Friday 02/24/2017, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Fabulous Fair Isle with Karen Frisa
Fair Isle knitting is a traditional method for creating beautiful garments using only two colors per round. Knitting it is like eating candy: just one more piece; just one more round. Learn to hold a yarn in each hand to create the lovely patterns while starting a winter hat. We will also cover tacking floats on the wrong side of the piece, discuss steeking, and, if time permits, discuss some ways to disguise the "jog" that can happen at the beginning of round.
Approximately 2 oz worsted-weight yarn in one color and 1 oz in a contrasting color (please bring smooth solid-color yarns – no texture); a 16" circular needle in size US 7 (or the size that you usually use for worsted-weight yarn); a stitch marker; something to mark your place on a chart.
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.
Cast on 96 sts using the 2 oz ball of yarn. Place marker and join, being careful not to twist, and work in rnds of k1, p1 rib (or k2, p2 rib, if you prefer) for 1 1/2" to 3" (longer if you like a turned-up edge, shorter if not). Next rnd: K2, k1f&b, [k7, k1f&b] 11 times, k5. (108 sts total) Knit 1 rnd. Leave sts on needle, leave yarn attached, and bring to class.