Wool & Wine Knit Retreat November 2022 Class Choices

Wool & Wine Knit Retreat November 2022 Class Choices

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November 11th - 13th, 2022 - 8th Annual!
Isaiah Tubbs Resort, Prince Edward County

If you have completed STEP #1 and paid for this weekend Knit Retreat you are now in the right place to pick your classes!! If you haven't registered and paid for your weekend follow this link to do so.

Workshop/Class details are near the bottom of this page.

$795 per person includes shared room, all meals, three classes, and of course some knitting swag and lots of door prizes to win! To register and pay for the weekend follow the link here.

Please note, there will be a $100 fee for cancellations before October 1st, 2022. After October 1st, 2022 no refunds will be available.





Arrival anytime after 2 pm at MacDonald Hall at Isaiah Tubbs Resort. Rooms will be designated at the time of registration.

Dinner is at 6 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property down by the lakeside.

After dinner at 8 pm, we will all meet back at MacDonald Hall where 


Breakfast 8 am - 8:45 am at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property down by the lakeside. 


Saturday Morning Workshops 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Choose one)

1A: Knitting bag of Tricks with Patty Lyons:

There are so many wonderful knitting tricks that make our lives better. Over the years of knitting and teaching I’ve accumulated quite a few fantastic tricks. I love it when I’m teaching a class and a student declares “I love that tip!”. So, I’ve decided to dig into my knitting bag of tricks and put them all in one class. From how to do a better SSK, make matching size YOs, to how to avoid the gap at the end of a bind off, how to tighten your first stitch, how to make better neck divides, and more. Get ready to find your new favorite knitting tricks!

Required Skills
Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, know simple increases and decreases. Having knit at least one sweater or followed an accessory pattern helpful but not required.

Materials list 
Yarn- Worsted or chunky weight yarn, LIGHT COLOR. Small separate ball of yarn.
Needles – appropriate for yarn

Swatch #1
CO 28 stitches
Row 1 *K3, P2 *, rep from * to * to last 3 stitches, K3
Row 2 *P3, k2*, rep from * to * to last 3 stitches, P3.
Repeat Rows 1-2 for a couple of inches, working in K3, P2 rib, do not bind off, we will be working this swatch. End with a WS row (ready to work a RS row)
Swatch #2
Cast on 24 stitches, work 2 inches in plain stockinette (NO GARTER EDGE), enough to get a sense of your knitting style. Do not bind off, we will be working this swatch. End with a WS row (ready to work a RS row)


1B: Dabble With Double with Lucy Neatby 

Make a voyage of discovery to achieve a deeper understanding of your knitting! Try a variety of types of Double Knitting to produce two-layer fabrics. Starting with tubular knitting on straight needles, open and condensed bind-off methods and the magnificent double knit pocket trick. Using two yarns we will introduce positive/negative DK color patterning techniques and quilting for added texture and warmth.

• Two double pointed needles of sizes 3.5 - 4 mm/US #4 - 6.
• 20g each of two contrasting solid colours of smooth DK or Worsted weight yarn.
• Scissors
• Crochet hook
• Usual knitting paraphernalia


Saturday Afternoon Workshops 2:00 am - 5:00 pm (Choose one)

2A: Drop Stitches, Let it GO! with Patty Lyons: 

Remember when the thought of dropping a stitch made your heart stop? Now learn to let that GO! With drop stitch patterns you will discover the beauty of dropping a stitch on purpose! Drop stitch patterns are fun and add a wow factor to anything you knit. In this hands-on knitting class, we will explore a variety of beautiful drop stitch patterns that add texture and include manipulated drops and lifted floats. Add a bit of wow to any pattern. Come on, drop a stitch, and let it go!

Skills Required
Must know how to work basic increases and decreases, including YO. Must know how to read your stitches.
NOTE: If the homework is not done correctly we will not be able to work that swatch.

