Knit Camp on The Coast 2020

Class Details

Thursday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Sept. 26

Join us for the full Knit Camp at the Coast VIP Retreat experience! Scroll down to learn more about the classes, instructors, supplies and homework.

Registration closes Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, or until sold out, whichever comes first.

Thursday Details

Thursday evening we’ll have a Retreat Pre-Party at 5 PM with Marie (THE Olive Knits) and Scott (Mr. Olive Knits) for a little pre-party fun. Mr. Olive Knits will be making us a cocktail!

5:30 PM We’ll have our Retreat Pajama Party & Cocktail Mixer on Zoom. You’ll meet the Knit Camp Team and some of your fellow campers, show off your best public-friendly jammies (if you want) and share a cocktail with friends as we kick off our inaguaral Knit Camp Retreat!

Friday Retreat Workshop Details

Secrets of your LYS

Have you ever received help in your local yarn store (LYS) and wondered how on earth they know so much? Well, it’s not because they are a special breed of yarn wizards (Sarah promises)! LYS owners just have honed their knowledge and tools so they can give you the best help on things like yarn substitutions, blocking, appropriate fiber content, and weight categories. And here’s the clincher: you can know these things, too. Like a magician revealing the magic behind the scenes, in this class, Sarah will let you in on the best-kept secrets of your LYS.

Instructor: Sarah Keller

Sarah Keller opened Knot Another Hat in 2005 with a dream of sharing her passion for yarn and knitting with customers, friends, and visitors, both locally and online. Fifteen years later she still has no self-control in casting on, lives to knit sweaters (more than any one Oregonian can wear in a winter), and delights in sharing stories and community with her customers near and far.  

Learn more at knotanotherhat.com

(AM) Cuffs, Heels & Toes (Reinforced!) for Socks

Learn the nuts and bolts of what makes a sturdy sock, and how to reinforce the cuff, heels and toes so they’ll last longer! Tired of getting holes in your socks? Tired of knitting socks that wear out too fast? We’ll cover all the things that make a good sock go bad – and how to prevent it – in this entertaining and educational workshop.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner (some experience knitting socks is helpful)

Supplies: Fingering weight superwash merino yarn with at least 10% nylon (partial skein is fine), US Size 1/2.25 mm 5″ DPNs (double point needles). Optional: (These are nice to have, but not mandatory) elastic thread, nylon thread

Homework: None


(PM) Customize Your (Top-Down) Socks

Learn how to create your own custom sock pattern using your own measurements (or the measurements of a special someone). Have surprisingly long feet? Calves that won’t quit?  If you have always wanted to create a customized sock or just want to knit socks that fit you better, you’ll love this workshop!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Supplies: One skein fingering weight yarn sock yarn (with at least 10% nylon), US Size 1/2.25 mm 5″ DPNs, flexible measuring tape, calculator, pencil and paper

Homework: None

Instructor: Marie Greene

Marie is our fearless Knit Camp leader, best-selling author of Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks and Knit Shawls & Wraps in 1 Week, and founder of Olive Knits.

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

Keeping Knitters (& Campers) Happy

During this class from Marcie Leek of Yoga for Knotted Knitters, you will learn how spending extended periods of time knitting can negatively affect your body, and you will also learn how simple, gentle stretches and working with your breath can keep you a happy, healthy Camper. We will alternate information sessions with practice. Feel free to work on your knitting while listening to brief lessons. When you set your knitting down and pause to stretch, you will feel in your body the pleasure 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 a certified yoga instructor from Seattle, Washington with over 500 hours of training and over 1,000 hours of teaching experience. She owns her own business, Nourishing Breath Yoga, and teaches weekly classes, currently via Zoom. Marcie is also an enthusiastic knitter and Knit Camper! After dealing with the pain and frustration of a “knitting injury” that led to months of recuperation, she created Yoga for Knotted Knitters, whose mission is to share resources and information with knitters and crafters that will keep them creating, healthy, and happy. She is super excited to be a part of the Knit Camp at the Coast virtual retreat and to teach you how and why to keep your body supple, flexible, and strong so you can maintain knitting longevity!

Saturday Retreat Workshop Details

2-Color Brioche In-the-Round (Hester’s Hat)

“Brioche Rib” is an ever-popular pattern stitch that forms a deep, soft rib with a lot of give, perfect for shawls, baby blankets and scarves. It is particularly fun to knit in 2 colors, because of its tuck stitch construction, but it can be intimidating to learn on your own. Here is your chance to learn how to knit this fun stitch! 

For this class we will be using the Hester’s Hat/Headband pattern to perfect our 2 color brioche in-the-round). But before we get started on the hat, we will:

  • Study the construction of Brioche Rib and the various ways that you can work it.
  • Practice working Brioche Rib flat, using both the “tuck stitch” and “yarn over” methods, before tackling 2-colors in-the-round.
  • Demystify the special abbreviations used in Brioche patterns.
  • Visualize how and why 2-color Brioche is so interesting.
  • Practice 2-color Brioche in-the-round by working Hester’s Hat/Headband.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Supplies:

  • A copy of Hester’s Hat (or Headband) pattern. Available on Ravelry here. (Pattern not included with Retreat. Must purchase separately.)
  • Your completed brim and the needle and yarn for your project.
  • Pen, paper, knitting notions, such as scissors and locking markers.
  • 2 DPNs (US size 7 or 8) and waste/leftover/extra worsted weight yarn in 2 colors for practicing.

Homework: To have plenty of time to practice in class, work the Brim (only the Brim) of your preferred size of Hester’s Hat (you may want to start with one of the smaller sizes for practice). See following

DIRECTIONS FOR BRIM OF HESTER’S HAT/HEADBAND

SIZES: To fit baby (child, teen, adult)

GAUGE: 18 sts and 56 rnds = 4″/10cm in Brioche Rib using larger needle.

