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Traditional Fair Isle knitting is a 2-colour stranded technique used to produce multi-coloured patterns. The patterns can be very simply in just 2 colours or with a number of different colours in both the background and foreground of the pattern.

During the workshop we will look at selecting colour schemes and how the appearance of the pattern can change depending on the colours and tones of colour used in the pattern. We will also look at knitting with a yarn in each hand and working in the round with Fair Isle.

You will need:

  • 2 x 50gm balls of main colour yarn in DK weight and
  • 1 x 50gm ball of contrast colour yarn also in DK weight. For the contrast colour yarn you may like to try a long colour change yarn as used in the beret in the photograph above.
  • 3.25mm x 60cm (or 40cm) circular needle and
  • 4mm x 60cm circular needle. (you will also need either a second circular needle or dpns in 4mm size to finish the crown of the beret.)
  • Magnetic board for holding charts if you have one.
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors

Before the class attendees may like to knit the rib before coming to class as follows:

  • Using 3.25mm circular needle and Col 1, cast on 112sts loosely.
  • Join in the round, place stitch marker and work *k1tbl, p1* repeat to the end of the round.
  • Continue in k1tbl, p1, rib until knitting measures 2.5cm/1 inch or desired length.

Techniques Covered:

Casting on and joining in the round, following a chart working in the round, working stranded knitting with a yarn in each hand, working a centre double decrease when decreasing the crown section and staying in colour pattern.