There is so much more to Fair Isle knitting than just the basics! In this class we are going to dive into corrugated ribbing, a pattern you achieve by knitting all the knit stitches in one color and the purl stitches in another. We will also learn how to work with more than two colors in a project, and learn how to work shaping in your colorwork pattern; all vital skills if you ever wish to conquer those incredible Fair Isle sweaters and be the envy of your knitting group!
Here’s a great tip on working with multiple colors: Keep your yarns separate! Remember the golden rule of stranding: one color remains above the other throughout the whole row. Place both balls of yarn in front of you, one to the right and one to the left. The color to the right will travel above the color to the left while you strand. Make sure when you are picking up the left-hand color, you are doing so underneath the color to the right. (By the way, if you know how to work Fair Isle with one color in each hand, you are doing this naturally!) Besides preventing the yarns from tangling while you work, this tip will actually help keep your tension even!
Intermediate Fair Isle – Make a Tam
Many of you know that in addition to all the fun events and groups the Lion Brand Yarn Studio hosts, we also run nearly 100 classes a month. We have classes every week day and night and all day on Sunday in 3 classrooms!