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Shawl Builder Workshop with Melissa Leapman

March 1 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

$80 plus supplies

Imagine hundreds, even thousands, of beautiful shawl designs within your reach! In this class, see how interchangeable shawl wedges mix and match to create nearly endless design possibilities. Learn about starting tabs, three different side borders, and how to use your creativity to design truly one-of-a-kind masterpiece shawls.

• skill-building, project oriented and hands-on

• advanced beginner (students should be comfortable with knitting, purling, casting on and binding off)

• no homework

• supplies needed include DK or worsted weight scrap yarn for a mini sampler shawl, size 7 or 8 circular 16″ needles, size G or H crochet hook, stitch markers, scissors and sticky notes

Please review our class policies here before registering.

About Melissa:

With more than 1200 knit and crochet designs in print, Melissa Leapman is one of the most widely published American designers at work today. She began her design career by freelancing for leading ready-to-wear design houses in New York City. She also created designs to help top yarn companies promote their new and existing yarns each season. Her ability to quickly develop fully envisioned garments put her skills in great demand.

Through the years, Leapman has written a few dozen knitting and crocheting books and is the author of several bestselling knit and crochet books, including Knit It (Chronicle Books, 2014), Cables UntangledMastering Color Knitting, and Knitting the Perfect Fit (all Random House). She is the author of The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook (Random House, 2013), a comprehensive knitting stitch dictionary which includes favorite patterns gathered over her more than 25 years in the industry. It’s the go to book for professionals and lay persons alike.

Her most recent book, Knitting Modular Shawls (Storey Publishing, 2018), empowers knitters to create their own custom shawls using the author’s basic templates.

Nationally, her designs have been featured in numerous magazines, and her workshops on knitting and crochet are consistently popular with crafters of all skill levels.  She has taught at major events such as STITCHES, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and The Knitting Guild Association conferences, as well as at hundreds of yarn shops and local guild events across the country. She is a frequent guest on the PBS television series Knit and Crochet Now. Her fans look forward to getting together on her popular annual Nautical Knitting Cruise.


March 1
9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Nina Chicago
1256 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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