Retreats 2020 – Savannah

Knit For Fun RetreatDe Soto Hotel
Savannah 2020

April 23 to 26, 2020
Savannah, Georgia

The DeSoto Savannah
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401

Closed due to COVID-19 virus. Registration will reopen once new dates are determined.

Join Ann Budd and Cindy Hallam for our second Knit for Fun Retreat in historic Savannah, Georgia!

This year, we’ll enjoy the elegant Southern hospitality of The DeSoto which overlooks Madison Square in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District.

Check-in for the retreat will begin Thursday, April 23, followed by a welcome dinner. Classes will be offered Friday and Saturday, and the retreat will conclude with a farewell breakfast Sunday, April 26. As a departure from the normal Knit For Fun Retreat schedule, you’ll have more time in the evenings to explore the historic district, including a night to eat at one of the local restaurants.

As with all Knit for Fun Retreats, you’ll get one three-hour class with each of three first-class teachers, as well as lots of fun and surprises!

For even more fun, sign up for the four-day add-on package of additional Savannah attractions with your hosts Ann and Cindy.

Instructors: Ann Budd, Norah Gaughan, and Elizabeth Johnston

Ann Budd
Ann BuddIn addition to being a fun-loving knitaholic, Ann worked for Interweave Press for more than 20 years and am now a freelance knitting editor, author, teacher, and designer. She has authored more than a dozen books, including The Knitter’s Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks, Sock Knitting Master Class, New Directions in Sock Knitting, and many of Interweave’s Style series books. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado, and teach workshops across North America and beyond. You can follow Ann’s blog and my Ravelry page Budd’s Buds.

Norah Gaughan
Norah GaughanThe author of Knitting Nature and Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook, Norah’s work has been seen in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and countless other publications. After nine years 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. Recent ventures include being a member of the Brooklyn Tweed design team along with designing collections for The Fibre Company, Quince & CO (Framework) and Wool Studio IV for Interweave. 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. Learn more on Norah’s website and Norah’s Ravelry page.

Elizabeth Johnston
Elizabeth Johnston Shetland HandspunA Shetland spinner, weaver, and knitter, Elizabeth Johnston learned to knit from her mother, aunt, and grandmother before she learned to read and write. But she learned to purl from her father! Using age-old spinning and knitting skills handed down through generations, Elizabeth turns Shetland fleece into beautiful soft yarns, and knitted Fair Isle and lace items. She demonstrates spinning and knitting and sells her work through her business Shetland Handspun. She is also a tutor and program co-coordinator for “Hoswick Wool Week”, part of the internationally popular Shetland Wool Week. Elizabeth is the author of two chapters in Shetland Textiles 800 BC to the Present and co-author of The Warp Weighted Loom with friends from Iceland and Norway. You can find Elizabeth at her blog, Shetland Handspun.

Retreat Class Offerings

Each class is three hours; choose one from each instructor.

Classes by Ann Budd
Intro to Sweater Design—Make Your Own Choices
Knitwear designers use gauge and body measurements to create the perfect fit in a sweater, hat, or other knitted piece. In this class, you’ll learn how to transform body measurements into a sweater. You’ll learn why patterns are written the way they are, as well as the magical formulas that will help you design your own garments or adjust existing ones with ease! No more puzzling over how to increase or decrease evenly in a single row or gradually over many rows—you’ll have the answers in minutes. You’ll also learn tips and trick that simplify the knitting and finishing process.
Experience level: Must know how to knit and purl; experience knitting a sweater is a bonus.
Materials to bring: Pen or pencil and paper for taking notes; calculator.
Homework: None.

