November 9,10,11,12, 2017

Wisp Resort, McHenry, Maryland



Class Title:  Checker Board Slippers
FullSizeRender[3213](skill level easy, worked back and forth flat and seamed)
Students must be able to knit and purl





Class Title: Ribby Slipper Socks
FullSizeRender[3212](skill level intermediate, worked in the round)
Students must be able to knit and purl, work in rounds (choice of dpn’s, 2 circulars, 9″ circular or magic loop)





Class description: Wouldn’t it be fun to gather and knit around the fireplace in the Lodge at the Wisp Resort? Now, it can be even cozier since you can learn how to make cushy slippers to keep your feet snug! The thought of wearing slippers around the fire inspired Kathy to choose two versions of colorful knitted footwear, sized for the entire family to enjoy in the great indoors.

The student will have a “hands-on” opportunity to begin a pair of knitted slippers.   The choice is yours –a simple gathered garter check rib intarsia pattern(worked flat and seamed) or a more challenging two-rib sock with a clever construction (worked in the round). Either style is quick to make, fun to knit and takes only two skeins of yarn.  Learn how to not matching slippers for everyone, just in time for the gift-giving season. These would make wonderful stocking stuffers.

Class supplies for students to bring to class:


Yarn: Worsted weight yarn- 1 skein in each of two contrasting colors  KRAEMER YARNS WILL BE PROVIDING THE YARN

Needles and notions: US 8 and 8 knitting needles(straight or 24″ circulars”); stitch markers, row counter, measuring tape, tapestry needle; scissors

Optional: pom pom maker

Note: The requested needles will make a pair of ladies slippers in size small or medium/large. You will need a size 7 for childrens and a size US10 for men’s versions.

RIBBY SLIPPER SOCKS (worked in the round)

Yarn: Approximately 100 yards each chunky weight and worsted weight yarn in contrasting colors. KRAEMER YARNS WILL BE PROVIDING THE YARN FOR THIS CLASS

Needles and notions:  US10 or 10.5 needles for working in the round( your choice of double-pointed, 9″ circular, two 24″ circulars, or 32″-40″ for Magic Loop): stitch markers, row counter, measuring tape, tapestry needle: scissors.

Our thanks to Cathy Carron for granting permission to use her pattern, which appeared in Easy Knits from Knitting Daily: 7 Free Easy Knitting Patterns.

Homework: none



Bears and Berries

Bears and Berries[3219]In this class, we will be working on a cowl pattern- an original Lisa Knits design.  Worked in the round, this cowl features a bear claw pattern and mini bobbles.  We will also be working Jenny’s Suprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.

Materials need are approximately 225 yards of a worsted weight yarn. US 7- 16″ circular needle or size needed to obtain a gauge of 5 st/1″ in stockinette stitch.

Stitch markers

No homework.  Pattern is provided free to students

Yarn is  provided for this class.

A Bear in the Forest

A Bear in the Forest[3218]In this class we will be working on a scarf pattern- an original Lisa Knits design.  The scarf is worked in two sections and grafted at the center back with the Kitchener Stitch.  Each end of the scarf features large bear paw patterns with wrapped stitches and the body of the scarf is made up of lacy tree patterns.

Materials needed are: approximately 425 yards of worsted weight yarn, US7 needle or size needed to get a gauge of 5 st/1″ in stockinette stitch

Stitch holder, cable needle, tapestry needle

No Homework.  Pattern is provided free to students.   Yarn is provided for this class



Tech Class

Using your laptop or tablet with Ravelry, Knit Companion, and other programs and apps to enhance your knitting experience.

Bring your laptop or tablet to class. We will explore the many ways Ravelry can be used to aid you in finding a pattern, know what to do with a skein of a particular yarn or even in search of one more skein for that project where you ran out of yarn and cannot find the yarn in your favorite yarn shop. Learn how to keep track of your projects with Ravelry and programs like Knit Companion. If you have a favorite app, plan to share with the rest of the group. Let’s learn together how our devices can help us knit better.


Slip Stitch Cowl

Explore using slip stitches to create color work using only one color per row. We will try three slip stitch patterns and then decide whether to use one, two or all three in a slip stitch cowl. Yarn will be provided by Kraemer Yarns. Bring size 8 knitting needles and basic knitting supplies.



Fingerless Owl Mittens

fingerless owl mitternMany of you have seen these at last year’s Knittreat.  We are making my version, (I have permission from the magazine and the designer to change and teach this pattern).  You will learn decorative cables of many different styles to form the owl.  If you have never done cables before, you will enjoy learning them and if you are an old pro, you will like the variety of cables. It requires size 7 knitting needles.  You may use straight or circular but pattern is flat, back and forth.  You will need a cable needle, stitch markers  and a yarn needle.  Some of you may find a row counter handy. You may use knitting worsted weight or dk weight.  I recommend yarn that is washable and contains some wool.  Kraemer Perfection or Plymouth Encore or Berocco Vintage come to mind.  1 skein will make a pair of mittens and have leftover.   It should be a plain color (not striped or variegated in any way) and a lighter color shows up the owl the best.  Light brown is the darkest that seems to work.  Avocado, beige, and even white look nice. (white or off white owls get blue eyes and are very striking.)  I will bring the eyes.

