Design Your Own Cowl; Fair Isle Workshop
With Tanis Gray.
Dec 5, 2:00-4:10pm CST
Dec 6, 2:00-4:10pm CST
Dec 12, 2:00-4:10pm CST
Learn proper stranded colorwork technique (English, Continental, and Combo methods will be covered) while working up an easy cowl project. In our following sessions, we will take the skills and knowledge gained from session 1 to design and knit your very own Fair Isle cowl!
We’ll discuss knitting math, edgings, techniques, color theory, gauge, motifs, and more!
Freaked over Fair Isle? Curious about stranded colorwork techniques? Intimidated by multiple strands of yarn in multiple colors? Not sure how gauge works or how to trap those floats? This is the workshop for you! We’ll cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental and Combination knitters; tackle common issues; proper technique, color theory, how to trap floats, Fair Isle history and setting good Fair Isle knitting habits. We’ll put these techniques into practice while working up a class cowl.
Session II: Design Your Own Fair Isle Cowl
Ready to move beyond basic stranded colorwork? Interesting in trying your hand at designing? Let your imagination and creativity take over. Working with graph paper, you’ll start your very own design from scratch, beginning with inspiration, sketching, figuring out how to manipulate the math, and finally start refining your patterns! Worried that you’re not an artist? All you need is an idea, a love of knitting, and the desire to try something new.
Session III: From Your Brain To Your Needles!
Now that you’ve designed a beautiful cowl, get knitting! You will will take the skills and knowledge you learned from the Session 1 and combine it with the math and design you worked on in Session 2 to create a unique cowl designed by YOU!
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Must be comfortable knitting in the round
No previous colorwork or chart-reading skills are necessary
No homework before Session 1
__200 yards worsted-weight yarn in two highly contrasting colors
__24” Circular Needles in Size US 8 (5 mm)and US6 (4 mm) (or size to get desired gauge)
____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
__Knitting Graph Paper (download and print a few copies – click here)