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Fun with Fair Isle Knitting: Strand by Me, a Technique Class

Have you wanted to add color to your knitting?  There are basically two different ways to add lots of color 1) Intarsia and 2) Fair Isle or stranding.  Intarsia is used to add blocks of color in knitwear that is surrounded by stockinette or garter stitch.  Intarsia is usually knit flat.  Fair Isle, or Stranded colorwork, is knit in the round, where two colors are worked in any one round.  In this case, one color shows on the front of the work, and the second color is “stranded” across the back of the work until it is ready to be used in the front. We will save the Intarsia technique for another class and we will focus our time on stranded colorwork.  One version of stranded colorwork is also known as Fair Isle colorwork.

Prerequisite Skills:
This class focuses on techniques needed for Fair Isle colorwork knitting, otherwise known as stranded knitting. To focus on these skills, you should already know how to:
- Cast on
- Join to knit in the round
- Knit in the round
- Bind off
- Basic pattern reading skills

Materials for Your Fair Isle Cowl:
2 or 3 colors of worsted weight wool yarn in colors that contrast:
-  Approximately 100-150 yards of worsted weight wool yarn (MC)
-  Approximately 50 yards of worsted weight wool yarn (CC1)
-  Approximately 10 yards of worsted weight wool yarn (CC2) (optional)
US 7/4.5mm 16" or 24" circular needle (depending on your cowl size small or large)
Stitch markers 
Tapestry Needle

Minimum to Run Class:  3 attendees.
Cancelation Policy:  Please see the main class page.

Skill Level: intermediate
Skill Details: Intermediate
Materials Included: Please use yarn from the shop for this workshop. You will receive a one-time 10% discount on yarn purchased for the class.
Requirements: Please ensure you are comfortable with the Prerequisite Skills listed in the class description.
Instructor: Ellen H
Instructor Bio: Ellen retired from a career in IT with a large telecommunications company in 2015. She discovered her love of knitting in 1999 when her daughter, who was a new Harry Potter fan, needed a Gryffindor house scarf, and at the time, they were unavailable for purchase. Ellen loves to learn new knitting techniques and has been focusing on Fair Isle knitting for the last few years. She?s even gotten to visit the Shetland Islands, the home of Fair Isle knitting. Ellen has fun leading knit-a-longs and teaching knitting to others.

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
(925) 263-2661
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Danville, CA 94526

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Thursday : 10AM - 7PM
Fri & Sat : 10AM - 5PM
Sunday : 12PM - 4PM
Monday : Closed