the 35th Annual Minnesota Knit Together

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Saturday April 30, 2022
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth
3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, Minnesota 55441

Friday, April 29

Due to Covid concerns the Yarnover Dinner has been canceled.

Sunday, May 1

Monthly Minnesota Knitters’ Guild (MKG) meeting

The in-person MKG meeting has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule a virtual talk.

Saturday, April 30

Yarnover Classes 

8:00am  – Registration opens

9:00am–12:00pm –  Morning Classes

12:00–2:00pm – Lunch included with all three-hour or all-day classes

2:00 –5:00pm  – Afternoon Classes; Continuation of All Day Classes

Cost: $180 for full day or $90 for half day classes for members.

$200 for full day or $100 for half day classes for nonmembers.

Saturday, April 30

Vendor Marketplace

8:00am – 5:30pm – Free

To help with social distancing, we will be requiring free, timed-entry tickets for this year’s Marketplace. Attendees will also need to provide proof of vaccination.

These tickets will be available on our website closer to Yarnover. 

If you are taking a class, you will not need a ticket. 

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Yarnover Shawl Contest

The Yarnover Shawl Contest is going virtual. Stay tuned for details!

Note: We consider a shawl anything you wear over your shoulders, so capes, capelets, ponchos and shawlettes are also welcome.

Yarnover Registration Information

Registration for classes can be paid by credit card or PayPal only. Please note some classes may have homework and/or a materials fee, payable to the Yarnover instructor at the beginning of the class.

Registration for current MKG members starts February 5, 2022 at 8:00 AM. Classes will be assigned on a first come–first served basis.

General registration is open from February 12, 2022 at 8:00 AM until April 15, 2022, with classes assigned on a first come-first served basis for all remaining open spaces. We will not accept walk- in registrations this year.

Refund for a cancellation on or before February 20, 2022 is 75%; after February 21st and on or before April 3rd is 50%; no refunds on or after April 4, 2022. There is no refund if you do not comply with the Covid Policy. 

You may add a class via the website; however, any class change or cancellations must be made by contacting Becky Huerta at [email protected] or 763-535-2918.

Registration questions: contact Becky Huerta at 763-535-2918 or [email protected] Other questions: contact Janese Evans at 612-991-1980 or [email protected] Emails and phone calls will be answered within 48 hours.

COVID Policy

The Minnesota Knitters’ Guild requires all students, instructors, dinner attendees, marketplace attendees, and volunteers at Yarnover 2022 to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask.

As currently defined by the CDC:

“…people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”

All parties will be required to provide a proof of vaccination by April 15, 2022. The proof must include the name of the person vaccinated, type of vaccine and date of the last dose administered. Proof of vaccination can be uploaded here.   All parties will be required to show a photo ID that matches the name on the vaccine record. Self-reported vaccination records not verified by a third-party health care provider will not be accepted.

A copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card must be uploaded to complete your Yarnover 2022 registration. We will view your photo ID when you check-in at the Yarnover Registration desk on Friday, April 29 or on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

No refund will be given if you are unable to comply with this policy.

Lunch Information

Lunch is provided as a courtesy for anyone taking a class and is not part of the class registration fee.

We will be able to accommodate some dietary restrictions. Select an option during the Yarnover registration process. If you choose not to have the lunch provided, we will not be able to reimburse you.

Yarnover 2022 Committee

Janese Evans
Anna Turk
Becky Huerta
Caitlin Maier
Diane Mountford

If you encounter any of these volunteers during Yarnover, please take time to express your appreciation for their time and talents.

Make a weekend of it!

Book a room at the Crowne Plaza at our group rate here.

Or call 1-877-270-1393 to make reservations by phone by asking for the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild Room Block or group code Z91.

Yarnover 2022 Speakers

Alissa Barton

Knitting Fairy Original Designs — Alissa’s more than 30 years of teaching experience make the “Knitting Fairy” the go to person to learn all of the tips and tricks for everything from cast on to bind off... From Accessories to Sweaters. Nothing thrills Alissa more than finding a new technique or stitch. One of the original instructors for DFW Fiber Fest, Alissa is considered a “secret weapon” by many in the fiber community who know that they can rely on her to share her knowledge and skills across multiple crafts at a moment’s notice. Her Knitting Fairy patterns have been published in a variety of magazines and many are available on Ravelry.

Alissa has taught classes at guilds, workshops, retreats and stores all around the US since 1990.

You can find her on Ravelry, Facebook and Twitter as KnittingFairy and as TheKnittingFairy on Instagram.

