Laura Ricketts Designs

"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands..."

Laura Ricketts Designs is a personal and business website for Laura Ricketts, hand-knitwear designer, author, teacher, crafter, mother and wife.

Calendar & Classes     


"Mary Card, Australian Crochet Designer" and "Mary Card's Filet-Crochet Café Curtain with Poppy Motif to Make." PieceWork. July/August 2017. Print and digital media.

"King's Road Cowl" in Fall 2017 Love of Knitting magazine.

Two patterns in Fall 2017 Knitting Traditions

September 30/October 1, teaching "Sami Knitting Traditions: Kautokeino Child's Mittens," and "Sami Knitting Traditions: Skolt Mittens" at North House Folk School, Grand Marais, MN northhouse.org

October 6-8, 2017, teaching five classes at Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle, Washington

Pattern in Jan/Feb Historical Knitting edition of PieceWork magazine

Pattern in Spring 2018 Love of Crochet

Two knitting patterns with companion articles and one crochet pattern with companion article in Defarge Gets Medieval, future release date.

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The following are classes I teach.  Please contact me to set up group lessons. 

Bean Queen Bean Bag - beginner knitting class

Create a bean bag while learning to cast on, knit and cast off in this informative beginning knit session.  One three hour session recommended.

required materials: size US 8 / 5 mm needles, worsted weight yarn, patience

pattern provided

Next Steps project

Wavy Gravy Scarf

Next Steps

Take your knitting to the next level by cementing your basic skills and learning purl stitch.  Begin a scarf in one three hour session, or opt for two three hour sessions to finish your work together.

required skills: knit stitch

required materials: size US 10.5 / 6.5 mm needles and yarn

pattern provided (class fee for handout)

Hats Off to You project

Wavy Gravy Hat

Hats off to you! 

Start your first hat project in this class: learn to knit in the round and decrease. One three hour session.

required skills: knit and purl stitch

required materials: 16" circular needles, double pointed needles and yarn

pattern provided (class fee for handout)

 

Smitten by Mittens project

Wavy Gravy Mittens

Smitten by Mittens

Introduction to mittens: double pointed needles and increases. Learn to make a gusseted thumb. Two three hour sessions.

required skills: knit and purl stitch

required materials: 10.5 US double pointed needles and bulky weight yarn 

pattern provided (class fee for handout)

 

Beauties from the Far North

Beauties from the Far North

Beauties from the Far North

Learn about the Sámi community, its history of knitting, and begin your own miniature Sámi mitten inspired by Kautokeino, Norwegian mittens in two informative, three-hour sessions.  Learn to make tri-colored "slyngborden," or the leaning braid at the cuff, afterthought thumbs, braids and tassels.

required skills: intermediate knitting ability (casting on, knitting, purling, decreasing), color work, knitting in the round

required materials: 3 mm double pointed needles (or magic circle equivalent), Rauma Strikkegarn yarn in colors 151, 101 and 174. 

pattern provided (class fee for handout)

Irish Crochet Rose

Come make an Irish Crochet rose with Laura Ricketts, recent author of the Irish Crochet Cuffs in PieceWork magazine. Get comfortable making a three dimensional flower out of DK Cotton Yarn in this three hour class, with the option of either making the leaf in DK cotton as well, or being bold and making the rose in number 20 cotton thread! Bring your own hook in 7 / 4.5 mm and a size 9 steel crochet hook, if making the fine gauge rose. Another option: make a beautiful stamen to insert into the rose center.

Skill level: students should be able to chain, single, double and half-double crochet.

Materials: one skein each for rose and leaf in dk cotton with appropriately sized hook, one ball no. 20 crochet thread and size 9 steel crochet hook 

Provided: handout and jewelry pin

Skolt Sámi mitten, full size and miniature size. Miniature size knitted in class.

Skolt Sámi mitten, full size and miniature size. Miniature size knitted in class.

