Class Details

Thursday, Sept. 16 through Saturday, Sept. 18th, 2021

We’re so excited for our second annual Knit Camp at The Coast retreat! 

You’ll find class details (including homework) below. Your class handouts and schedule/itinerary will be available through your Retreat Dashboard.

Thursday, September 16th 2021

Thursday events are included with the

VIP 3-Day All Access Premier Pass

Thursday at 4 PM Pacific we’ll have a special “Cocktails & Knitting by the Sea with Marie (& Special Guest)” video.

Then join us immediately after for our Retreat Pre-Party at 4:30 PM Pacific with Marie and the Olive Knits Team. Wear your jammies, pour yourself a cuppa and join us on Zoom! (Plan to be on video – it’s extra fun when we all get to see each other.)

You’ll meet the Knit Camp Team and your fellow campers, show off your best public-friendly jammies (if you want) and share cocktails and mocktails with friends as we kick off our second annual Knit Camp Retreat!

Friday, September 17th 2021

All active/current members of Knit Camp get to attend all

Friday classes and activities – no registration required.


Intro to Creel Stitch Knitting: A new way to knit with color

Get ready to learn something brand new! If you love the look of brioche and fisherman’s rib, or just love any opportunity to combine color and texture, you will be head over heels in love with this innovative new knitting technique developed by Marie Greene, herself! You’ll be among the very first to learn this exciting new technique and will get to practice at home with Marie’s Creel Stitch Cowl pattern, included with the workshop. Inspired by woven baskets for carrying fish, Creel Stitch is a fun, rhythmic technique that creates spectacular results.
 
SKILL LEVEL: Advanced Beginner +
TECHNIQUE REQUIREMENTS (helpful but not required):
  • How to knit in the round with circular needles
  • How to knit with two colors
  • Knit, purl, cast on, bind off
HOMEWORK: With US Size 4/3.5 mm circular needle and your darker color (Main Color or MC), cast on 144 st using cable cast-on method. Do not join in the round yet. The cable cast-on will start you on the RS immediately, so there is no need to work a WS row before you begin.
Row 1 (RS): [K2, p1] rep bet brackets to end of row, then join to work in the round. Double check to ensure that your stitches are not twisted when you join. Place a marker to designate the beginning of the round.
Ribbing: [K2, p1] rep bet brackets to end of round.
Repeat the Ribbing round for 1.5 in/3.75 cm.
Transition to US Size 5/3.75 mm circular needles and knit one round in the MC. We will continue from this point in class.
 
SUPPLIES:
(Note: If you register for the VIP 3-Day All Access Pass, this yarn is included with your swag box so you will only need the needles)
  • 1 (50 g) ball Ewe Ewe Yarns Sport Weight Yarn 145 yards in Color A (MC)
  • 1 (50 g) ball Ewe Ewe Yarns Sport Weight Yarn 145 yards in Color B (CC)
  • US Size 4/3.5 mm (16 in/40 cm) circular needles
  • US Size 5/3.75 mm (16 in/40 cm) circular needles – sharp tips are highly recommended for this one

Instructor: Marie Greene

Marie is our fearless Knit Camp leader, best-selling author of Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks, Knit Shawls & Wraps in 1 Week and Knit a Little. She’s also the founder of Olive Knits and Library House Press. Her cheerful, upbeat personality and engaging style make learning a delight! She packs her classes with joy, laughter and OODLES of knitting tips you’ll use again and again.

Marie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband (and two aloof kitties). She loves Mondays, coffee, true crime, cooking and gardening. 

You probably already know all about Marie, but you can read her full bio here

Log Cabin Knitting

DESCRIPTION: Knitted log cabin squares take their inspiration from their quilted cousins. Once you know how to make them, you can take off in many directions! We’ll start with the simple garter stitch log cabin square, and then we’ll explore some other shapes: rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles.
 
SKILL LEVEL: Advanced beginner and beyond
TECHNIQUE REQUIREMENTS: Long tail cast on, knit, purl, bind off
HOMEWORK: With center square color of your choice, cast on 6 sts. Knit 11 rows (garter stitch, knit every row). See you in class!
SUPPLIES: Worsted weight yarn 3 to 5 colors, 50 yards each. Leftovers are fine. Needles appropriate for your yarn, approximately US 7/4.5 mm. Scissors.

