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Baltic Braids: a workshop with Aleks Byrd

September 24 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Knitted braids are the perfect embellishment for any project! 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 about three styles of braids, the basic foundation, and experiment with color combinations and directionality.

Technique Requirements:

knit/purl, cast on/bind off, working in the round, chart reading, easy colorwork, basic finishing techniques

Skill level:

Intermediate – Students should be comfortable knitting in the round and knitting with two colours at a time

Materials:

  • 4mm / US 6 needles for knitting small circumference (Double pointed needles or circular needles for magic loop)

  • Stitch markers

  • DK yarn in 2 contrasting colours approx. 20g of each colour

About Aleks Byrd:

Aleks Byrd – whose roots are in Estonia, Canada and the USA – is a knitwear designer based in Bath, UK. In addition to knitwear design, she works as an illustrator and teaches Estonian knitting techniques around the world. In her designs, tradition and Aleks’ own, graphic style meet. With her book, Aleks wants to make traditional Estonian techniques accessible to everyone while at the same time building a bridge between Estonian knitters and the international knitting community.