Come to Vermont to knit and learn!
(Registration information is at the end of this page.) You can download a flyer of all the following information here:
Nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, I hold knitting retreats every year. A variety of traditional workshops, based on my research in many European and American 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 a historic apple farm. I love teaching knitters in this beautiful place. We laugh a lot, knit a lot, and eat very well. It all adds up to a memorable time for new and returning participants. Here are photos of past Vermont Retreats!
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 as 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.
CLASSES FOR 2024
Session 1 (Spring):
May 16-19, 2024 The Danish Sejerø Skrå-trøje
Course Description: From the island of Sejerø in Denmark comes a beautiful garment from 1878,
knitted in two-color patterns with attention to construction detail. This one-of-a-kind garment was made by the wife of turner Hanson for her husband. This pullover is knitted in two weights of yarn, and patterning includes a large motif, seam stitches, and an underarm half-gusset. A small sampler will be made, using both circularly and flat knitting using a handout and charts. Two-End Knitting is worked in the overlapped cuff area with buttonholes, and the neck slit features a knitted facing. Crochet is worked around the neckline.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced (Must be proficient with DP needles, Magic Loop, or working with two circulars). Prior stranded (two-color) knitting experience is preferred.
Session 2 (Autumn):
October 24-27, 2024 Estonian Kihnu Socks
When I visited the island of Kihnu, I was entranced by the lovely socks the women knitted. So many techniques were used: a traditional Estonian cast-on, Kihnu vits braid, lace, traveling stitches, color work, and the general construction of the sock. Although the original socks were made to go above the knee, we will work an anklet. Yarn dominance, reading charts, working with multiple colors, and designing will be covered. In addition, you may choose your own motifs if you prefer, from the handout. A slide show of my visits to Estonia will be presented.
Level: Intermediate to advanced (Must be proficient with DP needles, Magic Loop, or working with two circulars). Prior stranded (two-color) knitting experience is suggested but not mandatory.
Once you have registered and paid in full, your class supply list will be sent to you about one month from the beginning of the workshop.
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: $595 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. Sometimes the group will go out or bring dinner in.)
AmTrak and Greyhound both serve Brattleboro (BRA) with one trip north and south each day.
Car Rental (in Brattleboro): Enterprise: 802.257.4700
Taxi service: This is not always available–email Beth to confirm.
Airports: The closest airports 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.
Classes are held in the Dutton Farmhouse. We often eat outside in warm weather and enjoy the view of Mount Monadnock many miles away in New Hampshire! The farmhouse has four bedrooms with shared baths. Contact John 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 www.hamptoninn.hilton.com/Brattleboro
- Comfort Inn & Suites 802.579.1344 www.choicehotels.com/vermont/brattleboro/comfort-inn-hotels
- Holiday Inn Express 802.257.2400 www.brattleboroexpress.com
- The Latchis 802.254.6300 www.latchis.com
- Chesterfield Inn, NH 603.256.3222 www.chesterfieldinn.com
To get more information or to register, email John who handles registrations: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
We hope to see you at the retreat!
Because of the planning and financial commitments involved in putting on our Knitting Traditions retreats, we are unable to give you a refund if you need to withdraw less than 90 days from the retreat. When you pay your full fee, your participation is considered confirmed.
If, after confirming your participation, you need to withdraw from the program for any reason, we will credit a portion of your fee to a future program as follows:
• Should you withdraw between 89 and 30 days in advance of the retreat, we will roll over your fee toward participation in a future program.
• Should you withdraw less than 30 days in advance: we will roll over 50% of your fee to a future program if we are able to replace you in the current workshop.
•If we are not able to secure a new participant for your spot, we will be unable to issue a credit for any portion of your fee.
• If you need to cancel prior to 90 days before the retreat, we will refund any payments made.
COVID Refunds Prior to A Retreat
Knitting Traditions requires that all participants be fully vaccinated to participate. If we do not believe that the group can meet safely unmasked indoors due to heightened COVID concerns or mandated indoor mask-wearing, we will cancel the retreat and offer you the option of receiving a full refund or transferring your participation fee to a future retreat. We will make every effort to cancel the retreat with sufficient notice so that you can modify any related travel bookings. However, due to the ever-changing COVID landscape, we reserve the right to cancel the retreat up to and including the morning of the retreat. Knitting Traditions is not responsible for paying any non-refundable travel costs you may incur. If you are unable to participate in a retreat due to contracting COVID or being exposed to someone who has contracted COVID within 5 days of your retreat date, we will transfer your participation fee to a future retreat. If you have any questions or concerns about our retreat policies, please email John: email@example.com
We hope to see you at the retreat!