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Learn the beautiful technique of Fair Isle Knitting

Instructor: Susan Kroll

Fair Isle is the name of a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. It is named after Fair Isle, one ot the Shetland Islands. It became especially popular in the 1920’s when the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) wore Fair Isle sweaters in public. Traditional Fair Isle patterns can have as many as five different colors but only incorporate two colors per row.

Fair Isle is done in the round, so the only stitch needed is the knit stitch. The knitter carries two colors of yarn. The active yarn is caught in the stitch while the passive yarn is carried as a loose strand behind the work. If this loose strand is carried beyond 3-5 stitches, it is invisibly attached to the knitting by the active strand.

This is the technique that you will learn in this fun colorful class. You will start a small project as you learn to knit with 2 yarn colors at a time. You will have several patterns from which to pick, according to your taste and skill level. Enough material will be provided to finish the project at home.

Experience Level:  Intermediate: Basic knitting skills, knitting in the round.

What to bring: Set of four US size 1 (2.25 mm) or US size 2 (2.75 mm) double point needles, stitch marker, waste yarn

Material Fee: $25.00

Class Fee: $90

Class Size: Limited to 8

About Your Instructor

Susan started knitting as a child. She caught the bug from her grandmother who made all the family sweaters throughout her childhood. Susan’s lifelong interest in Fair Isle knitting began when she started to raise Shetland sheep in 2000. Subsequently, she participated in a workshop on “All things Shetland Wool” with a expert from those Islands. She was also inspired to learn to dye wool using plants from her back yard. These natural dyes enhanced the beautiful wool from her sheep. This is the second class Susan has taught for Twisted Strait Fibers.

Member Discount:

Twisted Strait Fibers members will receive a 10% discount off the event price.


Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite at: Fair Isle Knitting