Ann Weaver - Fair Isle the Easy Way
Sunday, June 27, 1 - 3:00pm Central Time
This is a virtual class. You will be sent a Zoom link on June 25.
New to colorwork? Learn to knit Fair Isle or stranded knitting using two colors per round. Want to learn a new method of knitting Fair Isle? Learn to knit with one color in each hand, two colors in your right hand, or two colors in your left hand.
In this workshop, we’ll use the Madison Park hat to practice Fair Isle knitting. This hat uses small, intuitive colorwork patterns that enable you to focus on your technique. There are no long floats, so you won’t need to worry about catching your yarn when working with two colors. By the time you finish the hat, you’ll be comfortable with your chosen method of Fair Isle knitting.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Knitting and purling in the round, basic increases and decreases
__16-inch US 4 and US 5 circular needles
__Row counter (optional but helpful)
__DK-weight yarn: about 215 yards total; 125 yards in A, the main color, and 30 yards each in B, C, and D (perfect for bits and pieces)
__Madison Park pattern (available for $5 on Ravelry here.
Cast on and knit the ribbing of your hat. Work from the beginning of the instructions in the pattern through the Inc Rnd line. You’ll be ready to start the colorwork portion.
Ann Weaver has created things her whole life. She learned to knit when she was seven, learned to read a pattern at 22, and started sharing her designs through various forms of publication in 2007. Since graduating from New York University with majors in Art and English, Ann has worked as a deli associate, Harvard graduate student in Assyriology, Macy’s cosmetics counter manager, teaching fellow, assistant curator, state bureaucrat, temp, Akkadian instructor, medical secretary, assistant office manager, barback, commercial bread baker, and proofreader, among other things. She is always looking for a new adventure. Ann’s design work reflects this quest for adventure; while retaining a clean, wearable aesthetic, Weaverknits designs experiment with asymmetry, unusual color and yarn combinations, and androgyny. In the past three years, Ann’s designs have been featured in online and print magazines and books, and are also available as individual patterns. Craft Work Knit is her first self-published collection of patterns, inspired by her family, friends, and the practical garments she wears to work every day.