Courtney at Vogue Knitting Live: San Francisco!

This September I'll be travelling to San Francisco to teach at VK Live!

I'll be teaching my favorite classes, alongside some of the best knitting instructors in the world - and in one of my most favorite cities. Does it get any better than this?!

Here is a rundown of the classes I'll be teaching:

Friday, September 21, 2018: Beyond Stripes, A Multitude of Ways to Add Color to Your Knitting
In this class, students will learn the basics of stranded color work, including reading charts and properly blocking your work. In class, students will make a sampler illustrating many regional styles of colorwork: Fair Isle, Selbu, Setesdal, and even Bohus knitting. Less familiar techniques like embroidery, intarsia, and roositud will also be covered. We’ll also cover two-handed color work, tacking long floats, proper tension, and choosing colors for optimal effect.  

In class, which is a full day, we make a super fun sampler (above) that incorporates as much colorwork as we can pack in. Choosing colors and learning how to not FEAR color choice is a big part of this class, and we learn as much from each other as we do from our own color choices. 

No prior colorwork experience is required for this class, and you are welcome to work at your own pace. Whether you are an experienced colorwork knitter, or just trying it for the first time, you're going to learn A LOT in this class!


Saturday, September 22, 2018: Bohus Knitting

The Swedish workshop founded by Emma Jacobsson, Bohus knitting, is best known for its beautiful hand-knitted items made famous in the late 1930s through the ‘60s for their attention to detail, innovative design and color, and exacting standards of craftsmanship. Traditional Bohus patterns utilized a fine-weight angora and wool blend to create a gorgeous halo and tonal gradations of color. The addition of purl stitches and the sometimes third—or fourth or fifth—color per row opened up limitless design possibilities for the knitter. In this class we will learn a bit about the history of Bohus knitting, as well as the technique used to create its masterful effects. My favorite part of this class is the slide show! I have a collection of original Bohus Stickning garments and ephemera (images only) from the Bohuslan Museum to share as we discuss the history of this amazing women's cooperative. 

We'll be knitting a pair of wristwarmers that are a riff off our our popular Patsy Hat in the yarn Andorra. Don't be intimidated by this style of colorwork, it's not technically more difficult than traditional colorwork, there's just some occasional purling to contend with. 


Sunday, September 23, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Roositud Knitting, Learning the Traditional Estonian Technique

Roositud is an Estonian inlay technique where a contrasting color is wrapped between the back and front of the fabric as you knit. The end result is geometric patterning on the knitted fabric that resembles embroidery. Using the Roositud technique allows you the freedom to place a motif anywhere and to use as many colors as you wish, allowing for almost limitless design possibilities.

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It might look like it, but it's not embroidery. This technique uses a two-step process to add the inlay yarns as you work in the round. It isn't too tricky to get the hang of, and it's really, really fun. This is a great way to add bits of color to gloves, mittens, and other small projects. 

We'll be using BC Garn Bio Shetland in class to knit a pair of wristlets. Bio Shetland is an organic and GOTS certified Shetland-style yarn that is stunningly perfect for all manner of colorwork - including roositud! 


Come hang out with me in my favorite city this September, and learn something new! You can view all the classes for VK Live San Francisco here, and view all the vendors for their incredible marketplace here. I'll see you there!

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Announcing the Crochet Summer, Crochet Something Contest!

It’s time for a contest!

In the true spirit of Crochet Summer, this is not a very competitive contest. It’s meant to be fun and easy going. It is summer, after all. Since there is already one Crochet Summer rule, Crochet something, anything, this summer, we’ll keep the rules of the contest in the same vein.

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THE CROCHET SUMMER CROCHET SOMETHING CONTEST!

THE CROCHET SUMMER CROCHET SOMETHING CONTEST!

This non-competitive contest is a great opportunity to spend the summer trying something new, or finally challenging yourself to make that thing you’ve always wanted to make. This feel-good contest is meant to be a fun way to gather more people to the craft of crochet.

There are six categories:

• Best Garment
• Best First Crochet Project
• Best Art/Sculptural Work
• Best Doily
• Best Home Decor (afghan, pillow, tea cozy, bathmat, etc.
• Name your own category (anything that doesn’t fit into one of the previous categories, bonus points for a funny, yet tasteful, category heading)

Each category will have one winner, with many superlative-laden runners up. EVERYONE is a winner with Crochet Summer!

