Class length
3 hours
Skill level
Class type
Supplies needed
1.75 oz (50 g) smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight yarn
1.75 oz (50 g) smooth, contrasting-colored, worsted-weight yarn
US 7 (4.5 mm) 16" (40-cm) circular needle (measured from tip to tip)
C (2.75 mm) crochet hook
7 stitch markers
Sharp scissors
Materials fee
Swatch #1: With CC, cast on 15 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch (knit RS rows, purl WS rows) for 3" (8 cm). Bind off.
Swatch #2: With MC, cast on 69 stitches. Join without twisting to work in the round. Knit 4 rounds. Do not bind off. Do not cut yarn.
Techniques to be covered
Discussion of traditional Fair Isle materials and construction
Corrugated ribbing
Using charts
Two-handed Fair Isle knitting
Discussion of dominant/recessive colors
Trapping/catching floats
Adding steeks
Securing steeks
Cutting steeks

Basic Fair Isle Techniques

Basic Fair Isle Techniques photo

Class Description
The Fair Isle technique has been around for centuries, but can be learned in a matter of hours. Learn to read charts like a pro. Practice knitting in the round with two colors while trapping those pesky floats. Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing. Hold your breath while you cut open a crocheted steek. There’s nothing to it. What are you waiting for?