A raglan sweater is a type of sweater that has no shoulder seams. Instead, the sleeves are seamlessly connected to the body of the sweater at the neckline. This gives the sweater a clean, streamlined look and allows for greater range of motion.
Raglan sweaters are named after FitzRoy Somerset, Lord Raglan, the British commander-in-chief during the Crimean War. Raglan lost his right arm at the Battle of Waterloo, and it is believed that his tailor developed the raglan sleeve style to fit better on his armless side.
Raglan sweaters are a popular choice for both men and women. They are comfortable and stylish, and they can be dressed up or down. Raglan sweaters are also a good choice for activewear, as they allow for free movement.
Here are some of the benefits of raglan sweaters:
No shoulder seams: This gives the sweater a clean, streamlined look and allows for greater range of motion.
Comfortable: Raglan sweaters are typically made from soft, comfortable materials, such as cotton, wool, or acrylic.
Stylish: Raglan sweaters can be dressed up or down, making them a versatile wardrobe staple.
Good for activewear: Raglan sweaters allow for free movement, making them a good choice for sportswear or other activities.
If you are looking for a comfortable, stylish, and versatile sweater, a raglan sweater is a great option.
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Jan 2023 | Pi Shawl Basics Workshop (View Workshop)
Feb 2023 | Victorian Knitting Workshop (View Workshop)
March 2023 | Stories in Stitches Workshop (View Workshop)
April 2023 | Bosnian Socks Workshop (View Workshop)
May 2023 | Successful Lace Knitting Workshop (View Workshop)
July 2023 | Lithuanian Socks Workshop (View Workshop)
August 2023 |Beaded Wristers Warmers Workshop (View Workshop)
Experience level – advanced beginner
Description: Unravel the artistry of cable knitting and embark on a creative journey to craft your very own stunning knitted vest in this comprehensive and hands-on course. Cable knitting, with its intricate patterns and captivating textures, adds a touch of elegance to any garment. Throughout this course, you will unlock the secrets of cable knitting, from understanding the fundamentals to mastering advanced techniques, all while creating a stylish and cozy vest that will be the envy of all.|
This course is designed to cater to both knitting novices and experienced crafters looking to enhance their skills. We will learn how to knit cables with and without cable needles, as well as how to understand cable charts and the underlying concepts of how cables work.
Materials: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted (85% wool, 15% mohair 4 oz/113 g; 190 yds/173 m) in color M-109 laded Dreams, 4 (4, 5) skeins plus 1 extra skein for cabled back option
US size 6 (4 mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge
US size 4 (3.5 mm) needles
June 16th, 2024 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
After I finished my Arctic Lace Knitting Book, I finally allowed myself to explore the world of lace knitting and discovered that is is much more varied and elaborate than I could have imagined. Around the world and over time, knitters in different countries and regions have developed unique styles of lace knitting that range from easy-intermediate (like the knitting of the Oomingmak knitters) to advanced-insanely- difficult (like some of the Victorian patterns designed by English knitters). Other lace styles are used in Estonia, Russia, South America, Lithuania, Germany and Austria, and New Zealand. I’m sure there are even more, but these are the styles I’ve explored so far. – Donna Druchunas –
Skill level: advanced/intermediate.
Materials: Any yarn and needles for practice swatches
For the shawl; Jamieson & Smith 2ply Laceweight (Laceweight; 100% wool; 169m/185yds per 25g ball)
Pale Pink (L101); 8 x 25g balls or similiar
1 pair 3.5mm (UK 10/US 4) knitting needles
Oct 20th, 2024 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Materials: Pencil and pen, graph paper, calculator, basic knitting stitch library (optional), eye glasses or magnifier (if you need them for close work), a pair of hand-knitted socks you’d like to reproduce (or you can use one of my examples), 3-4 balls of sock yarn in different colors, and a set of 4 or 5 appropriately sized double-pointed needle.
