15th – 18th November 2015

West Dean College
West Dean, Nr Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ
Telephone: +44 (0)1243 811301

Baltic Knits:
Explore Folk Knitting Techniques For Mittens, Stockings and Socks

Learn some of the beautifully decorative and vibrantly colourful techniques frequently used in Baltic hand knits.

During the course you will explore the history and construction of traditional Baltic knitted mittens, stockings and socks with specific emphasis on folk knitting from Estonia.

We will concentrate on the specific techniques of knitting in the round using 5 double pointed needles, decorative fish tail,
fringed and knotted cast on techniques, decorative knitted
knot rounds, vikkel braids, twisted braids, traditional folk construction techniques, unique shaping methods and patterned colour work. Alongside knitted samples you will be encouraged to knit ‘mini’ mittens and socks – these will enable you to put your new found talents into immediate use. You will also have the opportunity to learn all about roositud – an Estonian inlay or ‘woven’ technique used for creating unique patterns – as well as entrelac or ‘birch bark patterning’, a technique used traditionally in Estonia to create multi coloured, decorative edgings, cuffs and borders.

This course would be ideal for the intermediate knitter
 who has either taken a related course or has some
 existing skills as you will need to be able to knit
 confidently in stocking stitch and ideally be able to 
knit in the round with 5 double pointed needles.

Once you have completed the course you will understand how to plan, make and decorate your own Baltic knits.