Introduction to Marls as Colorwork


Price includes 6 hours of class. Early Bird ends 11/29/22.

An in-person class with Cecelia Campochiaro

Mar 3, 9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00-5:00pm

Learn how to design a colorful cowl or shawl using marls with a new color-visualization approach called micro-swatching. These tiny swatches let you work strands together as one to see all the color combinations available to you and pre-visualize how they can be arranged in your work.

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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 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 students will learn is how to prototype a design with tiny swatches called microswatches.

Students will choose from simple sequence knitting designs for a cowl or a shawl using two-strand marls. Designing a specific piece with the hands-on swatching will not only result in a beautiful shawl, but it will also be a gateway into the wonderful world of marling.

To get the most out of this class, Cecelia recommends using Ito Kino (100% Silk Noil). The yarn is fine, at 464 yards on a 50-gram cone, so when 2 strands are combined to form the marl, the fabric feels more like a sport- or DK-weight knit with wonderful drape. Yarn will be provided for use in class, so students can pre-order a kit or get one after taking the class. Kits, called “Ella Improv Kits,” can be ordered at Uncommon Threads Yarn. Contact them at [email protected] or (650) 941-1815.

Supply List
• US 3 and US 4 (3.25mm and 3.5mm) needles with sharp tips
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

Optional: Ott Light to help you see colors
No pre-class work required.

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Main Technique

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Sabrina H.
Great class

So happy I took this class. I don’t feel I have a lot of creativity. I usually just follow a pattern and can pick out 2-3 out of 4 colors I might need but then rely on help at my LYS for opinions on the rest. This class turned me in a swatcher- which I wasn’t and let me play with trying things before big protects/commitments. It also let me relax with not liking every single combination of my colors and truly thinking outside the box. Definitely recommend. Also really liked the recommendation on the yarn to use and will buy more.

Elin L.
Marling is Excellent

Excellent Class and Teacher! Well done and learned so much.

Polly B.

So enjoyed the all day hands on class in this safe in person class. Cecilia is smart beyond understanding and love her creations and knowledge. Cannot wait for the next book!

Deborah H.
Create your favorite color and weight of yarn using marls.

Very fun informative class. Cecilia taught us how to mix colors and yarn weights to create personal, unique mini swatches. We experimented with arranging swatches to create flow in the fabric, and how to manage pooling and make beautiful marl products.

Diana F.
Loved Marls!!

Cecelia’s class was wonderful. Great printed information, lots of samples, and ample time to play with this new (to me) technique.

Robin L.
Engaging class

Making marks is one of the best classes I have ever taken because of the instructor, Cecilia. Instructions are clear. You learn so much about using marls to make one of a kind designs