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Fair Isle Tams: How Color is Used in Fair Isle Knitting


Price includes 6 hours of class. Early Bird ends 08/17/22. A $63 kit fee will be collected during class.

An in-person class with Janine Bajus

Nov 11, 9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00-5:00pm PST

Want to explore Fair Isle design, but you’re hesitant about starting from scratch? Janine Bajus’ tam workshop will get you going. Work with an 8-color kit of tested shades to knit value sequences, arrange bands of motifs, and plan your tam.

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This workshop is ideal for those who want to explore Fair Isle design but are hesitant about starting from scratch. In this class you will work with a classic Fair Isle tam pattern and pre-selected 8-color set so you won’t have to worry about choosing colors!

Janine will begin by discussing the distinctive way that color is arranged in Fair Isle knitting. You will make a value swatch, and then use your colors to swatch several different arrangements of the large motif. Each colorway can produce many options for knitting the motif.

We will go on to explore designing the Corrugated rib and peerie bands and swatch these elements.

Janine will cover designing the tam’s wheel, then explain how the skills you’ve learned will translate into designing a traditional Fair Isle sweater or vest. At the end of class, you will have a solid foundation in Fair Isle design, a unique tam pattern (the kit has enough yarn to knit at least 3 different tams), and a good basic understanding for working with color value in other Fair Isle adventures.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Must have experience in stranded knitting and in reading knitting charts.

A kit is required for this class; the $63 kit fee will be collected during class by your teacher.
The kit will include 7 balls of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift yarn (25g/115yds) and 1 mini skein (21 yards). Correct change is appreciated.

Supply list:
• US 3 (3.25 mm) OR size to get gauge needles: 24-32″ circular needles for swatching
• Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Sue H.
Fabulous class!

Well organised, step by step process. We learned about the specific characteristics of Fair Isle knitting. A class kit was included, and Janine kindly gave me the details of the yarns included in my colour choice so I could source them in Australia. (Kits are only sent to US residents.)
We were sent off to play with our colours and create four possible colourways for the main OXO band. Janine then provided a slide show discussing what we all did, asking each knitter which one they liked the best. This enabled us to see how others in the class developed their ideas using the same colours.
We then developed possibilities for the peerie band and the ribbing, and swatched them also. In the final session we worked on the wheel, and lots more beside.
I had to watch all the sessions from the recordings after the event due to time zone differences. But this worked well. I felt part of the class, even though I was not on the zoom calls live. I especially appreciate having access to the classes for two weeks. It gave me time to watch them all twice and take many notes.
I feel equipped and ready to put my ideas into practice and knit my first tam using everything I've learnt in this class. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and learnt a lot.
Like Jessie, I'm looking forward to taking more classes from Janine in the future.

Jessie W.
Best virtual class I've taken

I thoroughly enjoyed this class! The material covered was exactly as advertised, and the presentation was well-organized. I also love my yarn. Janine did a fantastic job with the technology, too. I have one small suggestion (not a criticism though): in the initial introduction to Fair Isle and Fair Isle knitting, I suggest adding a few slides of Fair Isle/Shetland/Fair Isle knitting, rather than just looking at Janine (lovely though she is). I hope to take more from Janine in the future.