Knit that Cable Knitting Retreat 1

Oct 9th, 10th, & 11th 2020

Up to 8 students | 1 Teacher
Workshop Fri, Sat, Sun Morning

* Arrive: Oct 8th, 2020 Thurs. Evening.
* Leave: Oct 11thst, 2020 Sunday Early Afternoon.
* $295 (USD) for workshop | Lodging on your own.
* Your teacher, Knitting & Designer Donna Druchunas.
* Workshop held at Sheep to Shawl Studio & Store.
* A small informal laid back retreat vacation in Northeast Vermont.
* Intermediate skill level.


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Cable Illustration. Your project for this retreat will be a hat with cable. Brand new pattern by Designer Donna.

In this workshop, knitting designer and teacher Donna Druchunas will help you overcome your pattern and chart-reading fears as she clarifies and simplifies abbreviations and chart symbols. Donna will teach you how to knit cables with and without cable needles so you can choose the method that suits your knitting style best. Working through a series of swatches, you’ll learn basic cables, both asymmetrical and symmetrical cables, traveling stitches, right and left twists, braids, diamonds, and more complex cables. Plus, you’ll learn how to block your cable projects and prevent and fix mistakes. Our project will be a hat.

During the 1970s and ’80s, my grandmother must have made at least two dozen sweaters decorated with the cable designs she called “Irish patterns.” Today sweaters knitted with these elaborate cable patterns are known as Aran sweaters, named after the islands with which they are identified. Rope, braid, and knot cable patterns used in sweaters and accessories are also found in Scandinavia and other parts of the British Isles.

*Intermediate to expert skills

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Preliminary Schedule

Fri 10am – 5pm | Sat 10am -5pm | Sun 10am – 12:00pm
Sheep to Shawl Studio & Store
315 Elm St Barton, Vermont 05822
Located in the home of Designer, Donna Druchunas


Light snacks & drinks provided. | Lunch provided on Sunday only & Dinners are on your own.


Arrive at your lodging destination.


10am – 1pm

Introduction to Cables
Measuring Gauge
Working Flat and In-the-Round
How to Read Charts & Pattern
Avoiding Mistakes

Lunch 1:00pm – 2pm

2pm- 5pm

Right & Left Crosses with and without a Cable Needle
  • Ropes
  • Diamonds
  • Honeycomb
  • Traveling Stitches
  • Complex Cables

Welcome to hang out with Donna in the shop for knit night.




CO for Hat
Work ribbing and increase for cables
Put in markers and start cable patterns
Fixing Mistakes

Lunch 1pm – 2pm


Keep knitting
Hat cap shaping instructions (you don’t have to finish the hat in class!)
Welcome to hang out with Donna in the shop for knit night.



Lunch Provided (Cheese & Cold Cuts) Sandwiches.

Finish up & head home
Head out for a day of sightseeing or start your journey home.

Your teacher will be on-site and will be available for questions anytime.
Schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. We reserve the right to bring in a substitute teacher if needed.

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Your choice of lodging is on your own. We have many places to stay in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. B&B, Cabins, Air B&B, Camping, & a couple nice hotels. Please look below with a few of our suggestion. *** Are suggested stays.

Check in is Oct 8th & Checkout Oct 11th Sunday morning (3 nights) or Monday Oct 12th, 2020. Up to you.

*** WilloughVale Inn & Cottages
793 Vermont Route 5A South
Westmore, Vermont 05860
Rooms start at $115 a night.
15 minute drive to Sheep to Shawl Studio

***Lakeview Cabins
662 S Barton Rd,
Barton, VT 05822
(802) 525-4463
4 minute drive to Sheep to Shawl Studio
Prices starting at $109 a night.

Burke Mountain Campground
Sherburne Lodge Road
East Burke, VT 05832
Phone: 802-626-7400
Fax: 802-626-7310
30 minute drive to Sheep to shawl Studio

Comfort Inn & Suites
703 US Route 5 South
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: 802-748-1500
Fax: 802-748-1243
25 Minute Drive to Sheep to Shawl Studio on Interstate

*** Highland Lodge
1608 Craftsbury Road
Greensboro, VT 05841
(802) 322-4456
Email at:
Rooms start at $120 a night | Cottages available
30 Minute Drive to Sheep to Shawl Studio

The Wildflower inn
2059 Darling Hill Rd A,
Lyndonville, VT 05851
Rooms starting at $150 a night.
25 Minute drive to Sheep to shawl Studio

Fairbanks Inn
401 Western Avenue
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: 802-748-5666
Fax: 802-748-1242
30 minute drive to Sheep to Shawl Studio on Interstate
$144 a night | Discounts available

Knit that Cable Knitting Retreat 5Airports

Driving by car to the village of Barton, Vermont.
We are 2 miles West of Exit 25 on I91.
20 minutes south of the Canadian border.

Burlington, Vermont (2:00 hrs)
Montreal, QC, Canada (2:10 hrs)
Boston, Mass (3:30 hrs)
New York City (6 hrs)
Portland, Maine (3:30 hrs)
Baltimore, Maryland (8:40 hrs)
Cleveland, Ohio (11 hrs)
Rochester, NY (7:15 hrs)
Toronto, ON,  Canada (7:30 hrs)
Moncton, NB, Canada (9hrs)


Amtrak stops in Waterbury, Burlington and Montpelier Vermont, each about two hours away by car.

At this time we can not provide transportation to and from the Airport or Train stations.


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Barton, Vermont

The Barton area’s location near the Green Mountains, has gifted it with many spectacular lakes, rivers, and ponds. Beautiful shorelines and rugged mountains make the Barton area an attractive vacation destination in all seasons. In the spring, summer, and fall take advantage of back roads for biking, waterways for paddling, public beaches for swimming, picnic spots, and spectacular views at Crystal Lake State ParkShadow Lake Beach, and the stunning Willoughby Gap. During the winter months outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy ice-fishingsnowshoeingskiing and snowmobiling.

The Northeast Kingdom is the heart of Northern Vermont – far away from fast paced city living. It may be easy to get here – Interstate 91 (exit 25 and 26) is just minutes away – but once off the beaten path the N.E.K. enjoys a quieter, more peaceful way of life. Northern Vermont has a long standing tradition of pride in aesthetic beauty. Even shopping is an old world experience as the Kingdom’s landscape is dotted with unique local businesses.

Cancellation Policy
  • The $295 workshop fee is non-refundable.
  • All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
  • Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
  • Cancellations within 60 days of start date of event may result in a partial refund (1/2) only if the space is filled.
  • There is no refund for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start date of the event.
  • If attendee is reimbursed through insurance, Sheep to Shawl,LLC will not process an additional refund.

We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancelation.

We reserve the right to have a substitute teacher. In the chance event that this retreat is cancelled. All monies will be refunded within 90 days of the event start date.

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