Experience: Advanced, need to know how to knit with double-pointed needles, and be familiar with several kinds of sock heel and toe construction methods
Description: In this workshop, we will look at vintage sock patterns, photos from socks in museum collections, and samples of folk-art socks that I’ve collected in Eastern Europe, as well as any socks you’d like to bring with you to examine. We will then learn how to “read” the socks to determine how they were made and answer these questions, and more: Toe up or cuff down? What type of cast on? What type of bind-off? What pattern stitches and colors? What is the gauge? What fiber is used? At the end of the class, each student will be ready to begin reproducing a pair of ethnic socks and will leave the classroom with charts and
Sept 15th, 2024 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Materials: Worsted or heavy-worsted yarn, 6 to 8 ounces. Scraps are perfect: you will be making samples, and you will be cutting your work! The yarn should produce a nice-feeling stockinette (definitely not too loose, and preferably not board-like) at about 4 to 5 stitches per inch. At least two colors, unless you plan to work the samples in one color.One 16-inch circular needle, size 7 or 8 U.S.Set of double-pointed needles, in the same size as the circular needle.Crochet hook in a size slightly smaller than your knitting needles. Stitch markers.Sewing needle, thread, and scissors.
Skill Level: For the advanced-beginner to intermediate knitter.
Description: Steeking is a technique devised by traditional and ethnic knitters. Steeks provide provide ways to form openings in fabric that is worked in the round: openings for armholes, necklines, cardigan fronts, and so on.They do involve cutting your handknitted fabric! This class will quickly ease you past the obstacle of snipping your stitches and then give you practical experience in where and how to use steeks. We’ll be knitting swatches and cutting them in this class.It’s true: I was scared stiff when I snipped open my first steek. Now I use these techniques whenever I can. When I work with intricate patterning, it’s wonderful to be able to keep going in the round above the armholes. When I knit a simple garment, it’s nice to stay with the flow of working in the round. Every time I see an opening in a garment, I think, “Hmmm, is there any reason not to steek that?” Participants in this class need to be comfortable with the basics of knitting, purling, casting on, and binding off, and to know how to join for working in the round. Some experience with two-color knitting can be very helpful.
Homework: Students will be required to knit swatches before class, instructions will be provided 1-2 weeks before the class date.
May 19th, 2024 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Guest teacher and dear friend, Anne Burke with join us in this workshop.
This is an advanced workshop that includes several different types of colorwork including fair isle, intarsia in the round, baltic braids, and corrugated ribbing. The workshop includes a tutorial on intarsia in the round as well as links to many videos of the special techniques used in the pattern.
Experience level: intermediate to advanced
Worsted weight wool yarn
1 skein (about 220 yards per 100g) of white (MC) and
1 mini skein (about 50 yards) each of 3 contrasting colors: blue (A), green (B), and gold (C) US size 7 (4.5mm) and US size 8 (5mm) needles
April 21st, 2024 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Experience: All skill levels, basic knitting skills required.
Materials: 1 pair of single-pointed knitting needles in the size you used for your swatches, 1 set of double-pointed knitting needles in the size you used for your swatches, contrasting, worsted weight, yarn, crochet hook in the same size you used for your swatches (or close), yarn or tapestry needles large enough to accommodate your yarn, plastic seaming pins, basic knitting toolkit.
In this workshop you use swatches to learn, and practice, different types of seams, bind-offs, and edge finishes and which are best suited for different types of knit projects. Button Bands, buttonholes, picking up stitches, I-cord bind-off, 3- needle bind off, and crocheted seams and edges will all be covered.
HOMEWORK: Students should bring 6 swatches to class. Do not bind off your swatches, but place them on stitch holders or spare needles. We will use them to learn new bind-off techniques. They should be knit from a worsted weight yarn and should measure at least 4″ inches X 4″ inches. You will need two swatches each knit in Garter Stitch, Stockinette Stitch, and Seed Stitch.
March 17th, 2024 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Have you ever wondered why some people can read charts easily and others find them incomprehensible? The truth is, charts are written in a code that can be deciphered by knitters who learn the symbols on the page and in their knitting. Charts do not use arbitrary symbols, but each symbol includes the instructions on how to make the indicated stitch! In this class, you will learn the secrets of interpreting chart symbols for texture and cable stitches.
Knit and purl moss stitch
Right & left basic cable crosses (2/2)
Right & left crossing rope cables (2/2)
Right & left basic knits moving over purls (2/1)
Diagonal lines that move to the left and the right (2/1)
Right and left slanting decreases
Learn how to draw the design with your stitches without constantly making mistakes or referring to the chart keys.
Feb 18st, 2024 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Over 25 years of knitting experience under her needles & running a kitting business for 19 yrs, Donna is well versed in the knitting industry. Teacher, mentor, designer, artist, and so much more. You may have seen her in Interweave magazine, Vogue knitting Magazine, knitting books, knitting retreats, Craftsy.com, or countless knitting articles over the years.