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Michelle Lee Bernstein

Michele, PDXKnitterati, designs and teaches in Portland, Oregon. She loves designing accessories, especially if they use one or two skeins of very special yarn. She’s fond of texture (brioche, lace, entrelac, elongated stitches), and loves using interesting techniques to make small objects sing. Michele is the author of Brioche Knit Love, 22 Skill-Building Projects from Simple to Sublime, published in October 2021 by Library House Press.

Michele loves teaching knitters to be the boss of their knitting! She teaches at local yarn shops, fiber festivals (Vogue Knitting Live, Red Alder Fiber Arts Festival, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival), guild meetings, and retreats.

Michele blogs about knitting, food, and music at PDXKnitterati.com. You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook, Ravelry, YouTube, and Twitter; she’s PDXKnitterati on all platforms. Her patterns are available through Ravelry.com and Payhip.com

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Shaina Bilow

Shaina is an encouraging instructor who wants her students to feel empowered, whether they are picking up needles for the first time or are advanced-level knitters and crocheters. Shaina has worked and taught in numerous yarn shops in New Jersey, teaches in private and group settings, designs knitting patterns for magazines, yarn companies, and her own collection, and has picked up A LOT of dropped stitches throughout the years. In a class with Shaina, you can expect a patient instructor, inspiring projects, simplification of tricky techniques, and, of course, lots of happy knitting! Visit www. ShainaBilow.com to learn more about Shaina and follow her @Shaina.Bilow on Instagram

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Stacy Chavez

Stacie along with her husband Skip began breeding and showing Huacaya Alpacas in 2009. Their Farm, Sky Ridge Alpacas, is located in Terrebonne, Oregon.

In late 2015 Stacie Chavez along with Lynn Edens purchased Imperial Yarn. Imperial Yarn, LLC which has worked with Ralph Lauren on Athlete Uniforms for the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. Imperial Yarn continues to grow into a brand known for natural fibers that are raised in the U.S. and then manufactured in the USA.

In 2018, with the help of Rebecca Burgess, Edens and Chavez became a brand focused on marketing goods made from Climate Beneficial Verified Natural Fibers. Edens was the first Alpaca Ranch in the U.S. to become Climate Beneficial Verified.

In 2020 Imperial Yarn, with the help of Fibershed created the Climate Beneficial Fiber Pool. To learn more visit www.climatebeneficialfiberpool.com

Imperial Yarn continues to focus on working with large brands to create product made from their Climate Beneficial verified fibers. With the help of a well established commercial supply chain Imperial Yarn continues to develop new products made in the U.S.A

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Gretchen Funk

Gretchen learned to knit from her Dad when she was small, giving her a love of knitted fabric. She has been teaching knitting for over 13 years, and loves talking about techniques, fixing knits, interpreting patterns, and empowering knitters. Her classes at the Yarnery are a great place to solve problems, and get inspired.

Gretchen’s designs are available on Ravelry, and in the books; Wearwithall: Knits for Your Life, What Would Madam Defarge Knit, Knitting Sweaters (Socks, Scarves) from Around the World.

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Mary Lou Egan

Mary Lou has been teaching knitting and designing for a long, long, time. She teaches regularly at the Yarnery in St. Paul, when there isn’t a pandemic, as well as other shops and fiber festivals nationwide. As a teacher, she likes class to be fun, and the knitting not stressful. Teaching all levels plus working knitting clinic has given her insight in ways to address the challenges knitters face, and the chance to practice tips and tricks on unsuspecting knitters. The title of her last book Drop Dead Easy Knits pretty much sums up her knitting preferences. Now ‘semi-retired’ she has taken up rigid-heddle weaving, spends time with her Norwegian Fjord horse, and handling big garden. You can follow MLEganDesign on Instagram and find her designs on Ravelry, where her username is mlegan.

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Kyle Kunnecke

Seattle designer Kyle Kunnecke has a not-so-secret passion for colorwork. Through his fiber workshops he provides inspiration to his students; exploring the skills necessary to continue their personal knitting journeys. His patterns are published in numerous knitting books and magazines, by yarn companies, and under his label, Kyle William. He leads workshops at national and international events, including TNNA, TKGA, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and Loch Ness Knit Fest. His book, Urban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Knitting Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe (Interweave, 2016) showcases projects that utilize the techniques he loves to share with his students. Learn more about Kyle and his work: www.kylewilliam.com.

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Melissa Leapman

With over 1250 designs in print, Melissa is one of the most widely-published American knit and crochet designers at work today. She’s worked with leading ready-to-wear design houses and is the author of several bestselling knit and crochet books including The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook, Mastering Color Knitting, 6000+ Pullover Possibilities, Knitting the Perfect Fit, Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Crochet Stitch Collection, and most recently, Knitting Modular Shawls. She is a sought-out speaker and teacher at national and international yarn events such as Vogue Knitting Live. She lives in New York City.

