Colorwork and Brioche knitting are being offered as a weekend series taught by the fabulous Jacqueline Cieslak. You can register for one or both classes as desired.
This class is a new take on an old favorite with in-house designer and instructor Jacqueline Cieslak. Featuring a brand new cowl pattern designed and written specifically for teaching, this hands-on class covers all the basic techniques (and then some!) for stranded colorwork, or "Fair Isle" knitting. The class begins with a short presentation on color theory, color dominance, and the nuances of gauge in stranded knitting. Demonstrations during class include 3 methods for knitting to achieve color dominance (Continental & English style), tips and tricks for getting started, a detailed walkthrough for creating a colorwork swatch in the round, and methods for picking up longer floats.
For the hands-on part of the class, students will have the opportunity to apply what they've learned in selecting their colors (with input from Jacqui, if they want!) and create custom charts for their cowls. Each student will create a large swatch in the round with their selected colors, which Jacqui will check to help trouble-shoot gauge issues as needed. The class will end with instructions for blocking colorwork, and students will have the chance to steam-block their swatches in-class.
Please note: during the 3-hour class, students will learn by working a large gauge swatch, detailed instructions for which are included in the pattern. Most students will not begin the cowl itself during class.
- Knit and purl comfortably
- Knitting in the round
What you'll learn:
- How to use color theory to select colors for a colorwork project
- How to create a custom colorwork chart using www.stitchfiddle.com
- What color dominance is and why it matters
- 3 techniques for knitting stranded colorwork (both Continental & English style)
- When and how to pick up long floats
- How to read a colorwork chart
- How to swatch in the round
- Various methods for blocking colorwork
- Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors (more if you would like to use multiple colors for your contrast color)
- 24” circular needles in 2 sizes: US 5, US 7 (or sizes needed to obtain gauge, 18.5 sts over 4"/10 cm)
- Pattern: “Star Stranded Cowl” by Jacqueline Cieslak ($6, pattern will be released in mid-January)
- Optional but recommended: laptop/ipad for customizing color chart using the free website, www.stitchfiddle.com
The pattern, the Star Stranded Cowl, is a relatively simple design with a colorwork motif designed specifically for beginners, as it allows the knitter to practice with smaller length floats before they get to the point halfway through the motif where they will need to pick up floats. The instructions include detailed explanations of the techniques covered in class along with plenty of photos and 3 original video tutorials. Each student will leave the class fully equipped with all the skills needed to make their cowl — or, if they are ready to commit to a larger colorwork project, all the skills needed to make the Star Crossed sweater!
**You do not need your yarn selected before the start of the first class, because we will be doing “color theory” and we will provide time in class to choose your yarn and select your colors. You are welcome to bring stash yarns you are considering, of course!
*Students receive 10% off any supplies purchased for the class.
None! You are welcome to bring ideas for colors you would like to use.
Please familiarize yourself with our class policies before enrolling.