Varian Brandon

of Brandon Knitting Designs

Varian Brandon started knitting at eight. A trip to the islands of Great Britain rekindled a

love of color and created an interest in the traditions of Fair Isle design and

construction. She is currently designing stranded colorwork patterns for several yarn

companies, international magazines, and her own website.

Currently living in Saluda, North Carolina, Varian has been teaching stranded colorwork

and related knitting techniques at local yarn shops, regional fiber festivals, and for the

past thirteen years at the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat in Hendersonville, North

Carolina which she coordinates. Online, she can be found at

www.brandonknittingdesigns.com or on Ravelry as varianbrandon.

Friday, March 8 - 2pm-5pm

Using Steek Stitches - Beginning

Description: You have heard of people cutting their knitting. Sounds scary? Not really.

Knitters around the world have been adding extra stitches as placeholders for openings

for years and then cutting the extra stitches to reveal openings sleeves, neck, and

cardigan fronts. This class will explore the use of steek stitches in your knitting.

Students will knit a small swatch, secure selected stitches with a crochet hook, and cut

the opening in class. Once you have made the cut, the scary part is not so scary.

What you need to know: Knit stitch, purl stitch, cast on/cast off

What you will learn: various uses of steek stitches, single crochet stitch

What you need to work on before class: nothing

What you need to bring: solid color DK weight yarn (not novelty or fuzzy) 40 yds, US 4

needles, Size E or larger crochet hook, small sharp scissors

Saturday, March 9 - 9am-12pm

Converting Flat patterns to Knit in the Round

Description: Flat garment patterns. Flat stitch patterns. Both can be converted to knit in

the round. In the class, we will go over the concepts of circular knitting and work through

translating patterns for in the round knitting using circular or double pointed needles.

After going through a flat to in the round conversion as a class, students will work on the

translation of a simple pattern for themselves.

What you need to know: basic knitting

What you will learn: concept of flat vs “in the round” knitting, how to convert a simple

stitch pattern and garment pattern to knit in the round keeping sewing seams to the

minimum.

What you need to work on before class: nothing

What you need to bring: paper and pencil, calculator (the one on your phone is fine)

Saturday, March 9 - 2pm-5pm

Color Selection Guidelines

Description: Trying to put colors together for a project and things just aren’t working

out? Don’t think you are “good with color”? In this class we will look at a few guidelines

for selecting color that will help your swatches deliver more pleasing results.

What you need to know: Knit stitch, Purl stitch, familiarity with two color knitting

(helpful, but not necessary)

What you will learn: techniques to examine color choices used in sample swatches

and how to apply a few easy guidelines to make color selection less subjective.

What you need to work on before class: nothing

What you need to bring: 3-5 colors of DK weight yarn (40 yds) for use by entire class

Material fees: $5 for additional yarns used in class

Sunday, March 10 - 9am-12pm

Ribbing and Edgings for Colorwork

Description: Corrugated ribbing in multiple colors…in three variations. Picot edging in

multiple colors in two variations. Edgings that don’t curl without garter stitch or ribbing.

Seeing a theme? In this class, we will explore different ways of adding color to your

edgings and ribbings. Students will work on a variety of these colorful techniques for

beginning or ending your knitting.

What you need to know: Knit stitch, Purl stitch, familiar with two color knitting

What you will learn: various edgings and ribbings for two color knitting including

corrugated ribs, and purl when you can and two color picot edgings

What you need to work on before class: nothing

What you need to bring: 2 colors of solid color DK weight yarn (not novelty or fuzzy)

40 yds, US 4 needles