Fair Isle Clinic

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Want to learn colorwork? Been bitten by the color-work bug? Dabbled in Fair Isle but you don’t know what to try next? Come join our Fair Isle Clinic. This class will help you start off your colorwork career or improve your existing fair isle technique by explore more complex projects. Choose between mittens, a hat, a cowl, or a sweater. Note: for the sweater you must swatch in in the round 

3 two hour sessions 

 

Pick your project based on your skill level: 

 

Beginner: Driftless Mitts 

Skills needed: 

  • Ability to knit and purl and work in the round

Materials:  

  • 76-96 yards of main color and 6-8 yards of your second color in DK weight yarn 
    • We recommend Croft DK or Scout 
  • Small Circumference Circular, Flexi-Flips or small DPNs in US 3 / 3.25mm
  • Copy of Driftless Mitts pattern

Homework: Cast on and knit first 2.5” of mitt

 

Advanced Beginner: Halibut Cowl

Skills needed:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Reading a chart
  • Basic fair isle 

Materials:

  • Yarn: 200 yards of DK weight yarn; 1 skein of each color 
    • We recommend Croft DK, Kelbourn Woolens Scout, or Tukuwool DK
  • US 5 24” circular for the brim 
  • US 6 24” circular for the body
  • Stitch markers
  • A copy of the Halibut Cowl pattern by Caitlin Hunter

Preparation:

Finish ribbing and be ready to start cable chart.


Intermediate: Buggiflooer Beanie 

Skills needed:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Decreasing
  • Chart Reading 
  • Basic Fair Isle 

Materials:

  • 2 Color Verision: MC: 2 skeins of Jaimeson’s Spindrift, CC1: 1 skein of Jaimeson’s Spindrift
  • 6 Color Version: MC 2 skeins of Jaimeson’s Spindrift, CC1-5: 1 skein each of Jaimeson’s Spindrift
  • Note: recommended needle size is determined by hat size
    • Small to fit 19” -  “ US2/2.75 mm 16” circular needle & DPNs
    • Medium to fit 20” -  US 2.5/3.00mm 16” circular needle & DPNs
    • Large to fit 22” -  US3/3.25mm 16” circular needle & DPNs 
  • Stitch markers
  • A copy of the Buggiflooer Beanie pattern by Alison Rendall

Preparation:

Finish ribbing and be ready to start cable chart.

 

Advanced: Soldotna Crop 

Skills needed:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Increases, decreases, knit, purl
  • Previous experience knitting fair isle 
  • Previous experience knitting a sweater 

Materials:

  • Sizes: 1(2,3,4,5,6){7,8,9,10}
  • Finished circumference at bust:
    32.75 (36.5, 40, 44.5, 48, 52.5) {56, 59.75, 64, 67.75} ” // 83 (92.5, 101.5, 113, 122, 133.5) {142, 152, 162.5, 172} cm
  • Yardage: C1: 202 (218, 250, 273, 296, 327) {351, 374, 405, 429} yards 185 (200, 228.5, 250, 271, 299.5) {321, 342.5, 371, 393} m C2: 177 (190.5, 218, 238, 258.5, 286) {306, 326.5, 354, 374} yards of DK weight yarn 
  • We recommend Croft DK, Scout, Tukuwool DK
  • US 3 circular needles with a cable of 16” for the neck ribbing, 24-32” for the hem, and DPNs or circular needles with a cable suitable for small circumference knitting for the sleeves 
  • US 5 circular needles with a cable of at least 16” for the neck, 24-32 inches for the body and DPNs or circular needles with a cable suitable for small circumference knitting for the sleeves 
  • stitch markers 
  • Tapestry needle 
  • A copy of the Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter 

Preparation: 

Knit a gauge swatch in colorwork in the round using the charted repeat of the main chart. See this blog post for techniques. Wash and lay flat to dry. Please measure the gauge both before and after blocking.

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