Friday 04/15/2011, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Fair Isle Tams with Beth Brown-Reinsel
This Fair Isle class is for knitters who would like to venture into two-color knitting but haven't had the chance. A small tam comprised of ribbing, a border pattern area, and the wheel area will be knitted on double points or a circular needle, in four colors, although never more than two in a round. Techniques included in the workshop are: knitting with a color in each hand, weaving yarns to reduce snagging, reading tam charts, knitting traditional peerie, border, and wheel patterns, and shaping and finishing of the tam. The class will end with a discussion of designing a tam.
Note: Must be proficient with double-pointed needles, two circulars or Magic Loop.
1 to 2 oz. each of four colors, #4 (worsted-weight), wool yarn, 16" circular needles in size 5.0 mm/US 8, and one set (8" or shorter in length) double pointed needles in sizes 3.75 mm/US 5 and 5.0 mm/US 8, and sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart.
Optional: if you don't like working with chart symbols, bring colored pencils that correspond to the yarns you've chosen to color on the chart.
Note: Knitters who prefer and are proficient in working with 2 circulars or Magic Loop instead of double pointed needles, may bring the appropriate needles.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.
With size 3.75 mm/US 5 double pointed needles and main color yarn, cast on 72 sts. Place marker, join circularly and work k1, p1 rib for 1".