Stranded Colour Work in Knits

fair isle border
fair isle snowflakes
Stranded Knitting Workshop Hats and cowls knit in the round are great small projects to gain experience with the wonders of stranded colourwork – you’ll love watching the patterns develop. This technique is sometimes referred to as "fair isle knitting". I will provide patterns for a cowl and a hat - you choose which to work on. In our 6 hour class, you'll get a good start on your project. You'll gain experience following a knitting chart and interpreting repeats. We'll explore options for holding your yarns and for catching longer floats. We'll talk about how to choose colours for projects and how to avoid having colours run when you wash your finished items. Skills required: cast on, knit, purl, maintain even tension, work in the round, basic pattern reading skills.
Cost of Course
Kit Fee
$5 includes instructor's stash yarns and handouts.
Course Difficulty
Course Type
Course Time
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
about 300m total of worsted weight to aran weight yarn; you'll want at least 100m of one colour and then leftover bits of contrasting colours is great for the rest. We can share colours as a class, too. Gauge ~18-20 sts/ 4" in stockinette. Yarn suggestions: Custom Woolen Mills 2ply, Galway Worsted, Cascade 220.
Knitting needle: 5 mm 16″/40cm circular needle or size to get gauge (for the hat, you’ll also need double pointed needles).
Stitch marker, small scissors.
Magnetic board (if you have one, but don't need to buy. I'll bring post-it notes which serve the same function...)
Any questions about materials please contact Sarah at