We’ve incorporated designs to suit every knitter from beginner to advanced and included everything from gorgeous shawls and scarves, to hats and socks. There are even a few accessories like the Market Bag and the Handfasting Ribbon.
We hope this book will act as inspiration for you to continue your exploration into goddesses around the world and perhaps to dip your toes into the waters of a new craft: painting, drawing, glassblowing, papercraft, flower work, sculpture, culinary art, or photography. There are many ways to touch the magic of that universal tapestry. We hope by working the designs in this book, you can do just that.
– Authors & Designers Donna Druchunas & Heather Marano
All yarn is custom dyed right here at sheep to shawl by designer Donna Druchunas. Colors are picked for the specific knitting project. All new knitting designs, never before seen.
Frida adopted the traditional clothing of women from Mexico’s matriarchal Tehuantepec culture—combined with some pieces from Europe and others from China—to create her unique style. We will explore the colors, designs, and style of Frida’s clothing and incorporate all new knitting designs in 6 knitting patterns and art created by me. – Designer Donna Druchunas –
I’ve put together a knitting workshop per month for 2023. These are live online knitting workshops that I’ve taught live and in person in the past and I’m making them available to all the wonderful knitters out there at a low cost, no traveling, no hotel stay needed. 🙂 – Donna Druchunas –
Please contact Donna on our contact form or direct email to Donna@sheeptoshawl.com. Please specify which workshop you have questions about or just ask a general questions.
A mystery knit along (MKAL) is a type of knitting project in which a pattern is released in stages over a period of time, typically a few weeks or months. Each stage of the pattern is released at a specific date and time, and the final design is not revealed until the end of the project. This adds an element of surprise and excitement to the knitting process, as knitters do not know what the finished product will look like until it is complete.
MKALs are often hosted by designers or knitting groups, and participants typically purchase the pattern before the project begins. Some MKALs may also include optional clues or hints to help participants along the way. Knitters can follow along with the pattern at their own pace and share their progress with the knitting community on social media or online forums.
Mystery knit alongs can be a fun and engaging way to challenge yourself as a knitter and try new techniques or styles. They can also be a great way to connect with other knitters and share the experience of creating something beautiful and unique
Materials: 2 balls of soft worsted weight yarn in different colors (approx 225 yards per ball), US size 101⁄2 (6.5mm) circular ndl approx 24″/60cm long or 2 circulars, basic knitting toolkit. This is enough yarn for the cowl and the December hat class.
Experience: Easy, need to know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl.
Description: I combined soft and squishy Brioche Stitch, also known as Fisherman’s Rib, with one skein of wool and one skein of wool-silk blend. You can 2 any soft yarns that you like. We will learn how to knit 2-color Brioche in the round with this simple, meditative pattern that will give you a quick gift for yourself or someone on your holiday list.
Nov 12th, 2023 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Materials: 2 balls of soft worsted weight yarn in different colors (approx 225 yards per ball), US size 9 (5.5mm) circular ndl 16″/40cm long and dpns or 2 circulars, basic knitting toolkit. This is enough yarn to make the hat plus the cowl from the November class.
Experience: Easy, need to know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl.
Description: I combined soft and squishy Brioche Stitch, also known as Fisherman’s Rib, with one skein of wool and one skein of wool-silk blend. You can choose any soft yarns that you like. We will learn how to knit 1-color AND 2-color Brioche in the round to create a cozy hat that can be work separately or paired with the cowl from November’s class.
Dec 10th, 2023 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Materials: 3-4 balls of worsted weight yarn in different colors, set of 5 size 7 double-pointed needles (or 2 circulars or 1 long circular for magic loop), a crochet hook of the same size, basic knitting toolkit.
Experience: Intermediate, need to know how to knit with double-pointed needles (or 2 circulars or 1 long circular for magic loop)
Description: Learn to make fabulous colorwork mittens. Choose your own cuff style, thumb technique, and fingertip shaping from traditional options and decorate your mitten with Lithuanian colorwork motifs. A basic pattern is provided, but you’ll learn how to make custom-fitted mittens on the fly with just a few key measurements. In this class we will also learn how to embellish our mittens with knitted fringe, baltic braids, and a decorative cast on.