Materials list 
Yarn - Smooth, light colored worsted weight yarn – wool or wool blend best

Needles & Hook – Needle appropriate to yarn
Notions - the usual items

Work 4 swatches, leave all on needles (or stitch holder) with yarn still attached, we will be working these swatches:
Swatch#1 – CO 21 stitches
Row 1 – K across
Row 2 – K across
Row 3 – * P2tog, YO repeat from * to last stitch, P1
Row 4 – K across
Row 5 – K across
Row 6 – K across
Swatch#2 – CO 24 stitches
Set up row: (RS) - k1, *p2, k1, yo, k1, p2, k2 ;rep from * end the last repeat with k1 — 27 st
Row 1, 3, 5 (WS) - P1* k2, p3, k2, p2; rep from * end last repeat with k2, p1
Row 2, 4 (RS) - knit the knits, purl the purls
Swatch#3 – CO 21 stitches
Set up row: (RS) - k1, p1, *k5, p1*; rep from * to last st, k1
Swatch#4 – CO 20 stitches

Tk2tog – Twisted k2tog, slip two sts as if to knit, transfer both sts purlwise back to left needle, knit 2tog, creates a twisted R slanting dec
K2togtbl – Knit two together through the back loop, this will create a twisted L slanting dec
Tbl – through back loop
Set up row 1 : (WS): P2, k1, *p1, ptbl x2, p1, k1; rep from * P2
Set up Row 2: (RS): K2 , p1, tk2tog, yo x 2, k2togtbl, p1, k1, ktbl x2, k1, p1, tk2tog, yo x 2, k2togtbl, p1, k2
Set up Row 3: P2, k1, p1tbl, p into 1st YO, let 2nd drop, p1tbl, k1, p1, ptbl x2, p1, k1, p1tbl, p into 1 YO, let 2nd drop, p1tbl, k1, p2 - 18 st

Row 1 & 3: K2, p1, k1tbl, k1, k1tbl, p1, k1, ktbl x2, k1, p1, k1tbl, k1, k1tbl, p1, k2

Row 2 & 4: P2, k1 p1tbl, p1, p1tbl, k1, p1, ptbl x 2, p1, k1, p1tbl, p1, p1tbl, k2, p2


2B: The First Cut is the Deepest - Steeking! with Lucy Neatby

Cutting your knitting is a liberating experience. It really isn’t scary. It offers many benefits and opens up new construction and design possibilities. What exactly are steeks? Whilst knitting a sample for with centre front and armhole steeks we will discuss suitable yarns and how to plan for cutting. We will practise fully fashioned shapings, use of markers and securing methods. We look at possibilities for disaster management, adapting armholes and necks for cutting, making mixed gauge fabrics fit and Siamese sleeves. For our finale, we will make the first incision!

• Darning needles - blunt
• A 3.5 - 4.5 mm x 40 cm circular needle, (US #4 - 6/16”)
• Yarn, preferably wool and wool blends, DK or sport (5 sts per inch) weight in at least 2 colours.
• Pencils
• Eraser
• Ruler
• Usual knitting paraphernalia, including a crochet hook.



Dinner at 6 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property down by the lakeside. 


Fashion Show & Tell - 8 pm at the MacDonald Hall - This is your chance to show us what you have created and show it off! Wear your spiffiest knitted creation so you can model it or you can also just bring a couple of hangers or just hold it up if you are feeling shy. We can always try and get a couple of ladies who don't mind strutting their stuff to wear the garments to show them off for you.


Breakfast 8 am at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property down by the lakeside.


Sunday Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Choose one)


3A: Reading between the Lines. What your sweater pattern doesn't tell you by Patty Lyons:

If you knit sweaters, but always follow the pattern exactly, because you wouldn't know to begin to change it, this is the class for you. There’s a lot of information hiding between the lines of knitting patterns. Once you unravel the mysteries of the math and numbers you will never blindly follow a pattern again. Learn the things you need to know before you start a pattern, like understanding sweater shapes, yarn substitution, how to figure your yarn amount from your swatch, what size to make, and how to read a schematic. Understand the numbers in the pattern so you know when and how you can change them. Finally we’ll explore the things a pattern tells you to do but doesn’t tell you how. We’ll look into some of the most frustrating pattern instructions such as “reverse shaping” and “at the same time” as well as “pick up evenly across the row” and even shaping "in pattern". Learn the secrets hiding inside every sweater pattern!