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Megan Williams

Megan spends her days working with computers and doctors in Rochester, MN, and her evenings chasing around her 3 children, a bicycling husband, and knitting late into the night. In addition to being a Knitter, with a capital K, Megan designs knitwear, has a video knitting podcast called Stockinette Zombies, organizes an annual crafting conference called Zombie Knitpocalypse, and tries to fit in a run every now and then. You can follow her crazy life and what she is knitting now at JustRunKnit on Instagram, Ravelry Designer Page and Designer Website.

Kim McBrien Evans

Curiosity and exploration are the name of the game for knitwear designer and indie hand dyer, Kim McBrien Evans.

A lifelong love of colour, texture, and pattern prompted Kim to transition from working artist to textile maven. Her knitwear designs are known for their ability to turn an abstract idea into a textile reality while simultaneously fitting and flattering every body.

Her yarn company, Indigodragonfly, is renowned for its vibrant colours, offbeat names, and ever expanding plan for world domination. She lives and works in the woods of Central Ontario.

Jill Wolcott

Jill is trained as a fashion designer with a focus on garment con– struction and pattern making. Jill turned her hand to knits to be able to create both the fabric and the shape. Jill is always thinking about knitted things and how to guide knitters toward a successful knitting experience. When teaching knitting, Jill’s classes blend her wealth of knitting knowledge with a sense of humor and fun.

Fit has always been critical to Jill’s view of garment design; she teaches grading to knitwear designers and has developed sizing guidelines industry companies. She has designed for third parties, has her own line of knitting patterns and eBooks. She is co-author and illustrator of YNotKnit: Step-by-step instructions for Continental Knitting and Knitting Basics. Jill taught at FIDM in San Francisco for over 15 years, teaching design, product development, and technical grading classes, as well portfolio development.

Andrea Wong

In the past 18 years Andrea has taught thousands of knitters in the USA and abroad to use the Portuguese Style of Knitting, either personally, through her 3 published DVDs, or her book Portuguese Style of Knitting – History, Traditions and Techniques. As the foremost expert on the subject, she teaches knitting at venues throughout the country and abroad, has been published in a variety of knitting magazines, and is the lead designer for her business, Andrea Wong Knits. She continues to travel the world researching and developing her style of knitting, and bringing that knowledge to knitters worldwide. www. andreawongknits.com

Yarnover 2022 Morning Classes

Alissa BartonAM1 Kitchener Stitch in Pattern
Shaina BilowAM2 Entralac Unlocked
Michele Lee BernsteinAM3 Brioche Pastiche: 2 Color Brioche
in the Round
Mary Lou EganAM5 Cozy Your Way to Colorwork
Gretchen FunkAM6 Selvage Edge Repair, fixing
the edges
Kyle KunneckeAM8 Stranded Knitting: Unlocking the Secret of Locked Floats
Melissa LeapmanAM9 You Can’t Go Wrong:
Reversible Cables
Kim McBrien EvansAM10 Bums & Bellies
Megan WilliamsAM12 Love of Socks: Tips & Tricks
Andrea WongAM13 Portuguese Style of Knitting

Many knitters avoid Kitchener stitch. It’s NOT hard, you can do this! Learn not only how to work a basic kitchener in stockinette and garter stitch, but how to weave your knitting together in patterns. We will be making 4 cup cozies, one in garter, one in stockinette with garter stitch borders, one in K1, P1 ribbing, and one with garter borders, reverse stockinette stitch, and cables. Each cozy begins with a provisional cast- on and is shaped with short rows to better fit the cup. If you wish, omit the short rows and you will end up with cuffs or cozies for a water bottle.

Materials needed for each cozy:
• Smooth, light colored Worsted weight yarn (small amounts)
• Size 8 needles
• Waste yarn
• Extra size 8 needles
• Tapestry needles
• Scissors
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Entrelac is a knitting technique that gives the appearance of interwoven strips of knitting. Learn this interesting technique which includes decreasing, pick up stitches on the RS and WS, and knitting backwards. In this class, we will begin a beautiful scarf or cowl together.

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, and some basic knowledge of decreasing and increasing.

Materials: Bring with you a self-striping worsted weight yarn
(200-500 yards) with size 7 or 8 needles or chunky self-striping yarn
(150 to 450 yards) and size 10 or 10.5 needles. Alternately, bring your leftover yarns and odds-and-ends and we will put an appealing color combination together.

