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Aleks Byrd Weekend – Introduction to Estonian Knitting Workshop

Aleks Byrd Weekend – Introduction to Estonian Knitting Workshop

Get a taste of Estonian knitting by making a  wristlet showcasing four traditional techniques.  This workshop is an introduction to Estonian  knitting exploring knit fringe, knit braids,  bobbles, and roosimine inlay knitting. We will  travel across Estonia learning these different  techniques that are much easier than they  look. A great way to get to grips with many of  the techniques covered in Aleks Byrd’s book  Traditions Revisited: Modern Estonian Knits. 

Students will learn: 

  • Estonian Pärnumaa knit fringe 
  • Knit braids: Kihnu vits & Twisted braid • Nupp bobble 
  • Vikkel lateral braid 
  • Roosimine inlay knitting 

SKILL LEVEL: intermediate knitter ; students  should be comfortable to knit and purl in  the round with two colours at a time (easy  colourwork), reading from charts, cast-on, bind  -off 

LENGTH : 6 hours in person taught in two 3 hour sessions 


  • 4mm / US 6 needles for knitting small  circumference (Double pointed needles or  circular needles for magic loop) 
  • Stitch markers 
  • Scissors 
  • Knit Fringe tool (available from Aleks Byrd)  or flat stick or card approx 0.5” / 1.5 cm  wide for wrapping fringe yarn loops 
  • DK yarn in 3 contrasting colours in the  following approx. amounts: 

– MC (main colour) 20g  

– CC1 (contrast colour 1 used for fringe) 10g

– CC2 (contrast colour 2 used for fringe) 10g

Make sure all yarn is easy to pull from  both ends of the ball (for working with two strands at a time)

Yarns we would recommend for this class are The Croft DK, Brooklyn Tweed Arbour and South Australian Nomad Yarns

Our store will be open 15 minutes before class commences to purchase materials and wind yarn into a cake as required. Instruction booklets will be provided.

With MC, CO 40 sts, join in the rnd. PM for
Rnd 1: K to end.
Rnd 2: P to end.
Repeat rnds 1-2 once more.

BOR – beginning of round
CO – cast-on
k – knit
MC – main colour
p – purl
PM – place marker
rnd(s) – round(s)
[-] – repeat everything between [ ]

The class will run from 10am-5pm with a one hour lunch break. You are welcome to bring your own lunch, however we are not able to provide re-heating facilities. There are some great local eateries to try including

  • Dutch Coffee Lab
  • Milledges Distillation Cafe
  • The Port Admiral Hotel (All GF option)

Tea and Coffee will be provided .

All class attendees with receive a 10% discount on all in-store purchases* on the day. This is also extended to any class materials purchased in store in advance.

*excludes gift vouchers

About the Designer 

Aleks Byrd is a knitwear designer with roots in Estonia,  Canada, and the USA. She creates modern patterns with  a connection to the past using little-known traditional  techniques with a fresh twist on them for unique wearable  designs that are fun and rewarding to knit for all levels of  knitters. In addition to knitwear design, she works as an  illustrator and teaches Estonian knitting techniques around  the world. Her latest book Traditions Revisited – Modern  Estonian Knits brings together her designs and teaching  as introduction to Estonian knitting, both traditional and  traditional-inspired.

Refunds and Attendance

You are able to cancel or change dates up to 10 days prior to the workshop or class to receive a full refund. This ensures your spot can be made available for another interested student. Less than 10 days prior to the workshop or class we will be unable to reschedule or refund the cost. You may however transfer your booking to a friend. We ask that in all cases you contact Yarn Trader if you will not be attending.

If for any reason Yarn Trader must cancel a workshop or class for any other reason a full refund will be given or by agreement your booking may be transferred to another class.

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Aug 11 2023


10:00 am - 5:00 pm



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