Retreats 2017 – Freeport

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Past Retreats 2017

April 27 to 30, 2017Harraseeket Inn
Freeport, Maine

Harraseeket Inn
162 Main St.
Freeport, Maine 04032

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Instructors: Ann Budd, Bristol Ivy, and Norah Gaughan

Ann Budd
annIn addition to being a fun-loving knitaholic, I worked for Interweave Press for more than 20 years and am now a freelance knitting editor, author, teacher, and designer. I’ve authored more than a dozen books, including the Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks, Sock Knitting Master Class, New Directions in Sock Knitting, and many of the Style series. I live in Boulder, Colorado, and teach workshops across North America and beyond.

Bristol Ivy
Bristol Ivy Bristol Ivy is a knitting designer and teacher from Portland, Maine. Her work focuses on the intersection of classic tailoring and innovative technique, and has been published by Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People, Quince & Co, PomPom Quarterly, Interweave Knits, amirisu, and other publications. You can find Bristol at, and on Twitter and Instagram as @bristolivy.

Norah Gaughan
Norah GaughanThe author of Knitting Nature books, Norah’s work has been seen in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and countless other publications. After a nine-year stint as the design director at Berroco, she is now an independent designer enjoying her new work studio in the former boiler house of a textile mill in New Hampshire. Her most recent ventures include being a member of the Brooklyn Tweed design team and designing a fun collection for The Fibre Company. A degree in Biology and Art from Brown and growing up in a household of freelance illustrators prepared her, albeit indirectly, for a career as a knitwear designer. Her latest book (30+ years in the making) is titled Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook.


Retreat Class Offerings

Each class is three hours; choose one from each instructor

Classes by Ann Budd
Shadow Knitting—Now You See It, Now You Don’t
Shadow knitting is an ingenious method of alternating two rows each of two colors in combinations of knit and purl stitches to create patterns that appear as simple stripes at some angles and as distinct motifs when viewed at other angles. In this class, you’ll knit a heart motif to learn the basics of this intriguing pattern stitch.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must be comfortable reading charts.
Materials: Size U.S. 6 (4 mm) needles long enough to hold 40 stitches (straight, double-pointed, or circular); stitch markers. Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.

Intarsia in the Round—Isolated Color-Block Patterns in Knitted Tubes
Many knitters believe that intarsia (color block) patterns, such as argyle, can only be knitted back and forth in rows. Learn how to knit color motifs while working in rounds by knitting a simple wrist warmer with an argyle pattern. Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Intermediate to expert. Must have experience knitting intarsia patterns and be comfortable knitting in rounds.

Fixing Mistakes—Be the Boss of Your Knitting
Practice fixing common mistakes in a safe, controlled environment, including ripping out, picking up dropped stitches (even edge stitches!), reversing the direction of a cable turn, and correcting a snag that breaks the yarn. Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must be able to recognize the difference between stockinette stitch, reverse stockinette stitch, and garter stitch, and know how to turn a cable.

Decorative Cast-Ons—Begin Your Project with a Bang
Learn an assortment of decorative cast-on techniques that will add unexpected style to the edges of whatever you knit. Techniques will include Channel Island, I-Cord, Braid, Fringe, and others as time permits.Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must be familiar with the long-tail cast-on.

Classes by Bristol Ivy
Short-Row Techniques—Shaping Made Simple 
Short-rows are a handy way to add shaping to your knitting in both conventional and unexpected ways. Use them to turn a heel on a sock, better tailor a garment to your shape, or add unexpected twists and turns to accessories. In this class, you’ll learn the mechanics of short-rows, try out different techniques, and explore when and where to use them.
Experience level: Intermediate to expert. Must know how to decrease.

Sallah Cowl—Multiple Techniques in the Perfect Cowl
Published in Winter 2012, the Sallah Cowl is a great one-skein project that also introduces you to some new and interesting techniques, including working with different-size needles, reversible fabric, knitting on the bias, and I-cord edging. Make a miniature cowl in class to learn these special techniques.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must know how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease.

Shawl Shapes—Explore Your Options 
Shawls are currently one of the most popular projects in the knitting world. They’re perfect for exploring new techniques or using just a few skeins of precious yarn for something lovely. In this class, you’ll examine ways to create different shapes, adding stitch pattern, and playing with unconventional shaping.
Worsted-weight yarn will be provided for sampling.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must know how to knit, purl, and increase.

