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A Master Class on Marls as Colorwork


Price includes 8 hours of class; an $88 kit fee will be added at check out.

With Cecelia Campochiaro

Feb 5, 2:00-4:00pm;
Feb 6, 2:00-4:00pm;
Feb 12, 2:00-4:00pm;
Feb 13, 2:00-4:00pm CST

This four-part master class is all about multi-stranded handknitting and working with multiple strands as a kind of colorwork.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.

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  • Kit - Master Class on Marls as Colorwork


Working with marls is as simple as holding strands together while knitting, but as with much in knitting, simplicity can beget complexity. This four-part master class will cover how marls work, the history of marling, color theory for marls, how to arrange color changes into different marl sequences, working with gradient sets, and how to plan projects using marls. One crucial planning technique is prototyping how marls will look with tiny swatches called microswatches. Students will make these to see how the experience can help them with project planning and will also experiment with different marl sequences using their own microswatches.

If you have taken one of Cecelia’s marling workshops before, much of the material will be the same, but with one class per day spread over two weekends there is more time for interactive discussion and to do knitting between classes.

The class will include the Ella Improv cowl pattern and kits in a silk noil yarn in three color ways: Spectrum, Blues and Golds, and Shades of Gray. The Ella Improv is a small project that is a good way to experiment with the concepts in the class and make a beautiful and useful piece.

An $88 kit is required for this class:
To get the most out of this class, Cecelia recommends using Ito Kino (100% Silk Noil) in one of three colorways she has curated:
Spectrum: Denim, Capri Blue, Mint, Mustard, Cayenne Red, and Chili Pepper;
Blues and Golds: Denim, Dark Navy, Light Gray, Charcoal, Caravan, and Dark Brown;
Shades of Gray: White, Snow Gray, Light Gray, Gray, Charcoal, and Black

The yarn is fine, with 464 yards on a 50-gram cone, so when 2 strands are combined to form the marl, the fabric feels more like a DK-knit with wonderful drape. Using two strands of six colors, you can create a 21-step gradation.

When your order is complete, you will receive a link to select your color way.

NOTE: Due to time and shipping constraints, kits are not available to people living outside the United States; however, interested students may contact [email protected] for guidance on the yarn.

Supply list
• Sharp-tipped metal needles, often called lace needles, are best for working with marls
• 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
• For the cowl project, US 4 (3.5 mm) 16″ needles.
• A copy of Cecelia’s book Making Marls is recommended but not required.

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique


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Color Way

Shades of Grey, Blues and Gold, Sprectrum

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Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Carol N.
Outstanding class and fun

Cecelia is engaging, supportive, inspiring and encouraging in the journey of knitting marls.

Karen N.
Outstanding class

Cecelia presents a wealth of information in a clear, organized and low-key manner. She calmly answered all questions, clearly and understandably. I feel empowered in the art of combining marls. This could well be the best class I have ever taken.

Kate H.
Knitting Marls class review

It was a really fun class. The four sessions made for a nice pace, with time for an interesting stroll through some of the instructor's favorite online shops. I wonder if the class material is a preview of her next book, with a section on using two different gradient sets. I need to make more microswatches!

Pamela L.
Take this class!

I loved this class. Cecelia is extremely organized but never rigid with class schedules. Her slides were clear and easy to understand. She made me want to explore marls in so many different projects. I can't wait to try a sequence class.

Liz J.J.
Excellent and Really thought provoking!

There is a lot of theory, and thought, and sampling. At first I thought I would miss the heavy knitting, but not so. This class made me think a lot, wonder a lot, and discover many things about something that on the surface is so simple. Highly recommend this class and Cecelia as an instructor.

Mary R.
Master Class on Marls as Colorwork

Loved the class. Cecelia is an excellent instructor and presents in a very straightforward and thoughtful manner. There is structure to the class while allowing for changes to suit the needs of the class. I learned so much and decided to buy her book to extend my learning going forward. This class opened my eyes to so many possibilities for my knitting in the future. I would definitely take another class with Cecelia.

Betsy D.
A fabulous learning experience!

Cecilia is a wonderful teacher - one who not only explains inventive concepts with clarity, but instills confidence in the hearer/learner. The classes were packed with insight, tips, and humor - what more could one ask! I left inspired and eager to explore these ideas in my knitting, and re-thinking color use in my weaving and quilting, as well! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Get ready to have your head explode with new ideas!

This was one of those classes you never want to end. Cecelia is a remarkable teacher and generously shares her ideas, thoughts, teachings while encouraging the thinking of those in the class. She frequently "took the temperature" of the group for questions, comments, etc. The primary outcome of the class seemed to be the planting of seeds so that we as participants could go forward with the ideas she shared and not only follow her patterns but more importantly to create our own combinations with understanding and confidence. A suggestion might be to offer a part 2 to this course -after a period of time - for people who have previously completed this course (and the Sequence class) to then share projects, ask questions that will come up as we apply what we learned, and to generally pursue this topic more deeply. Cecelia genuinely seemed to enjoy the class and the group and that shone through during all 4 sessions.