Optical Blending with Mohair Yarn (NEW!)
Saturday, January 27, 2024
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Session Type:
3-Hour Class
Skill Level:
Yoriko Oki
Color, Knitting
Class Details:

Many beautiful knitting designs call for 2 strands of yarn worked together—fingering weight with laceweight mohair. But how do you choose those colors? Take combining colors from theory to hands-on experience as you knit mohair from the sampling kit with variegated and semisolid yarns from your stash. When combining 2 strands of yarn, many people work with 2 very similar colors, but using 2 different colors can give more interesting results.

Yoriko helps you explore the possibilities of mixing colors. After a brief overview of color theory and the concepts of optical blending, you will sample various combinations using the mohair yarns provided by Yoriko held together with yarns that may have been languishing in your stash. Perhaps individually the colors aren’t exactly what you like, but you will learn how to use optical mixing to make a variety of new colors.

You will leave the class with samples in hand and with your mind and eyes open to try more ideas and unexpected possibilities for color combinations. Sometimes the results are surprising; sometimes they are magical!

This class requires a kit. The kit fee is $30 USD.


Optional: If you have time before the class, cast on 20 stitches and knit 2–4" with stockinette stitch using the fingering weight yarns specified in the supply list and US 6–10 (4&ndsah;6 mm) needles. Yes, it will be loose. Don’t bind off. Do this for both of your yarns.

Supplies for Class:

• Fingering-weight knitting yarn in your favorite solid or semi-solid colors, at least 20 grams or 80 yards
• Fingering-weight knitting yarn in variegated colors—bring the yarn that has been in your stash for a long time because the colors are not exactly what you like. At least 20 grams or 80 yards
• Any other yarn you would like to experiment with
• 2 pairs of US 6–10 (4–6 mm) knitting needles (or circular needles)
• Knitting Basics: sharp scissors, notebook, pen