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Past Retreats 2019

August 8 to 11, 2019Mont Tremblant Hotel Pool
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

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Fairmont Tremblant
3045 Chemin de la Chapelle
Mont-Tremblant, QC, J8E 1E1
Canada

For our third Canadian retreat, we’re taking it up a notch and staying at the deluxe four-diamond Fairmont Tremblant Hotel, located about two hours northwest of Montreal in the picturesque mountain town of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. This luxurious hotel is located on the slopes of the Mont-Tremblant ski resort. You’ll find a spa, heated swimming pool, fitness center, world-class dining, and easy access to hiking trails on nearby ski slopes. Of course, you’ll also find lots of knitters and knitterly diversions.

For this exquisite retreat, we’re partnering with Robyn Grauer of Les Lainages du Petit Mouton in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, and Melissa Clulow and Lisa Di Fruscia of Espace Tricot in Montreal.

We’re also offering a four-day add-on package of additional attraction with your hosts, Ann and Cindy.

Instructors: Alexa Ludeman, Nancy Marchant, Julie Weisenberger

Alexa Ludeman
AlexaAlexa Ludeman lives in her hometown of Port Moody, Canada with her husband Gary and three kids: Hunter, Jones, and Bodhi. Along with Emily Wessel, Alexa is half of the talent behind Tin Can Knits, which focuses on modern seamless knit for the whole family. With a background in teaching and photography, Alexa brings a discerning eye and a creative flair to all she does. Be sure to check out her blog.

Nancy Marchant
Nancy MarchantNancy Marchant, a.k.a. the Queen Mother of Brioche, has studied the nuances of this European stitch for more than 20 years. She’s developed new and exciting stitch patterns and techniques for achieving beautiful brioche results. Nancy is the author of Knitting Brioche, Knitting Fresh Brioche, Leafy Brioche, and Tuck Stitches. She has currently been playing around with true brioche lace. Nancy lives in Amsterdam, yet finds the time to travel the world giving lessons and spreading brioche love. Learn more at the Brioche Stitch Website.

Julie Weisenberger
Julie WeeisenbergerJulie Weisenberger of Oakland, California, has developed and perfected a unique top-down, seamless method of sweater-knitting, which she calls the Cocoknits Method, as well as a line of tools that make the process of knitting easier and more beautiful. For the past decade, Julie has been teaching Cocoknits Method classes as well as classes on how to choose and wear flattering knitwear styles based on body proportions throughout the United States and in Europe. For more information, visit Cocoknits.

Retreat Class Offerings

(each class is three hours; choose one from each instructor)
The regular retreat classes will be scheduled during four class periods: Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon. You will be given three classes with regular registration.

Classes by Alexa Ludeman
DIY Hat—An Introduction to Knitwear Design
Learn all the basics of knitwear design while creating your own hat pattern. You’ll explore various construction methods, investigate decreases, and consider how these apply to working with lace, cable, or colorwork designs. This workshop is ideal for those wanting to explore design and pattern writing.
Experience level: Must know how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease, and be comfortable reading charts and knitting in the round in small circumferences.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: Any stitch dictionary that inspires you; yarn for a hat (about 200 yards of fingering weight or 175 yards of DK weight or 150 yards of worsted weight yarn) in one or more colors; needles appropriate for your yarn.

Ready, Aim, Shoot—Photographing Your Knitwear
The final step in any good knitting project is taking some fabulous photos and sharing your work with your friends and on Ravelry. In this class, you’ll learn some foolproof ways to take better pictures of your knitwear.
Experience level: All levels.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: A camera or cell phone that you know how to use; sample knitwear that you’d like to photograph.

Patchwork Squares—Techniques for a Patchwork Blanket
Want to use up some of that leftover yarn in your stash? Using the Tin Can Knits Vivid Blanket pattern, learn all the skills necessary to make a beautiful patchwork blanket, including the pinhole cast-on, short-rows, lace chart reading, blocking, and seaming. You’ll leave class ready to create your own square or rectangular patchwork piece.
Experience level: Must know how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease, and be comfortable knitting in rounds on a small number of stitches.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: Sock, DK, or worsted-weight yarn and needles (double-pointed, 16” circular, or long circular for the magic-loop method) to match (suggested sizes are 3.75, 4.5 or 5.5 mm).

