The Kraai Mitts are a small project to get you started with Marlisle (a combination of marl and colorwork, aka Fair Isle), an unusual technique for creating decorative texture and color shifts with a particular focus on seamless knitting in the round. As an entry point into understanding this novel approach, you’ll cast on a Kraai Mitt, from Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting, under Anna’s expert guidance. A speedy, engrossing little project inspired by old-fashioned leather driving gloves with arrows on the fronts that echo birds in flight or road markings. Knitted in the round, they use increases and decreases to create traveling stitches that mean there’s an interesting-shaped chart to follow. The thumb uses buttonhole construction in a way that will likely improve all your future buttonholes!
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.
- an insight into the possibilities of Marlisle
- following a Marlisle stitch pattern from a chart
- transitioning between colors for Marlisle
- long-tail cast-on
- traveling sts
- a variety of increases and decreases
- neat buttonhole construction
Technique requirements: Must have experience of colorwork and be confident knitting in the round.
Work out which needle size works for you to get 22 stitches x 40 rows = 10cm x 10cm/4"x 4" over garter stitch using both yarns held together after blocking. This should be a fairly DENSE garter stitch using your chosen two 4-ply yarns held together.
Supplies for Class:
• copy of Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting by Anna Maltz • 4-ply/fingering yarn in 2 contrasting, but harmonious colors. At least 50g 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—aka it’s not a good time to try magic loop for the first time!) or whatever needle size needed to achieve the correct gauge). Bring a range of sizes from US 1½/2.5mm to US 7/4.5mm, as you may wish to adjust during class. • pencil (at least 2 colors), scissors, ruler or tape measure