Knitting by the Sea

April 16-19, 2020

Join us, along with Instructor Denise Bayron, for a long weekend of fresh sea air, beautiful sunsets and beaches in one of America's most historical & quintessential seaside fishing villages, Rockport, Massachusetts in Cape Ann.


Denise's many accomplishments include a nod to her CardiZen design in the New Yorker. The same pattern was nominated in the Mason Dixon Knitting Bracket 2019, Cardigan category. Her Grace Pullover was published in the April 2019 issue of Laine Magazine. She also has a pattern, the Indoorsy Tunic, featured in Making Magazine, No.8/Forest. She is currently teaching at Vogue Knitting Live in Austin, New York, and other venues throughout 2020.  You can also find her on Instagram @bayronhandmade and on her website,

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We will enjoy our craft together while making new friends in the beautiful seaside historic art-deco mansion,The Yankee Clipper Inn. 

Daily yoga sessions will take place each morning in a sun-filled room with broad views across the lawn to the water. We will enjoy a delicious menu by the Yankee Clipper Inn Chef prepared just for us to suit every palette.

This is the perfect opportunity to try something new in a beautiful and special setting.


Included in the cost of the retreat... 

*Welcoming reception

*3 full breakfasts 

*2 lunches

*3 evening meals at The Yankee Clipper Inn

*3 yoga sessions

*Daily knitting workshops with Denise Bayron

*Yarn for weekend project

*A special gift

Cost per person: $975*

Deposit due at time of registration: $300

*Returning participants receive a $50 discount
* Returning Participants ring a friend new to K&YA and both of you receive an additional 10% off

All deposits and payments are non-refundable.

Registration will begin December 1, 2019

Final Payments will be invoiced and due March 1, 2020

 *Room cost is not included--please The Yankee Clipper Inn directly to reserve your room after your registration is accepted

Denise Bayron of Bayron Handmade wearing her Hatdana Cowl.

Denise Bayron of Bayron Handmade wearing her Hatdana Cowl.


Learn New Skills While Knitting the Hatdana and Shaping Fabric with Lace

 Learn New Skills While Knitting the Hatdana! The hatdana is a versatile accessory that looks and functions like a bandana, but you slip it on like a hat. It can also be worn around the neck like a cowl. Flip it around and it can also be worn as a traditional headwrap!  The hatdana is a quick knit single-skein project, designed for worsted and fingering weight yarns. At this retreat, you will receive copies of both versions so that you can make the hatdana of your dreams! We will use the pattern as a tool to learn new skills such as edging your knitting, kfb and yarn over increases, placement of markers, working cables without a cable needle, inserting lifelines, knitting in the round using magic loop, and the pièce de résistance: a sewn tubular bind off that is invisible and stretchy. 

 Skill level: Advanced Beginner - Cast On, Bind Off, Knit, Purl. Conceptual understanding of increases, although all skills will be taught/reviewed in class.  This is a fun knit that is wonderful for all levels!


Shaping Fabric with Lace! Lace retains its popularity among knitters for a reason. The patterns are fun to work, the fabric drapes beautifully, and the airy quality is universally flattering. In this class, we will learn how to work a stretchy cast on.  Then we will use directional increases and decreases to create modern shapes and graphic lines within the knit fabric. We will also learn how to mirror and edge lace for symmetry. Lastly, we will contrast and compare several lace patterns to determine how each stitch pattern is constructed. You will leave the class with a small sample of the Moving Forward Wrap pattern that you can hang on your wall as a reminder of this lovely seaside retreat. 

Skill level: Advanced Beginner. Understanding of the Long Tail Cast On (will be used as the foundation for an alternative stretchy Cast On.) Bind Off, Knit, Purl. Increases and decreases will be taught/reviewed in class.