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Brioche is the current “it knit,” and you can get a jump on it with this quick start beginning brioche class for intermediate knitters. We’ll learn basic 2 color brioche rib in the round, and then move on to the increases and decreases in the Brioche Pastiche Hat. We’ll also learn how to fix common mistakes in brioche knitting.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl, cast on/bind off, working in the round.

Materials: One light colored and one dark colored heavy worsted weight yarn, 100 yards each (example: Malabrigo Worsted or Malabrigo Rios). 16 inch US 6 (4.0 mm) circular needle (no magic loop or dpns for first time brioche, please). One stitch marker for beginning of round.

Homework: With dark color, loosely cast on 72 (78) sts for 18” (19”) hat using long tail cast on. Join to work in the round, then K 1 round. Bring yarn to front and leave it hanging there.

Features: Brioche Pastiche hat pattern by Michele Lee Bernstein, PDXKnitterati.

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Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Do you dream of a making a colorwork yoke sweater, Scandinavian mittens or a Fair Isle hat? Whether you’re new to stranded colorwork or have knitted a simple stranded colorwork project and are ready for more, this class will help you get started and move to the next level.

You will prepare for your big project by making a cup cozy with a option for steeking as time allows.

Class will cover:

Choosing the right pattern

Choosing colors

Reading charts like a pro

Increasing and decreasing in colorwork

Carrying a color in each hand

Working a speed-swatch gauge in colorwork

Trapping floats

Introduction to steeking so when you are ready for that Norwegian cardigan, you will have the confidence you need!

Skill Requirements:

Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; working in the round

Homework: None

Supplies to Bring:

3 or more colors of dk or worsted-weight wool yarn, approximately 10 grams each, needles in size suitable for yarn weight that can be worked in the round in a small circumference using your preferred method (DPNs, magic loop or two circulars), needles a size or two smaller, a medium sized crochet hook ( H-L ), sharp scissors. Optional: 3 small buttons.

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Missed an edge stitch in pattern? Learn to fix it instead of ripping back!
It’s the next step in learning to fix stitches – selvedge repair! We will go in-depth fixing those edge stitches in stockinette, slipped stitch, and garter. This class will teach you not only how to fix them, but also how they work, thereby informing your decision on which edge to choose.


(Homework is suggestion for participation; students are welcome to take the class and participate through observing demonstration as well.)

1 swatch, 15 stitches by 30 rows in stockinette st
1 swatch, 15 stitches by 30 rows in stockinette st with a slipped edge (slip the first stitch purlwise each row)
1 swatch, 15 stitches by 30 rows in garter stitch

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Ever looked at the “wrong side” of a stranded, hand-knit garment and see no floats? Do you wonder what was done to hide those floats and make it so beautifully finished? The answer may very well be what some refer to as “Armenian Knitting,” or what I call “Locked Floats.” The technique is simple and creates a wonderfully even fabric. In this class, we will first review how to carry floats across the back of the work (traditional), and then be introduced to this simple technique that results in a beautifully woven “wrong side.” You’ll learn some valuable tricks and leave inspired by the possibilities created.

Technique Requirements:

Students should have basic knitting skills, including the ability to cast on, knit/purl, increase/decrease, and have a general understanding of stranded (Fair Isle) knitting. This workshop encourages holding one yarn in each hand (also known as two-handed knitting).


With darker yarn, CO 40 sts. Row 1: purl, Row 2: knit, row 3: purl.

Supplies for Class:

One skein each of 2 colors of worsted-weight yarn (solid color wool yarns with high contrast work best), appropriately sized circular knitting needles (bring a few different sizes or an interchangeable needle set in case you need a different size), note-taking materials, snacks, and your knitting bag filled with its usual treasures. Be sure your yarn is wound and ready to use.

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In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore cable pattern that look great on both sides. By the end of class, you’ll amaze yourself (and everyone else) with fabrics that have completely different cables on each side! (Note: Participants should be very comfortable knitting typical cables prior to the class.)

Homework #1

With a light-colored worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles, CO 30 sts.

Row 1 (RS): Slip the first 2 sts purlwise with the yarn in the back, p1, [k2, p2] 6 times, k1, p2. Repeat Row 1 until the piece measures approximately 1”. Slip sts onto holder with the yarn still attached.

#2: As #1.
#3: As #1.

Class Supplies:

Class handout printed and ready to go; 3 homework swatches; appropriate size needles; open ring stitch marker; 2 double-pointed needles, US size 5 or 6; sticky notes; scissors.

NOTE: Masks required during class

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Using your measurements and worksheets, we’ll look at how to master the
fit of sweater patterns to YOUR body, and what those modifications look like
in a simplified form.


With a light-colored worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles, CO 30 sts.