Turning Oops Into Ahhs—Fixing Knitting Mistakes
In this class, you’ll learn how to fix common mistakes in your knitting, including ripping out, picking up dropped stitches (even edge stitches!), and reversing the direction of a cable that was turned several rows below. You’ll also practice how to correct a snag that pulls the stitches tight. If time permits, you’ll also learn how to fix a snag that breaks the yarn.
Homework is required (see below).
Experience level: Must know how to knit, purl, and turn a cable. A sense of adventure is helpful.
Materials to bring: Your homework swatch (see below); cable needle; crochet hook.
Using a partial ball of your choice of yarn (tightly twisted worsted-weight wool or wool blend yarn in a solid light color is recommended) and appropriate needles, CO 18 sts.
Row 1 and 3: (RS) K4, p2, k6, p2, k4.
Rows 2 and 4: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Row 5: (RS) K4, p2, slide 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, k3, k3 from cable needle, p2, k4.
Rows 6 and 8: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Rows 7 and 9: (RS) K4, p2, k6, p2, k4.
Row 10: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Rep Rows 1–10 once more (20 rows total). Place sts on a holder. Do not cut yarn.

Happy Feet—Custom Socks at Any Gauge
Want to make socks that fit perfectly, no matter what yarn or needles or stitch pattern you use? This workshop will teach you how to measure your foot, knit a swatch, and devise a standard flap-and-gusset sock pattern for any size foot and any gauge of knitting. You’ll also learn how to pick up stitches along gussets without forming holes.
Experience level: Must be comfortable knitting small circumferences in the round; experience with knitting socks helpful but not necessary.
Materials: Tape measure; calculator; yarn of your choice (fingering, sock-, sport-, DK-, or worsted-weight) and appropriate needles (choose between double-pointed, 9” circular, two circulars, or the “magic loop” method); removable stitch markers; ring stitch markers.
Homework: None.

Classes by Norah Gaughan
Knitting Two-Sides Cables—Rock Both Sides of Your Knitting
In this class, you’ll learn how to knit two different two-sided cables. The first looks great on both sides of the fabric because it’s built of ribbing; the second features a different cable pattern on each side of the fabric. First-time cable knitters are welcome, as well as long-time cable enthusiasts. You’ll sure to find inspiration in two-sided twists!
Experience level: Must know how to knit and purl; ability to read a chart is recommended.
Materials to bring: One partial skein of light-colored DK- or worsted-weight wool yarn; needles in size appropriate for your yarn; cable needle.
Homework: None.

Twisted Stitches—Twist and Shout with Glee
Norah will show you why she loves twisted stitches while she teaches her favorite method for knitting right twists and left twists (they’re not the same as 1/1 cables). You’ll learn to make super-easy mini cables, then dive deeper into just how much you can do with the diagonal lines made by twisted stitches. Combination knitters are more than welcome—Norah can make twisted stitches easy for you, too!
Experience level: Must know how to knit and purl.
Materials to bring: One partial skein of light-colored DK- or worsted-weight wool yarn; needles in size appropriate for your yarn.
Homework: None.

Knitting with Linen—Love in the Making
Learn to love linen. It’s a great fiber to wear, but there are a few tricks for knitting with it. This class will focus on variants of dropped stitches, extended stitches, and modern bold lace that show linen to its best advantage. Washing, blocking, and the importance of swatches are key topics as well. All of the information in this class relates to Norah’s book Framework, published by Quince & Co.
Experience level: Must know how to knit and purl.
Materials to bring: One skein each of Quince & Co Sparrow (100% organic linen; fingering weight) and Quince & Co Kestral (100% organic linen; heavy worsted weight) or similar linen yarns; needles to match yarns; OPTIONAL: the book Framework by Norah Gaughan (published by Quince & Co).
Homework: None.

Classes by Elizabeth Johnston
Shetland Lace Tips & Tricks—Become Your Own Master
Shetland Lace knitting makes use of a variety of motifs that range from simple to complex. In this class, Elizabeth will discuss a variety of motifs and when to use them, optimum yarns, and seamless construction. You’ll choose from two scarf patterns (one suitable for beginners; one more advanced) and learn tricks used by Shetlanders to improve your knitting skills and make lace knitting fun.
Experience level: Must be able to knit and purl and must be familiar with reading charts; no prior lace experience is necessary.
Materials to bring: Size 3.0 mm circular, straight, or double-pointed needles.
Homework: None.

