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The Lancaster Knitter's Retreat takes place in an inspiring, rural setting with excellent teachers and in the good company of knitters from near and far.  We will gather at the beautiful Amish View Inn in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania April 13-15, 2018.  We are so pleased to welcome Tanis Gray and Patty Lyons as this year’s featured teachers!

Registration: SOLD OUT

Arrive Friday evening and meet the teachers during a casual knitting reception in the Great Room at Amish View Inn
On Saturday attend Tanis Gray’s new course 'Beaded Lace:  Coventry Cowl Workshop’ and Patty Lyon’s class 'Short Row Magic' (details below). The Saturday evening banquet will be followed by an engaging talk by Patty Lyons titled 'Oops! I accidentally knit a dress!'

Sunday morningThe Knitting Salon is envisioned as 'a cultural hub, responsible for the dissemination of good manners and sociability.'  We'll spin a yarn or two, share songs and ideas and projects, and learn from each other - all to inspire you and your knitting.  Prepare to be knocked out by our Hand Knit Runway, special guests, live music, and fun! 




Registration &                          7:00 PM until...


Registration & Coffee              8:00  - 9:00  
 Class 1                                      9:00 - 12:00  
LUNCH                                     12:00 - 1:00  
 Class 2                                      1:00 - 4:00  

Free Time                                  4:00 - 6:30
  …enjoy shopping at LYS
  …knitting in the Great Room with live music
  …taking a break

Banquet & Talk                           6:30 - 9:00   

The Knitting Salon                    9:00 - 11:30
coffee bar
& refreshments all morning

LKR2018     $325.00

The cost includes Friday night reception, two Class sessions, Saturday lunch, a banquet dinner, and the Sunday Knitting Salon.  Tea, Coffee and refreshments will be available throughout the weekend.

You are responsible to book your own lodging. There are many hotels and inns in the area.  All classes and included meals will take place at Amish View Inn.  A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate for this event at the Amish View Inn & Suites. Please CALL Amish View Inn and mention Lancaster Knitter's Retreat to receive the special rate:  1 (866) 735-1600.

Meet the Teachers

Tanis Gray lives in Fairfax, VA with her family.  She has been working in creative fields for many years, notably as Yarn Editor at Vogue  Knitting and co-editor of Knit.1, and at Martha Stewart, HBO, Focus Features, and in art departments in the film and television industries. 

Tanis has over 450 published knitting designs and 9 books, and her work has been featured in many major publications and books worldwide, including 12 covers. She edits and photographs knitting books, and teaches advanced knitting in and around the Washington DC area.

Tanis Gray

Tanis Gray

Patty Lyons is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter.”  She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.

Patty teaches nationally at guilds and knitting shows around the country.  Patty’s designs and knitting skill articles have been published in magazines around the world.

Patty Lyons

Patty Lyons


Saturday Classes:
Beaded Lace:  Coventry Cowl Workshop
with Tanis Gray

Tanis Gray has designed an exclusive beaded lace cowl project debuting at our retreat!

We'll cover how to get comfortable reading lace charts, cover the differences between knitting lace in the round and knitting it back and forth, discuss the history of lace knitting, learn multiple ways to place beads in our knitting, how to add beads to any design, mattress stitch, and the best way to block and finish our lace. 
You'll leave feeling comfortable and confident, ready to embrace the lace! 

No previous lace experience required.


“Short Row Magic”
with Patty Lyons

You've learned how to short rows, you've even done it in a pattern, but how do you apply it to your own knitting? 

Use this little bit of knitting magic to adapt patterns to fit you better. Learn how you can replace existing pattern elements such as neck shaping, armhole bind-offs and shoulder shaping. 

We will explore how to add functional elements to garments such as short rows for creating bust darts, raising the back of a yoke sweater or to add decorative elements to existing patterns such as shawl collars and shirttail hems.

Short rows truly are magic!

Your paid registration confirms your reservation.
No refunds after March 1, 2018.

“A weekend full of knitting in a uniquely peaceful setting...I loved it! Who could ask for more?”    
                Franklin Habit on the Lancaster Knitter's Retreat

Later Event: April 21
Local Yarn Store Day