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Knitting Level 5: Two-Handed Fair Isle


In this class you will be introduced to Fair Isle knitting (two-colour stranded colourwork). The instructor will cover basic techniques and support you in working through a simple colourwork project, such as a hat or cowl.

We recommend Sacred Peaks Cowl by Mountain and Mesa (available on Ravelry); however, staff are happy to assist with pattern choice.

Length: 4 sessions x 2 hours

Your chosen pattern must be:

  • Knit in the round
  • Limited to 2 colours per row
  • A project that doesn’t offer technical challenges apart from the colourwork (for example, if you are comfortable making hats but not mittens, choose a hat project)

You will learn how to:

  • Knit with both hands (left-handed knitters learn to use their right, and vice versa)
  • Understand colour dominance 
  • Carry floats 
  • Follow a chart

You should know how to:

  • Maintain even tension
  • Cast on and bind off
  • Knit and purl
  • Read a pattern
  • Work in the round

     Materials Provided by Beehive:

    • Resources page

    You need to bring:

    • 2 colours of practice yarn and appropriate needles (we recommend choosing something in a similar gauge to your project). 

    Choose your own pattern:

    • Your chosen pattern and the required materials. See above for pattern requirements

    Sacred Peaks Cowl:

    • Sacred Peaks Cowl pattern by Mountain Mesa (available on Ravelry)
    • DK/light worsted weight yarn. Approx. 200 m in main colour and 110 m in contrast colour. We suggest:
      • Drops Soft Tweed
      • Drops Karisma
      • Drops Lima
      • Sandnes Garn Double Sunday
      • Sandnes Garn Duo
      • BC Garn Loch Lomond
      • Juniper Moon Patagonia.
    • 4.5 mm (US 7), 60 cm (24”) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge in colourwork- typically larger than needle for stockinette stitch)
    • Tapestry Needle
    • Stitch Markers

    Students receive a discount code for 15% off of the supplies for their class.

        Autumn Sessions:

        Dates Time  Teacher
        4 classes on Saturdays: September 30, October 7, 14, 21
        5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Grace
        4 classes on Saturdays: November 18, 25, December 2, 9 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Grace