Knitting Outside the Box—Bringing Inspiration to Fruition
In this class, we’ll talk about different forms of inspiration and different ways of thinking about knitting, then explore methods and theory to bring those ideas to reality. This is a great class if you’re interested in designing or just want to experiment with the vast possibilities knitting has to offer.
Experience level: Intermediate to expert. Must be comfortable with stitch patterns and be willing to experiment and play!

Classes by Norah Gaughan
Two-Sided Cables—Rock Both Sides of Your Knitting 
Cables are a fun way to add texture to any knitted project. Learn how to knit two different types of two-sided cables. The first looks great on both sides because it’s built of ribbing; the second has a different cable on each side.
Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Ability to read charts recommended.

Swatch Development—Create Your Own Pattern Stitches 
In this class, Norah will describe her process of coming up with new pattern stitches and discuss the process involved in designing the final project. Explore taking a pattern stitch and making it your own. Students who aren’t ready to alter pattern stitches or make up their own can focus on finding the perfect pattern stitch for their combination of yarn and silhouette.
Worsted-weight yarn will be provided
Experience level: Intermediate to expert. Must be able to read charts.

Make Your Own Patterned Yoke—Designing From The Top 
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? In this fun hands-on workshop, Norah will guide you through choosing from a variety of her texture and cable designs to knit your own cowl. Learn how to maneuver details such as sleeve length, body shape, and neck finishing following Norah’s “fill-in-the-blanks” template.
Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Intermediate to expert.

Choose Your Own Arrangement—Design a Cabled Hat
Design a cabled hat with ease. Choose from a variety of different cable charts designed for the class and learn how to complete your hat by following prewritten design templates for a beanie, slouchy hat, or beret. All three styles can be knitted seamlessly in the round or flat, then seamed.
Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Advanced beginners to expert.

Optional Thursday Intensive (Six-Hour) Class

A Skirt for All Seasons—Design a Custom-Fit “Pleated” Skirt (Ann Budd)
Knitted skirts are becoming wardrobe staples—and they’re a lot easier to knit than you might think (they require just three to four skeins of sock yarn)! Learn how to take proper waist and hip measurements and combine them with your gauge to create a “pleated” skirt with a perfect fit, no matter your size. You’ll leave with a personalized skirt pattern for your yarn and gauge.
Experience level: Intermediate to expert. Must be comfortable knitting in rounds, increasing, and have a sense of adventure.

Brioche Stitch—The Basics and Beyond (Bristol Ivy)
Brioche is an easy stitch that creates a lush, drapey, warm fabric. Learn the basic principles for working this exciting stitch pattern, increasing and decreasing, incorporating two colors, working in rounds, and a few complex decreases that really let your fabric shine. Yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and work in rounds.

Easy Designing—Cable Additions and Substitutions (Norah Gaughan)
Ever wished you knew how to add cables to a sweater pattern? The first step in designing is the urge to change patterns. Explore how to add cables to an existing pattern and how to substitute one cable for another while studying examples from hats and scarves to skirts and sweaters. Norah has devised a method to make switching up cables easier, but be prepared to swatch.
Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Intermediate to expert. Must be familiar with cables, reading charts, and accessory or garment shaping.


The following rates cover everything: three 3-hour classes with the necessary materials, a great swag bag, three nights’ lodging; all meals (including vegetarian and gluten-free options) from dinner on Thursday to brunch on Sunday, snacks and beverages throughout the weekend, as well as all taxes and gratuities.

Should you choose to arrive on Wednesday, the cost is not included. You’ll need to contact Cindy ( to book your room at the group rate price for Wednesday night.

Basic Package/Double Occupancy: $1075
Basic Package/Single Occupancy: $1395
Additional Three-Hour Class (space available): $60
Optional Thursday Six-Hour Intensive Class: $125 (includes lunch)

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Double Occupancy (2 Queen Beds): $1075
A security deposit of $359 is due upon registration; $358 is due November 30, 2016; the final $358 is due by February 28, 2017.
Should you need a roommate, you’ll be matched up with a new knitting buddy. If you have a roommate in mind, please specify the name on the registration form.

Single Occupancy (1 Queen Bed): $1395
A security deposit of $465 is due upon registration; $465 is due by November 30, 2016; the final $465 is due by February 28, 2017.

Optional All-Day Exclusive Six-Hour Intensive Class: $125 (includes lunch)
Payment for this class is due at time of registration.

Cancellation Policy

A $100 fee will be charged for cancellations before February 28, 2017.

No refund will be given after February 28, 2017; we will, however, send the fabulous swag bag to you after the event.


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