Fair Isle Knitting workshop

Fair Isle headband and balls of Shetland yarn

Fair Isle Knitting workshop – September 2020

Hope & Elvis

I’m teaching my popular Fair Isle Knitting workshop at Hope & Elvis in September.

Knitters admire Fair Isle knitting because of the beautiful use of colour and the variety of patterns. Join me to learn about different stranded colourwork traditions as well as learning and practising techniques while knitting a small project.

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Why should you come to the Fair Isle Knitting workshop?

You love the look stranded colourwork knitting, but don’t know how to start. Or maybe you have done some and really want to improve your technique. You are inspired by Fair Isle knitting because of the variety of patterns and the beautiful use of colour. Maybe you would like to design your own projects, but you are not sure how to put colours together, or you have tried and were not happy with the results.

After you book, I’ll email you to find out about more your experience of Fair Isle knitting. You may feel that you are somewhere in-between a stranded colourwork “beginner” and “improver”; it doesn’t matter. Your answers will enable me to know which techniques and projects will be most suitable for you.

There will be refreshments all day and a home-cooked, vegetarian, two-course lunch.

How will you learn?

I’ll demonstrate techniques, both to groups and individuals. The first few times that you try a new technique, I’ll talk you through it while you do it. The projects are designed so that when you’re learning a new technique you’ll repeat it several times.

If you are a beginner, you will knit a headband. You start by knitting a single colour rib in the round. Then you will follow a chart for a simple pattern, learning to strand the yarn which is not being used behind the new stitches. When you move on to the next pattern, which is a little more complicated, you will learn to weave in the yarn which is not being used. Then, your project becomes easier as you repeat the simple pattern and end with another single colour rib. You will use Shetland Double Knitting, from Jamieson’s of Shetland, so you will be able to enjoy the beautiful colours, without having to get used to small diameter needles.

If you are an improver, you will knit a cosy for a small cafetière. You will be working in the round and cutting your knitted fabric to transform it from a tube to a flat piece. You will start by knitting a corrugated rib using several colours, then knit a variety of patterns, again using several colours. There will be plenty of time for you to improve your stranding and weaving in techniques and maybe try working with both yarns in either the left or right hand. You will finish your cafetière cosy by knitting another corrugated rib. Then, it is the exciting part! You cut the steek and finish the edges. You will use Shetland Spindrift, from Jamieson’s of Shetland, which is the traditional weight yarn for Fair Isle knitting.

What will you learn?

Stranded colourwork beginners

You’ll learn to:

  • Knit in the round.
  • Read a stranded colourwork chart.
  • Knit with one yarn in each hand.
  • Strand and weave in the yarns.
  • As well as understand yarn dominance.

Stranded colourwork improvers

You’ll learn to:

  • Work a two-colour rib.
  • Improve your stranding and weaving in techniques.
  • Knit with both yarns in the left or in the right hand.
  • Understand yarn dominance.
  • Make, cut and finish a steek.

Beginners to Fair Isle knitting will leave the workshop having knitted most, if not all, of their headband, and will only need to use the easier techniques to finish it.

Most improvers should finish their cafetière cosy; any who do not will know how to do so.

When does the workshop take place?

10:00 – 16:00, Saturday 19 September or Sunday 27 September 2020.

Where is Hope & Elvis?

Hope and Elvis is in the grounds of the Welbeck Estate which is part of the Harley Foundation. This was founded in 1977 by the late Ivy Duchess of Portland it funds the Harley Gallery and offers subsidised studios to artists, makers and restorers. The Welbeck Estate is in the Dukeries; this is at the northern end of Sherwood Forest. It’s close to South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and north Derbyshire.

You will receive full details and directions upon booking.

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    1. Being Knitterly

      Yes, I usually run this workshop three times a year. The last one was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I run most of my workshops from home, so I cannot run them until it is safe enough to have visitors inside our houses.