Knit for Fun Retreats 2019

September 19 to 22, 2019Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa
La Jolla, California

Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa
9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-964-6529

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Tucked away within 10 acres of lush, tranquil gardens the four-diamond Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa provides a flawless blend of luxury and comfort. When you’re not in class or otherwise consumed by Knit For Fun Retreat activities, relax by the heated saltwater pool and whirlpool with poolside cabanas, bask in the sunshine and gardens, or treat yourself to a massage, facial, nail service, or other services that feature primarily organic ingredients.

Instructors: Nancy Bush, Andrea Rangel, and Veera Välimäki

Nancy Bush
Nancy BushNancy Bush is an expert in both sock knitting and Estonian knitting techniques. She has authored five books, including Folk Socks, Folk Knitting in Estonia, and Knitted Lace of Estonia, as well as many articles on traditional knitting. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the owner of Wooly West online shop, leads knitting tours of Estonia, and teaches workshops throughout the United States and abroad.

Andrea Rangel
Andrea RangelAndrea Rangel is an experienced knitter, designer, and educator (she’s taught elementary, middle and high school) from Victoria, British Columbia. She’s the author of AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary and Rugged Knits, and her designs have been published in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People, Twist Collective, Interweave Knits, and Knit Scene, as well as independently. Andrea’s classes are clear and organized, with a strong focus on how students learn. Visit Andrea Rangel’s website for original patterns.

Veera Välimäki
Veera Välimäki lives and designs in a small village in Southern Finland. Her designs focus on simple and clean lines with small fresh details. She loves simple yet modern knits that are both easy to knit and easy to wear—year after year. Veera has two books published in Finland, along with five (5) volumes of Interpretations, co-authored with Joji Locatelli. Her work has been featured in magazines and books in Finland, Europe, and the U.S. Follow Veera on her blog, 100% Rain.

Retreat Class Offerings

(each class is three hours; choose one from each instructor)
Classes by Nancy Bush
Estonian Cast-Ons — Useful and Colorful Beginnings
The Estonians have many interesting ways to cast on for their knitting, each giving a unique effect. Students will learn several different ways to cast on, including variations of a decorative braided cast on and an outstanding, stretchy and bold cast on for socks, cuffs or even the edge of a sweater. Students will learn when to use each technique and what makes each one special.
Yarn will be provided in class.
Experience level: Must know how to cast on, knit, and purl.
Materials: Size U.S. 3 or 4 (3.25 or 3.75 mm) double-pointed needles.
Homework: None.

Nordic Color — Roositud, an Estonian Inlay Technique
Estonians use a special inlay technique for adding decorative color motifs to gloves and socks. Unlike embroidery, the technique is worked right into the knitting, row by row. Learn how to read Roositud charts and work this unique and colorful embellishment by knitting a sample in class.
Yarn will be provided in class.
Experience level: Must know how to cast on, knit, and purl, and be comfortable working with double-pointed needles.
Materials: Size U.S. 2 or 3 (2.5, 2.75, or 3.25 mm) double-point needles; general knitting notions; a metal board with magnets or similar device for reading and keeping track of charts.
Homework: None.

Knitting Estonian Lace — A 200-Year History
Estonia has a lace tradition spanning nearly 200 years. In this class, you’ll explore the stitch patterns and some of the history of lace knitting from Haapsalu. Through knitting a sampler, you’ll learn several ways that Estonian knitters create texture in their exquisite lace shawls.
Yarn will be provided in class.
Experience level: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, increase, and decrease.
Materials: Size U.S. 2 and 3 (2.5 or 2.75 and 3.25 mm) wood or bamboo needles (two double-point or a set of 10” single-point needles are best); stitch markers; a metal board with magnets or similar device for reading and keeping track of charts.
Homework: None.

Classes by Andrea Rangel
The Fine Art of Yarn Substitution — Change Can Be Good
Have you ever had trouble choosing the appropriate yarn for a pattern? In this class, you’ll be guided through the intricacies of fiber, yarn weight, and plies. You’ll learn how to decode yarn labels to match the perfect yarn to your project. You’ll get lots of hands-on experience examining Andrea’s extensive collection of swatches.
Experience level: Must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl.
Materials: Pen or pencil, notepaper, calculator.
Homework: None.

The Basics of Stranded Colorwork — Color Your World!
Two colors of yarn can be used to create an infinite variety of beautiful patterns in knitted fabrics. Take the plunge and learn to work stranded colorwork. Expert knitter, teacher, and designer Andrea Rangel will guide you through all the elements needed to make striking stranded patterns in your knitting. Learn to read color charts, manage two balls of yarn, catch floats, and create gorgeous smooth fabric while working a fun cowl pattern. You’ll also get hints on how to pick colors that shine together and which yarns will work best for your project.
Experience level: Must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl, and must be able to follow written instructions.
Materials: About 100 yards (92 meters) of a main color worsted weight yarn and about 50 yards (46 meters) of a contrasting color; 16” (40 cm) circular needles in size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm) and 7 (4.5 mm); stitch markers; tapestry needle; scissors.
Homework (strongly recommended): With main color and size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, CO 96 sts. Place marker for beginning of round and join, being careful not to twist stitches.
Round 1: *K2, p2; repeat from *.
Repeat Round 1 one more time, then knit 1 round even.