    • How to choose a size to start with.
    • How to compare your measurements to sweater schematics to learn how
      a “hybrid size” can be a solution when your measurements span more
      than one size.
    • What to do when your weight is carried more in front or back
    • What to do when your gauge and the pattern gauge don’t agree.


Come to class with a set of measurements that include:

      • Upper torso measurement
      • Full bust measurement
      • Armhole depth
      • Natural waist circumference
      • Hip circumference at mid-hip
      • Bicep circumference
      • Wrist circumference

*Instructions for taking these measurements
are in the handout*
What to Bring:

    • Pencil
    • Handout (Modifications workbook)
    • Calculator (optional)
    • Your measurements (see homework)

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After knitting nearly 300 pairs of socks, trying all kinds of heels and toes, and designing my own heel, it is safe to say I am certifiably sock obsessed! Whether you are team toe-up or team top-down, or even sock skeptical, this class seeks to inspire you and share my love of socks. We will cover why to knit and LOVE socks, yarn choices, making different types of heels and toes work for you, different needle methods (circular, 2 circular, magic loop, 2aat) that fit your knitting style, and of course a multitude of tips and tricks that I have picked along my sock knitting journey. Have you had an issue with knitting socks in the past? Make sure to come with questions and problems to share that we can troubleshoot together!


Beginner and intermediate

Key Topics and Concepts Covered:

Students are going to learn how to knit, purl, all increases, all decreases and how to cast on and how to bind off Portuguese Style.


Basic knitting skills: cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Students Materials: worsted weight yarn in light color. Needles of preference sizes US #6 or 7.

For Project (optional): 1 skein sock yarn OR any yarn that gives 7 stitches and 9 rows = 4 inches; Needles size US #2. Needle size of preference: 2 circulars, 1 long circular, double pointed needles, flex tips.

Teacher Supplied Material and fee (optional):

Knitting pin for U$5.00 each. Pattern is included in the class.

Students will learn a different way to knit. It is not German or English method. The yarn will be fed and tensioned around the neck (or knitting pin), leaving hands free to hold needles. Stitches are formed by looping tensioned yarn around the needle using left thumb only. If left thumb is a problem, student might use the right thumb instead. It does not matter if student is right or left handed as knitting uses both hands. This method is much easier in the hands because it takes less maneuvering of needles to accomplish the work, purling is easier than knitting, it is fast and ergonomic.

Once they learn how to knit and purl using the Portuguese Style, we are going to practice all increases and decreases on the swatch the students are working on. As a bonus I will teach a Portuguese cast on and bind off.

To reinforce learning of new skills we are going to start knitting a pair of socks.

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Yarnover 2022 Afternoon Classes

Alissa BartonPM1 Top Down Hat Wizardry
Shaina BilowPM2 Fixing Mistakes
Michele Lee BernsteinPM3 Herringbone Braids and Beyond! Braided Wristlets
Mary Lou EganPM5 Ply or Ply Not
Gretchen FunkPM6 Needle Felting Steeks
Kyle KunneckePM8 You want me to do WHAT with my knitting? — Introduction to Steeks
Melissa LeapmanPM9 Faux Bri-Aux!
Kim McBrien EvansPM10 Out on a Limb
Megan WilliamsPM12 Tunisian Crochet
Andrea WongPM13 Two Color Knitting Portuguese Style

Knitting Hats from the Top Down at ANY Gauge. Pick up any yarn and go for it. We will discuss picking the right needles, several different ways to increase and how to incorporate stitch patterns into your designs for a truly personal creation.


There is no homework for this class, you will need to bring the following materials with you to class:

  • (Choose one weight) Bulky 100 yds, Aran 150 yds, Worsted 200 yds, DK 250 yds, or Fingering 300 yds
  • Needles indicated on the label of the yarn you have chosen in a style to work a center start (so, DPN, 2 circs 16” or longer each, one circ 40” or longer for magic loop)
  • Removable stitch markers. One “unique” marker for beginning of round.

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Learn to recognize and correct a twisted stitch and how to drop a stitch and pick it back up flawlessly.

You will also learn three techniques for pulling back your knitting without losing stitches and we will cover using lifelines in our work. With these skills comes the confidence to dig in to more challenging projects.


  • Tapestry needle
  • Fingering weight scrap yarn
  • Size H crochet hook
  • Circular needle size US 4 (3.5mm) or smaller


  • US 8 (5mm) knitting needle, medium color worsted weight yarn.
  • Swatch: Cast on 28 stitches
    Row 1 (RS): knit 28
    Row 2 (WS): purl 14, knit 14.
  • Repeat these last 2 rows for 6” and leave the sts on the needles.

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These sweet wristlets will take you through the ins and outs of stranded color knitting, including managing yarn while knitting with 2 colors, and yarn color dominance.

