Introduction to Colorwork: Fair Isle and Intarsia


Learn how to work with multiple colours in your knitting, in multiple ways. We’ll start with stripes, tackling those frequently asked questions: the issue of the jog when working in the round, whether to cut or carry the yarn, and how to do those both. (And if you cut, what to do about all those ends.)

We’ll then progress to Fair Isle, showing you how read the patterns and charts, and to handle two yarns, whether you work English or Continental, one-handed or two.  Kate will demonstrate how (and why) to handle long floats, and how to make sure your fabric is tidy and even. We’ll also tackle Intarsia and slipped stitch colourwork, demonstrating the key differences in techniques required for these other colourwork methods. Along the way, we’ll cover chart reading, how to manage your yarns, and the importance of blocking – and how to do it.


Skill Level: advanced beginner - knitters need to be proficient with knit, purl; experience knitting in the round helpful but not required

8 students maximum

Date & Time: Sunday 4 March, 2018 12 - 3pm

Instructor: Kate Atherley

Kate Atherely is knitwear designer, author, and technical editor extraordinaire. She teaches extensively in Toronto, Canada and throughout North America as well as having a catalog of online classes with Interweave and Craftsy.

Length: 3 hrs

Materials: Students should bring two contrasting colours of worsted or aran weight yarn and 4-5mm straight needles/short circular and DPNs.

Cancellation Policy: In the event of a cancellation refunds will be provided if another student is available to take your place. We run a waiting list system for these eventualities but please be aware that any cancellation made close to the date of the course is less likely to be refundable.

In the unusual event that the class or course is cancelled by us a full refund will of course be processed.

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