Steeking—Making the Cut!
Through samples, you’ll set up and knit two different steeks to understand how they are placed in different parts of a garment. After cutting the steeks, you will pick and knit stitches along the edge for your choice of sleeves, front facings necklines, or blanket edgings, then finish off the steek beautifully on the inside of the work. Learn tips along the way to take the fear out of steeking. Homework is required (see below).
Experience level: Must be able to knit with two colors in the round.
Materials to bring: Homework swatch on needles; two balls of fingering or sport-weight wool yarn (such as Jamieson & Smith Jumper Weight, Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift, Harrisville Shetland, or Elemental Affects fingering or sport weight); three size 3.0 mm double-pointed needles; sharp scissors; tapestry needle.
Homework: With size 3.0 mm needles and one of your chosen colors, cast on 42 stitches. Work in k2, p2 ribbing (in rows) for 4 rows. Do not bind off stitches and do not cut the yarn.

Fair Isle Cuffs, Ribs, and Trims—More is More
Ribbing enhances a design and can add an elegant finishing touch to a garment. This class will investigate a variety of colored rib patterns that are typically used by Shetland knitters, including colored K2, P2 rib, Fair Isle patterned rib and double fabric rib. Use these ribs for cuffs, welts, necklines, facings, pockets, patches, and whatever comes to mind. Once the basics are mastered, the possibilities are endless.
Homework is required (see below).
Experience level: Must be able to knit and purl and must be familiar with reading charts and working two-color stranded colorwork.
Materials to bring: Homework samples, two (2) balls of wool yarn in contrasting colors of jumper weight or fingering weight yarns (such as Jamieson & Smith jumper weight, Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift, Harrisville Shetland, Elemental Affects or equivalent wool yarn) and be prepared to share—a selection Jamieson & Smith yarns will be available for you to use for Fair Isle patterning; six (6) size 3.0 mm double-pointed needles; tapestry needle.
Homework: Knit the following three (3) samples, each in a single color, with size 3.0 mm double-pointed needles (only a small amount of yarn is needed for each sample so you can work two samples from the same ball). Do not cut the yarn and leave the stitches on the needles for each sample.
Work two (2) samples as follows: Cast on 48 stitches. Join for working in rounds, being careful not to twist stitches. Work in k2, p2 ribbing for 1 round.
Work one (1) sample as follows: With a light color, use the crochet chain method to provisionally cast on 27 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch (knit right-side rows; purl wrong-side rows) for 7 rows. Knit 1 wrong-side row to form a garter ridge on the right side of the fabric. Knit 1 right-side row.

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 and are easier to fit than a sweater)! Learn how to take proper waist and high-hip measurements and combine them with your gauge to create a “pleated” skirt similar to Ann Budd’s “Putting On The Pleats”, with a perfect fit, no matter your size. You’ll leave with a personalized skirt pattern for your yarn and gauge. Homework is required.
Experience level: Must be comfortable knitting in rounds and increasing.
Materials to bring: Your choice of fingering, sport, DK, or worsted-weight yarn for a skirt (you’ll be notified prior to class how much you’ll need based on your high-hip circumference); appropriate 24” circular needles for your chosen yarn, plus needles at least one and two sizes smaller (you may need to go down a needle size to achieve a good fabric); calculator; tape measure; homework swatch.
Homework: With your chosen yarn and needles, cast on 46 stitches and work in rounds for at least 3”; do not bind off. Bring your swatch (on the needles) and yarn to class. Note: If you think the fabric produced is too loose, knit another swatch with smaller needles. Bring both swatches to class.

Make It Your Own—A Patterned Yoke (Norah Gaughan)
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? Join designer Norah Gaughan in this fun hands-on workshop. Begin by choosing from the variety of textures or cables Norah has designed, and practice on a cowl. Learn how to easily maneuver details such as sleeve length, body shape, and neck finishes to suit your own tastes with Norah’s “fill in the blanks” template. Even the yarn weight is up to you.
Experience level: Must know how to knit and purl and work increases.
Materials to bring: Partial skein of DK, worsted, or aran-weight yarn; needles to go with your chosen yarn in 16″ and 24” (40 and 60 cm) lengths.
Homework: None.

