Park City – Retreats 2016

Knit for Fun
Past Retreats 2016

April 28 to May 1, 2016
Park City, Utah

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Park City UT Hotel
Park City Marriott
1895 Sidewinder Drive
Park City, Utah 84060

Instructors: Ann Budd and Nancy Bush

Ann Budd
In 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, and many of the Style series. I live in Boulder, Colorado, and teach workshops across North America and beyond.

Nancy Bush
An expert in Estonian knitting techniques, Nancy Bush has authored five books, including Folk Socks, Folk Knitting in Estonia, and Knitted Lace of Estonia, as well as many articles on traditional knitting. Nancy lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, is owner of the online shop, and teaches workshops throughout the United States and abroad. Learn more on her site,

Susanna IC – Extra-Special Guest Teacher
I’m beyond excited to announce that Susanna IC has agreed to join us and teach classes on combining cables and lace in shawls and shawl shapes! Susanna picked up needles 10 years ago and has become a veritable shawl expert. She’s the talent behind the short-row crescent shawls that débuted in 2009. Her outstanding designs have been published by such notables as Twist Collective, Brooklyn Tweed Wool People, Ply Magazine, Knitcircus, and Craftsy. Learn more about Susanna at her site ArtQualia Designs.

Please note that Susanna’s classes are not listed on the registration form. Simply fill out the form as required. We’ll then contact you privately by email to give you the option to substitute one of Susanna’s classes in the three-day package, at no extra cost, of course!

Retreat Class Offerings

Each class is three hours; choose a total of three classes—two from one instructor and one from the other 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.

Fixing Mistakes—Be the Boss of Your Knitting:
In this class, we’ll examine how the basic stitches look in a piece of knitting, and practice fixing common mistakes, 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.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert.

Flexible Cast-Ons for Top-Down Socks; Flexible Bind-Offs for Toe-Up Socks—A Must for Comfortable Socks
No sock fits well if the cuff edge is too tight. In this class, you’ll learn a variety of cast-ons and bind-offs that are ideal for sock cuffs, whether you’re working from the top down or from the toe up.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert.

Conquering Kitchener Stitch—Make Peace With A Misunderstood Technique
Meet Kitchener stitch head on and overcome your fear, whether it’s used on stockinette stitch, reverse stockinette stitch, garter stitch, or ribbing. Through working samples and learning tips, you’ll laugh in the face of this too-often dreaded grafting stitch.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert.
Homework required.

Classes by Nancy Bush
Knitting Estonian Lace—A Primer on Estonian Texture Stitches
Estonia has a lace tradition spanning nearly 200 years. In this class, you’ll learn some of the traditional lace patterns developed in Haapsalu, the center of Estonian lace knitting, and some of the unique ways Estonian knitters create texture in lace.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert; must be familiar with knitting lace.

Nupp Secrets—Having a Successful Nupp Experience
There’s a fascination surrounding the Estonian lace technique of the nupp (“bud” or “button,” in Estonian). In this class, you’ll learn how to make perfect nupps, how to correct problems and troubleshoot, as well as some very unique ways to use them. You’ll leave this class in love with nupps.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert.

Nordic Color—Roositud, an Estonian Inlay Technique
Estonians use a special inlay technique for decorating gloves and socks that’s similar to embroidery, but worked right into the knitting. By knitting a sample, you’ll learn how to read the charts and work this unique and colorful embellishment.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert.

Estonian Traveling Stitches—Make Your Stitches Lean, Merge, and Overlap
In this class, we’ll take a look at the traveling and textured stitches used in both traditional and modern Estonian knitted garments. You’ll learn how Estonian knitters make their stitches move, or travel, and how the stitches combine into enticing patterns. We’ll also discuss the many applications for these techniques.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert.

Optional Thursday Intensive (Six-Hour) Class

Steeks and Zippers (Ann Budd)
Steeks are essential for truly even stitches in stranded colorwork projects that will be cut open for armhole, front, and neck openings. In this class, you’ll make a coffee-cup warmer utilizing steek stitches that will be cut open, then finished with a zipper.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert; must be comfortable knitting in rounds and have a sense of adventure.

Making an Estonian Lace Sampler (Nancy Bush)
In Estonian lace-knitting tradition, patterns were recorded and preserved in long samplers or collections of small samples. In this class, we’ll study this tradition while knitting a sampler of Estonian lace patterns. Please note that some of this material will be repeated in Knitting Estonian Lace during the regular retreat.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert; must be familiar with knitting lace.


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