Deborah Newton, a Providence, Rhode Island-based knitwear designer, has worked in the knitwear design world for over 25 years. Her numerous designs have been sold to major yarn companies, popular magazines and, of course, are published in full on her Ravelry Designer page.
Deborah is also the author of books including Designing Knitwear, and Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters. Her most recent book is Good Measure: Knit a Perfect Fit Every Time.
Deborah will be teaching two classes at Yarnover 2017: "Scandinavian Design" and "Transforming Cables."
The first class draws on her Scandinavian heritage and will cover both design and technical tips of Scandinavian patterns. In Transforming Cables, students will learn to transform traditional cables into unique one-of- a-kind cables.
Recent Minnesota Knitters' Guild speaker and frequent Yarnover teacher Lucy Neatby is known for her love of color and unique techniques. A knitter since she was 17, a career in the British Merchant Navy allowed her ample time at sea to grow into a self-described fiberholic.
In addition to designing, Lucy is also the author of books and ebooks such as Cool Socks Warm Feet, Cool Knitters Finish in Style, and A Little Book of Big Holes for Hand Knitters. You can learn more about Lucy on her website. Her designs can also be found on Ravelry.
At Yarnover Weekend 2017 Lucy will teach "Bubbles Scarf Double Knit Techniques," an introduction to two-colour, negative/positive double layer knitting, to cover all the techniques used in her fun Bubbles Scarf pattern; and "Almost Saintly Knitting," an exploration intentional holes to lend a variety of effects to one's knitting.
Learn more about Lucy's classes and the other offerings of the weekend in the Yarnover brochure, and pay your membership dues to be able to register as soon as possible (January 7 at 8 a.m. for those who paid before December 31, and January 14 at 8 a.m. for those who paid after the New Year.)
Joan McGowan-Michael is a knitter and teacher focusing on a feminine and romantic style for women of all shapes and sizes. A self-descirbed "deliciously curvy" knitter, Joan's designs are intended to provide comfortable and flattering designs.
Her work has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knitting Magazine among other publications. She also has a shop on her website that sells shawl pins, yarns, tools, notions, books, patterns and kits.
Joan will teach two classes at Yarnover 2017: "Konquering Krista" and "Vintage Knitting."
The Krista Tee is the perfect starter project for those looking to venture into lace and/or garment knitting. Joan will teach the ins and outs of making and fitting this very lovely top that will add a special feminine touch to your wardrobe.
In her Vintage Knitting class, Joan will talk about the history of knitting and fashion from the early 20th century to present day. Students will work on a mini vintage sweater and learn some techniques from the past.
Patty Lyons is a nationally known knitting teacher, writer, designer, and technique expert. She specializes in sweater design and enjoys sharing her love of gauge and blocking techniques. She was also the creator and studio director of Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City for 5 years.
Her work has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, and Knit Style among others. She is also known for the advice she gives in her knitting advice column, Patty’s Purls of Wisdom.
At Yarnover Weekend 2017, Patty will teach "Build a Better Fabric: Combination Knitting" and "If You Can Draw it, You Can Design It: From Graph, to Math, to Sweater!"
If you struggle with tension, Patty may have a remedy in combination knitting. A combination knitter works through the back loop to knit, and the front loop to purl. It can be a fast and easy way to knit, but simple adjustments must be made to follow patterns.
In the afternoon, let your imagination run wild with Patty's design class. Learn how to design and knit any shape, no matter how complex, as Patty takes you through her five steps of design.
June Hemmons Hiatt first learned to knit as a child, and when she picked it up again as an adult she was disappointed in the lack of knitting technique literature. After completing a History degree at UC Berkeley, June was searching for a career that would allow her to stay at home with her son. She combined her history background with her excellent writing skills and eight years later she published The Principles of Knitting, often considered the definitive book on knitting technique.
You can learn more about June and purchase The Principles of Knitting and knitting belts on her website.
In addition to being a teacher at Yarnover Weekend 2017, June will be the keynote speaker at the Meet the Teachers Dinner on Friday. Her keynote talk will be “Reviving the Knitting Belt.”
Knitting belts support one needle and free up the right hand to manage the yarn. Professional knitters used belts for hundreds of years but with the introduction of the knitting machine, belt use has nearly disappeared. In addition to the history of the belt, June will discuss her journey to introduce the belt to modern knitters.
June will demonstrate and sell knitting belts in the vendor market Saturday morning, and will offer a class called "Stitch Gauge" that afternoon. (Serious knitters take note, as June considers the chapter on gauge to be the most important in The Principles of Knitting!)
This hands-on class is for knitters who are not entirely convinced of the importance of gauge, or who faithfully do a gauge swatch only to be disappointed in their garments; it is for designers who want to write more accurate patterns, and for those who want a new and better approach to teaching it. The class is suitable for knitters of any skill level but could be challenging for beginners. The Yarnover 2017 brochure contains more details on this class and more. You can find it here.
Posted in News by Kathy Lewinski on Dec 15th, 2016
Rhinebeck may have its fall sweaters, but at Yarnover we see so many beautiful spring shawls. This year we're hoping to start a tradition of our own with our inaugural Yarnover Shawl Contest.
Wear a shawl you knit to the Meet The Teachers Dinner on Friday, April 21st and we will photograph it during the social hour before dinner. We will have a slide show of all the shawls during dinner and everyone will get to vote for their favorite.
The winning shawl, by popular vote, will win a fabulous Lace Lovers Kit from Knit Picks containing a Knitcellaneous Scroll Shawl Stick, a set of Blocking Wires, a set of Aromatic Cedar Blocks, a set of Metal Stitch Markers, a Lace Chart Mug, a Kookaburra Delicate Wool Wash, and a pair of Lace Darning Needles.
In the meantime, feel free to share your works in progress via social media using the hashtag #YarnoverShawl. We can't wait to see what you all create!
Get the most out of your love of knitting! Membership benefits include pre-registration for Yarnover, a subscription to our quarterly Cable Gram, organized public service projects and camaraderie with fellow knitters. Annual dues are $30.