Oct 22nd, 2023 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Materials: Size 10 1/2 needles, 5 skeins of Brown Sheep’s Burly Spun yarn, 1 skein color A, 2 skeins color B, 3 skeins color C or equivalent yarn, basic knitting tools.
Experience: Easy+ level. Students need to know to knit and purl, cast-on and bind-off, and have experience making 2-3 projects.
Description: Rugs provide a stress-free way to learn to knit. Even if you only know how to cast on and do the knit stitch, you can create stylish and functional rugs for your home. Since rugs are simple shapes, there are no armholes or necklines to shape, no buttonholes to remember, and no constant measuring to ensure proper fit. In this class, we will learn to make an oval knitted rug inspired by Early American braided rugs. Made from old rags, these early rugs represent frugality and parsimony, but their flamboyant colors speak of a love for beauty. This rug, made of alternating Garter and Stockinette Stitch strips, gives you the chance to bring the classic braided look into your own home.
Sept 17th, 2023 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Beginner Knitter: 1 skein of Cascade 220 (or equivalent worsted-weight wool) in a medium or dark color, size 5 straight or circular needles (see homework)
Intermediate Knitter: 1 skein of Koigu (or equivalent fingering-weight wool) in a medium or dark semi-solid color, or equivalent fingering weight wool yarn, size 1 straight or circular needles (see homework)
Advanced: 1 skein of a fairly heavy lace-weight wool yarn,
something that has some body and is NOT cobweb weight, size 000 needles (see homework)
Everyone: crochet hook same size as needles or close, basic knitting toolkit, needle nose pliers (optional)
Homework: CO 30 sts and work in garter stitch for about 3 inches and BO. Make sure your stitches are tight and the fabric is firm. If they are loose and the fabric is soft, try again with smaller needles. Bring the swatch to class.
Experience: Beginners welcome! If you can do the knit stitch, you can make these beaded wrist warmers.
Description: Beads add a fabulous touch! Knowing just the basics of knitting, you can easily create colorful designs with beads. Using only garter stitch and learning how to read and work from beading charts, in this workshop, we will make beautiful jeweled wrist warmer cuffs that are inspired by those popular in Lithuania. We will also learn beautiful crochet trim stitches – with and without beads, for trimming the wrist warmers.
Aug 20th, 2023 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Materials: 1 ball of worsted-weight yarn (approx 100 yards), two sets of 5 size 7 double- pointed needles (or 2 circulars or 1 long circular for magic loop), basic knitter’s toolkit.
Experience: Intermediate, need to know how to knit with double-pointed needles (or 2400 circulars or 1 long circular for magic loop)
Description: Working from instructions I have translated from vintage Lithuanian knitting books, we will knit several types of heels and toes that I have never seen used in contemporary American knitting patterns. We will also look at different types of sock construction used in Lithuania in the 19th century, and discuss the history and cultural development of Lithuania, with a focus on influences on knitting patterns and techniques used in the country. We will learn how to knit an unusual short row heel that also has a gusset, a stair-step heel, and several variations of heel stitches for heels with flaps. We will also look at several ways to shape toes including two unusual spiral designs with decorative decreases. I will have a selection of hand-knit socks from Lithuania to examine up close. Students will also receive a collection of colorwork and lace charts for sock stitches that are popular in Lithuania.
July 16th, 2023 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Materials: About 50 yards of worsted-weight yarn, size 7 needles, basic knitting toolkit
Skill Level: All skill levels welcome.
Description: Learn the version of Continental knitting traditionally used in Lithuania and many other parts of Eastern Europe. This technique is sometimes called Combination or Eastern Uncrossed knitting in the west, but in Lithuania it’s known as Grandma’s Knitting. This is a fast way to knit and many knitters find it gives them the most even tension of any technique they’ve tried.
June 18th, 2023 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Materials: Size 5 and 3 straight needles, approx 50 yards of worsted-weight and sport-weight yarn in any animal fiber, light colors are best, stitch markers, sticky notes (recommended) or row counter, and basic knitting tools.
Skill Level: For the advanced-beginner to intermediate knitter. Students should know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl, and should have completed several projects.
Description: For years I tried to learn how to knit lace, and was frustrated as I failed each time. I finally gave up because I wanted to have fun knitting and enjoy my hobby. I was able to knit cables, fair isle, intarsia, and even entrelac with no problems, but lace stymied me over and over again. I thought I would never be able to knit lace, until I stumbled onto Dorothy Reade’s simple techniques.
