with Melanie Berg

Thursday, 27th August to Sunday, 30th August 2020
at Bahnhof Hohenstein near Wiesbaden/Frankfurt, Germany


Who doesn’t love to knit beautiful shawls? The Mairlynd Knitting Retreat 2020 is your chance to spend four relaxed days with German knitting designer Melanie Berg. Our home for this time will be the charming former train station Bahnhof Hohenstein, which has been transformed into a luxurious retreat space. There will be inspiring knitting, lots of good company and yummy food!

*Please note that this is an English speaking event. Bitte beachtet, dass die Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache gehalten wird.

about Melanie

In 2012, Melanie Berg quit her job as an IT specialist to live her passion: She’s designing knitwear. She combines texture and color into wearable modern designs that are both playful and beautiful. Melanie designs to surprise — from matching cheeky stripes with elegant lace, to choosing unexpected color combinations. She loves to collaborate with other creative types around the world, and her patterns have been published by yarn companies and knitting magazines large and small. „Shawls“ and „Colorwork Shawls“, her two books, have been eagerly awaited by the knitting world and are now available.

the schedule 

We will welcome you in Hohenstein on Thursday, 27th August from 3 p.m. with a piece of homemade cake, a glass of prosecco and a cup of tea. We will all gather around our big workshop table at around 5 p.m. for an opening session until we head over to the restaurant for dinner.

On Friday morning we will start the day with a workshop on Colourwork Shawls. In the afternoon we will meet over some cake for a tipps & tricks session where everybody is welcome to share your knitting expertise. Saturday will be filled with a workshop on Shawl Construction in the morning and a free afternoon to stroll around the beautiful area or to gather for a relaxed time of sit & knit. On Sunday morning Melanie will talk about Finishing your handknits. The afternoon session on Sunday will finish with a show & tell at 4 p.m. We will be leaving Hohenstein by 5 p.m. on Sunday…with plenty new knitting skills to take home.

Each participant will receive a Ravelry Code for one of  Melanie’s Ravelry patterns to download before the workshop. This will make a great project to work on during the Mairlynd Knitting Retreat.

the workshops

Colourwork Shawls (Friday)

Meet Melanie and a wide variety of her colorwork shawls that she’ll be bringing in for this workshop.

Learn more about different ways to add some color to your knitting and choose among four of Melanie’s designs to cast on for: Ashburn, Moonraker, Ropedance or Nangou. We’ll talk about the different colorwork techniques used in these patterns and will try them out, and you will receive a printed copy of the pattern, along with many helpful tips & tricks that Melanie will share with you.

Skill Level: confident beginner to intermediate
Prerequisites: basic knitting skills

Please bring knitting needles and yarn in two different colorways.

Shawl Construction (Saturday)

Have you been dreaming of designing your own shawl, but don’t know how to get started?

This class will teach you basic shawl layouts. You will learn how different shapes are being constructed: Circular and semi-circular shawls, triangular shawls, symmetrical and asymmetrical shawls and others, and we’ll cover basic operations like gauge and size calculations.

You’ll learn special cast-on techniques and I’ll walk you through the single steps that lead to bringing your shawl ideas to life.

Skill Level: intermediate
Prerequisites: basic knitting skills

Please bring knitting needles and some yarn.

Finishing your handknits (Sunday)

Having spent so much time on knitting a project, it deserves a proper finishing!

Are you wondering about the best way to weave in loose ends? How to sew the single pieces of a sweater together? Are you unsure about how to properly block your lace shawl, or how to attach closures to a garment?

In this class we’ll cover all of the above, and more. We’ll talk about how to invisibly graft pieces together and we’ll try out the mattress stitch.

We’ll get you prepared for finishing your handknits in the best possible way that allows you to enjoy them for a long time.

Skill Level: beginner
Prerequisites: basic knitting skills

Please bring knitting needles and some yarn and a pointy darning needle.

the location 

© Bahnhof Hohenstein

The Mairlynd Knitting Retreat will take place at the Bahnhof Hohenstein, a picturesque former train station which has been transformed into a luxurious 5-star retreat space. Bahnhof Hohenstein is situated in Taunus, a beautiful region close to Wiesbaden and Frankfurt.

© Bahnhof Hohenstein

Accommodation will be at the Bahnhof Hohenstein and the nearby Landgasthof Wiesenmühle (where we will also have our meals, a very short walk of 2-3 minutes from the Bahnhof Hohenstein).

Rooms in the main house of the Bahnhof Hohenstein are double rooms with twin beds. These rooms may be booked as double rooms or as single rooms (with additional costs). For all double rooms you may either register individually (and we match you up with another attendant) or book together with a friend. There is a shared bathroom on every floor.

The garden house at the Bahnhof Hohenstein is a small separate house with a double room with two twin beds, bathroom and kitchenette.

Rooms at the nearby Landgasthof Wiesenmühle are single rooms with en suite bathrooms. Please note that accommodation at Landgasthof Wiesenmühle is of a more basic standard than at the Bahnhof Hohenstein.

© Bahnhof Hohenstein

The workshops with Melanie will take place in the former waiting hall of the train station, now an inviting workshop space. In addition, we’ll have a living room and a dining room for cozy knitting and chatting throughout the day and in the evening. Weather permitting we may venture outside and enjoy the beautiful location in the country side to sit and knit. You are also welcome to use the sauna.


the food

We will have breakfast, a light lunch and dinner in the close-by restaurant Landgasthof Wiesenmühle (a 2-3 minute walk from the Bahnhof Hohenstein). Meals are included in the registration fee, drinks to accompany meals are paid individually.

There will be homemade cake in the afternoons and coffee and different sorts of tea will be available for free throughout the retreat.

the price and registration

luxury single room at Bahnhof Hohenstein
shared bathroom on each floor
1100 Euro (1 place available)

place in a luxury double room (shared occupancy) at Bahnhof Hohenstein
with en suite bathroom
950 Euro (2 places available)

place in a luxury double room (shared occupancy) at Bahnhof Hohenstein
shared bathroom on each floor
900 Euro (2 places available)

standard single room at Landgasthof Wiesenmühle
with en suite bathroom
900 Euro (3 places available)

place in the luxury garden house (shared occupancy with 2 people, no separate rooms, guests may sleep at two levels) at Bahnhof Hohenstein
with en suite bathroom in the garden house
950 Euro (booked out)

The price includes the workshops, accommodation in the chosen category, all meals as stated above (drinks to accompany meals are paid individually) and group transfer from and to Wiesbaden main station at the times stated below. Transfer at other times and/or to other locations is paid individually. I am very happy to help with organization, should you need individual transfer.

Please note the booking conditions with information concerning registration, payment and cancellation. Prices including VAT.


how to get there

Bahnhof Hohenstein is situated in Taunus, a beautiful region in Germany close to Wiesbaden and Frankfurt, making it very accessible from Frankfurt Airport and train stations in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt.

For those who will be arriving by plane or train, there will be a free transfer from Wiesbaden main station to Hohenstein leaving Wiesbaden at 2.30 p.m. For your way home there will be a transfer from Hohenstein to Wiesbaden on Sunday at 4.30 p.m. Please book this transfer with your workshop registration, there will be an additional fee for later booking of the transfer.

For those arriving by car, the address is Bahnhof Hohenstein, Am Bahnhof 4, 65329 Hohenstein.