Miniature Skolt Sámi Mittens from the Far North 

The history of the Skolt Sámi people is difficult, beginning with the forced division of their homeland between Russia, Norway and Finland. Shepherding sheep, spinning and knitting mittens and socks is an important part of their handcraft. Learn about the Skolt community, history and way of life in two three-hour teaching sessions, while making a minature Skolt mitten. This pattern is based on a mitten in the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum. Learn to make two-color "slyngborden," or the leaning braid at the cuff, afterthought thumbs, braids and tassels.

required skills:  intermediate knitting ability (casting on, knitting, purling, decreasing), color work, knitting in the round

required materials: 3 mm double pointed needles (or magic circle equivalent), Rauma Strikkegarn yarn in colors 101 and 174. 

miniature and full-size pattern provided (class fee for handout)

 

picture of Kind Harald's wartime sweater and passport, taken by Kjartan Hauglid, The Royal Court

picture of Kind Harald's wartime sweater and passport, taken by Kjartan Hauglid, The Royal Court

The King's Sweater  

On the night of April 9, 1940, three-year old Crown Prince Harald and his two sisters left their home with their mother. Told they were going on a ski trip, they actually were fleeing the Nazi invasion. In celebration of King Harald and Queen Sonja's 75th birthdays and in preparation for Norway's 2014 Constitution Jubilee, the Norwegian government has organized a touring exhibition regarding this time, and has called it "The Longest Journey 1940 - 1945," acknowledging the five years the royal family spent in exile. 

The original sweater, owned by the royal family, is a part of this tour. The future King Harald used this sweater during this flight. It is also pictured in his passport from that time. 

In this two day class, we will discuss wartime Norway while knitting a miniature version of this sweater.  We will also examine finishing techniques and various color work techniques. 

required skills: basic intermediate knitting skills (cast on, knit, purl, increasing, decreasing, casting off) 

required materials: US 3/3mm and US 4/3.5mm needles, Rauma Strikkegarn yarn in colors 100 and 174. 

miniature and child's pattern provided; child's pattern and photograph used by permission

 

Skolt Sami Motifs

Students' projects at Twisted, Portland, OR

Students' projects at Twisted, Portland, OR

The Sámi peoples are Scandinavia’s only UN recognized indigenous people. Traditionally, nomadic reindeer herders, their handcraft culture has touched knitting in ways most English-speaking knitters know nothing about. The Skolt Sámi have kept sheep for centuries, and as a result, they have a strong wool tradition, which includes spinning, dyeing and knitting. In this three-hour session, we will explore Skolt Sámi history, typical knitting patterns, and their meaning and significance while making a Skolt Sámi inspired cuff.

required skills: intermediate knitting ability (casting on, knitting, purling, decreasing), color work, knitting in the round

required materials: US 5 / 3.75 mm double pointed needles (or magic circle equivalent), 1 ball Rauma Vamsegarn in natural/ivory (V01)

pattern provided (class fees for handouts and additional yarn)

Doll Shawl 

doll shawl from What (Else) Would Madame Defarge Knit?

doll shawl from What (Else) Would Madame Defarge Knit?

Join me in knitting a doll shawl knit with sock yarn based on a pattern knit by my great-grandma. We will begin to explore smaller gauge projects in this class which will meet two times, implementing two basic shaping techniques: yarn overs and decreases.

required skills: advanced beginner skills (casting on, knitting, casting off, and being comfortable knitting)

required materials: a skein of sock yarn with the appropriate sized single-point or circular needles 

pattern provided, or can be purchased in advance on-line (class fee for handout)


Jokkmokk Flowers  – A Swedish Sámi Handgarments Class – (6 hrs)

Students' projects from the Jokkmokk Flowers class at Ingebretsens, Minneapolis

Students' projects from the Jokkmokk Flowers class at Ingebretsens, Minneapolis

The Sámi are Scandinavia’s only UN recognized indigenous people. This class focuses on one town in northern Sweden – Jokkmokk, and one family’s interpretation of a common flower motif. Join us as we knit a Jokkmokk Flower swatch to explore how to knit a larger scale motif, how to handle long floats, duplicate stitch, and make a 4-strand braid. Through it all, we will take an in-depth look at the culture in Jokkmokk, and the environmental tragedies close by.

Skill level: intermediate knitting ability (casting on, knitting, purling, decreasing), color work, knitting in the round

Students bring: fingering weight, wool yarn in approximately 10g each of four colors

I recommend Rauma’s Finnulgarn knit on US 0 / 2 mm.

Homework: Cast on 36 sts in the round and work a k2, p2 ribbing for 1.5 inches in whichever of the four colors or stripings you wish. Leave on the needles and bring to class.