Fair Isle (stranded colorwork), is a colorwork technique in which two colors are used throughout, carrying the unused color behind the work as you switch from one color to another. In this three hour class we will learn how to use both our right and left hands to complete a two handed Fair Isle hat.
Session 1 Class meets on Tuesday, January 27 from 10:00am-1:00pm. Because this class is meeting over the lunch hour please feel free to bring something to eat while we work.
Class Fee $50
Materials Please have the following materials and yarn balled before class begins:
- one main color worsted weight yarn, approximately 220 yards
- four additional colors of worsted weight yarn, each approximately 50 yards
- one US 7 (4.5mm) 16" circular needle, or size necessary to obtain correct gauge
- one set of US 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles (dpns), or size necessary to obtain correct gauge
- Stitch markers
- Darning needle
- Pattern will be provided by your instructor
Skills Needed The ability to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and work in the round
- two handed stranded colorwork
Homework Please complete a gauge swatch before your first class, changing needle size until you achieve 20 sts = 4" over stockinette stitch. If you need to know how to measure gauge and how needle size can change your gauge, please watch this video. Once you have obtained the correct gauge, using please cast on 110 sts with your main color and work in a k1, p1 rib for 1"/2.5cm.
Additionally, if you do not currently knit holding the yarn in your left hand (known as continental/German/picking style knitting) I highly encourage you to watch this video and practice holding the yarn in your left hand before coming to class.
Please note that this is a 3-hour class. Students will not complete the cowl during class time, but will leave the class having started the cowl and with all skills necessary to complete it.