Marlisle (combining marl and colorwork, aka Fair Isle) is an unusual technique for creating decorative texture and color shifts with a particular focus on seamless knitting in the round. Marlisle allows patches of stranded colorwork to be scattered around a project without the use of intarsia while avoiding unworkably long floats. It can be used to combine different weights of yarn, throw new light on your stash, overcome frustrations like jogging stripes, and can even be used to adapt existing patterns. It’s a fun way to change how you look at knitting.
As an entry point into understanding this novel approach, you’ll create a circular swatch from a choice of designs provided (we might even get around to a sneaky bit of steeking). Suitable for a range of skill levels, but perhaps most exciting for knitters who have experimented with stranded colorwork and intarsia and understand the limitations of these existing techniques. The aim is to send you off inspired.
- following a Marlisle stitch pattern from a chart
- working a swatch in the round, including basic knotted steek
- combining colors
- deducing tension
Technique Requirements: Must have experience of colorwork and be confident knitting in the round
Work out which needle size works for you to get a DENSE garter stitch using two 4ply yarns held together.
Supplies for Class:
• pencil (at least 2 colors), scissors, ruler or tape measure • 4ply/fingering yarn in 2 contrasting, but harmonious colors. At least 25gr of each. Go for 100% wool, ideally not superwash—you want something a little “sticky.” • US 3/3.25mm DPNs or circular needles long enough for magic loop (depending on personal preference and existing knowledge). Bring a range of sizes from US 1½/2.5mm to US 7/4.5mm, if you wish to adjust for personal tension on the fly. Note: You can bring DK/light worsted yarn instead (or in addition) and corresponding needle sizes.