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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.

A Virtual Class 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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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 15 reviews
Kathy M.
Mastering Marls

This is an A+ class! My head is spinning (in the BEST way possible) with ideas for adding marls to my knitting. Cecelia is an excellent, knowledgeable instructor.

Amy V.
Marvelous Marls

This class gave exceptional insight into marling. Cecelia explains things clearly and answers questions patiently. I would take any class she is teaching. 4 sessions were the perfect number.

Kathy J.
Excellent Class

This was a superb class with much information provided at a rate you could absorb. The color theory education is invaluable. Cecelia has made me a true believer in swatching, whether micro swatches or not! I can't wait to go play... Invest in her book too - you won't regret it.

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.