Note: This is not a pattern reading class.

Skill Prerequisite
Some basic knowledge of sweater patterns or having knit at least one sweater is helpful but not required.


Materials list
Pencil, calculator, notepad

Homework list


3B: Hallelujah Grafting! with Lucy Neatby:

Are you afraid of grafting (aka Kitchener St) ?
Do you?
A) Avoid it.
B) Get a book out.
C) Say a mantra?
Forget all of the aforementioned and take command of all possible grafting situations without any risk of coming unravelled! From an easily removed provisional cast on, to the tips of your sock toes with the aid of waste yarn we can handle it all.
Basic stitch-top to stitch-top grafting (shoulders). Where to begin, joining in new grafting yarn, how to follow waste yarn and checking for errors. The pros and cons of grafted shoulders. Sock toes, use of the ‘toe chimney’ to hold the stitches and prevent splitting. Neatening the toe for the best finish. We will study the difference between grafting stitches top to top (with consequent half stitch discrepancy) or bottom to top for a perfect graft and circumstances where this may be used.
Perfect grafts to complete an ‘unbroken’ circle of knitting containing a cable, knit and purl stitches, with an explanation of the trick of using a slippery yarn to simply disconnect the initial waste yarn from the beginning of the work. Planning your knitting to permit a perfect graft.


• Homework swatches and yarn oddments both in main colour and two of other colours.
• Darning needles, blunt pointed and not too large for the size of the stitches you are working with.
• Scissors
• Usual knitting paraphernalia


To get the most out of this class, the following swatches will give plenty of opportunity to practice techniques. The swatches are not large but detailed - please follow the directions carefully. For all swatches use a light coloured, smooth (not fluffy or textured ) worsted weight wool yarn (approx 5sts/in) and 5 mm (US # 8) needles. Waste yarn should be smooth, contrasting and of a similar weight - cotton is good choice. Ideally use the same Main and Waste yarns for each swatch.
MY: Main yarn.
WY: Waste yarn.
K2t: Knit two stiches together.

Ssk: Slip the next two sts, knitwise, one at a time, to the right-hand needle, insert the left-hand needle into both sts and knit them together. This produces a one-stitch, left-slanting decrease known as a ‘Slip, slip, knit’.
1) Shoulder Samples Example of top to top grafting.
Work 2 of these pieces.
Cast on 20 st in MY, work 10 rows of St st., ending with a purl row. Leaving a tail, break off MY
Change to brightly contrasting WY. Work 6 rows of WY in Stocking stitch, beginning with a knit row. Bind off in WY.
2) Sample Sock Toe
Using a set of DPN’s, cast on 40 sts and work one knit round. Arrange the stitches as for a sock toe, the first 20 sts on one needle, and 10 sts on each of the other 2 needles.
Round 2: (K1, ssk, k 14, k2t, k1) x 2.
Round 3: Knit.
Round 4: (K1, ssk, k 12, k2t, k1) x 2.
Continue to work decrease rounds every round until 20 sts remain. Break off main yarn. With WY work 6 rounds of St st onto the remaining 20 sts (no further shaping), bind off in waste yarn.
3) Complex Grafting Across a Patterned Row
Example of bottom to top grafting.
Cast on 16 sts in Waste Yarn.
Work five rows of Stocking Stitch ending on completion of a knit row.
WY Row 6: Cut off waste yarn, tie on and purl across the row with a piece of contrasting mercerized cotton, or some other strong slippery yarn of a similar weight. Cut off the slippery yarn, tie on Main colour. Use Main yarn for remainder of
Rows 1, 3, 7 (RS): K3, p2, k6, p2, k3.
Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8: P3, k2, p6, k2, p3.
Row 5 (Cable row): K3, p2, place next 3 sts on DPN at front of work, knit next 3sts, knit 3 from DPN, p2, k3.
Work the eight row repeat as set. Continue in this pattern until more than 5” of the cable pattern is produced, end two rows after last cable. Cut off Main yarn, leaving a tail.


Rooms to be vacated by 11 am on Sunday.

Lunch 12:30 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.

Departure following lunch