Escape to Woodstock, Vermont on October 15-18, 2017 for a Knitting Retreat with Arne & Carlos and Lars Rains

Interweave Escapes

Event Overview

Interweave Escapes is a unique way for knitters to come together, learn from a knitting expert and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow devotees in this intimate, retreat-style event.

Interweave Escapes is traveling to beautiful Woodstock, Vermont to enjoy a rare opportunity: We will be staying at the luxurious Woodstock Inn and Resort for a one-of-a kind, all inclusive knitting getaway. There will be two knitting workshops, one from Arne & Carlos and one from Lars Rains, delicious gourmet meals, plus a special presentation and book signing with Arne & Carlos.  Join us for an amazing weekend amid the natural beauty of Woodstock, Vermont, October 15-18, 2017.

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About Woodstock Inn & Resort

Set in the heart of Woodstock, Vermont, our hotel invites you to wander along welcoming Main Street, browse restaurants and charming boutiques, and relish in an area rich in recreation and abundant in adventure in the surrounding Green Mountains.Here, thoughtful authenticity blends seamlessly with a classic resort experience to evoke a timeless elegance. There is so much to do, this is the perfect retreat to bring your spouse or non knitting companion to enjoy the trip!

Woodstock Inn & Resort is a year-round destination in the village of Woodstock, Vermont that embraces the vision of Laurance and Mary Rockefeller. With a legacy that’s deeply rooted in the Woodstock community, the Inn is cherished for its preservation of New England history, heritage, and elegance.


About Your Knitting Instructors

Arne & Carlos: Scandinavian design superstars Arne & Carlos have gained a passionate international following, not only through their work with well-known names such as Commes des Garçons, Urban Outfitters, Dale of Norway and Regia, but also their eight bestselling instructional books and numerous online tutorials. It is in their books and videos that we are warmly welcomed into their vibrant, colorful, creative world, which is based in a renovated train station in the Valdres region of Norway, north of Oslo.

Lars Rains: Even though Lars Rains has been knitting for over twenty years, he still learns something new with each project he completes. He firmly believes that every knitter has the potential to become a fabulous designer with the proper tools and techniques. His design work has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Knit Edge, Chicago Knits, and Knitty. His patterns have also been included in collections for Malabrigo Yarns, Noro Yarns, and Cascade Yarns. Lars published his first book of Icelandic patterns, Modern Lopi: One, last year and one of his designs from that book won the Grand Prize at the inaugural Independent Designers contest at the leading yarn industry association’s fashion show this year. His latest book, Presto: 10 Accessory Projects You Can Knit In A Weekend, features designs that make use of Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. yarn. Lars can be found on Ravelry as ModernLopi or online at

What You’ll Learn

Photo from Arne & Carlos’ Field Guide to Knitted Birds published by Trafalgar Square Books.

Arne and Carlos are offering 2 class options!

Option 1: Knitted Birds with Arne & Carlos
Scandinavian design superstars Arne & Carlos will teach you how to knit and purl the Norwegian (Continental) way. Plus, they’ll share their tips for the
easiest method of tensioning yarn correctly to get even stitches and perfect gauge, whether knitting or purling. And you’ll learn how to read a chart, so you don’t have to rely on the written pattern!

From their Best selling book! We all deserve a flock of our own! Learn to knit a covey of feathered friends in this introductory class exploring the basic tenets of the knitted bird, a charming, quiet, and extraordinarily clean species comfortable in all manner of domesticated scenarios. Arne & Carlos provide expert guidance for intermediate and advanced knitters with an interest in hatching their own handmade avian companions. You’ll learn the fundamental steps from beak to feet to tail, leaving you well prepared to spread your wings and explore the possibilities all on your own. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn the art of the knitted bird, as well as essential knitting techniques, from the very best in the business.

Supplies Needed:

  • Yarn will be supplied by Rowan.
  • You will  need filling to stuff the bird and beads for the eyes.
  • Needles: U.S. size 0–2.5 / 2–3 mm, set of 5 dpn
  • Crochet hook the same size as the knitting needles
  • Needle and thread

Option 2: Wrist Warmers with Selbu Pattern (traditional Norwegian pattern)
Using double-pointed needles can seem intimidating to beginning knitters, but authors Arne & Carlos will soothe those fears. Wrist Warmers make excellent and quick gifts for young and old alike! And a project like this is a great way to practice your stranded knitting in the round! No matter what the season or the outfit, keep your hands covered in high style!

Yarn to bring: (DK weight, 131 yd/120 m / 1.75 oz/50gr) in 2 different colors: for example black and white or blue and white. We suggest the following yarns: Schachenmayr Merino Extra Fine 120 or Rowan Pure wool Superwash DK or Rowan Super Fine Merino DK.

