My Vermont Retreats in 2019

Come to Vermont to knit and learn!

Nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, I hold a knitting retreat three times every year.  A variety of  traditional workshops, based on my research in many European museums,  is offered to deepen the skill level of intermediate to advanced knitters.  Attended by warm and friendly knitters from all over North America, the extended weekend is full of camaraderie, good food, interesting classes, and a lovely setting. Classes are held in the Dutton Farmhouse, which is situated on an historic apple farm. I love teaching knitters in this beautiful setting. The small class size (14 to 15 students) makes these weekends a true retreat. We laugh a lot, knit a lot, and eat very well. It all adds up to a memorable time for new and returning participants.


What retreat participants say about the Vermont Retreats…

Thank you so much for a wonderful knitting weekend. It is always a special experience to work with you, and I learn so much. I share your passion for traditional knitting, and so am thrilled to learn about the history, ingenious construction, and remarkable knitting tips that you share with us. Mostly, Beth, I so appreciate your patience, understanding, and compassionate heart. I feel so fortunate to know you, and to have you for a beloved teacher. I look forward to attending your other workshops. I never tire of it. The weekend in beautiful VT, with all its aspects, shines as a jewel in my year.” –Ellie C.


The Classes

Session 1: June 20-23-   Maine Mittens- Glorious patterning!

Students will learn about Maine mitten construction by knitting several mittens (and a glove if desired) in two or more colors, circularly on double pointed needles. (If you prefer, you can use the magic loop or two circulars if you are proficient with those methods.)  Techniques to be covered include several options for the cuff, the ingenious method of  developing the thumb gusset by increasing in full pattern multiples, knitting the lovely range of traditional motifs, and tip shaping at the end of the mitten which usually maintains the patterning.  (For instance, developing the gusset of the motif Fox and Geese and Fences, is very different than the gusset of Sawtooth or Salt and Pepper. Homework will include the cuffs of four different adult sized mittens and portions of the bodies of the mittens will be worked on in class, some to be finished at home later.  (Students will be able to choose whether to concentrate on one or two mittens throughout the retreat or to maximize their experience by partially working on several mittens.)

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with DP needles, Magic Loop, or working with two circulars).  Prior stranded (two-color) knitting experience is preferred.


September 5-8- Swedish Twined Knitting:  Texture, Color, and Sock Techniques

This retreat will be a compilation of many Tvåändsstickning, or twined knitting techniques. This warm fabric is often worked with two yarns of the same color, twined around each other, and creates a warmer, denser fabric than conventional stranded knitting.

Day 1: The class will explore the basics: twined knitting cast-ons, twine knitting and purling, reading and working from a chart, the deep knit stitch, the deep purl stitch, the crook stitch, the “O” stitch, Chain Path, increasing, while developing muscle memory as a textured mitten is knitted.  (It can be made into gloves or fingerless mitts if desired.

Day 2:  The beginnings of a sock will be knitted to reinforce the techniques from the day before as well as to illustrate the clever heel construction used in twined knitting.  Homework may include the beginning of a sock.

Day 3: Several twined knitting techniques that use two or more colors will be the focus on this day as students work on a hat. There will be opportunity to modify the pattern, adding motifs or other colors if desired.

Note: I will possibly have fingering and sport weight Z-plied yarns available for sale.  Some of the projects may require conventional S-plied worsted weight yarns.

Level: Intermediate.  Must be comfortable with double pointed needles or working with two circulars or Magic Loop.  Ability to knit English style is strongly suggested.


 October 31- November 3- The Icelandic Lopapeysa

My son Terran in his Lopapeysa I knitted for him

The beloved Icelandic yoked sweater made of Lopi yarn will be the focus of this retreat. The Lopapeysa is a flexible garment: it can be knitted from the top down or the bottom up, as a cardigan or a pullover.  The sampler we will create will be worked from the bottom up, and will include patterning at the cuffs and sweater bottom as well as in the circular yoke.  Options for short row shaping for the neck will be discussed.  Students can choose to create a cardigan (cutting the front open) or a pullover.  The traditional Plotulopi yarn can be purchased for this class to learn how to manage this unusual yarn.

Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with DP needles, Magic Loop, or working with two circulars).  Prior stranded (two-color) knitting experience is preferred.

The Details

The Schedule

Thursday Evening: Arrive around 5 PM, wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30, dinner around 6:15.

Friday: Breakfast- 8:30, Class- 9:30 -12:30, Lunch and break until 1:30, Class until 4 PM.

Saturday: Breakfast- 8:30, Free time- until 12:30 (Beth will be available if you would prefer to stay at the Farmhouse to knit), Lunch and break until 1:30, Class until 4 PM.

Sunday: Breakfast- 8:30, Class- 9:30 -12:30, lunch and break until 1:30, Class until 4 PM.


The Cost: $560 includes all instruction and comprehensive handouts, Thursday welcome dinner, breakfast and lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (Dinners on those days are on your own.  Often the group will go out or bring dinner in.)


Getting There

AmTrak and Greyhound both serve Brattleboro (BRA) with one trip north and south each day.

Car Rental (in Brattleboro):
Enterprise: 802.257.4700
Avis:  802.258-3810

Taxi service:
From the train station to the Dutton Farmhouse, the cost is approximately $20, plus tip.

Adventure Taxi: 802.254.8400
ABS Taxi: 802.254.6446
MP Gouin Taxi: 802. 246.1165

The closest are Hartford, CT (BDL),Manchester, NH (MHT), Albany, NY (ALB) and Boston, MA (BOS).

Enter “Dutton Farmhouse 255 Dutton Farm Road, Dummerston, VT 05301” into Google Maps for directions.


Staying There



Classes are held in  the Dutton Farmhouse.  In warm weather, we often eat outside and enjoy the view of Mount Monadnock many miles away in New Hampshire!  The farmhouse  has four bedrooms with shared baths.    Contact Marilyn for more information on staying there.

The following hotels are within 5-10 minutes and 5-10 miles of the workshop.

  • The Hampton Inn 802.254.5700
  • Holiday Inn Express 802.257.2400
  • The Latchis 802-254-6300
  • Motel 6 802.254.6007, VT
  • Chesterfield Inn, NH 603.256.3222



To Register

To get more information or to register, email Marilyn King who handles registrations.

A $150 deposit will secure your spot in the workshop, with  the balance due approximately 90 days prior to the class.  Checks should be made payable to Beth Brown-Reinsel and mailed to:

Marilyn King

Black Water Abbey yarns

PO Box 470688

Aurora, CO  80047-0688

If you have any questions, or for more information, contact Marilyn:

We hope to see you at the retreat!