Bang Out a Sweater Virtual Workshop

By Lorilee Beltman


Please join us for a three-part virtual workshop series where we will bang out a sweater together—with ease, and in great company!

A favorite teacher returns! In three sessions in March, Lorilee Beltman will guide us as we knit Hélène Magnússon’s extraordinary Crowberry Sweater from MDK Field Guide No. 26: Moss.

This will be a virtual workshop series on Zoom. No kit is included, but we provide specifications to knit your Crowberry Sweater or its vest version. Read on for all the dates and details, and to reserve your place. 


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Bang! Zoom! We’re hosting a multi-session workshop to guide knitters through making a sweater, start to finish. Whether it’s your first sweater or your fiftieth, having Lorilee Beltman leading the way will make for a rich learning experience—and an amazing new sweater.

This will be a virtual workshop series on Zoom. No kit is included, but we provide specifications to knit your Crowberry Sweater in the original yarns or in Léttlopi. Read on for all the details and to reserve your place. 


Session 1: Friday, March 1, 2024 

Time: Noon-3:00 p.m. Eastern time

Location: Zoom—this is a virtual event.


  • Review tools needed, cover general pattern reading, and practice handling and holding these special yarns together.
  • Make a swatch in class to practice twisted rib and German short rows.
  • Lorilee will send us off with homework: how far to get before the next class, and what to have ready.

Session 2: Friday, March 8, 2024 

Time: Noon-3:00 p.m. Eastern time

Location: Zoom—this is a virtual event.


  • Learn crochet and waste yarn methods.
  • Practice unzipping and picking up and knitting stitches.
  • Wrap our heads around the color chart.
  • Learn a save-your-sanity strategy for working bobbles.
  • Learn tips for markers and keeping track of progress.
  • Discuss sleeve choices and give tips for patterning at the end of sleeve

Session 3: Thursday, March 28, 2024 

Time: Noon-2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Location: Zoom—this is a virtual event.


  • Leap for joy over completed sweaters. General show and tell celebration.
  • Learn tips for blocking these special yarns.
  • Hang around after the celebration to ask Lorilee about any remaining issues that require help.

Our Workshop Leader

After leading scores of knitters in sold-out 2023 sessions of MDK Summer Camp and Treeline Cowl Workshop, legendary knitting teacher Lorilee Beltman returns to guide us through the richly textured colorwork of Hélène Magnússon’s Crowberry Sweater.

Lorilee sees no end to where knitting curiosity can take you, and she loves to help knitters make new discoveries. Patient with students, Lorilee packs her classes with content and extra tips you can really use. A born teacher, she has enjoyed teaching knitters at over a hundred national events, and she looks forward to meeting you.

Lorilee’s articles and designs have been published in books, magazines, and online. She has been a yarn shop owner, a Knit Stars masterclass teacher, a techniques columnist at, and an online instructor at Interweave and at Craftsy, where her classes are bestsellers.

Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent thirty years in west Michigan, and now calls the Seattle area home. When not knitting or growing veggies, she can be found on the pickleball court playing for fun or teaching beginners as a certified pickleball coach.

Find out more about Lorilee at

What You’ll Need

Here are the yarn requirements for the Crowberry Sweater as shown in MDK Field Guide No. 26.  

  • Plotulopi by Istex [100 g plates, each 328 yds (300 m), 100% wool]: 
    • 2 (2,2,2) (2,2,3) (3,3,3) plates #1426 Dark Amber (A)
    • 1 plate #1423 Clover Green (B) 
    • 1 plate #0484 Forest Green ( C ) 
    • 1 plate #0059 Black (D) 
  • Love Story Einband by Hélène Magnússon [25 g skeins, each 246 yds (225 m), 100% Icelandic Lambswool]: 
    • 3 (3, 3, 3) (3, 3, 4) (4, 4, 4) skein(s) Viking Rust (E) 
    • 1 skein Moss Green
    • 1 skein Westfjord Green

Vest Version

Plotulopi by Istex [100 g plates, each approx 328 yds (300 m), 100% wool]: 2 (2, 2, 2) (2, 3, 3) (3, 3, 4) plates #9102 Grey (A)

1 plate #0059 Black (B)

1 plate #0001 White (C)

Love Story Einband by Hélène Magnússon [25 g skeins, each approx 246 yds (225 m), 100% Icelandic lambswool]:

2 (2, 2, 3) (3, 3, 4) (4, 4, 5) skeins Black (D)

1 skein White (E)

Tools and Notions

  • Size US 9 (5.5mm) circular needle, 32” (80 cm) long, and double pointed needles (set of 4 or 5) 
  • Two size US 10.5 (6.5 mm) circular needles, 32” (80 cm) long, and double pointed needles (set of 4 or 5), or size needed to achieve gauge 
  • Crochet hook size US J-10 (6mm) 
  • Stitch markers 
  • Stitch holder or waste yarn 

A Note on Yarn Substitution

For an excellent substitute, we recommend Léttlopi. Held as single strand, Léttlopi is a spot-on gauge match. It’s Iceland’s national yarn, it comes in a beautiful range of colors, and it’s also an incredible value. You can find skein quantities for all sizes of the Crowberry Sweater on the Léttlopi product page

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Is Bang Out a Sweater suitable for beginning knitters? Yes—we sure wish Lorilee had been standing by when we knit our first sweaters! You will get the most out of the class if you are comfortable with basic knitting techniques, including: casting on, knitting, purling, basic increases and decreases, and knitting in the round.

How should I get ready for the workshop? Gather the things you’ll need: your copy of MDK Field Guide No: 26: Moss, plus needles and yarn for your Crowberry Sweater. Be sure to have pen and paper handy for making notes. 

What’s the format? With Lorilee’s instruction and an overhead camera focused on her hands, we’ll swatch for the Crowberry Sweater together, learn its stitch motifs and construction, and then get on the road to glory by casting on. The first and second sessions will focus on different parts of the sweater as we reach them together. The final session will celebrate our finished (or nearly finished) Crowberries, with time for Lorilee to answer questions that have come up along the way. Participant mics will be muted most of the time, and the chat box will be monitored constantly for questions from participants. Remember, this is a three-part series, so clear your calendars for all three sessions!

How far along on my sweater can I expect to get during the workshop? That is the best part! If you stay with us, by the end of the three workshops you can expect to have a brand-new sweater. The workshop sessions are timed to allow participants to reach progress milestones together. Knit to a generous gauge, this sweater is built for speed, with plenty of easy stockinette between moments that require a bit more focus on technique. 

What if I want to work at my own pace? You can do that! All participants will receive Lorilee’s PDF of helpful notes and tips, and we will keep the session recordings available to participants indefinitely. 

I can’t make it to all of the live Zoom sessions. May I still participate? Sure! Everyone enrolled in the workshop will receive a link to the recording for each session and all resources we share.