You’ll learn to knit six distinct braids: Latvian herringbone braids and 2 kinds of half braids, all both left and right facing.

Technique Requirements:

Knit/purl, cast on/bind off, working in the round. (Student should be comfortable working small circumferences in the round via dpns, magic loop, or two circulars.)

Supplies for Class:

3 50g balls DK or sport weight yarn in contrasting colors, 2 light and 1 dark, or 2 dark and 1 light. US size 4 (3.5 mm) needles: dpns, 2 circulars, or magic loop.


Cast on 49 sts with light color if you have 2 light, or with dark color if you have 2 dark. (You’re using the one that’s different.)


Braided Wristlets pattern by Michele Lee Bernstein, PDXKnitterati

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Do you pick up gorgeous lace weight or hand dyed fingering yarn and put it back down, because “It’s too skinny!” You don’t have to be a spinner to use chain plying for knitting. This fun, simple and useful technique teaches how to ply as you knit, making a triple thickness of yarn, without the tangled mess that can result from using more than one ball. Turn fine yarn into worsted, create interesting but simple texture without adding new yarn, even adjust for self-striping yarn. Explore combining yarn weights to move yarn out of the sale bin and into your shopping bag. The class will demonstrate the technique and some variations. You will receive a shawl pattern and instruction for a hat to take home and help you plan for stash busting.

Class Materials:

Lace weight or fingering weight yarn, at least 50 grams, fingering or sock weight self striping yarn- one skein (at least 50 grams)

Circular needles US 7, 8 or 9 (4.5 to 5.5 mm) long enough to work magic loop, a second at least 3 sizes smaller.

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An innovative way to steek knitwear invented by Alice Adams and taught by Gretchen Funk. In this class you’ll learn to use needle felted steeks to quickly secure knits, and greatly reduce anxiety about cutting knitwear. With uses like mending, fixing in ends, and anything your mind can conjure; this technique will have you whirring with ideas. Students are invited to bring completed items and Future patterns for consultation.
Needle felting supply kits will be available to borrow, and for the students to purchase during class.


(Homework is suggestion for participation; students are welcome to take the class and participate through observing demonstration as well.)

Cutting our knitting may seem like the stuff of nightmares, but in a controlled environment following a few simple steps, steeking is a tool that makes stranded knitting in the round an absolute dream. We will face our fears by learning to master the skills required to cut our knitting while creating a cute, zippered bag.

You will learn how to prepare, secure, and cut steeks in knitted fabric, as well as how to install a zipper and lining.

Required Skills:

Participants should be able to cast on and join for knitting in the round; knit a simple stranded pattern in the round, using two contrasting colors; and bind off.

Class Materials:

  • To complete the homework for this class, you will need approximately 50 yards of worsted-weight 100% non-superwash wool, in two contrasting colors; US # 8 DPNs or 40” circular needle (for magic loop technique), or needle size to obtain the correct gauge (28 stitches and 21 rounds = 4 inches in pattern, blocked); stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • 8 – 10” zipper
  • Sewing needle and strong matching thread
  • Straight or T-pins
  • Sharp scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric for lining of zippered bag which measures as wide as your finished knitting, and 2” higher than twice the height of the fabric. Example: if your fabric (before cutting) measures 8” wide x 5” high, bring a fabric at least 12” high and 8” wide.
  • Note-taking materials


Follow the directions for knitting the Diamond Bag by Kyle Kunnecke. Please bring your completed knitting to class, bound off, along with the other supplies.

Note: The instructions for registered attendees are attached. They should be provided to those who pay for the workshop.

Homework File:


Do you love the look of brioche knitting but can’t keep your “brk” and “brp” stitches straight? In this two-hour hands-on workshop, learn how to work several super-squishy—and fun! —stitch patterns that look like brioche without the fuss!


Three pieces as follows:
#1: With smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn and size US 7 or 8 knitting needles, cast on 16 stitches. Knit one row. Slip stitches onto a holder with the yarn attached.

#2: With smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn and size US 7 or 8 knitting needles, cast on 15 stitches. *P1, k1; repeat from the * across, ending with p1. Slip stitches onto a holder with the yarn attached.

#3: Same as #1.
Class Supplies: Three homework pieces with the yarn still attached; size US 7 or 8 knitting needles; size US 7 or 8 circular knitting needle; split ring stitch marker; smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn in at least 3 colors.

NOTE: Masks required during class

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If the shoulders fit, the sleeves don’t. If the sleeves fit, the bust doesn’t. These are common fit issues in our sweaters. Let’s fix them!

