stephen west is coming to nina!

Posted on: August 20th, 2016 by nina chicago

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We’re so excited to welcome Stephen West back to Chicago!

He’s coming to our shop September 28-29 for two events.


Designs by Stephen West (photo by Darren Smith)


Wine & Cheese Trunk Show Party

An Evening with Stephen West

Wednesday, September 28th (6-8 pm)

Have a glass of wine with Stephen, receive a signed copy of his new book, Westknits Bestknits, see his latest designs, and get help choosing color combinations for your next project!


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Designs by Stephen West

Askews Me Shawl Photo by Darren Smith 5


Two Color Brioche For Beginners

An Afternoon with Stephen West

Thursday, September 29th (12-3 pm)

Get personalized attention from Stephen as you discover a new technique from the King of Brioche, learn new tips and tricks, and get inspired by his latest designs!


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Two Color Brioche For Beginners

Learn the intriguing brioche technique in this colorful workshop taught by the King of Brioche himself, Stephen West! After declaring brioche the stitch of the year of 2015, the technique has gained massive popularity and a cult following. This class will guide you through a two-color cast on, an I-cord cast on, brioche knit/purl stitches, and directional increases and decreases. If you have experience with brioche already, there will be some intermediate stitch patterns and colorwork techniques to explore.

Requirements: You should be familiar with basic knitting skills like cast on, bind off, knit, purl, yarn over, and decreasing. All brioche stitches will be taught during the class.

Materials: At least 2 contrasting colors of worsted weight wool (non-superwash recommended). For example, use black and white or dark blue and bright yellow – two yarns that have high contrast. If you already have experience in brioche, you can work with finer yarns.


Westknits Bestknits


Westknits Bestknits

This new book is a collection of 13 popular designs by Stephen West, filled with inspiring photos.

Garter Breeze


If you can’t attend the Wine & Cheese Party on September 28th, but want to pre-order a signed copy of Westknits Bestknits, to be picked up at our shop during the Workshop on September 29th or afterward, just shoot us an email and we’ll contact you to arrange the purchase (


Dotted Rays by Stephen West, photo by Darren Smith


Stephen West is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. After moving to the Chicago area, he caught the knitting bug and started designing patterns while epic amounts of wool infiltrated into his life. There was no looking back. He now lives in Amsterdam and travels frequently, teaching knitting workshops throughout the US and Europe.

We’ve been lucky to host him for events at our shop several times over the past 11 years, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back again!!

Hope you can join us!

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