Please note COVID-19 Vaccinations are required for all 2023 Retreats
After going viral for knitting during his daily subway commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan late 2017, 45 year old Puerto Rican Knitwear Designer/Philanthropist Louis Boria aka “Brooklyn Boy Knits”, has turned his passion for fiber arts into a platform where he now works with the community. Louis has been involved with the Fiber Arts for over 10 years, when he was first introduced by his late grandmother. In 2018, Boria joined the “Hat Not Hate” anti-bully campaign, to help bring awareness to children across the country. Boria has been featured on media as varied as The New York Times, NY1, CBS News and Telemundo. He uses his platform to break down gender norms and tackle issues related to diversity and inclusion within the fiber arts community. Throughout his journey from novice knitter to designer to Tedx speaker and influencer, he has focused on helping others. He believes that creativity can help heal wounds, both our own and society’s. Boria has collaborated with fiber artists, fiber industry leaders, community partners, and school districts to provide an interactive, engaging and fun program that teaches young students to value differences.
Louis Boria, aka Brooklyn Boy Knits, is helping students create a new mindset on acceptance — one stitch at a time.
Stranded Color Work in the Round
In this class we will go step by step on how to create our very own Fair Isle design for accessories (hats, scarves, cowls, mittens). We begin the course by creating simple designs by using graph paper and colored pencils. We then transfer your graph work into your accessory. We will discuss repeats in the graphic design, and how to properly carry floats when knitting in the round. Finally we will discuss the Stitch Fiddle app available for free for easier designing.
Asymmetrical Shawl Design
During our time together, knitters will be taught how to design their own asymmetrical shawl by using one simple template. In this class, we will examine how to pair stitches together, sample and combine different fiber bases, and using colorwork in our designs.
In this class we will explore the world of Cowls. Students will learn how to master cowl design using various weight yarn options, incorporating stitch patterns into their design, colorwork in the round, decorative edges, and how to properly block cowls. There will be tips and tricks along the way, and how to master stretchy casting on and binding off techniques.
Pattern Writing and Publishing
Although there are many styles in pattern writing these, in this class I will take you on a journey on how I write patterns that’s easy for all. We will discuss how to properly write notes when designing, structuring your written patterns, graphics and photos, and finally how to publish your pattern on Ravelry or personal website if applicable).