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Knit a Fair Isle Style Hat with Liz Croft

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


This workshop will run over 2 consecutive Saturdays.

25th September 10am-4pm and 2nd October 10am-12pm.

Fair Isle knitting is a traditional stranded knitting technique that originates from the Fair Isle, between Orkney and the Shetland Isles. It is a unique type of fabric that uses the strands of colour work to create a double layer fabric that is not only beautiful it is extremely warm and hard wearing.

Knitters on this workshop will learn how to create colourful corrugated rib and to follow the colour work charts. Fair isle knitting involves using 2 colours in each round of knitting and the workshop will teach you different methods to knit with different yarns. The crown shaping part of the workshop will cover decorative decreases.

To get the most out of the workshop, knitters need to be confident with knit and purl stitches, along with simple increases and decreases. Understanding how to knit in the round would be an advantage but not required as this will be explained during the workshop.

The workshop will cover:

  • Casting on for hats
  • Corrugated rib techniques
  • Reading colour charts
  • Understanding increases and decreases in colour work charts
  • Knitting with 2 colours.
  • Crown decreases
  • Wet finishing and shaping

Materials we will provide for the class:

100g of John Arbon knit by numbers DK, in your selected colourway (Green, Purple or Blue)

Materials to bring to the class:

3mm needles for knitting in the round

Ideally, please bring a 40cm 3mm circular needle for the main part and a set of 3mm double ended needles for the crown decreases. It is possible to knit the hat on double ended needles, but the circular needle is easier to start with.

Stitch markers

Lunch will be provided on the full day course. On the second Saturday for the morning, there will be tea and cake.