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Introduction to Fair Isle & Steeking: Part 2

  • The Wool Shop The Wool Shop, 6 High Street Galashiels United Kingdom (map)

Learn the traditional Fair Isle techniques as you cast on and start knitting a beautiful and colourful tea cosy!

In this 2 part workshop, you will learn all the skills required for Fair Isle knitting jumpers and accessories, such as casting on and knitting in the round, stranded knitting techniques following a simple two-colour chart, and basic shaping. Once the body of the cosy is knitted up, you will learn the traditional Shetland technique of “Steeking”, i.e cutting through your knitting with confidence and finishing up your gorgeous tea cosy!

A pattern of matching complimentary coasters will also be available should you want to keep practicing at home.

Materials required:

- 5mm and 5.5mm circular needles 120-150cm long

- 4mm crochet hook (for steeking)

- 100g of Aran weight wool of solid colour (please make sure it is 100% wool, as steeking is much harder to work on acrylic yarns)

- 100g of Aran weight wool in one or several contrasting colours ( you could also use a variegated yarn for a more elaborate effect). Please make sure it is at least 50% wool

£30 per person (materials are not included but are available to buy in store on the day)

Bookings must be made and paid for in advance and are non-refundable

Class taught by knitting expert Samira Hill of Eildon Knits.