Scandinavian Knitting

Three-day Scandinavian knitting workshop with Beth Brown-Reinsel

Instructor: Beth Brown-Reinsel

Dates offered 2017: Nov 1–3

Dates offered 2018: Oct 17–19

Vävstuga is excited to offer a three-day knitting workshop with Beth Brown-Reinsel, Scandinavian knitting instructor extraordinaire.

2018 project: Saami mittens

You'll learn the techniques to make Saami mittens using our beautiful Swedish Tuna yarns. The Saami people live in the northern most areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia and are the nomadic indigenous people of Scandinavia. Their folk costumes are made of bright colors and their knitted mittens, worn on special occasions, follow this tradition.

Saami mittens

Level: intermediate
(must be proficient with dp needles, Magic Loop, or working with two circulars)

Learn the special details of mitten construction of the nomadic Saami peoples by knitting a mitten in multiple colors, circularly on double pointed needles. Make a three color braided cast-on, create the classic afterthought thumb (without a gusset), work different bands of patterning for the front and palm, and shape the pointed tip at the end of the mitten. Some of the motifs will require three yarns to be worked within one round. A simple finger braiding technique will be demonstrated for the traditional cord. Handling multiple yarns and designing will be discussed.

2017 project: Norwegian Fana sweater

You'll learn the techniques to make a Norwegian Fana sweater using our beautiful Swedish yarns.

Fana sweater, small Fana sweater, fullsize

Level: intermediate
(Experience with double-pointed needles and sewing machines is helpful.)

The classic details and traditional construction of the Norwegian Fana cardigan sweaters will be taught in this workshop through the knitting of a small sweater.

Techniques to be learned include yarn dominance, working with two yarns in the right hand or left hand or both hands, weaving the yarns in each of those styles, reading charts, circularly knitted body and sleeves, square and drop shoulder armholes, cut-and-sew armholes and front (with and without the steek), finishing with clever knitted self-facings and button bands, and 2-color star, band, and checkerboard patterns.

We'll also discuss designing your own Fana cardigan.

2018 Supply list

Yarn: (included in course fee, no need to bring your own)

  • Four colors of our beautiful Tuna wool yarn (traditional colors are white, red, yellow, green and/or blue). Vävstuga will have pre-wound balls available.

Needles:

  • One set of dp needles each US sizes 6 or 7 (4.0 or 4.5 mm). Approximate gauge is 24 sts and 28 rnds/4 inches or 10 cm.

Extras:

  • tapestry needle
  • stitch markers
  • magnetic board or sticky notes notes for keeping your place on the chart

Optional:

  • point protectors
  • an extra dp needle, any size

2017 Supply list

Yarn: (included in course fee, no need to bring your own)

  • Two highly contrasting colors (such as navy and white) in our beautiful Åsborya yarn. Vävstuga will have pre-wound balls available.

Needles:

  • One 16" circular needle each, US sizes 5 and 8 (3.75 mm and 5.0 mm)
  • One set double-pointed needles each, US sizes 5 and 8 (3.75 mm and 5.0 mm)

Extras:

  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • scraps of brightly colored yarn

Optional:

  • stitch holders, stitch markers
  • thread, sewing needle, sewing pins
  • 5 buttons (3/8" – 1/2", plus "backer" buttons)
  • magnetic board or sticky notes notes for keeping your place on the chart
Beth Brown-Reinsel

Beth Brown-Reinsel has been teaching knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for over 20 years. Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic. She completed her first DVD Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel in 2010, with two others following. Her articles and designs have appeared in Threads, Cast On, Interweave Knits, Shuttle, Spindle, and Dye Pot, Vogue Knitting, and Knitters magazines. She continues to design for her own pattern line Knitting Traditions.

Check out Beth's website, blog, and eNewsletter at www.knittingtraditions.com.

She lives in Vermont and loves winter!

Location: Water Street Studio

Prerequisites: Intermediate knitting experience recommended.
  (Must be comfortable with double pointed needles or working with two circulars or Magic Loop.
  Ability to knit English style is very helpful, but not required. Experience with a sewing machine is also helpful.)

Max enrollment: 20 (minimum 4)

Course fee: $375 (includes all instruction and studio time, course handouts, lunch all 3 days, dinner Thu)

Materials fee: $50

Room & board: $300 (includes 3 nights' lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners)

For more detail: See also costs & logistics, food & accommodations

Days offered: Three-day session, Wed–Fri

Schedule: Studio open 8:30–5:00, instruction time 9:00–12:00 and 2:00–5:00. Exceptions: on the last day, instruction ends at noon, and checkout must be completed by 3:00.