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Fair Isle Colourwork Essentials

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Instructors: Natalie Bullock and Deanna Guttman
*Please review our class policies before registering*

The most remote inhabited island in the UK boasts stunning natural beauty, wildlife and human kindness. The perfect muse for an ancient and celebrated knitting style which captured the imagination of the world. 

In this two part class you will learn everything you need to know to start your fair isle knitting on the right foot. Using Gundrun Johnston’s “Shetland Solstice” hat pattern, we’ll knit through the project together, mastering techniques along the way.

Pre-requisites: This class is designed for the intermediate knitter. Participants must be comfortable with knit and purl stitches, Long-tail cast-on, knitting in the round, and decreasing.

Homework: Cast on your Shetland Solstice Hat and finish the ribbing, ready to begin the colourwork section. Please bring your hat with completed ribbing to the first class.

Materials: not included. Bring or buy. Yarn Kits available for purchase here.

Shetland Solstice by Gudrun Johnston

3.5mm / US 4 circular needle, 40cm / 16” length (for body of hat)
3.5mm / US 4 DPNs or long circular needle (if working magic loop for crown of hat)
3.0mm / US 2 circular needle, 40cm / 16” length (for brim)

Always use a needle size that will result in the correct gauge after blocking. Review Shetland Solstice Hat pattern for more gauge details

Fingering weight yarn in the following amounts:

95 yards MC
25 yards CC1
40 yards CC2
30 yards CC3
25 yards CC4

Allow approx. 40 extra yards if making a pom pom.

shown in: Jamieson’s of Shetland Spindrift

Other suitable yarns include:

Woolstok Light
Tones Light
Cumbria Fingering

1 stitch marker, darning needle for weaving in ends