Traditional Fair Isle

Traditional Fair Isle

9am-4pm (one hour lunch break from 12-1pm)

Class Description: All those colors in Fair Isle knitting can seem scary, but once you learn the techniques the colors will just flow from your fingers and you will want to knit “just one more row”. “Fair Isle Knitting” has become a synonym for 2 color stranded work, but actually, the women from the small island of Fair Isle Scotland had their own specific rules to make this technique faster and easier. Learn about these and how they differ from other 2-color stranded work and intarsia while you knit a head band. Corrugated ribbing, carrying both colors in one hand or one in each hand, and catching floats, will be covered as well as the history of Fair Isle knitting. You will also have an opportunity to learn about and reinforce steek sts before cutting. Students will leave class with a completed headband and the knowledge to complete any Fair Isle project.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner– Student should know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Experience working in the round helpful.

Maximum Class Size: 12

Students to Bring:

Size #3 (3.25mm) circular needle, 16” or 20”

Size #5 (3.75mm) circular needle 16” or 20”

3 balls of yarn DK/sport wt, colors should have good contrast


Size D crochet hook


Materials Fee: $7.00 (includes Ring markers, workbook, post-its, swatches for cutting steeks)

Instructor: Nancy Shroyer

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Nancy Shroyer has been knitting for over 40 years. She has been teaching all levels of knitting for over 20 years. Learning to spin, dye, and weave has added to her knowledge of yarn and its construction. She has written patterns and books incorporating her unique ideas. Nancy’s philosophy is to make working with fiber easier for everyone. She has found many shortcuts, techniques and formulas that can save time and anxiety. This has led to her to develop Nancy’s Knit Knacks, a company that makes innovative tools for fiber artists. These products are currently being sold worldwide in over1,000 shops and all major catalogs.

Past teaching venues:

Maryland Sheep & Wool
Stitches events
SOAR (Spin Off Autumn Retreat -Interweave event)
NY Sheep & Wool
Michigan Fiber Festival
Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair
Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival (SAFF)
John c Campbell Folk School
The Mannings
Many yarn shops and guilds


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