Aleks Byrd - Baltic Braids Class

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Baltic Braids for Knitting

New Autumn workshops at Loop!

These are held in our London shop. 

Please note
This class is on Saturday October 23rd from 3-6:00pm (3 hours).
We have Alek's workshop on Roosimine technique in the morning from 11-2:00 if you'd like to make a day of great knitting technique workshops!

Tea, coffee and cakes will be supplied.

Knitted braids are the perfect embellishment for any project to make it just a little more special. The Baltic countries of Latvia and Estonia have many different styles of braids that have added interesting details to mittens, gloves, socks, and sweaters.
Learn three different braid types, two colour braided cast on and experiment with colour combinations and directionality.
Students will learn:
• Estonian Twisted Braid
• Kihnu vits / Kihnu Braid
• Latvian braid: left and right leaning

Materials to bring to the class:
-4mm  / US6 needles for knitting a small circumference; either double pointed needles or 60cm/ 24” circular needle for magic loop method
-Stitch markers
- 2 colours of DK weight yarn in contrasting colours, approx. 20g of each colour

Simple homework to make before and to bring to the class: 
Using 4mm / US 6 needles with MC (main color), cast on 42 sts. Join in the round and place marker for the beginning of round. 

Rnds 1 - 2: work 1x1 rib as follows: [k1, p1], repeat [-] to end. 

Rnds 3 - 4: k to end. 
k - knit 
p - purl

About the teacher:
When it comes to designing and illustrating knitwear, Aleks Byrd loves to work with many different strands. With a heritage tied to three countries – USA, Estonia and Canada – she has plenty of ideas and inspiration running through her, but tends to play with her Estonian roots in particular, weaving it into new patterns in order to produce modern and unique designs with a connection to the past. As a knitting ambassador for modern traditional Estonian knitting, Aleks has shared her knowledge of the little-known traditional techniques by putting a fresh twist on them for wearable designs. She also teaches these methods in her popular workshops.
It’s her design background in illustration coupled with her unique ideas and love of colour that shine through in her collection of designs that are fun and rewarding to knit for all levels of knitters.

You can see one of Aleks' beautiful designs in Laine Magazine Issue 10 , the Seli sweater and cardigan uses the Roosimine technique and Estonian knitted braid called a Kihnu Vits.

We're very honoured to welcome Aleks to Loop.

100% deposit is required at registration.

Cancellation policy
Full refund of payment for a class will be given for cancellations only if the spot can be filled by another student. Please be considerate. We reserve the right to cancel a class in unusual circumstances. We try to avoid this wherever possible, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. In this situation, of course, a full refund will be given.
We're sorry but loop can not be financially responsible for extreme weather conditions or any other situations that are out if its control.
If we need to cancel the class due to any unforeseen lockdown measures in London we will of course offer you a full refund or shop credit (whatever your preference is).
October 23rd (Saturday )