Increasing & Decreasing Master Class — Adding and Subtracting with Style
Dive into the intricacies of shaping knitted fabric. Practice a variety of increases and decreases and learn the pros and cons of each method. You’ll learn how to make your shaping lean left, right, or center, and why it matters. You’ll also learn how to use shaping to improve the fit of your sweaters. This class will deepen your understanding of knitting, and allow you to add beautiful detailed precision to your projects.
Experience level: Must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl.
Materials: About 100 yards (94 meters) of smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight yarn; needles in a size appropriate for your yarn (straight or circular); stitch markers.
Homework: None.

Classes by Veera Välimäki
Colorplay — Unleash Your Creativity
This class focuses on color in knitting—what to expect from certain colors, which colors to pair and which to begin with. You’ll learn basic color theory hands-on while knitting swatches. You’ll leave class full of inspiration and confidence!
Experience level: Must know how to cast on, knit, and purl.
Materials: Partial skeins of 3 to 6 colors of sport-weight to DK-weight yarn; any length circular needle in a size appropriate for your yarn.
Homework: None.

Stripes — Beyond the Basics
Learn how to add stripes to your knitting, how to best work them, and how to make stripes extra special with easy techniques. You’ll also learn what to expect from certain colors and which colors pair best, how to enhance stripes with simple stitch patterns, knitting jogless stripes in the round, working stripes with short-rows, and keeping the edges neat.
Experience level: Must know how to cast on, knit, and purl.
Materials: Partial skeins of sport-weight to DK-weight yarn in several colors; needles suitable for both knitting in rounds and rows in a size appropriate for your yarn; stitch marker.
Homework: None.

Round-Yoke Sweaters — A Knitter’s Canvas
This class is dedicated to the art of round-yoke sweaters. Through knitting a mini sample yoke, you’ll learn the basic construction and math, then explore different ways to add colorwork, lace, or other stitch patterns. The lovely look and wide-ranging design possibilities make a round-yoke sweater ideal for experimentation.
Experience level: Must know how to cast on, knit, and purl.
Materials: Partial skeins of 2 or 3 different colors of yarn; circular or double-pointed needles suitable for your yarn; stitch marker.
Homework: None.

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. Please wear leggings or yoga pants for ease of taking body measurements.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must be comfortable knitting in rounds, increasing, and have a sense of adventure.
Materials: Your choice of fingering, sport, DK, or worsted-weight yarn for a skirt (you’ll be notified how much yarn you’ll need based on your hip size prior to the class); appropriate 24” circular needles for your chosen yarn, plus needles one, two, and three sizes smaller (you may need to go down a needle size to achieve a good fabric); calculator; tape measure.
Homework: With your chosen yarn and needles, cast on 46 stitches and work in rounds for 3”; do not bind-off. Bring your swatch (on the needles) and yarn to class.

Brioche and Beyond (Andrea Rangel)
Brioche knitting creates a lofty, squishy, and reversible fabric. In this class, learn to work basic brioche and two-color brioche, along with increases, decreases, and finishing techniques. Following instructions for both Continental and British-style knitters, you’ll work a brioche sampler.
Experience level: Must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, increase, and decrease.
Materials: About 60 yards (55 meters) each of one light-colored and one dark-colored worsted-weight yarn; circular needles in a size appropriate for your yarn; tapestry needle.
Homework: None.

Shawl Shapes—So Many Options! (Veera Välimäki)
In this class, you’ll learn the most common shawl constructions and how to take your shawl knitting to a whole new level. In addition to basic shawl shapes—triangle, crescent, square, circular, etc.—you’ll learn how to add stitch patterns while increasing or decreasing to form the desired shape.
Experience level: Must know how to cast on, knit, and purl.
Materials: Partial skeins of 2 colors of fingering weight or sport-weight yarn; size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle in any length.
Homework: None.

Muhu Knitting Traditions—Color and Texture from a Small Estonian Island (Nancy Bush)
The knitting from Muhu Island, off the west coast of Estonia, has gone through many changes since knitting was first practiced there several centuries ago. Learn the evolution of knitting on Muhu and learn about the colorful, intricate braided and patterned cuffs of Muhu mittens and gloves, popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries, all while making a mitten, or mitt using unique techniques.
Note: This class requires an additional materials fee of $38 that will be invoiced separately once you’re confirmed in the class.
Experience level: Must know how to cast on, knit, and purl, and be comfortable working with double-pointed needles.
Materials: Set of five (5) size U.S. 1 or 2 (2.25 or 2.75 mm) double-pointed needles; general knitting notions; a metal board with magnets or similar device for reading and keeping track of charts is useful.
Materials fee: $38.00, which includes two full skeins and seven mini-skeins of Elemental Affects Shetland Fingering yarn.
Homework: None.

Knit Doctor

In addition to three 3-hour classes, you’ll be able to sign up for complimentary one-on-one sessions of 20 minutes each with the Knit Doctor (that’s me, Ann Budd) on a first-come, first-serve basis. I’ll help you with anything you want from taking measurements and choosing yarn to finding your place in a piece gone wrong and fixing mistakes. With more than 40 years’ knitting experience, I’ve seen (and corrected) almost everything.
To make an appointment, simply check the box on the registration form and fill in your ailment, if you know what it is at this point; otherwise fill in TBD (to be determined).