With a focus on Set-in Sleeves, you will learn:

  • How to measure for armhole depth and sleeve fit
  • How to draft a new sleeve cap and armhole/armscye for your sweaters
  • How to change the length of a sleeve that ensures a good fit from cuff to shoulder
  • How to change the length of a sleeve that ensures a good fit from cuff to shoulder
  • Best ways to seam a set-in sleeve
  • None
What to Bring:
  • Handout
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler (minimum 18”), long straight knitting needle, or other straight edge
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Pencil, pen for making notes and calculations
  • optional: calculator

If the shoulders fit, the sleeves don’t. If the sleeves fit, the bust doesn’t. These are common fit issues in our sweaters. Let’s fix them!

With a focus on Set-in Sleeves, you will learn:

  • How to measure for armhole depth and sleeve fit
  • How to draft a new sleeve cap and armhole/armscye for your sweaters
  • How to change the length of a sleeve that ensures a good fit from cuff to shoulder
  • How to change the length of a sleeve that ensures a good fit from cuff to shoulder
  • Best ways to seam a set-in sleeve
  • None
What to Bring:
  • Handout
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler (minimum 18”), long straight knitting needle, or other straight edge
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Pencil, pen for making notes and calculations
  • optional: calculator
Have you heard of Tunisian Crochet (TC) or maybe noticed a fabric that doesn’t look quite knit, but wasn’t crocheted either? Tunisian crochet is a wonderful hybrid of knitting and crochet that everyone should add to their crafting repertoire. In this class you will learn about the history of TC, the fabric characteristics, and also get hands-on experience with TC basic skills including casting-on, basic stitches, and how to work the edge stitch for a finished look. There will also be a showcase of TC projects to inspire you to cast-on!image of a knitted hat
Level: Intermediate and advanced Key Topics and Concepts Covered: How to purl Portuguese Style and how to work with two colors per round, how to trap floats of main color and background color. Skills: Basic knitting skills: cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Pre work required: Using an elastic cast on and MC, cast on 96 sts. Join it and work 10 rounds in Rib 1X1. Materials: Worsted weight yarn in 2 or 3 contrasting colors. Circular needles size US 7 or 8 16 inches long and double pointed needles same sizes. Teacher Supplied Material and fee (optional): knitting pin for U$5.00 each (for this class I suggest two); pattern included in the class. Students will learn how to work two colors per round using the Portuguese Style of Knitting. If they had never learned this style, they are still welcome to the class. Preference is that they have worked stranded knitting before. We are going to learn how to purl and how to control tension with both right and left hand running the yarn around the neck (or knitting pin). Once they are comfortable purling around, we are going to introduce a second color. For the more adventurous knitters, we might introduce a third and fourth color as well. Project: To reinforce learning of new skills we are going to knit a two-color hat. image of a knitted hat

Yarnover 2022 All Day Classes

InstructorAll Day Class
Stacie ChavezAD1 Metro Laptop Case (All Day Class)
Jill WolcottAD2 Yoke Sweater Construction for Real Bodies (All Day Class)

We will be working on the Metro Laptop Case.

Regular Kit Cost:

$89, discounted for this event $72

The Metro laptop case is a classic accessory for your computer. Worked in one piece sideways, it requires minimal finishing. This laptop case is a great beginner’s felted project.

Genuine leather clasps adorn this kit making it both stylish and functional.

The return to fashion of beautiful yoke sweaters is fascinating to me as someone who is always looking at fit in addition to the fabric being created. During 2020 and 2021 I have spent much of my time working on fit and real bodies and have developed tools I didn’t have two years ago. Join me and see how to use them for yourself.

There are some simple changes that can be made to designs to make them not only fit the body wearing them, but increase the wearing comfort of this style of sweater.

I’m going to bring some non-knitterly thoughts to your thinking about the construction of these sweaters, which can be translated easily to your garments once you are comfortable with them.

Let’s look at these areas (presented in alphabetical order):

  • Armhole shaping
  • Front and Back neck depths and shapes •
  • Short rows •
  • Sleeves •
  • Underarm bind offs •
  • Yoke shaping

Students are encouraged to bring their own work for questions and solutions!


Tape measure (if you need, bring two!), something to write with, pattern (optional) you want to fit, paper scissors, phone or calculator, scratch paper.


