Isabell Kraemer

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German knitwear designer Isabell Kraemer creates everyday items for modern knitters. Loving the outdoors, she is heavily influenced by nature; and those who know her designs love her casual, contemporary pieces that all come with a little twist. Isabell has a knack for taking the simplest of elements, working them into classic shapes, and creating a fresh take on the everyday sweater. A confessed stripe addict herself, she is also hooked on seamless construction; not because she doesn’t like seaming (she is a fully qualified dressmaker after all), but because she loves to see garments take shape and being able to adjust the fit on the go. Although hugely successful as a knitwear designer, she says that the biggest accomplishment is her son (there is even a pullover named after him) – becoming a mother was the best thing that has happened to her, followed a close second by her husband of a few years and her three cats.

Top down sweater knitting

Thursday 10-13
Old Vicarage
Tickets 75€. Tickets are available 5th of March. Click on the weekdays to get to buy tickets! 

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You’re confident with basic stitches and construction techniques? In this workshop I’ll try to guide you through some techniques to expand your skills and take your knitting to the next level – I’ll take you on a (knitting) trip from the top down – a method that enables you to try your sweater on from time to time to check the overall fit while you’re knitting.

We’ll discuss different ways of knitting a sweater from the top down and learn some useful tricks.

Level: Intermediate
Skills needed: knitting in the round, basic knowledge about sweater construction.

Materials to bring: notepad and pen, knitting yarn and matching circular and double pointed needles (dk or worsted weight will work best), safety pins or locking stitch markers, darning needle, crochet hook (same size as knitting needles) and some waste yarn.

Any homework?: We need 3 swatches: Cast on 20 sts, work 6 rows in Garter stitch, then 4 additional rows in Stockinette stitch. Stitches should be left ’live’ on the needle to be able to work from this point.

Top down sweater design

Saturday 10-13
City Hall
Tickets 75€. Tickets are available 5th of March. Click on the weekdays to get to buy tickets!

Have you been dreaming of designing your own top down sweater, but don’t know how to get started? This class is for adventurous knitters, ready to take the next steps. There will be a brief overview of different top down sweater constructions (for a more detailed overview the top down class would be a good starting point) and how to choose the one that suits your design idea. I will walk you through the single steps (important measurements, ease, effect of textures and stitch patterns,) that lead to bringing your sweater ideas to life.

Homework: gauge swatch 5″ x 5″ in a medium weight yarn, light colored (not dark – please)

Materials to bring: notebook paper, pencil, tape measure, gauge swatch (see homework), knitting needles in various sizes plus some matching yarn, graph paper a sweater you own, of which you like the fit (this does not have to be a handknit sweater, any sweater works)

Short rows when and why

Friday 10-13 AND Sunday 10-13
City Hall
Tickets 75€. Tickets are available 5th of March. Click on the weekdays to get to buy tickets! 

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In this class you will learn several different techniques for short rows to add shaping to your knitting and where to use them. You will learn how to add shaping to a neckline worked in the round, how to shape shoulders, bust darts and hem lines. Examples of my designs that use this method of shaping will be available to view in class.

Level: Intermediate
Skills needed: Knitting in the round

Materials to bring: notepad and pen, knitting yarn and matching circular needles (dk or worsted weight will work best), safety pins or locking stitch markers, darning needle, crochet hook (same size as knitting needles) and some waste yarn.

Any homework?:
1. Neckband (starting point for short row use in neck shaping): cast on 40 sts and join to knit in the round. Work 4 rounds in 1×1 Rib (k1, p1), then knit 1 round. Stitches should be left live on the needle.
2. Bust darts and hem lines: cast on 28 sts, work 6 rows in Garter stitch, then 4 rows in Stockinette stitch. Stitches should be left live on the needle.