If you browsed my flickr photstream this past summer, you might have caught a glimpse of the germination of my Halcyon Hat which I designed for next weeks class at Halcyon Yarn in Bath, Maine.
It has always been a mystery to me why people think knitting with two colors is hard. Wait, wait, I do remember the feeling that it was too impossible to even begin to attempt it. And I guess I have to admit that at first, those two yarns did seem to be getting tangled up a lot. OK….I still think one of my hands is way less cooperative than the other. And there is the bit about ALL THOSE ENDS!
If you come to Bath for the class, I’ll show you how to CONTROL those two yarns. We’ll discover which hands work best for you, and your own personal best way of knitting with two colors. You can learn my preferred method of carrying both yarns in my left hand, if you like. And those ends…we’ll explore some OPTIONS, we’ll be the boss of them.
We’ll look at color choices and how they affect your work. Why some combinations “work” and others don’t. We’ll see if sometimes, even though your choices don’t work the way you intended, they may take you someplace different altogether, and it will be glorious!
We’ll also tackle corrugated ribbing, knitting and purling with two colors, and the intricacies of blending colors in this beautiful edging. We’ll also cover altering the hat pattern from a “floppy beret” to a trim beanie.
Fair Isle knitting, believe it or not, is a great way to use up stray bits of yarn. Oh sure, authentic Fair Isle knitting uses Shetland wool, in 2ply Jumperweight wool, which is fine like fingering, but you don’t have to. I started my bold adventure making hats and baby sweaters. I used all my odd bits of mostly worsted weight yarn and made FANTASTIC things. You can to!
Stranded Colorwork in Fair Isle Hats
Friday November 5
12 School Street, Bath, Maine 04530
1-800-341-0282 • 207-442-7909
YARN INCLUDED IN COST OF CLASS
Bring your usual knitting ditty bag, and US3 [3.25mm] and US4[3.5] 16”[40cm] circular needles; and 1 set US4[3.5] double pointed needles. Markers and a tapestry needle.
Oh yes! Tomorrow Saturday October 30th Join me in Belfast Maine
2-4 pmA fashion show with the work of local knitters and designers read about it here and here. to benefit New Hope For Women
St. Margaret’s •95 Court Street•Belfast, ME 04915