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Fair Isle Tams
An in Person Class Beth Brown-Reinsel
Mar 4, 2:00-5:00pm & Mar 5, 2:00-5:00pm
Knit a toddler’s tam to practice stranding in two colors while learning the steps needed to create a Fair Isle tam. Learn about the different ways tams are charted and constructed, from the increase round, to the peerie patterns, and the wheel charts. Learn to strand and weave your yarns in the back!
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This Fair Isle class is for knitters who would like to venture into two-color knitting but haven’t had the chance. A child’s tam comprised of ribbing, a border pattern area, and the wheel area will be knitted on double points or a circular needle, in four colors, although never more than two in a round. Techniques included in the workshop are yarn dominance, knitting with a color in each hand, weaving yarns to reduce snagging, reading tam charts, knitting traditional peerie, border, and wheel patterns, and shaping and finishing of the tam. Designing tams will also be discussed.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class
Students must be proficient in knitting in the round. If you are proficient in the magic loop or working with two circs, bring the appropriate needles.
• Four colors, 2 oz. for main color, ½ to 1 oz for three other colors each, of worsted- or Aran-weight, solid-colored wool yarn. Be sure there is some contrast between each color. Space dyed yarns, heathered yarns and fuzzy yarns will obscure the patterns and are not recommended.
• One 16″ circular needle in 5.0mm/US 8
• One set EACH (8″ or shorter in length) double-pointed needles, in US 5 and 8 (3.75 mm and 5.0 mm) If you are proficient in the magic loop or working with two circs, bring the appropriate needles.
• Sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart
• 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
• Colored pencils that correspond to the yarns you’ve chosen to color on the chart.