Beehive Wool Shop

Knitting Level 4: Two Handed Fair Isle


In this level 4 knitting class you will be introduced to Fair Isle Knitting. We cover basic techniques and then support you in working through a simple colour-work project of your choice (for example a hat or cowl).

Length: 4 sessions x 1.5 hours
Pattern:  You are welcome to choose your own pattern so long as it is:

  • Knit in the round
  • limited to 2 colours
  • Uses yarn that is DK or worsted weight
  • A pattern that doesn’t offer technical challenges apart from the colourwork challenge (for example if you are comfortable making mittens but not hats choose a mitten project.)

We recommend the Beehive Fair Isle Headband (free with yarn purchase) or Andrea Rangel’s Botanical Beach Hat (pictured). Staff are happy to assist with pattern choice.

Skills Taught:

  • how to do two-handed knitting (pickers learn throwing, throwers learn picking)
  • colour dominance
  • how to carry floats 
  • how to read a chart

Skills Required:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Good tension
  • How to cast on & bind off
  • How to knit and purl
  • How to read a pattern
Note: Students receive a discount code for 15% off the supplies for this class.
  • 2 contrasting colours of scrap yarn + appropriate 16"/40cm circular needles  (please bring to your first class - you will be practicing in the round)
  • Your pattern choice + required yarn, needles and notions

Spring Sessions:

Dates Time  Teacher
4 classes: Friday January 21, 28, February 4, 11
6:00pm-7:30pm April
4 classes: Thursday March 3, 10, 17, 24 6:00pm-7:30pm April

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