Instructor: Michele Lee Bernstein

Michele Lee Bernstein, PDXKnitterati, designs and teaches in Portland, Oregon. She loves designing accessories, especially if they use one or two skeins of very special yarn. She’s fond of texture (brioche, lace, entrelac, elongated stitches), and loves using interesting techniques to make small objects sing. Her patterns are available through Ravelry.com and Payhip.com
 
Michele loves teaching knitters to be the boss of their knitting! She teaches at local yarn shops, fiber festivals (Vogue Knitting Live, Red Alder Fiber Arts Festival, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival), guild meetings, and retreats.
 
Michele blogs about knitting, food, and music at PDXKnitterati.com. You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook, Ravelry, YouTube, and Twitter; she’s PDXKnitterati on all platforms.
 

“Snack Time” Yoga

During this class from Marcie Leek of Yoga for Knotted Knitters and Nourishing Breath Yoga, you will enjoy a chance to move with simple, gentle stretches and deep, relaxing breaths. When you set your knitting down and pause to stretch, you will feel the joy and renewal of “the pause”.

Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in during the yoga exercises. We will practice yoga in chairs and while standing. You don’t need a yoga mat or any equipment, and you don’t need to know a thing about yoga to participate in this class. You do need a chair without wheels and, if possible, without arms. You will leave this class with a new understanding of how yoga can ease the stiffness and pain that often follow a knitting session.

Instructor: Marcie Leek

Marcie Leek is so happy to return to Knit Camp at the Coast because she had such a wonderful time teaching (and attending!) last year. Marcie is a certified yoga instructor from Seattle, Washington with over 500 hours of training and over 1,200 hours of teaching experience. She owns her own business, Nourishing Breath Yoga, and teaches weekly Zoom classes to a variety of students from all over the world. You can find out more about her offerings – including Yoga for Knotted Knitters classes! – at www.nourishingbreathyoga.com.
 
Marcie is also an enthusiastic knitter, Knit Camper, and Project + Operations Manager for Olive Knits! In addition to her work with Marie and the Olive Knits team, Marcie offers weekly, chair-based yoga classes for knitters and manages the Yoga for Knotted Knitters YouTube channel. She is super excited to be a part of the Knit Camp at the Coast retreat and to teach you ways to keep your body supple, flexible, and strong so you can keep knitting Marie’s awesome patterns!

Toe-Up Socks: Knit to Fit

DESCRIPTION: Learn to knit toe-up socks that really fit with this custom-sock workshop from sock guru Marceline Smith from Hey Brownberry. 
 
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
 
TECHNIQUE REQUIREMENTS: Knitting, purling, basic increase and decrease stitches, knitting in the round (magic loop or DPNs)
 
HOMEWORK:
1. Review the class handout to get a summary of the sock recipe
2. Trace and outline of one or both of your bare feet on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper or cardboard
3. (Optional) Cast on a toe up sock using the video tutorial linked in the class handout or using your favorite method. Knit at least 6 rounds with paired increases using any weight yarn. I will address questions specific to your starter sock in our Q&A.
 
SUPPLIES:
  • Your Foot Tracing from the homework
  • Tape Measure
  • Notebook and writing utensil
  • (optional) Calculator

Instructor: Marceline Smith from Hey Brownberry

Marceline is a Jamaica-born, Canada-raised fiber fanatic who lives in the southeastern US. Since 2005, her love of handmade found its center in knitting and crochet. Over the years she has been drawn into natural dyeing, spinning, knitwear design, and teaching. She thrives on the joy of creating, sharing, and community. Her aim is to build a Creative Collective through her Instagram and YouTube presence as Hey BrownBerry.

 Restorative Yoga Stretch Session

You’ve spent a lot of time sitting and learning today, so let’s stretch! Join Marcie Leek for an hour of restorative stretches that will help you recover from a long, wonderful day of knitting education.

When you set your knitting down and pause to stretch, you will feel the joy and renewal of “the pause”.

Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in during the yoga exercises. We will practice yoga in chairs and while standing. You don’t need a yoga mat or any equipment, and you don’t need to know a thing about yoga to participate in this class. You do need a chair without wheels and, if possible, without arms. You will leave this class with a new understanding of how yoga can ease the stiffness and pain that often follow a knitting session.

Instructor: Marcie Leek

Saturday, September 18th

Saturday sessions are included with the VIP 3-Day All Access Pass.

Easy Peasy Hand Lettering

If you’ve ever wished you could embellish your gift tags, knitting journal, calendar or notebook with decorative hand lettering, now’s your chance to learn the basics! Learn the elements of easy hand lettering using supplies you probably already have at home!

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner
TECHNIQUE REQUIREMENTS: None
HOMEWORK: None
SUPPLIES:

*These items are included in your VIP swag box, but if you’d like extra or want special colors you can order them via the affiliate links above.

