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Fair Isle for All: Learn to Knit Fair Isle or Switch Up Your Fair Isle Technique with Ann Weaver
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.
Knitting in the round, basic increases and decreases
Fair Isle knitting in the round using your preferred method
- DK weight yarn: 125 yards in color A (the main color) and 30 yards each in B, C, and D. Alternatively, you can knit the hat using two colors. The hat was designed in Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio DK in 4 colors. If you prefer to use only 2 colors, try it in Studio DK and Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool!
- 16″ US#4 (3.5 mm)
- US#5 (3.75 mm) circular needles
- Stitch marker
- Row counter (optional but helpful)
- Madison Park pattern, available on Ravelry here
Cast on and knit the ribbing of your hat. Work from the beginning of the instructions in the pattern to the “increase round” line. You should be ready to start the colorwork portion when you arrive to class.
About Ann Weaver
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 though 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 copy editor, 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 like knitty.com, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and Brave New Knits, and are also available as individual patterns. Craft Work Knit is her first self-published collection of patterns, inspired by 1970s punk style, Josef Albers, athletic uniforms, and, of course, her family, friends, and the practical garments she wears to work every day.