NEEDLES and NOTIONS

  • US size 6 US/4mm 16″/40cm circular needle and double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • For CO, 16″/40cm circular needle, 1 size smaller than needle that gives gauge

YARN:

  • 2 skeins (1 each color) Woolfolk FÅR (100% Ultimate Merino® wool; 142 yds/130m per 50g skein) or
  • Approx 150 (175, 200 225)yds worsted weight yarn split 65%/35% between 2 colors or approx half for headband.

HAT or HEADBAND

Brim

With smaller circular needle and A and using Italian Tubular Cast-On or preferred method, CO 64 (72, 80, 88) sts.

  • If using Italian Tubular Cast-On, work CO and 2 foundation rows before joining to work in the round. Pm to indicate beg/end of rnd, then join, being careful not to twist the sts.
  • If using another CO method, work CO; pm to indicate beg/end of rnd and join, being careful not to twist the sts. Work 1 rnd of 1×1 rib, i.e. [k1, p1] around.
Change to larger circular needle and work 2 rnds of 1×1 rib, i.e. [k1, p1] around.
 

Instructor: Lori Versaci

Lori Versaci, of VERSACIKNITS, is an independent knitwear designer, creating wearable, modern knits that explore shape, texture and construction since 2009. While sweaters have been the mainstay of her work, shawls, wraps and hats have been her main foray into working with color!

Lori works from studios in New Jersey and Maine and enjoys yoga, sailing and her four children, three dogs and husband (not necessarily in that order).

You can learn more about VERSACIKNITS on her blog, instagram, facebook or ravelry.

Stranded Knitting: Unlocking the Secrets of Locked Floats

Ever looked at the “wrong side” of a stranded, hand-knit garment and see no floats? Do you wonder what was done to hide those floats and make it so beautifully finished? The answer may very well be what some refer to as “Armenian Knitting” or, what I call “Locked Floats.” The technique is simple, and creates a wonderfully even fabric. In this class, we will first review how to carry floats across the back of the work (traditional), and then be introduced to this simple technique that results in a beautifully woven “wrong side.” You’ll learn some valuable tricks and leave inspired by the possibilities created.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Supplies: One skein each of 2 colors of worsted weight yarn (solid-color, wool yarns, with medium to high contrast work best), and a circular or set of DPNs in an appropriate size.

Homework: None

Instructor: Kyle Kunnecke

Seattle designer Kyle Kunnecke has a not-so-secret passion for colorwork. Through his fiber workshops, he provides inspiration to his students; exploring the skills necessary to continue their personal knitting journeys. His patterns are published in numerous knitting books and magazines, by yarn companies, and under his label, Kyle William. He leads workshops at national and international events, including TNNA, TKGA, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and Loch Ness Knit Fest. His book, Urban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Knitting Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe (Interweave, 2016), showcases projects that utilize the techniques he loves to share with his students. www.kylewilliam.com.

Enhance Your Handknits with a Knitting Machine

Go behind the scenes to see how you can use a knitting machine to seam and finish your hand knits (really!). We’ll follow along with knitting machine guru, Heidi Hennessy, to watch up close how she combines hand knitting and machine knitting to knit gorgeous sweaters! If you remember field trips with Mr. Rogers (Crayola factory, anyone??) – you’ll enjoy this excursion with Heidi as we whet our whistles with the possibilities of combining the efficiency of machine knitting with our favorite knitting projects. (Even if you’re not a machine knitter, this class will inspire you with possibilities!) You’ll never look at a knitting machine the same way again – with guest instructor, Heidi Hennessy

Instructor: Heidi Hennessy

Heidi Hennessy has worked in the fiber industry for over a decade. She owns and operates Lux Adorna Knits, Heidi Hennessy Luxury Knitwear and is now taking her machine knitting expertise to the next level by offering online courses in her Knitting Machine School. She loves the great indoors, lives in a house full of men, and has an ungrateful rescue cat. As a Knit Camper herself, she is excited to virtually hang out with all of you campers at the retreat! 

Learn more at luxadornaknits.com

VIP Lounge Stretch Session

We are nearing the finish line of the retreat. How’s your body feeling? This mini-session from Marcie Leek of Yoga for Knotted Knitters will bring some much-needed stretch to your knitting muscles (hands, neck, shoulders) as well as your muscles that quietly support you while you knit (low back, hips, legs). You will finish the session refreshed and ready for more!

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 mat or any equipment, and you don’t need to know a thing about yoga to participate in this session. You do need a chair without wheels and, if possible, without arms. You will leave this session with a further  appreciation of how yoga can ease the stiffness and pain that often follow a knitting session.

Instructor: Marcie Leek

Marcie Leek is a certified yoga instructor from Seattle, Washington with over 500 hours of training and over 1,000 hours of teaching experience. She owns her own business, Nourishing Breath Yoga, and teaches weekly classes, currently via Zoom. Marcie is also an enthusiastic knitter and Knit Camper! After dealing with the pain and frustration of a “knitting injury” that led to months of recuperation, she created Yoga for Knotted Knitters, whose mission is to share resources and information with knitters and crafters that will keep them creating, healthy, and happy. She is super excited to be a part of the Knit Camp at the Coast virtual retreat and to teach you how and why to keep your body supple, flexible, and strong so you can maintain knitting longevity!

Thursday, Sept. 24 to Saturday, Sept. 26

The retreat includes…
 

Thursday Evening VIP Mixer & Camp Pajama Party

Two days of virtual classes with Marie and Friends

Yoga for Knitters

Vendor Marketplace

Cocktail/Mocktail Parties!

SWAG including yarn, a retreat badge, and so more!