 

Instructor: Shawna Clingerman

Shawna is a full time artist and educator with over 15 years experience creating art for companies like Illustrated Faith, American Crafts, Photoplay Paper, Paper House Productions and other major craft companies who have put her work on the shelves of stores across the globe.
 
Shawna’s biggest passion is mentoring and teaching creatives how to create from an authentic, wholehearted place through her signature program: “Fearless Art”. She also offers multiple online courses in the subjects of art and design, hand-lettering, social media and more.
 
In addition to creating and teaching full time, Shawna loves to spend her time playing board games with her 4 teenage sons and husband of 21 years, and getting outside to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest where she calls home.

Ladderback Jacquard: A unique system for colorwork

DESCRIPTION: Ladder-Back Jacquard (LBJ) is a technique used in machine knitting, but clever people have figured out how to work it into hand knitting. It’s a way of dealing with long floats of the non-working color (the carried color) across the back of your work that avoids trapping the floats with the working yarn, but still keeps the carried color loose but secure. I will show you examples of this technique, and show you how to set it up, work it, and finish it off. We won’t knit on a hat in class, but I’ll include a hat pattern for you since I know you’ll love the technique.
 
SKILL LEVEL: Adventuresome beginner
 
TECHNIQUE REQUIREMENTS: Cast on, knit, purl, increase, cheerful attitude.
 
UPDATED HOMEWORK: Cast on 90 sts (relaxed CO of your choice) and join for circular knitting. Work 5 or 6 rounds in k1, p1 ribbing. Work one round of increases like this: *K10, m1* all around – 99 sts. Work 3 or 4 rounds of Stocking stitch – we want some smooth, even knitting below where our colorwork begins. Before class, place markers every 33 sts.
 
SUPPLIES FOR CLASS: For the sample, you can use any weight of yarn you like from sport to worsted. You need 2 colors of yarn that are the same weight. Leftover yarns are fine, you don’t need to buy anything for the class homework. For the main color you’ll need about 50g, and less for the contrasting color. This is just for practicing.
 
If using Sport Wt yarn, you’ll need a 16-inch or 24-inch circular needles, from size US3 to US5. If using Worsted Wt, you’ll need a size US5 or 6.

Instructor: Amy Detjen

Amy has been an avid knitter for more than 40 years. Using equal parts knowledge, humor, and patience, Amy has been teaching knitting and talking/writing about knitting that whole time. She is also Meg Swansen’s assistant at Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp. She also travels extensively, and has taught around the US, and a few times in Scotland and Shetland. Amy leads wonderful knitting tours to Shetland, Norway, Holland, Iceland, and other woolly places of interest.
Amy’s love of knitting comes through when she interacts with other knitters, whether in person, online, or in writing. Her enthusiasm is truly contagious, and she breaks new techniques down into small bits making learning a breeze.
Amy is co-author of two knitting books – “Sweaters from Camp” and “Knitting with Two Colors”, both published by Schoolhouse Press.

Finding Joy in Self-Striping Yarn

Self-Striping yarn is undeniably, incredibly fun to knit, but too often those beautiful skeins are hidden away because knitters aren’t sure what to knit with it. After knitting two dozen pairs of socks in a single year, I challenged myself to get those beautiful rainbow skeins out of my shoes and into the world. If you want to start knitting cowls, hats, mittens, shawls, and sweaters with your self-striping yarn, this class will help you confidently plan non-sock projects for your self-striping yarn. I will show you the tricks that I learned over years of experimenting and creating with self-striping yarn. In this class, you will learn the best swatching techniques, short row methods, blocking tricks, and more, so that your self-striping yarn never has to hide in your shoes again.
 
SKILL LEVEL: Adventurous Beginner/Intermediate
 
TECHNIQUE REQUIREMENTS: Knit, Purl, Decreasing, Increasing, Casting On, Binding Off, Knitting flat, Knitting in the round
 
HOMEWORK: None
 
SUPPLIES FOR CLASS: Students are welcome to bring self-striping yarn from their stash to the Q&A for tips and ideas on potential projects

Instructor: Stephanie Lotven

Stephanie Lotven is the author of Knit Happy with Self-Striping Yarn. She is a knitwear designer, yarn addict, and photographer. Creator of Tellybean Knits, Stephanie has been designing knitting patterns for nearly a decade. Her work has been featured in Harry Potter: Knitting Magic and Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy. Stephanie’s designs deal with the geometry of the body, seeking to highlight its natural contours using unexpected, uncomplicated shapes. Stephanie has a background in teaching English as a second language to students of all ages. She believes that learning should be joyful, and that no knitter should struggle when yarn is present. She lives in Indiana with her exceptionally patient husband and two rowdy daughters.

