Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp


Dear Knitter: While we explored many possibilities for hosting summer Knitting Camp in 2024, we were unable to secure a suitable venue. We are regrouping and considering options for future events. Though the news about summer camp is disappointing to us, we have hope that our gatherings will continue in one form or another. For now, Knit on with confidence! Updates will be posted on this page, Meg Swansen's Facebook page, and sent through the mailing list. Sign up below.

Knitting Camp - 47 years and counting- 

Knitting Camp History: Knitting Camp began when Elizabeth Zimmermann taught a week long knitting course at an extension of the University of Wisconsin in 1974. Over time, more weeks were added due to the popularity of the class. The event was named by its participants; knitters stayed in rudimentary dorms during the early years at Shell Lake, in the “up north” region of Wisconsin and later moved to UW in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Knitting Camp became a private event hosted by Schoolhouse Press when Elizabeth passed the torch to her daughter Meg Swansen in the 1980s.  

Knitting Camp Today: Meg is a designer, author, and internationally known knitting teacher. Each year, Meg and the Knitting Camp team join knitters at Knitting Camp retreats to explore the nuances of garment construction, techniques, and design. The events include open discussion, instruction related to Question and Answer, Mini-Workshops by campers and guests, and Show and Tell of handknitted items from a multitude of designers. Meg showcases original Elizabeth Zimmermann sweaters and her own designs by request, and Schoolhouse Press sets up a small market with wool for knitting projects.