Fair Isle Knitting workshop

Fair Isle headband and balls of Shetland yarn

Fair Isle Knitting workshop – new date

I’m running my popular Fair Isle Knitting workshop for the third time this year. Let me tell you about this workshop.

When does the Fair Isle Knitting workshop take place?

This workshop takes place from 10:00–16:00 on Saturday, 16 July 2022.

Where is the Being Knitterly Studio?

The Being Knitterly Studio is in Loughborough, Leicestershire. I shall send you full details and directions after you have booked.

Why should you come to this workshop?

You find Fair Isle knitting inspiring because of the variety of patterns and the beautiful use of colour. Maybe you love the look of Fair Isle knitting but do not know how to start. Or you might have done some and want to improve your technique. Maybe you are intrigued by knitting and cutting steeks but want someone to show you how before you attempt this on your knitting.

Mini-balls of Sheltand Spindrift yarn

You will have refreshments all day, a home-cooked vegetarian lunch (for all dietary needs), as well as delicious home-baked cake in the afternoon.

“It really helps having someone as patient as Nicki to explain the techniques and then sort out the problems when they occur. You go home more confident to try it at home.”

Knitting a Fair Isle pincushion

How will you learn?

I shall demonstrate techniques, both to groups and individuals. The first few times that you try something new, I will talk you through it while you do it. You will repeat each new technique several times when you work on your project.

What will you learn if you are a Fair Isle knitting beginner?

You will learn to:

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

If you are a beginner, you will knit a headband. You start by working a single colour rib in the round. Then you will follow a chart for a simple motif, learning to strand the yarn not being used behind the new stitches. When you move on to the next motif, which is a little more complicated, you will learn to weave in the yarn not being used. Then, your project becomes easier as you repeat the simple motif and finish 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 narrow diameter needles.

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 easy techniques to finish it.

Fair Isle headband and balls of Shetland yarn

“I learned so much from Nicki as I am a total novice, and came home eager to get stuck in and finish my project, which I was able to do with confidence.”


What will you learn if you are a Fair Isle knitting improver?

You will 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.
  • Pick up stitches along a steek and knit a rib.

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 making a corrugated rib using several colours, then knit a variety of motifs, 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 working another corrugated rib. Then, it is the exciting part! You cut the steek and finish the edges. And finally, you pick up stitches and add a corrugated rib band along the side of the steek. You will use Shetland Spindrift, from Jamieson’s of Shetland; this is the traditional weight yarn for Fair Isle knitting.

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

“I came away with more confidence for my Fair Isle knitting journey and lots of practical hints and tips. The highlight for me was the steeking exercise!”


People attending the workshop may all be beginners or improvers or a mixture of both. Beginners enjoy seeing what someone with a little more experience can do, whereas improvers benefit from seeing how far they have progressed since they started. And improvers who did not learn with me pick up tips about the techniques I teach to beginners.

After you book, I’ll email you to ask you about your experience with 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 help me know which techniques and projects will be most suitable for you.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Shirley Schnurbach

    Will you be offering the course on fair isle knitting again

    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.

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