Not Your Average Kool-Aid Dye Party

Let’s use ordinary Kool-aid and materials found in every kitchen (except maybe the yarn!) to dye up a Perfect Pairing you’ll adore. Choose from two colorway options created just for this course using only Kool-aid powdered drink mixes you can find in many grocery stores or online. We’ll blend and speckle them in ways that are sure to surprise and delight you.
 
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner
TECHNIQUE REQUIREMENTS: None
 
HOMEWORK: Purchase class materials and gather supplies. Soak your yarn for 20-30 minutes in cool water before we begin dyeing. Yarn and dye kits can be purchased on my website, or materials can be gathered from your favorite sources.
 
SUPPLIES: 
I have some kits available on my website which include ethically sourced, high quality Merino yarn, kool-aid in the quantities needed for the recipes we’re dyeing together, nitrile gloves, 2 removable zip ties, and a puppy pad to protect your surface. You can purchase the kits at www.sewhappyjane.com or source your own supplies from your preferred supplier. Please order kits by August 20th to be certain you’ll receive them in time for the retreat. Kits will ship by August 30th.
 
You’ll need:
  • (2) 100 gram skeins of undyed wool yarn in hank form (not balls or cakes). The skeins must contain at least 75% wool and can be superwash or non-superwash according to your preference. We will use fingering or DK weight skeins, but any weight of yarn will work as long as it is near 100 grams. You can purchase quality wool yarn from websites like knomad.com and dyersupplier.com if you want to source your own yarn.
  • (5-8) packets of Kool-aid unsweetened drink mix in your preferred colors. We’ll be dyeing one skein a tonal color using 1-2 colors, and one skein a speckled colorway using 3-4 colors of kool-aid. The kits on my website will include the colors we’re using for our recipes, but you can choose whatever you like best if you’re sourcing your own supplies. The methods will remain the same regardless of colors. 
  • Plastic or Nitrile gloves
  • A table or surface cover to protect your surfaces

If ordering a kit from Sew Happy Jane for this class (optional), please note that the following items are not included in the kit and must be obtained separately:

  • (1) small to medium sized stainless steel pot for the tonal yarn
  • (1) small to medium sized stainless steel pot (with a cover) for the speckled yarn
  • stove or portable burner to set your yarn
  • Apron or work clothes
  • A pair of tongs
  • A thin metal spoon
  • A bowl or bin large enough to soak your yarn in enough water to cover the yarn
  • Water to soak yarn, and water to use for dyeing. Approximately 2 gallons
  • Towels or cloths for cleaning up messes

Instructor: Heather Best

Hello Friends! My name is Heather Jane, and I’m the owner and Happy Color maker for Sew Happy Jane Hand Dyed Happy. I’m inspired by the world around me to dye yarn using creative techniques and the best materials I can source to make your work shine. I’m a food motivated traveler who loves a good garden, an excellent book, and the sea. You’ll find those things often inspire my work.
 
I’m looking forward to turning some pretty skeins into some Pretty Amazing skeins with you during the Knit Camp at the Coast Retreat.

VIP All Access Pass Includes

Thursday, Sept. 16 through Saturday, Sept. 18th, 2021

If you want ALL the extras AND a box of exclusive swag goodies delivered to your doorstep, you can register for the VIP 3-Day All Access pass, which includes:
 
  • Thursday Evening Welcome, VIP Mixer & Camp Pajama Party
  • All day Friday activities/classes
  • All day Saturday activities/classes
  • 8 Classes from leading experts + two bonus mini yoga stretch sessions
  • Saturday VIP Virtual Ice Cream Social

PLUS!

Our mini-Vendor Marketplace with special offers from some of our favorite small businesses – find some new FAVES!

Daily virtual coffee chats and parties – because HELLO, FUN.

Our exclusive Knit Camp at The Coast retreat SWAG BOX, delivered to your doorstep ahead of the retreat. We keep the swag box secret until you receive it, but here are a few hints:

  • Yarn for one of the class projects
  • Special treats to enjoy throughout the event
  • Little luxuries that make you feel pampered and special 
  • Handy tools to keep in your knitting bag
  • AND MORE!

All Classes, Coffee Chats & Evening Parties are recorded so you can access them for two full weeks following the retreat. It’s a great way to catch any activities or classes you missed during the retreat.