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Stranded Colorwork Knitting – getting started with Varian Brandon

August 24, 2023 12:00 pm
August 24, 2023 3:00 pm



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Class Title: Stranded Colorwork Knitting – getting started

Teacher Name: Varian Brandon

Class Length: 3 hours

Class Fee: $60.00

Class Day/Time: Thursday, Noon to 3:00PM

Class Description:

The class is designed to help the knitter who wants to try stranded colorwork knitting.  You’ve seen all those lovely stranded and Fair Isle designs and want to be able to cast one on for yourself.

In this class, students will be working on a simple colorwork cowl…no increases….no decreases…no shaping…..simple.  The design was created to use color to create motifs with only two colors on one round.

To be able to jump right in, there is homework.  Yes, there are a lot of stitches to cast on.  No, you probably wil not be able to finish the project in class. You will, however, start to create muscle memory for a new technique and learn enough to finish the cowl on your own… your own speed.

Warning: this is an extremely addictive form of knitting!

Covered in class:  a brief history of stranded colorwork knitting, holding yarns in two hands, reading charts, adding new yarns, securing old yarns and yarn dominance.

Level:  INTERMEDIATE basic knitting plus increase/decrease and following basic patterns

Registration necessary, class size limited to 15

Supplies Needed: 

  • DK weight yarn – 3 colors, solid or tonal, no novelty
    • Shade A:  Main 260 yards/240m (blue in original)
    • Shade B:  Contrasting Color 135 yards/125m (green in original)
    • Shade C:  Accent 55 yards/50m  (gold in original)
  • Needles – US 2 (2.75mm) 24 inch circular needle and US 4 (3.5mm) 24 inch circular needle of size needed for guage
  • Stitch Markers

Materials Fee: None

Homework:  With smaller needles and Shade B, cast on 240 stitches. Join, being careful not to twist.

First Rib:

Round 1:  k1, p1 to end

Round 2:  With Shade A, knit to end

Rounds 3-7;  With Shade A, k1, p1 to end.

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