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Barking and Dagenham students get crafty for national knitting week

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 October 2015

Students try out knitting at Barking and Dagenham College

Students try out knitting at Barking and Dagenham College

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College students were in stitches to celebrate National Knitting Week, setting up their very own group.

Students from Barking and Dagenham College grasped the basics with a little help from local expert Natasha Necati from Crafts Arts Ltd in Romford.

The lesson, which helped the youngsters get to grips with casting on and purling, took place over tea and cakes made by the college’s trainee chefs.

“I had the great opportunity to teach some lovely young ladies something new,” Natasha said.

“It has always been a dream of ours to not only sell craft and hobby materials but also to teach people and get them excited about what they create with their hands.”

Karlene Sutherland, youth worker and student mentor at the Rush Green college, said: “Natasha has helped to change the students’ perception that knitting isn’t just for the older generation.”

The group are itching to get back stitching and plan to meet twice a month. They aim to knit a blanket to donate to charity in time for Christmas.

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