Shetland Lace Shawls (Elizabeth Johnston)
In this class, Elizabeth will lead you in an investigation of the elements of shawl construction, lace edges, picking up, knitting on, grafting (Kitchener stitch), finishing, and blocking. You’ll choose from a selection of patterns and knit your own sample-size Shetland lace shawl to put these techniques into practice, including the traditional method of working each section and then grafting the sections together. Armed with these skills, you’ll leave class ready to knit any size of Shetland shawl.
Homework is required (see below).
Experience level: Must be able to knit and purl and must be familiar with reading charts.
Materials to bring: Homework swatch; two (2) 25-gram balls of Shetland laceweight yarn (such as Jamieson & Smith Lace Weight or Jamiesons of Shetland Ultra); size 3.0 mm circular, straight, or double-pointed needles; tapestry needle.
Homework: Homework, which will consist of a chart and instructions to knit the lace edge for the sample-size shawl, will be sent out prior to the retreat.


The following rates cover the following: three 3-hour classes (one with each instructor); a great swag bag; three nights’ lodging; three breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners; and all taxes and gratuities.

Basic Package/Double Occupancy: $1,515
Basic Package/Single Occupancy: $1,959

Additional Three-Hour Class (space-available basis): $100
Optional Thursday Six-Hour Intensive Class: $200 (includes lunch)
Payment for this class is due at time of registration.


Double Occupancy (2 Queen Beds): $1,515
A security deposit of $505 is due upon registration; $505 is due November 1, 2019; the final $505 is due by January 31, 2019.

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): $1,959
A security deposit of $653 is due upon registration; $653 is due November 1, 2019; the final $653 is due by January 31, 2019.

Please note that hotel accommodations for the night preceding this optional class are not covered in the fee. You’ll need to contact the hotel directly to get the group-rate price for this extra night.

Optional Extra Days

The DeSoto has offered to honor the group room rate for up to three (3) nights prior to the event and up to three (3) nights after the event. This is a great opportunity to stay awhile and explore the area. Please email Cindy at if you’d like to add some days to your stay.

Cancellation Policy

A $150 fee will be charged for cancellations before January 31, 2019.
No refund will be given after February 1, 2019; we will, however, send the fabulous swag bag to you after the event.


Contact Cindy at if you have questions or concerns.

Add-On Package

April 26 – 29

You’ll likely have so much fun at the retreat that you won’t want it to end. And it doesn’t have to…at least not on Sunday. Join your KFF hosts Ann Budd and Cindy Hallam for a few extra intimate days to explore some of the sights and special treats that Savannah has to offer. We’ll stay put at the DeSoto Hotel while enjoying four extra days of adventure.

The optional add-on package includes hotel and the following excursions:

Sunday, April 2: Old Savannah Tours: On/Off Trolley tickets to use on your own from Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 27: Tour of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, South Carolina, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This tour will include a nature tram tour. Transportation to the Plantation is included. This will include a picnic lunch at the Plantation.
Tuesday, April 28: Shopping, Sipping and Tasting Tour on Broughton Street. Visit locally owned shops featuring textiles, jewelry, and accessories, and sample bath and body products, wines, cheeses, chocolate, honey, etc. Meet at Telfair Square at 10:30 a.m. for this walking tour, which includes light food and alcohol. Tour ends at about 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 29:  A free day to explore Savannah. Join us for a Farewell Cocktail hour- meet up for one last time with your knitting friends (cash bar).

Cost of Add-on

The cost for the four-day package includes lodging, excursions, tickets, and transportation.

Double Occupancy: $1,068
Single Occupancy: $1,599

Add-on Registration

Through January 1, 2020, you can use your PayPal Account to make a deposit of one-third (⅓) of the registration total. At payment, you’ll be prompted to log in or create a PayPal account. Subsequent payment of one-third (⅓) of the total will be collected monthly for two (2) more months for a total of three (3) payments. Once the final payment is made the Paypal contract will terminate.

Cancellation Policy for Add-On Days

A $150 fee will be charged for cancellations before January 1, 2020. No refund will be given after January 1, 2020.


Contact Cindy at if you have questions about the add-on package.