Fair Isle Knitting 101DownTown Knits
Not all 2 color stranded work is Fair Isle. Long ago and far away on a small island off the northern coast of Scotland lived some knitters who raised the bar on 2 color stranded work. Travel back in time with me to learn about how and why they developed their particular techniques for this important work. Learn how their techniques helped to make the work go faster and easier while you knit a head band. Continental knitting, corrugated ribbing, catching floats will all be covered as well as the history of Fair Isle Knitting. For the Intermediate Knitter. Please note that there is homework that must be completed before the class begins.
Skill Level Pre-req: Knit in the round, cast on, bind off, knit, purl
Skills Learned: Continental knitting, corrugated ribbing, catching floats, as well as the history of Fair Isle Knitting
Pattern: The teacher will provide the pattern to be used and is provided with the workbook
Yarn recommendation: 3 skeins of DK weight WOOL yarn. 50 grams. See Homework notes below.
Supplies: circular needle, 16” or 20” Not dpns or long needle for Magic Loop
Size #5 (3.75mm) circular needle 16” or 20” Not dpns or long needle for Magic Loop
3 balls of yarn DK/sport wt, colors should have good contrast. Wool will give best results
Scissors, Size D crochet hook, Pen/pencil
Additional Materials fee of $5.00 includes: pattern workbook, and tools.
Supplies needed for workshop:
#3 (3.25mm) and #5 (3.75mm) 16” or 20” circular needles only. DO NOT plan to use a long needle and do magic loop, and do not bring 24” needles.
3 balls of DK weight WOOL yarn, about ½ ounce each. One color should be DARK, one color a MEDIUM shade and one a LIGHT shade. They can be the same color, but need to have high contrast in the value. Sharp scissors, pen or pencil.
Complete the instruction below and bring to class.
Gauge: Approx. 31 stitches equals 4” (7.75 sts/inch) Finished size: about 18” - will stretch to fit up to 22” head.
D = Dark color M = Medium color L = Light color
With the #3 (3.25mm), 16” circular needle and the D color, cast on 140 sts. Join into a circle, being careful not to twist the sts. Keeping the bases to the inside of the circle will help.
Rnd 1: * K2, P2, repeat from * to end.
Rnd 2: repeat round 1.
Leave sts on the needle and bring to class