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USHMM Green Sweater

Virtual Nordic Handcraft Workshop: Knitting the Little Green Sweater with Laura Ricketts

Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 1:00pm

This class meets online for 3 Thursdays, August 12-26, from 1-3 p.m. each session. 

Inspired by ASI’s Kindertransport exhibition, pick up a knitting project this summer filled with meaning and history. The Little Green Sweater is a pattern based on a real sweater worn by Polish child Krystyna Chiger, a Holocaust survivor. Krystyna and her family lived in the sewers of Lvov for fourteen months after they and others escaped the liquidation of the city’s Jewish ghetto. Along with Krystyna, the sweater survived and was featured in her memoir, The Girl in the Green Sweater, and the 2011 Polish film In Darkness.

Over three weeks, students will progress through much or all of this beautiful child-sized sweater project under the guidance of knitting instructor (and former history teacher) Laura Ricketts. This sweater includes lots of lovely details, including puffed sleeves, crocheted edging and decorative braid. This is an appropriate first sweater project for intermediate knitters; students should be comfortable working with smaller yarn and needles (e.g. socks in sock weight yarn), reading patterns, and must be able to cast on, knit and purl, and bind off on their own. One class will give special focus to the decorative crocheted edging – if you always avoid projects with crocheted details, you’ll be successful with Laura’s tips!

This is a live virtual class taught over Zoom. Students need a strong internet connection and a device with video capabilities.

This class requires students to provide their own materials. Please see the materials list below.

$85 ASI members / $95 non-members


For questions, please call 612-871-4907

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