Knitting Foundations

Design Retreat Weekend with Shirley Paden!

Join us for a Design Retreat Weekend with knitting instructor extraordinaire Shirley Paden! Author of the fabulous Knitwear Design Workshop: The Comprehensive Guide to Handknits,

We will meet at the Gables Wine Country Inn Friday, May 13th 2 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturday, May 14th 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday, May 15th 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Oh yes! The details… Shirley says:In this class students learn to custom-make their own sweater patterns. They will work through organizing the components involved in constructing three different types of garments and 2 different types of necklines. One garment is designed with a round neckline and two with V necklines. The first is a pullover designed using the Classic Body silhouette that is based on the bust measurements.  It is worked straight to the armholes; then the armholes and neckline are shaped. The second is also a pullover.  It is designed using the Double Tapered Body silhouette.  This sweater type is shaped along the natural curves of the body to the armholes; then the armholes and neckline are shaped.  The third design is a cardigan.  It is designed using the Reverse Taper Body silhouette. This garment shape is trapezoidal.  It is wider at the bottom than at the top.  It is tapered along the sides from the bottom measurement to the bust measurement; then the armholes and neckline are shaped.  All 3 designs will be planned with set-in sleeves.  Students will work through planning a tapered sleeve with a set-in cap.  They will also be walked through accurately measuring a swatch, taking body measurements, writing a pattern, and calculating yarn amounts.  Measuring a garment will also be reviewed.” The final four hours on Sunday will be on Finishing Techniques!

For more inspiration from Shirley!

“The Lion Brand weekly Blog Post went up on their website.  I was one of the 2 featured designers who appeared at the LB studio last week.  On the blog you get a chance to see the Design Master Class in action.  Below is the link to the blog.  The first feature is Cathy Carron’s book signing event for her new “Cowl Girls” book.   My class is below that.”
“The link below will take you into the  Designer’s Studio where you can see my  interview with Faina Goberstein.   It was just posted today.”
“Just in case you had not heard, my book is #5 on the top 10 best selling Craft Books for 2010 on”
And of course, visit her beautiful website at Shirley Paden / Custom Knits.

Price of $265.00 includes Shirley’s amazing class on DESIGN BASICS, freshly baked snacks enjoyed with tea and coffee and 2 delicious light lunches on Saturday and Sunday.

Shirley will also be at Borders Books Santa Rosa for a book signing and talk on Saturday May 14th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. We are truly blessed to have her here!

Contact me with any questions you may have. Happy designing, Jessica


To arrange lodging accommodations please contact:

The Gables Wine Country Inn
4257 Petaluma Hill Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(800) GABLESN (800 422-5376)

Map to The Gables Wine Country Inn

Map to ZAZU Restaurant

Map to Borders Books Santa Rosa


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[…] to Santa Rosa to spend a weekend with Shirley Paden for an in-depth look of her design process. Jessica McCready organized the event. What can I say, I’m addicted to both the process AND knitting. I stayed at […]

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