Working from charts, understanding decreases, and knitting with worsted-weight yarn and larger needles gave me the confidence and practice I needed to ease into lace knitting. If I learned how to knit lace after years of frustration and failure, I know other knitters can, too!
In this workshop we will discuss the tools and yarns used to knit lace, learn how to follow lace charts, and make one swatch in worsted- weight yarn and one in sport-weight yarn. Students will then be ready to knit a lace-weight swatch on their own, and move on to making a simple project such as a lace scarf or hat.
May 21st, 2023 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Materials: 2 balls of worsted-weight yarn in different colors (approx 100 yards each), set of 5 appropriately sized double- pointed needles (or 2 circulars or 1 long circular for magic loop), a crochet hook of the same size, basic knitting toolkit
Experience: Intermediate, need to know how to knit with double-pointed needles (or 2 circulars or 1 long circular for magic loop)
Description: In this class we will learn how to make a fascinating Bosnian toe-up sock that has a rectangular toe that is knitted flat, but without purls! The rest of the sock is knitted in-the-round with an “after thought” heel, and decorative finishing. I have several examples of hand-knit Bosnian slipper socks that we will examine closely. We will knit a complete mini sock to learn the techniques, and you’ll have a pattern to knit full-sized socks on your own.
April 16th, 2023 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Materials: Approximately 2 skeins of approx 100 yards of worsted-weight yarn (each a different color) for knitting a sampler, size 7 (4.5mm) or 8 (5mm) knitting needles, basic knitting tools.
Experience: Intermediate. Knitters should have basic knitting skills plus experience with reading charts.
Description: In this workshop, we will learn about stories from knitters around the world, and we will learn to knit a pattern stitch from each region and knit a sampler. Stories and techniques will be different in this workshop.
We will go over topics as diverse as: Bavarian twisted-traveling stitches, Irish cables from the Aran Islands, two-color knitting from Norway, Danish texture patterns, Japanese bobbles, Ukrainian lace, Estonian nupps, Andean popcorn stitch, Lithuanian two-color braids, Latvian fringe cast-on, and Swedish twined knitting.
March 19th, 2023 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Materials: Any spare yarn for swatching and appropriately sized needles.
Experience: Intermediate. Knitters should have basic knitting skills plus experience with knitting lace and reading charts.
Description: Have you ever found a beautiful pattern in an antique knitting book with bewildering instructions that gave you a headache? In this class, we will look at several Victorian knitting patterns and discuss how to interpret the instructions for today’s knitters. We will discuss gauge, sizing and materials and will look at a glossary of knitting terms that compares those from Victorian times with modern terminology and techniques.
We will also learn how to chart lace and texture patterns to make them easier to work with. We will go over the basics of charting using graph paper and pencil, and we will also learn about a variety of charting fonts, spreadsheet tools, and software programs for Mac and Windows.
Feb 19th, 2023 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time
Materials: 1600 (XS, 54′′), 2000 (S, 60′′), or 2400 (L, 72′′) yards of sock yarn and size 4 double-pointed needles plus circular needles of varying lengths (interchangeables work great for this), or one long circular for magic loop. This is the yarn for a complete shawl. You can bring 1 skein of yarn with the appropriate needles for the class.
Experience: Intermediate. Knitters should have basic knitting skills plus some experience with circular knitting and reading charts.
Description: With the simple pi-shawl shaping pioneered by Elizabeth Zimmermann and the beautiful lace stitches designed by Dorothy Reade knit in fingering-weight yarn, and a knit-on border, you won’t get bored even though there is a lot of knitting! This pi shawl is made as a sampler using lace stitches with diamond and circle motifs. I made this up as I went and chose a pattern stitch that had the number of rows I needed for each section as well as a repeat that was close to what I needed.
You can copy my design exactly or choose whatever stitches you like for each section. We will discuss each chart in the workshop so you can see how I adapted Dorothy Reade’s original pattern stitches for use in this shawl. We will also learn how to begin a circular shawl on double-pointed needles or a long circular with magic loop, as well as using a crochet hook, how to work special stitches used in Dorothy Reade’s lace motifs, and how to work a knit-on border.
Jan 21st, 2024 | 1pm – 4pm Eastern Time