Homework: cast on 36 stitches and work 25 rows of 2×2 ribbing for first mitt.

Yarn is being provided for this class

The Almost Lost Washcloth

This pattern is practice with short rows.   You can make 2 of them and sew them together to make a hot mat.  It is a project that you can finish before you leave Wisp.  The designer is thrilled that we are teaching her pattern at the Knittreat.  She said that she did not know that anyone was doing short rows any more.  You will need size 8 needles (straight or circular) and a yarn needle.  Some may find a row counter helpful.

Cotton yarn will be available but feel  free to bring your own.  Variegated or plain work fine for this fun project.   No home work.

Yarn will be provided for this class

Crochet Flower Class

Easy to advanced.. choose your own level. Scrap yarn and crochet hook, yarn needle, buttons and / or pins (if you want to attach the flower to something).

We can make our own flower pattern very easily. Roses are fun. Flowers with petals are fun. I will bring some books with patterns for those of you who need a pattern.

You need to know a slip knot, slip stitch, chain stitch, single crochet and double crochet. I can teach you any other stitches that come up. Decorate a plain hat, make a flower as a broche, make a cluster of flowers to decorate a bag. The possibilities are endless.



Aluminum Wire Bracelet CRO

aluminumwire braceletMake your own aluminum wire bracelet.  You will use aluminum wire and bend the wire to shape the bracelet.

This class is for any beginner.  All supplies will be furnished for this class.  No supplies needed and no homework.




Crochet Wire Necklace

IMG_20141129_153106650_HDRYou will be making a necklace from wire and adding beads.   Beginner class.  You will be doing a chain with a crochet hook and wire while adding beads.  The necklace has its own clasp worked into the necklace.  You will need a crochet hook size K. Preferably a metal hook.  I don’t like to use the hook for yarn after using it with wire as it can get a burr on the metal.

All other supplies with be furnished.




A Thirst For Art Class

We will be having a custom paint class with Jenny – special design for the retreat.

There is a $10.00 fee for this class.  All supplies will be furnished.

Beginner class – easy to paint design.



Design You Own Plaid

plaiddishclothplaidclutchIn this class you will learn how to design your own plaid.  We will first figure out your sequence for you plaid stripes.  You will then knit a dishcloth or simple clutch.  Beginner class with knits and purls.  You will need 3 different colors of yarn.  If doing a dish cloth, cotton of your choice, size 6 or 7 needles.  Clutch will take worsted weight yarn with a size 6 needle. You can use up yours scraps of yarn.  Each takes just a small amount of each color.  About 50 yards of each color.  Crochet hook size I, J, or K. Two buttons also needed.




Homework: Cast on 20 st.  Work 4 rows garter(knit each row).

Row 1) Knit 4, p1, k 2, p1, k 4, p1, k2, p1,k 4

Row 2) Purl 4, k1, p2, k1, p4, k1, p2, k1, p4

Repeat these 2 rows for about 4″

knit 4 rows garter.  Bind off.


Crochet Sock Class

In this class we will make a sample sock. Must know basic crochet stitches. The sock is worked in the round with a short row heel.

Supplies: small amount of dk or worsted weight yarn. G or H hook, removable stitch marker, tapestry needle.  If you would like to make a sock for a newborn bring superfine sock weight(1) yarn and a size D hook. No homework.




Knit Colorwork Cowl

I will be teaching a slip stitch cowl pattern by Barbara Benson

This is a beginner pattern. Pattern comes with written instructions and chart.  I will teach you to read a chart for this cowl.  You will need 2 skeins of contrast color, dk weight yarn, 210 yards per skein.  Size 6 and 4 circular needles 16″, stitch markers. I am using a very soft yarn as it will be next to your face and neck.  She used Malabrigo Dos Tierras.

If you would like to have the ribbing done you may do the following homework.  Yarn is being provided for this class if you would like to wait to cast on for homework

Cast on 144 stitches and smaller needle.  I used the cable cast on. Place a marker to designate the beginning of the round, then join being careful not to twist the stitches.

Beginning Rib Pattern:

All Rounds-*k1,p1,k2,p2,(k1,p1) x three, p1,k2,p1* times nine

Work 2 rounds of pattern with color A

Work 2 rounds of pattern with color B

Work 2 rounds of pattern with color A

Work 2 rounds of pattern with color B



Class Description:  Sweater Styles and Shaping for a Custom Fit!

Knitting a sweater can be easy with the right materials! In this class we’ll show you great sweater styles for your shape, perfect yarns to achieve the longevity you need, and will go over some customization tips to help you truly fit your shape to a T! After class, students have the option of being measured for a CustomFit pattern, a program we’ve been successfully running in our shop for over a year!  Patterns and yarn will be available for purchase at the retreat.