Knit Maine™ 2018 Workshops
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Select from our extensive list of workshops!
Every participant receives 6 sessions from the list below.
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*Class enrollment is on a first come first served basis.
*All materials are provided by our Sponsors for each workshop unless otherwise noted.
*Class prep materials will be emailed prior to the Knit Maine™ weekend along with your schedule.
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Free Expression Cables
A fun, creative approach to learning how to make up new cables. Instead of starting with a chart, pattern while knitting. Students will play with making their own free form cable pattern. Bring cable needles or dpns. 3 hr
The How & Why & Making Up New Cables. Forming either mini cables or diagonal lines, these versatile little crossed stitches are made without a cable needle. the variety of patterns you can make with them is endless. learn the ins and outs of how to work right twists and left twists (including a perfected left twist), pick up some pointers on creative inspiration, then begin making up patterns of your own design. Bring pencils and good erasers! 3 hr
Make It Your Own - Patterned Yoke
Do you love knitting from the top down? Do you love the idea of designing your own cabled yoke cowl, poncho, or even sweater without having to do the hard part? Begin by choosing from the variety of textures or cables Norah has designed and practice on a cowl. Learn how to easily maneuver details like sleeve length, body shape and neck finishing to suit your own likes and quirks with Norah's fill in the blanks template. Bring a variety of knitting needles for knitting swatches along with a cable needle or dpns. 3 hr
Knitting With Linen
Learn to love linen. It's a great fiber to wear, but there are a few tricks to knitting with it. The focus will be on great stitches, variants on dropped stitches, extended stitches and modern bold lace that show shows linen to its best advantage. Washing, blocking and the importance of swatches are key topics as well. 3 hr
Beatrice Perron Dahlen
Introduction to Cables
If you’ve been intimidated by cables, then this class is for you! We’ll cast on a simple cable project and learn two basic cables: the left leaning and right leaning, and how to combine them to make more complicated cables. We’ll also look at how to read cable charts and instructions. You’ll leave with a project in hand and a better understanding of approaching cables. Beginner or Intermediate. 3hr
All About Lopapeyseur
We’ll discuss the history of the Icelandic Lopapeysa and construction methods. We’ll look at some patterns and talk about color! We’ll try our hand at designing our own colorwork charts. Then we’ll cast on a swatch and explore some color options for our own sweaters. Intermediate. 3 hr
Shawl Shapes and Design
In this all day class, we’ll dive into top down shawl shapes. We’ll start with the garter tab cast on and talk about different types of increases. Then we’ll get to knitting! We’ll work through as many mini samples of top down shawls as we can, so that you can go home with samples and instructions for 3-5 basic top down shawl shapes. If time allows, we’ll discuss how to chart out stitch patterns for different shawls. Intermediate & Advanced. 6 hr
Introduction to Embroidery
Explore as many basic stitches as you can squeeze into a fun 3 hours! No special skills required! 3 hr
Julia Farwell Clay
Yup: we're going to cut our knitting, no w(h)ine required. Be it stranded or plain work, cut steeks are (if you'll allow for the pun) a shortcut for knitting in the round and can accommodate design aspects that might not be possible otherwise. But before we touch our scissors, we'll stabilize our work, and explore finished (or not!) edges after they've been cut. We will talk about closure options for cardigan sweaters including button bands, i-cord edgings, and zippers. Small amount of homework.
Fair Isle Mitts
Using an exclusive-to-class pattern, students will learn to knit two colors at once, use double pointed needles to work in the round, and follow a chart. Whether one or all of these skills is something new, this is a chance to give it a try and tackle problems common to stranded projects. As part of class discussion, we'll cover size adjustments with charted knitting, and review basic color theory as it relates to Fair Isle projects.
Introduction to The Prada Shell
All the rage last fall, the multicolored sweater modeled by actor Eddie Redmayne seized the attention of the knitting world. Since then, I've played with the design and not only figured out its secrets, but wrote an article about the process for Mason Dixon Knitting, then designed a cardigan and a shawl based on its basic modular unit. In this class, I will share with you the secrets of those designs, and show you how to apply it to an accessory project we'll start in class. We'll also talk about color choices and short rows as they play out in this technique.
Lessons From the Coast: Decoding the Cowichan Sweater
The Coast Salish knitters make beautiful thick and warm color work sweaters with shaped shawl collars and elegant finishing details. The sweaters have much to teach any knitter, so in this class we will discuss the history and basics of Cowichan construction, and practice important elements to inform our own knitting, whether or not a Cowichan Sweater is in our knitting future.
Elizabeth Zimmerman's Percentage System
It's hard to beat the classics. Elizabeth Zimmermann's Percentage System stands the test of time, offering a basic and foolproof guide to fit in both traditional and modern silhouettes. In this class we will demystify the fundamentals of gauge as it applies to garments, and follow in EZ's footsteps to gain mastery over our own knitting to make sweaters that fit.
Basics and Beyond: a Structural View of Knitting
This class is about the structure of knitting. We will go over how the process of interlooping shapes and connects our stitches. We will cover the similarities, and differences between regular, round and diagonal work and review the three ways most of us knit, English, European and Portuguese.
Some of the things that make knitting wonderful also make problems. We will go over as many of these mixed blessings as time permits. Patterns can also stifle creativity. Learning to work and make your own charts can make certain stitch patterns much easier which means you can shape what you want. Unless we are very confident artistically, it can be daunting to create something we have never seen.
I think of knitting as a sculptural technique. Come and enjoy knitting with me. 4 hr
Introduction to Diagonal Knitting
This day will teach basic diagonal shaping, a new and better version of the TRIVIA cast on and get you started on seamless diagonal clothing or sculpture.