Knitted swatch from the instructions provided OR knitted swatch from your pattern done in the same manner as instructions

image of a knitted hat

Jess Dahlberg

Newsletter Editor

Jess learned to knit in middle school and attempted (but never quite finished) a few garter stitch scarves. Years later, she picked up crochet with her best friend in law school and eventually fell back into knitting. Ever since then, she's been a daily knitter (commuting time for the win!) and has never looked back. She enjoys knitting gifts for friends and family and loves trying new techniques. (she, her, hers)

Laura Haave

Great Guild Getaway Committee Chair

Laura learned to knit in 2003 by taking a four-week class during MIT's annual January Independent Activities Period. The class project was a striped hat knit in the round, and since that time, Laura has been a big advocate of 1) helping other adults learn to knit for the first time, 2) hats as a manageable first project, and 3) circular needles for everything. She enjoys thinking about knitting and planning her next project almost as much as she enjoys actually knitting. Laura is highly motivated by knit-alongs and loves to knit in community. (she, her, hers)

Anne Rojas


Janese Evans

Yarnover Committee Chair

Bio to come. (she,her,hers)

Kate Westlund

Social Media and Technology Director

(Term 2, Year 3)

Kate became enthralled with knitting when she was a young girl and saw a fellow young person knitting on a plane. She implored her mother to teach her everything she knew, which as it turned out was only casting on and the knit stitch. Once Kate learned to purl froma beginner's kit, there was no end in sight. Kate is the type of knitter who doesn’t always swatch, which is often obvious in her finished projects.

Melissa Mintern

Marketing and Outreach Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

Melissa has been knitting for 15 years. She loves socks and sweaters. She is a new member who hopes to use her marketing background to lift up the MKG. While she isn't local to MN, she really loves the atmosphere created by the Guild. Melissa and significant other Al enjoy traveling, wherein Al graciously offers to drive so Melissa can knit in the passenger seat. (she, her, hers)

Nikky Heidel

Membership Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

Nikky was first introduced to knitting in 2012 when her visiting sister-in-law taught her the basics of casting on and the knit stitch. A few weeks later, she learned how to purl from her mother-in-law. From there, it quickly became a passion and she has taken on each new project with a desire to expand her skill and discover new techniques. She loves a good mystery (knit-a-long) and knits way more shawls than a single person can wear in a month.

Betsy Preston

Service Director

(Term 1, Year 1)

Betsy never had patience for knitting, until she found herself spending a lot of time at little league games and waiting for the last kid to emerge from the locker room after swim practice. With her background in graphic design, stranded colorwork has a natural appeal. Not to mention the practicality of an extra layer of warmth. Betsy has recently begun publishing her original hat and cowl patterns, which are available on Ravelry. (she, her, hers) (See our Service Knitting Page for more information about our current projects and donation process.)

Sandra Wright

Programming Director

(Term 1, Year 1)

Sandra’s mom taught her to knit as a pre-teen. Together they knit slippers with pompoms, exclusively. She returned to knitting off and on in her adult years, taking classes at local yarn shops to build her skills. After joining a newly formed knit group back in 2013, knitting become a daily practice. Today a sweater, pair of socks, and a gift knit are always on the go, with way too many projects in queue. (she, her, hers)

Rose Tobelmann


(Term 1, Year 3)

Rose learned to knit from her mother at the age of ten. She started knitting on the ends of small paint brushes. She continued to knit off and on through her teenage and young adult years and became a more avid knitter after taking a Norwegian sweater knitting class through community education. Today, knitting has become a passion and she knits for charity, herself, and her family her stash. She enjoys meeting other knitters and learning new techniques.

Kelsey Sorenson


(Term 1, Year 2)

Kelsey learned the knit stitch from her grandmother in middle school, and filled in the gaps enough to make lots of scarves for quite a few years. She began expanding her skills in college and is always looking to learn more. Kelsey is drawn toward projects that are seamless or include stranded colorwork. (she, her, hers)

Kelly Amoth

Vice President

(Term 1, Year 2)

A visiting friend from Seattle taught Kelly the very basics of knitting (a twisted loop cast on and just the knit stitch) in 2008 before flying home. Turning to the internet (thanks knittinghelp.com!) Kelly taught herself through a lot of trial and error. Uncontent to keep knitting the scarf she’d started as her first project, she jumped into knitting a pair of striped mittens for her non-knitter, but very knitworthy, twin sister. Twelve years later the mittens are still in her sister’s glove box, and Kelly is usually horrified when she pulls them out and sees the mistakes she made using double pointed needles for the first time. Kelly loves knitting socks and is thankful for the many months of cold weather when she gets to exclusively wear her handknits. (she, her, hers)

Kathy Lewinski


(Term 1, Year 2)

Kathy has always been into crafts, but didn’t teach herself to knit until after college. She really got hooked while living in San Francisco when a friend opened a knitting store. To pitch in, Kathy started knitting up fun (and odd) things for window displays, as well as teaching classes. In the last couple of years, she has started designing her own knitting patterns (many of them available for free on Ravelry!) with toys and mittens being her primary obsessions. (she/her/hers)