Aleks Byrd is coming to Woollinn 2020 and she has 3 tantalising workshops to chose from. Aleks is an illustrator and knitwear designer. She has a love of creating things with colour and pattern. Aleks is inspired by places and what makes a place unique which comes from her love of travelling to new places and exploring the culture.
She has a passion for knitting and illustration and continues to enjoy building the bridge between the two disciplines working on her own designs and products as well as collaborating with other knitwear designers and dyers.
Scroll on to find out about Alek’s Woollinn 2020 workshops!
When: Friday PM | Event Type: Workshop, Knitting | Duration: 3 hours
Create faux cables without a cable needle!
Vikkels are faux cable stitch patterns created from carefully placed stitched stitches used in Estonian knitting. They add a nice textured detail to any knit and are easy to do. This is an Intermediate class and students should be comfortable knitting in the round and reading from charts.
Students will learn:
• How to read vikkel pattern charts
• Placement of twisted stitches to create the faux cable
• How to knit twisted stitches or 1/1 cable stitches without a cable needle
When: Saturday AM | Event Type: Workshop, Knitting | Duration: 3 hours
Knitted braids are the perfect embellishment for any project to make it just a little more special. The Baltic countries of Latvia and Estonia have many different styles of braids that have added interesting details to mittens, gloves, socks, and sweaters. Learn three different braid types, two colour braided cast on, and experiment with colour combinations and directionality. This is an Intermediate level class. Students should be comfortable knitting in the round, reading from charts, and knitting with 2 colours.
When: Saturday PM | Event Type: Workshop, Knitting | Duration: 3 hours
Roosimine is an Estonian inlay technique that creates the appearance of embroidery through intentional floats in contrasting yarn on the right side of your knitting. It’s the perfect technique to add some embellishment to your knitting that is easier than intarsia. The name Roosimine translates to “decorating with roses”, which comes from a style of short stitch embroidery done on the Estonian island of Muhu.
This is an Intermediate class and students should be comfortable knitting in the round and reading from charts.