Classes by Nancy Marchant
Tuck Into A Cowl—Design Your Own Textured Cowl
Tuck stitches are related to the very popular brioche stitches. In this class, you’ll create your own cushy textured stitch cowl using the yarns and colors that you like best. You’ll learn about tuck stitches and how to read a tuck/brioche chart. Then Nancy will guide you through selecting a stitch pattern from a stitchionary of 2-color tuck stitches and starting a cowl of your own. You’ll leave class with the beginning of your own designer cowl and a small stitch dictionary (created exclusively for this class by Nancy) to help you design even more cowls at home.
Experience level: Must know how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease; no brioche experience necessary.
Homework: You will use a variation of the long-tail cast-on for our cowl. Instead of using one yarn and its tail, use two colors of DK-weight yarn (one light and one dark). Tie the two yarns together leaving a 6” (15 cm) tail. Wrap the light color around your thumb and the dark color around your index finger, then work the long-tail cast-on, as usual, to loosely cast on 96 stitches onto a 16” (40 cm) size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle. Bring cast-on stitches, yarn, and needle to class.
Material to bring: For sample making: small amounts of two contrasting colors of DK-weight yarn; size US 4 (3.5 mm) double-pointed or circular needle.
For your cowl: At least 150 yards (140 meters) each of two contrasting colors of DK- or Aran-weight yarn; 16” (40 cm) circular needle in the size recommended by the ball band PLUS one size smaller and one size larger.

Grab Bag of Brioche Techniques—Explore the Possibilities
Learn to play with the design possibilities of the brioche stitch. We’ll start by experimenting with syncopated brioche, then move into brioche crossed stitches and adding a garter stitch motif and cables. You’ll leave with a sample of entirely new brioche stitch techniques.
Experience level: Must be comfortable working basic one-color brioche.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: Three to four colors of smooth (non-fuzzy) wool or cotton yarn in worsted weight; size U.S. 6 (4 mm) double-pointed or circular needles.

Lacing Up Brioche—Combine Brioche with Lace Patterns
Interested in learning a new lace technique? Brioche lace is relatively new with infinite possibilities yet to be explored. Learn to apply brioche knitting to normally knitted lace stitch patterns to create reversible lace with a different color on each side. Lots of samples will be on display and discussed as you practice techniques on a class sampler.
Experience level: Must be comfortable knitting two-color brioche, knitting lace, and reading lace charts.
Homework: Knit a two-color brioche swatch if you don’t have a sample of a project in two-color brioche.
Materials to bring: A sample of something that you have made in two-color brioche (or the swatch made for homework); two colors of smooth (non-fuzzy) wool or cotton yarn in worsted or DK weight; size U.S. 6 (4 mm) double-pointed or circular needles.

Class by Julie Weisenberger
Overview of the CocoKnits Method of Sweater Construction
During this overview of the Cocoknits method of knitting a seamless, top-down, set-in sleeve sweater, you’ll learn what English Tailoring is and why it creates such a great-fitting sweater when paired with set-in sleeves. Learn the KLL, KRL, PLL, and PRL methods of increasing and how to pick up and knit stitches flawlessly through a series of swatches. You’ll also learn how to use the Cocoknits Sweater Worksheet, which allows you to easily keep track of your increases on a seamless yoke. You should leave class ready to cast on an adult sweater from Julie’s book, The Cocoknits Sweater Workshop.
Note: This is an abbreviated overview of Julie’s 6-hour class titled Cocoknits Sweater Workshop. This will provide a welcome review for those who choose to take the 6-hour class as well.
Experience level: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, increase, decrease, and follow a written pattern, and must have knitted a few accessories and be familiar with basic finishing techniques.
Homework: Familiarize yourself with the KLL, KRL, PLL, and PRL increases by visiting the Cocoknits Channel at Youtube.com. If desired, use the long-tail method to cast on 12 stitches and bring your yarn and needles to class.
Materials to bring: A skein of worsted- or chunky-weight yarn in a light color; 30” or longer circular needle with a flexible cord in a size appropriate for your yarn (size U.S. 8 to 11 [5 to 8 mm] should work); 6 colored markers (red, green, orange, blue, pink, yellow); size U.S. 0 to 2 (2 to 2.75 mm) circular needle (in any length) or a double-pointed needle for picking up stitches.

