Learn Fair Isle knitting techniques in 2019
Fair Isle Knitting creative workshop
I’m teaching my popular Fair Isle knitting workshop at the Being Knitterly Studio in September 2019.
Fair Isle knitting is admired because of the beautiful use of colour and the variety of patterns. Join me to learn about different stranded colour work traditions as well as learning and practising techniques, knitting a project or designing your own swatch.
Why should you come to the Fair Isle Knitting workshop?
You love the look stranded colourwork knitting, but don’t know how to start. Or maybe you have done some and really want to improve your technique. You are inspired by Fair Isle knitting because of the variety of patterns and the beautiful use of colour. Maybe you would like to design your own projects, but you are not sure how to put colours together, or you have tried and were not happy with the results.
After you book, I’ll email you to find out about more your experience of Fair Isle knitting. You may feel that you are somewhere in-between a stranded colourwork “beginner” and “improver”; it doesn’t matter. Your answers will enable me to know which techniques and projects will be most suitable for you.
You’ll have refreshments all day, a home-cooked vegetarian two-course lunch (for all dietary needs), as well as delicious home-baked cake in the afternoon.
How will you learn?
I’ll demonstrate techniques, both to groups and individuals. The first few times that you try a new technique, I’ll talk you through it while you do it. When you’re learning a new technique you’ll repeat it several times.
After lunch you’ll start knitting your project or work on a swatch in your choice of colours.
If you are a beginner, you will knit a headband, which Nicki has designed to help beginners learn the techniques of stranded colour work. You will knit the headband in the round starting with a single colour rib. Then you will start by stranding yarn behind simple motifs and build up to weaving in yarns on more complex motifs. You will finish by repeating the simple motifs and the rib.
If you are an improver, you will knit a sample, in the round, with a two colour rib and a knitted steek. Then you will cut the steek and finish the edges. Finally, you will knit a larger project with a steek, which uses more complex motifs and several colours.
What will you learn?
Stranded colourwork beginners
You’ll learn to:
- Knit in the round.
- Read a stranded colour work chart.
- Knit with yarn in each hand.
- Strand and weave the yarns.
- As well as understand yarn dominance.
Stranded colourwork improvers
You’ll learn to:
- Knit a two-colour rib.
- Knit, cut and finish a steek.
- As well as improve your stranded colour work technique.
Beginners to Fair Isle knitting will leave the workshop having knitted most, if not all, of their headband, whereas Fair Isle improvers will leave with their finished sample and partly knit project.
When does the workshop take place?
10:00 – 16:00, Saturday 21 September 2019.
Where is the Being Knitterly Studio?
The Being Knitterly Studio is based in Loughborough, north Leicestershire.
You will receive full details and directions upon booking.
Saturday 17 August 2019: Modular Knitting workshop at the Being Knitterly Studio.
Saturday 14 September 2019: Knitwear Finishing Techniques workshop at the Being Knitterly Studio.
Saturday 21 September 2019: Fair Isle Knitting workshop at the Being Knitterly Studio.