Diagonal knitting is not a new way to hold your work. It is a shaping system that aligns rows to their straight edges at a forty five degree angle. For many proficient knitters it is a joyous alternative to our regular horizontal rows.
Two great advantages of diagonal knitting are that your cast on does not determine the size or shape of what you are making, and that you can knit the same shape and sized piece with whatever yarn, and appropriate needles to that yarn, that you want.
Katharine’s book DIAGONAL KNITTING, a different slant is the classic book on this subject.
Two Socks at Once: Magic Loop
How to work two socks at the same time, on a Magic Loop. 3 hr
Introduction to Brioche Knitting
For Brioche novice, covering the skills for single-color and two-color brioche, flat and in the round, and how to read patterns. By the end of the class, students will have started a 2-color brioche shawl. 3 hr
How to write knitting patterns - specifically, the instructions and how to present them. This is not a design class; it is for designers wishing to publish patterns, teachers looking to improve their class materials, and test knitters and novice tech editors wanting to expand their skill set. 3 hr
This workshop can be combined with Technical Editing for a full day workshop.
Introduction to Technical Editing
A comprehensive overview of the task of technical editing, and how to do it. A discussion of all facets of the review: prose, sizing, clarity, logic, numbers, layout and more. For those with significant experience with knitting and patterns: test knitters, designers, teachers. Advanced. 3 hr
This workshop can be combined with Pattern Writing for a full day workshop.
Elizabeth Zimmerman's Pi Shawl
How a Pi shawl works, how to work one, including a discussion of the start, edgings, and various patterns. Students are offered patterns for two full Pi shawls, 2 half Pi shawls, and a template for designing their own. Students leave with a project started. Intermediate. 6 hr
Stranded Knitting: Hats and Cowls
Learn the basics of Stranded Knitting while using charts that are provided or learn to create your own! Learn the tips and tricks to beautifully knitted colorwork with effective color choices while creating a unique stranded colorwork cowl or hat. 3 hr
A guided primer on the basics of mitten design and construction. Design your own pair choosing from different construction details and techniques: straight or in the round; planned or on-the-fly thumb gussets; round or pointed tips; ribbed or not. The choices are endless and uniquely yours. 3 hr
Combine this with Beatrice's Intro to Embroidery and be ready for winter!
Sew Your Own Project Bag
Using muslin and colorfully printed fabrics, sew your own bespoke project bag. Knit or crochet drawstrings and customize the look of your bag with pockets and/or embroidery. Minimal sewing skills required. 3 hr
Sew Your Own Needle Case
Using combinations of muslin and colorfully printed fabrics, sew your own notions and needle case. Customize your project with special ties and surface details. Minimal sewing skills necessary. 3 hr
*descriptions coming soon!*
Seamless Knitted Pockets: Add Them to Your Favorite Garment
Pineapple Crochet Wrap
Fantastic Cast-Ons and Bind-Offs
How you start and end a project is an important decision. There are so many amazing cast-ons and bind-offs, I've gathered some of my favorite and most practical. We will go over great cast-ons and bind-offs for lace, for rib, and more. We also look at pairing cast-ons and bind-offs that look great together. Let's start and end with a bang! Required skills: Must know long tail cast-on. Intermediate. 3 hr
Slip Stitch & Mosaic Knitting
If you've always wanted to do color work, but were looking for something simpler than fair isle, and without bobbins of intarsia, welcome to slip stitch knitting. In this ingeniously simple method of color work, you will be able to create stunning patterns while only working with one color at a time. Come on, "slip into" this beautiful technique. Required skills: Must know how to knit, purl, cast-on, bind-off. All levels. 3 hr
Secrets of Gauge
Gauge is one of the most important elements in your knitting. It takes just a few minutes to properly gauge swatch, but a whole lot of time to knit a sweater that doesn't fit. We will explore all the ways your gauge swatch can (and has in the past) lie to you! We will reveal the difference between yarn gauge and pattern gauge, as well as exploring what to do when a project is knit in the round or in a pattern stitch, or when you just can't match the row gauge. We'll even learn how to resize a sweater by using a different gauge yarn. Make every sweater fit you like it was made for you...because it was! Required skills: Must know how to knit, purl, cast-on, bind-off. All levels. 3 hr
Fundamentals of Sweater Design
Whether you have designs on a sketch pad and want to turn them into patterns or you always want to modify patterns and want to know how take out your calculator and let's get started! Starting from the very beginning we will go through how to design a basic drop shoulder, modified drop shoulder and set in sleeve sweater. We will cover a variety of neck options as well as learn side shaping and explore collar options. Learn the importance of getting your measurements just right and get a garment that fits you like a custom made sweater (which it is!). NOTE: Math is used in sweater design ;-) Required skills: A solid understanding of the math of gauge. Some previous sweater knitting experience is helpful. Intermediate. 6 hrs
Build a Better Fabric: Eastern & Combination Knitting
Have you tried learning continental, but the purl messes you up? Do you feel like you often have uneven tension? Or perhaps you are already a combination knitter and you've even been told you knit "wrong," or been asked "what are you doing?," take heart... there are no wrong ways to knit as long as we control out stitches. A combination knitter works through the back loop to knit and the front loop to purl. It can be a fast and easy way to knit, but simple adjustments must be made to follow Western patterns, like how to knit in the round, and understand left and right slanting increases and decreases, then learn the amazing advantages to this knitting method and how to work twisted pattern stitches. If you are a Western knitter and when you would combine it with your own. If you are a Combination Knitter, learn how to make stitches better and easier for your style. Required skills: Must know how to knit, purl, cast-on, bind-off. Know simple increases and decreases. All skill levels and knit styles welcome! 3 hr