Maine Knitting Cruises

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Dates Price
June 14 - 18, 2023 w/ Mim Bird $994
September 3 - 9, 2023 w/ Margaret Radcliffe $1282
June 14 - 18, 2024 w/ Mim Bird $1008
September 1 - 7, 2024 w/ Margaret Radcliffe $1278

All prices are listed per person and include lodging, meals, and shore excursions. 

Non-knitting spouses and friends are warmly invited to join in… there is plenty for anyone to do, see and eat.

Interested in putting together your own knitting or crochet cruise? Have a knitting group you’d like to travel with? The Riggin is available for sailing &  knitting charters.


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Knitting Bag by Jocelyn Schmidt

Fun and crafty knitting retreats!

Knitters of all levels join us for special knitting getaways.  Spouses and non-knitters are welcome too!  Don’t be shy.  Our instructors Mim Bird and Maggie Radcliffe have been teaching with us for years and these popular knitting retreats fill up fast!

Knitting Getaways with Mim Bird

J&E Riggin, June 2022 Trip

You’re going to invest a lot in your knit piece. Starting and ending well can make all the difference. Join Mim Bird on this  4-day/4-night cruise to learn Casting On and Binding Off. There’s so much more to know than the Long Tail and thumb Loop, or the Standard Knit Two Pass Over methods. Want something a little stretchier, or firmer? Need to work with a slippery yarn? We’ll add a dozen Cast On and Bind Off options to your skill set so you’ll be ready to make all your edges worthy of the beautiful knit piece you’re creating.

As always, you can follow along with the planned itinerary, or do your own thing. The actual instruction will be in short bursts as we take time to put into practice what we’ve just learned before moving to the next phase. That will give everyone the chance to do whatever they like in the interim. Bring whatever projects you’d like to work on, or anything you need help with. Mim loves to help get projects over the rough patches, and she hasn’t been stumped yet!

Mim Bird is the former owner of Over the Rainbow Yarn, where she taught an array of classes from basic to advanced knitting and crocheting. Mim has participated in many Maine-knitting adventures and she is ready to show you how to design your own creation with your hand dyed yarn. She can also help you with any other knitting questions on any project you wish to bring with you. This will be her fifth adventure on the Riggin and she says, “I love the Riggin, her captains and crew so much. And the knitters are always so much fun. I can’t wait to be back.”

Knitting Retreat with Maggie Radcliffe

In 2023, we’ll take a look at Knitting Traditions on this this 6-day/6-night knitting retreat with Margaret Radcliffe! The history and practice of knitting around the world is long and varied, so we’ll be looking at a select sampling of the many possibilities. Our knitting itinerary is not yet finalized, but possible destinations are exploring different methods of knitting (English, Continental, Peruvian, Greek, Portuguese…), stranded knitting from Iceland to Fair Isle to Norway (including traditional Maine mittens), lace shawls (from Russia, Estonia, and Shetland). Along the way, you’ll have the option of trying new techniques or working small samples.

As always, you can follow along on the planned knitting journey or take any side trips that entice you. Bring whatever projects you’d like to work on, or anything you need help with. Maggie is happy to help get projects over the rough patches!

A knitter for almost 60 years, a designer for more years than she cares to remember, and a teacher
for more than 30, Maggie is the author of four popular knitting books: The Knitting Answer Book, The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques, Circular Knitting Workshop, and The Knowledgeable Knitter. For more information on Margaret Radcliffe, her books & patterns visit