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Janine Bajus
Design your own Fair Isle sweater
Camp STITCHES - Destination Coeur d'Alene

For Janine Bajus, it all started in 1964 with the gift of a colorful Fair Isle cardigan from Shetland. Today playing with color remains the theme of her fiber life, and she teaches workshops introducing others to the joys of modern Fair Isle knitting. To quote her book, The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way, “Her goal is to provide the information that people need to knit their own stranded garments, whether traditional or wild, subdued or saturated, from a pattern or self-designed.” Janine lives in Berkeley, California, surrounded by books and fiber. 

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You must have experience with 2-color stranded knitting (or be willing to practice before the workshop), and you must have completed a sweater or vest (of any kind).

Materials fee: $48 covers Shetland yarn for extensive swatching, journals, bag, and 28-page handout.

The infinite color possibilities in Fair Isle knitting can be intimidating!

We begin by discussing the use of color in Fair Isle knitting, color theory, and helpful resources; continue with an exercise in value recognition; and plunge into the process of identifying the colors in your inspiration source. Then it’s time to build your palette and see how the colors work together. Janine brings all 212 colors of Jamieson’s Shetland for hands-on “speed swatching!”

Spend day two choosing motifs and knitting them in your colors. You may bring a chart, re-color one, or create your own in the workshop. 

The focus on day three is construction and fit issues specific to Fair Isle-type garments. Steeks, corrugated ribbing, button bands, and purl-when-you-can borders are discussed and demonstrated. As swatching continues, we will address color and pattern issues and solve problems as they emerge. 

This workshop covers a lot of ground: by the end of the three days, you will be well on your way to finalizing your own Fair Isle garment pattern.