Needles: U.S. sizes 2-3 and 4 / 3 and 3.5 mm: One set of 5 DPNs
Homework: With smaller size dpn and main color (Black), CO 48 sts. Join, being careful not to twist cast-on row. Divide stiches evenly over 4 dpn = 12 sts per dpn. Work around in k2, p2ribbing for 1.25in / 3cm.

Level of knitting proficiency required: Basic knitting skills needed. Participants should be able to knit and purl. This project is suitable for inexperienced, intermediate and advanced knitters.

Design Your Own Icelandic Sweater with Lars Rains

In this workshop, we will examine the various components of a bottom-up, seamless yoke sweater. After we have recorded the body measurements required for this type of garment, we will work through all of the steps (and the math!) needed for you to leave with a personalized pattern that you can take home to create your own Icelandic lopapeysa. An assortment of yoke patterns and motif bands will be provided for you to incorporate into your design. Questions pertaining to designing yoke patterns and top-down construction methods will be considered as time permits.

  • Homework required: Homework will consist of preparing a 5″ by 5″ gauge swatch in stockinette stitch using either Álafosslopi or Léttlopi.
  • Skill level Required: Basic understanding of sweater construction.
  • Supplies Needed: Homework swatch, measuring tape and calculator (usually found on most smartphones and tablets). Colored pencils are optional.


 About the Whippletree Yarn Shop

The Whippletree Yarn Shop is one on the oldest yarn stores in Vermont, will be offering a 20% discount to all knitting attendees. Use one of your free afternoons to shop this exclusive deal.

Special Bonus Presentation and Book Signing with Arne and Carlos

Here we see glimpses of the eclectic collections of memorabilia, the rich variety of materials and patterns, the natural elements outside and homey comforts of inside that spark their ever-active imaginations. These are the sources of their hugely popular handcraft designs, which reflect their enthusiasm for finding new ways to value the old, as well as their commitment to developing innovative ideas that are wholly their own. In this engaging lecture, Arne & Carlos speak frankly about the way they live, and how every one of us can be inspired by the everyday things that surround us. Learn how to create fabulous, unique knitting and crochet designs, as well as other projects, using their unique lifestyle techniques, and walk away feeling energized and finally ready to bring your own original ideas to life.

Meet Kerry Bogert

Interweave’s own Kerry Bogert will be joining in on the fun! Kerry is the Editorial Director of Craft Books for Interweave. She is an avid lover of all things fiber related, having been introduced to crochet when she was just five years old and, eventually, knitting, much later in life over a pitcher of margaritas. Along with fiber lover, she also wears the titles of author, artist, and Mom. Kerry spent 10 years of her life as a lampwork glass and wire jewelry artist prior to joining the Interweave team. She’s the author of Totally Twisted (named’s Best Beading Book of 2010), Rustic Wrappings, and Crafter’s Market 2016 and you can find her work in about a dozen other publications including: Modern Crochet Mandalas, The Missing Link, Wire Style, and others. Follow Kerry’s adventures in crafting her creative life on Instagram @kabsconcepts.



This extremely limited event includes lodging at the Woodstock Inn & Resort, all meals, workshops, and a gift bag. All taxes and gratuities are also included.

Room ($2,395 per person): For single occupancy knitters staying by themselves or with a non-knitting companion.  All meals and activities included.
Double ($1,795 per person): For double occupancy knitters staying in two queen beds in one room.  All meals and activities included.
Companion ($950 per person): Want to bring a non-knitting guest/spouse? All companions can participate in all non-knitting activities/meals.

Upgrades available upon request and subject to availability. Please inquire with Doreen Connors at [email protected] or 516-498-7463.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 15 2017
3:00pm – Check-in
5:30pm – Welcome reception at the Woodstock Inn & Resort
6:00pm – Dinner

Monday, October 16 2017
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
9:00am – 12:00am Knitting Workshop
12:30pm – 1:30pm – Lunch
Afternoon free: Plan a visit to the spa or explore Woodstock. Be sure and visit the Whippletree Yarn Shop and receive your discount.
6:30pm – Dinner

Tuesday, October 17 2017
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
9:00am – 12:00am Knitting Workshop
12:30pm – 1:30pm – Lunch
Afternoon free: Plan a visit to the spa or explore Woodstock. Be sure and visit the Whippletree Yarn Shop and receive your discount.
6:30pm – Dinner

Wednesday, October 18 2017
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
10:00am – Checkout
11:00am – Special Presentation from Arne and Carlos followed by a Book Signing

For additional questions please contact Doreen Connors at [email protected] or 516-498-7463.

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