Knit Doctor

In addition to three 3-hour classes, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one sessions of 20 minutes each with the Knit Doctor (that’s me, Ann Budd) on a first-come, first served basis. I’ll help you with anything that ails your knitting, from taking measurements and choosing yarn to finding your place in a piece gone wrong to fixing mistakes. With more than 40 years’ knitting experience, I’ve seen (and corrected) almost everything.

Optional Thursday Intensive (Six-Hour) Classes

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, and cast on during class. Please wear leggings or yoga pants for ease of taking body measurements.
Experience level: Must be comfortable knitting in rounds, increasing, and have a sense of adventure.
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.
Materials to bring: 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” or 32” (60 or 80 cm) circular needle for your chosen yarn, plus needles one, two, and three sizes smaller (you may need to go down in needle size to achieve a good fabric); calculator; tape measure.

Strange Brew—Design Your Own Yoke Sweater (Alexa Ludeman)
Design your own colorwork yoke following Tin Can Knits’ versatile recipe (see the free Anthology pattern). You’ll also learn about choosing a color palette, yarn dominance in Fair Isle knitting, and how to knit Fair Isle patterns with two hands. If you come with the body and sleeves of a sweater already complete, you can get knitting on your yoke design during the class; if not, we’ll get you started with charts and a swatch hat!
Experience level: Must know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and be comfortable reading written instructions.
Homework: Optional sleeves and body of a sweater using the Strange Brew pattern that will be emailed to you with the class schedule two months prior to the retreat.
Materials to bring: An assortment of colors of yarn and appropriate needles for optional sweater or hat project to swatch in class.

Brioche and Beyond (Nancy Marchant)
Does the brioche stitch still confuse you? In this class, you’ll learn to “bark” (brioche knit) and “burp” (brioche purl) this luscious stitch into a world of unending stitch possibilities from the “queen of brioche,” Nancy Marchant. After covering the basics of one-color brioche, you’ll learn how to work with two colors, use designer increases and decreases, and ways to create new patterns. You’ll leave class ready to design your own brioche knitted projects.
Experience level: Must know how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: Three to four colors of smooth (non-fuzzy) wool or cotton yarn in worsted weight; size U.S. 6 (4 mm) double-pointed or circular needles.

Cocoknits Sweater Workshop (Julie Weisenberger)
Learn the Cocoknits method of seamless, top-down, set-in sleeve sweater construction by knitting a mini cardigan, or most of it, in a single day. You’ll experience first-hand how the Cocoknits method works and you’ll leave class ready to cast on an adult sweater from Julie’s popular book, The Cocoknits Sweater Workshop. The pattern you get in class includes instructions for finishing the sweater from the armholes down after class (if you don’t get to it) and includes an explanation for the Cocoknits Sweater Worksheet, which allows you to easily keep track of your increases on a seamless yoke.
Note: This is an expansion of the 3-hour class that Julie will teach during the regular retreat.
Experience level: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, increase, decrease, and follow a written pattern, and must have knitted a few accessories and be familiar with basic finishing techniques.
Homework: Familiarize yourself with the KLL, KRL, PLL, and PRL increases by visiting the Cocoknits Channel at Youtube.com.
Materials to bring: 300–400 yards of worsted- or chunky-weight yarn in a light color; 30” or longer circular needle with a flexible cord in a size appropriate for your yarn (size U.S. 8 to 11 [5 to 8 mm] should work); 6 colored markers (red, green, orange, blue, pink, yellow); size U.S. 0 to 2 (2 to 2.75 mm) circular needle in any length or a double-pointed needle for picking up stitches.

Friday Night Fun

We’re delighted to announce that podcasters Melissa Clulow and Lisa Di Fruscia, co-owners of Espace Tricot will join us for some special fun Friday night. If you’re a podcast junkie, you’ve likely heard of Melissa and Lisa. If not, you’re in for a treat! This special evening is included in your registration package.

Lisa and Melissa Espace Tricot Exterior

When Melissa Clulow first picked up a set of knitting needles in 2008 an enduring passion was born. Meanwhile, Lisa Di Fruscia had turned to knitting while her newborn son slept. The two newly minted yarn lovers met at a local knit night, became fast friends, and, over coffee and stockinette, daydreamed about the ideal knit shop. They opened Espace Tricot two years later in their hometown of Montreal.