RULES and GUIDELINES:

• You have until August 31st to finish your crochet entry and post it to Instagram with the hashtags #crochetsummer2018 AND #crochetsomethingcontest2018.

• You can enter as many things as you want to, in any category. Let us know in your post what category you are entering. If you don’t, we’ll decide for you.

• Keep it classy.

THE JUDGES

Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley, Kelbourne Woolens
Kelbourne Woolens is a yarn company and distributor who founded Crochet Summer in 2014. We love to crochet, but don’t do it nearly as often as we’d like. We have our own line of Kelbourne Woolens brand yarns, and are also the North American distributors of BC Garn and Navia yarns from Scandinavia.

Meghan Fernandes, PomPom Quarterly
Meghan is a former American transplant to London, where she lived for a decade. Now back in her native land, she is at the helm of Pom Pom in North America. While in London she wrote her MA dissertation on knitting in 20th century women's literature and worked for a publisher, a gallery, and a knitting shop, leaving her with a random but particular set of skills that could really only lead to running a knitting magazine. Her favourite things about running Pom Pom include photo shoots, testing out the cocktail recipes, and getting yarn in the mail.

Sara Dudek, editor, Interweave Crochet
Sara Dudek is the editor of Interweave Crochet. She grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado knitting, crocheting, and dancing. She moved away for a few years to earn her BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah, but moved back soon after. She recently graduated with her Master’s degree in apparel and textile design from Colorado State University, where she tried her best to incorporate crochet into every school project possible.

Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner, Mason Dixon Knitting
In 2003, Ann and Kay started a blog, Mason-Dixon Knitting. As daily, obsessed knitters, they “met” on the Internet and thought it would be fun to share their profound and awesome knitting thoughts with the entire world. Before long, they found themselves amid a warm, friendly, and smart community of knitters. It was all virtual—they didn’t meet in person until 2004, after they had signed a contract for our first knitting book, Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters’ Guide. Recently, they hunkered down to turn Mason-Dixon Knitting into the site we have always craved: a delicious daily read for every knitter. You can find them online at masondixonknitting.com.

THE PRIZES

Best Garment
A full set of Pompom Quarterly and some fun PPQ merchandise. 

Best First Crochet Project
A set of Brittany birch wood crochet hooks (sizes D-J) and a Soak travel sized assorted 5-pack. This set includes 1 each of the popular Soak scents Celebration, Fig, Lacey, Pineapple Grove and Yuzu.

Best Art/Sculptural Work
Hibiscus Moon Crochet Shawl kit from Knit Collage.

Best Doily
A year subscription to Interweave Crochet.

Best Home Decor
A full set of Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guides and the Station Wagon Blanket Kit

Name your own category
A BoxyTee (coming soon...) Kit featuring Scout and a limited edition KW Boat Bag from yours truly, Kelbourne Woolens.


We hope you'll join us this summer for a little friendly crochet competition! Don't forget to tag your images #crochetsummer2018 AND #crochetsomethingcontest2018.

We're Kicking Off Crochet Summer 2018!

Time to get out your hooks!

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What is Crochet Summer? It is our way of showing a little love to our sister craft in the summer months when it sometimes feels a little harder to get the yarn out. Also, crochet can be a bit more conducive to working with yarns made from plant fibers, which we all know are perfect for summer crafting.

There is only ONE RULE of Crochet Summer:

1. Crochet something, anything, this summer.

Now look, I know that summer technically begins on the solstice, June 21st, and ends on the equinox, September 21st. BUT, Crochet Summer is my game and I get to make the rules, so Crochet Summer begins TODAY June 1st, and ends on August 31st.

We have some exciting crochet-themed blog content to share this summer, as well as a new crochet contest with very, very flexible “rules,” so get ready to play along. It’s easy to do! Stay tuned next week for contest details.

Post your Crochet Summer projects and progress on Instagram using the hashtag #crochetsummer2018. Check out previous IG years for inspiration: 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

We can’t wait to see what you crochet this summer!