We are so excited to celebrate Local Yarn Shop Weekend with special guest Lesley Anne Robinson of Knit Graffiti! Lesley has just released her book, 'Brioche Knitting for Beginners and Beyond' a definitive guide to creating colorful, lusciously textured knitwear! Lesley is the goddess of brioche so whether you have been wanting to give Brioche a whirl or want to advance your skills, there will be something for everyone this weekend!
Purchase all the classes and events for the weekend and get a $30 gift card to FDF!
List of Classes and Events
Friday April 29th
Brioche In the Round :: 2 PM to 5 PM
Class Description: In this class, we will be going over the basic stitches of One-Color Brioche, then move on to exciting Two-Color Brioche, all knit in the round. One-Color Brioche is a great way to teach your hands the muscle memory of the technique without the complications of two different yarns, and is a fantastic introduction to Two-Color Brioche. Two-color brioche is very fun, and can be easier to see the anatomy of brioche stitches, so we will be focusing on this for the remainder of the class. Yarn choices and color will be briefly discussed. You will learn my favorite cast-on and bind-off techniques to use with brioche knitting, the basic brioche setup, and work on something you could take home to keep practicing!
Prerequisites: Knowledge of knitting and purling, knitting in the round
Class Skill Level: Intermediate, no brioche skills required
Supplies: - 2 balls of yarn in high contrasting colors, whatever weight you are most comfortable with. I recommend DK or Worsted weight, around 200 yards / 183 m each. - 16” / 40.5 cm long US 5 - 7 / 3.75 - 4.5 mm circular needles or DPN’s, whatever you prefer using for working in the round
Weekend Kick Off Party + Book Signing with Lesley :: 6 PM TO 8 PM
Join us on Friday evening for drinks, knitting, and hors d'oeuvre! Lesley will be signing books, there will be a photo booth, and drawings throughout the event!
Saturday April 30th
Two Color Brioche :: 9 AM to 12 PM
Class Description: Learn to knit two-color brioche flat and apply it to a project! In this class, I will be teaching my favorite way to design with and knit two-color brioche flat, like I do in all of my shawls and sweater patterns. You will cast on a mini-shawl using basic two-color brioche stitches, as well as brioche increases. No decreasing in this class! I will be going over basic brioche stitches, but please note this is not a beginner brioche class. Color theory and picking out yarn colors will also be covered.
Class Length: 3 hours
Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic brioche stitches
Class Skill Level: Intermediate. Previous brioche knowledge required. (if you take Friday's class Brioche in the round class you can take this class!)
Supplies: - 2 balls of yarn in high contrasting colors, whatever weight you are most comfortable with. I recommend DK or Worsted weight, around 200 yards / 183 m each. - 20” / 51 cm or longer US 5 - 7 3.75 - 4.5 mm circular needles. Interchangeables are fine.
Current Mood Shawl :: 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Class Description: Learn how to knit Current Mood shawl, designed by Lesley Anne Robinson! No matter your mood, make this shawl your own. The repetitive stripes of ripples, garter stitch and two color brioche in this rectangular shawl are knit on the bias, creating beautiful angles of waves, color and texture. In the first part of the class, you will learn how to knit the Ripple Stripes, which include knitting, purling, yarn overs and knitting decreases. In the second part of the class, we will go over the Two-Color Brioche Stripes! This is a fabulous pattern if you are a first-time briocher, or are a beginner briocher wanting to expand your knowledge.
Prerequisites: Knowledge of knitting and purling
Supplies: - 24” / 61 cm or longer US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needles
- 3 skeins of fingering weight yarn of 400 yds / 366 m in 3 different tones: light, medium and dark for the best outcome.
- row counter, or your favorite way of keeping track of where you are in the pattern
Cost: $75 + $7 for pattern if you would like a hard copy
Sunday May 1st
Finishing and Fixing Brioche + Brunch :: 9 AM to 1 PM
Join us an hour before class starts for brunch! Class starts at 10 AM.
Class Description: Gain confidence with your brioche knitting by learning how to fix mistakes, pick up dropped stitches, place lifelines, and add those finishing touches to your brioche projects! Feel free to bring any of your brioche projects you might want to fix or finish, or you can sit back and treat this as a lecture!
Prerequisites: Knowledge of brioche knitting in any form
Homework: Bring in a brioche project or swatch, preferably with mistakes or unfinished.
Supplies: tapestry needle for weaving ends, crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches, locking stitch markers, 20” length (or longer depending on project) of smooth yarn for adding lifelines
Cost: $90 (includes brunch)