beadsThe design process is creative and rewarding, but the journey from inspiration to the release of a pattern can be a bit of a mystery. Join us on this fun and interactive adventure where together we’ll design an accessory and yarn color from scratch. We don’t know what it is going in because we make all those decisions together during the course of the workshop!

Over three sessions and some in-between homework, we’ll share stories, stitches, shapes, textures and colors for the design inspiration; choose a yarn base and color family and style; swatch! (of course); talk about flow and transition of stitch patterns, cast on and bind off; make bling decisions; discuss photography and consider naming options; and finally bring it all together with a pattern release and cast on party, where each participant receives their own copy of the pattern and enough yarn in our designed colorway to complete the project!

dyepot_greenThis project is highly interactive and participants will gain knowledge through lecture, demo, and hands on participation with guided swatching, testing, dyeing or other input into our garment.

No design experience necessary. Beginning and advanced knitters are welcome: this project is suitable for adventurous knitters that are able to cast on, bind off, knit and purl, and have completed a few projects on their own. Final pattern difficulty will be influenced by the group.


The nitty gritty details:

  • Timing: 3 sessions on Tuesday evenings: Feb 28 (6-9pm), Mar 21 (6-9pm), Apr 18 (6-8pm), plus in-between behind the scenes homework
  • Peeps: Designer Susan Gehringer of grist creative and Dyer Sarah Lukes of Seattle Sky Dyeworks
  • Location, location, location: The Nifty Knitter, Issaquah WA

Can’t wait to start? Call The Nifty Knitter (425) 369-3098 to sign up
Craving more? Learn about Susan at and Sarah at







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