Karie Westermann - Design Your Own Shawl (1/2 day course)

Karie Westermann - Design Your Own Shawl (1/2 day course)

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Design Your Own Shawl - Saturday 23rd January 2021 2pm - 5pm (1/2 day course)

We are thrilled that Karie Westermann is coming to teach a number of classes here at Northern Yarn in 2020!

Karie Westermann is a knitwear designer and tutor working across the UK and Europe. Her client list includes Rowan Yarns, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Oslo Strikkefestival, Malabrigo, Blacker Yarns and Eden Cottage Yarns. Karie also regularly appears in knitting magazines and podcasts. She is an experienced and sought-after tutor with more than 15 years' experience teaching at all levels.

With experienced designer & shawl enthusiast Karie Westermann, learn how to design and calculate your own shawls in just a few hours! Together you will look at how shawls are constructed, learn how to insert stitch patterns into shawls and figure out how to think outside the box. You will be looking at how to go from idea to finished design and how to calculate projects. Karie will guide you through your design process – armed with humour and experience – and give you hands-on advice regarding construction methods, shaping, and how to avoid the most common shawl design mistakes.

Skills focus:

How to design your own shawl from scratch

How to calculate stitch counts

How to construct shapes

How to insert lace repeats into a shawl

Understanding how to trouble-shoot shawl designs


Skills needed:

Knit, purl, working a yarnover and doing at least one decrease

How to read an easy lace chart

Must have knitted at least two shawls


Materials to bring:

1 ball of 4ply (at least 50% natural fibres)

1 pair of 4mm needles(straight or circular if circular, then 24” preferred)

Selection of stitch markers

Pencil, graph paper, calculator and eraser

Tapestry needle