, Portugal.
André’s initial training was as a classical violinist, however, 8 years ago he decided to embrace the passion he has for the textile arts and dedicated himself entirely to knitting. From that moment on he has travelled around Europe to learn and develop in depth the most diverse aspects relating to his profession from the very best international experts on the individual styles.
An Introduction to the Art of Portuguese Knitting
7 September, 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Atholl Room, The Station Hotel, 1 Leonard Street, PH2 8HE
Portuguese knitting remains the dominant style of knitting in many countries today, including Egypt, Peru, Brazil, Bulgaria, Greece and of course Portugal after where it was named.
In this class students will learn through simple samples of stitches the basics of the Portuguese knitting style including:
- The historical framework of the style
- How to hold the yarn, needles, placements of hands and the correct tension when knitting
- How to use the Portuguese knitting style in order to minimize movements and consequently reduce the risk of injuries typical of other styles of knitting
- How to use the Portuguese knitting style in order to knit in a more efficient, quick and simple way.