Knit bold contemporary looks using the principles of traditional Fair Isle knitting. Mary Jane will share her love of stranded knitting by embracing techniques that make traditional work simple while modernizing the look with graphic geometric shapes and a contemporary take on color. Using Mary Jane’s Flying Geese Cowl as a template, we will create a sampler, experimenting with color and shapes. Mary Jane will help guide your color choices and offer tips on stranded knitting technique.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round; chart reading; have knit a few accessories; easy colorwork
On larger needle, with any color you like (if following Flying Geese pattern, use Charcoal), cast on 120 sts, and work k1, p1 rib for 1 inch.
Supplies for Class:
To begin a sampler cowl or cushion you will need 5 colors of worsted-weight yarn with between 30yd/27.5m and 72yd/66m each. Make sure there are a few colors of high contrast—light and dark colors. Since we won’t have time to finish our project, you won’t need all the yarn, but bring what you can: attack your stash and experiment! Although I highly encourage you to make up your own sampler, if you prefer to make the Flying Geese cowl as is, the yarn and amounts are: Harrisville Highland, 100% wool 200yd/182m, 100g/3.5oz; Charcoal 60yd/55m, Azure 72yd/66m, Toffee 30yd/27.5m, Suede 30yd/27.5m, Silver Mist 60yd/55m. Needles: US8 and US9, 16in/40cm circular needle. The gauge we are aiming for is 5 sts x 5 rnds in colorwork pattern. So adjust your needle size to your yarn choice. Don't fuss too much, we're making a cowl so perfect fit is not essential. Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle. Optional: Colored pencils and graph paper.