Though Lars Rains has decades of experience, he continually evolves his knitting and makes a point to learn something new with each project. His work has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Knit Edge, Chicago Knits, and Knitty.
He is known for his love of Lopi and is the author of the book Modern Lopi: One. (One of his designs from that book won the Grand Prize at the inaugural Independent Designers contest at the leading yarn industry association’s fashion show this year!)
Haven't renewed or joined yet? You can update your registration here. Early registration for those who paid their dues by December 31 starts Saturday, January 7 at 8 a.m. General registration starts Saturday, January 14 at 8 a.m.
Laura Ricketts has combined her professional background as a history teacher with her love of literature and textiles. Her design inspiration comes from a variety of sources including literature, a stint abroad in Mongolia, and the Sami knitting tradition.
As anyone who attended Laura's talk and/or class at the Guild last October will tell you -- Laura is a wonderfully engaging presenter with a great lens on history and craft.
Drawing on her knowledge of the Sami knitting tradition, Laura will be teaching a day-long class on "Jokkmokk Flowers"—A Sami Hand Garments Class. The class will focus specifically on the Swedish town of Jokkmokk, and one family’s interpretation of a common flower motif.
In addition to learning about the Sami culture, attendees will create a miniature mitten.
Alasdair Post-Quinn’s design work focuses specifically on double-knitting, a technique that creates a fabric with no wrong side. He is the author of Extreme Double-Knitting and continues to develop new techniques and push boundaries in double-knitting.
Whether you are wanting to try double knitting for the first time or take your double knitting to the next level, Alasdair has a class for you at Yarnover 2017!
In "Intro to Double Knitting," Alasdair will walk knitters through everything they need to know to create a simple (as far as double knitting is concerned!) swatch, and knitters will walk away confident to tackle a project.
In "Multi-Color Double Knitting," intermediate double knitters will be challenged to add a third or a fourth color to their double-knitting projects.
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.
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.