Fair Isle Knitting creative workshop

Learn Fair Isle knitting techniques in 2019

Fair Isle Knitting creative workshop

I’m teaching my popular Fair Isle knitting workshop at the Hope & Elvis in March 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.

Fair Isle Knitting workshop with Nicki from Being Knitterly

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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 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 to make a small practice swatch).

After lunch (you can bring your own pack lunch or buy goodies from the amazing Welbeck farm shop), you’ll start knitting your project or work on a swatch in your choice of colours.

Stranded colourwork beginners: you will knit a practice swatch in rows, then use simple motifs and two or three colours for a small project.

Stranded colourwork improvers: you will knit a practice swatch in the round, cut the steek, then either knit a larger project using more complex motifs and several colours or work on a larger swatch in using more complex motifs in your choice of colours.

What will you learn?

Stranded colourwork beginners

You’ll learn to:

  • Read a stranded colour work chart.
  • Knit with yarn in each hand.
  • Strand and weave the yarns.
  • Understand yarn dominance.
  • Knit in the round.
  • As well as, using differences in tone to choose colours.

Stranded colourwork improvers

You’ll learn to:

  • Knit a two-colour rib.
  • Make and finish a steek (yes, you’ll be cutting your knitting!).
  • Improve their stranded colour work technique.
  • As well as, using the colour wheel to choose colours.

Whether you are new to stranded colourwork or have done some before, you will leave the Fair Isle Knitting workshop with your finished knitted practice swatch and your project or swatch in your choice of colours (which you may have finished).

When does the workshop take place?

10:00 – 16:00, Saturday 16 March 2019.

This date is fully booked.

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Where is Hope & Elvis?

Hope and Elvis, in the grounds of the Welbeck Estate, is part of the Harley Foundation. Founded in 1977 by the late Ivy Duchess of Portland it funds the Harley Gallery and offers subsidised studios to artists, makers and restorers. The Welbeck Estate is in the Dukeries; this is at the northern end of Sherwood Forest. It’s close to South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and north Derbyshire.

You will receive full details and directions upon booking.

Other workshops

Saturday 9 February 2019: Knitwear Finishing Techniques workshop at the Being Knitterly Studio.

Saturday 16 March 2019: Fair Isle Knitting workshop at Hope & Elvis – fully booked.

Saturday 1 June 2019: Knitwear Finishing Techniques workshop at Hope & Elvis.

Saturday 8 June 2019: Fair Isle Knitting workshop at the Being Knitterly Studio.

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