Knitting Traditions-- The Cowichan-Inspired Cardigan June 22-24 Sunday-Monday

Knitting Traditions-- The Cowichan-Inspired Cardigan June 22-24 Sunday-Monday
Item Number: XX-CLASS-K372
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The Cowichan-Inspired Cardigan

June 23-24 (Sun.-Mon.) 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 2 days


Beth Brown-Reinsel has been passionately teaching historic knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for over 30 years.  Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic, and it was revised, expanded, and released in 2018!  Beth will share her knowledge of traditional knitting techniques with 2 classes: Latvian Fingerless Mitts and The Cowichan-Inspired Cardigan.


Day 2 & 3: On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the Coast Salish people developed this V-necked, shawl-collard garment after learning of knitting from Europeans who came to their area.  The Salish knitters prefer motifs that reflect the natural world (whales, birds, etc.) as well as geometric motifs.  The sweaters still use handspun yarn, are knitted flat on double-pointed needles, and with thick singles yarns in 2 or 3 colors.  In this class, the student will knit a Cowichan-inspired sampler sweater and learn about working with colors and weaving (on the right side and wrong side) by knitting the body flat, reading a chart, putting stripes in ribbing without color distortion, knitting pockets, a traditional shoulder join, creating a shawl collar shaped with short rows, knitting sleeves (flat and in the round) from the top down while shaping the cap, and hand-sewing in a zipper, or working an attached garter stitch button band.  These skills can be used with other garments and add to your repertoire of knitting techniques.


This is an intermediate to advanced knitting class.  You must be experienced at reading charts and using double point needles.


No refunds or store credit for class cancellations after June 8 unless we find a replacement for you.


Supply List:

  • Class handout and pattern included in the class fee
  • Smooth, worsted weight yarn, preferable wool in 3 colors-- Main Color A: 150 yards, Contrast Colors B and C: 75 yards each; we recommend Lamb's Pride Worsted for a traditional and authentic look.
  • 16" circular and double point US 7 or 8 needles (you may use the Magic Loop or 2 circulars when working the sleeves in the round
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • Scissors
  • Blunt tapesty needle
  • extra yarn in Color A for seaming
  • Pencil/Eraser/Notebook
  • Chart holders

PARKING: The New Hampshire Parking Garage is located at 927 New Hampshire Street.  Top level parking is free.  Level 2 parking is $2.00 to park for the whole day.  Street level and basement level parking is 2-hour free parking.  Pay stations are located at each stairwell on the street level.  Sunday parking is free downtown.