Knitting is knowledge that is built up with time. You may leave knitting and go back to it, but the beauty of it is that muscle memory of your hands will always remember. There are multiple methods of working color work: intarsia, fair isle, Bohus knitting, Armenian knitting- they all incorporate the stranded method, that actually makes it look complex, but speeds up the process significantly and helps you to produce and wear your garment much sooner. Adjusting to tension and constantly switching threads, consulting your chart for the color switch – these can all be obstacles for new knitter in their first colorwork conquest. But not to fret – nothing like doing a crossword puzzle, short-term memory is your best friend.. and to start your Fair Isle exploration I have chosen Enid – gorgeous design by Veronique Avery, that is minimal and simple, yet classic but with a zest of Fair isle around the yoke reminiscent of Bohus knitting.
One would ask what is stranded knitting? Imagine yourself holding yarn of two different colors in different hands and knitting at the same time.. not that it is complex, it is doable and you can do it! There are multiple tricks that you will learn: knitting continental, combined and steeking. This design has wonderful options: you can choose to cut the finished garment (steek) and knit the borders for a cardigan or omit steeking and leave it as a pullover.
As any knitter I have built up my knitting knowledge through experience and various projects over time, but the need for constant advancement is natural. Or one can call it being curious. The more chances we have to build on the base of conventional knitting, the further your knitting adventures will go. So let’s start knitting! At that point – anything is possible and we can show you how!
Read more information about or sign up for Olga’s Enid Cardigan class here.