Karie Westermann

I live in Glasgow, Scotland but am originally from Denmark, a small Scandinavian country.

I usually describe my day job as ‘doing things with wool and words’!

I am a knitwear designer and also teach knitting/crochet classes anywhere all over Europe and the UK.

It is such a privilege to be a small part of other people’s making lives: every time I see someone excited about a new technique or wearing one of my designs, I feel so honoured.

A less visible part of my job is that I support other knitting professionals as a copy editor and a mentor.

I also write articles for magazines and provide professional hand-knitting advice for museums, universities and other institutions.


Both workshops will be in english.



Workshop 1:

Design your own shawl

With experienced designer & shawl enthusiast Karie Westermann, learn how to design and calculate your own shawls in just a few hours!


Together you will look at how shawls are constructed, learn how to insert stitch patterns into shawls and figure out how to think outside the box. You will be looking at how to go from idea to finished design and how to calculate projects. Karie will guide you through your design process – armed with humour and experience – and give you hands-on advice regarding construction methods, shaping, and how to avoid the most common shawl design mistakes.


Skills focus:

  • How to design your own shawl from scratch

  • How to calculate stitch counts

  • How to construct shapes

  • How to insert lace repeats into a shawl

  • Understanding how to trouble-shoot shawl designs


Skills needed:

  • Knit, purl, working a yarnover and doing at least one decrease

  • How to read an easy lace chart

  • Must have knitted at least two shawls


Materials to bring:


  • 1 ball of 4ply (at least 50% natural fibres)

  • 1 pair of 4mm needles (straight or circular – if circular, then 24” preferred)

  • Selection of stitch markers

  • Pencil, graph paper, calculator and eraser

  • Tapestry needle

Workshop 1

20 Teilnehmer

13 - 16 Uhr

70,00 € inklusive Abendkarte

Workshop 2:

Mock Cables & Twisted Stitches

Sometimes a little effort is rewarded by great effect. Mock cables, twisted stitches, and Japanese mini-cables all look complex, but are surprisingly easy to work once you learn the secrets. We'll play with textures and techniques as we knit wrist warmers together.


With designer and author Karie Westermann at your side, you will learn about how to mimic cables using lace techniques, twisted stitches, and elegant Japanese slipped stitches. Together you will work on a wrist warmer that will enable you to work on projects that look like cables – but without the bulk and the risk of dropped stitches!


Skills focus:

  • How to work twisted stitches

  • How to work mini-cables and twists without a cable needle

  • How to use lace techniques to create the illusion of cables



Skills needed:

  • Knit, purl, working a yarnover and doing at least one decrease

  • How to read an easy chart

  • Working in the round


Materials to bring:

  • 1 ball of DK

  • 1 pair of 4mm needles (whichever you use to work a small circumference in the round)

  • 1 pair of 4mm needles (whichever you use to work straight)

  • Selection of stitch markers

  • Pen and paper

  • Tapestry needle


Workshop 2

20 Teilnehmer

19 - 22 Uhr

70,00 € inklusive Abendkarte