If the prospect of mixing colors gives you the fidgets, but you've dreamt of putting together your own complex color schemes for projects, this full-day class is for you. We’ll begin with an invigorating dive into practical color theory or knitters (neither as dry nor as daunting as you fear), and also bring the idea of color inspiration firmly down to earth. Then we’ll put those ideas to work, using a little-known but very beautiful method for creating a knitted plaid/tartan fabric. There will also be a discussion of the history of tartan fabrics–where they came from, how they are woven, and how to imitate woven tartan setts with the knitted technique. By popular demand, this workshop has been newly expanded to a six-hour format to allow more time for explanation, experimentation, and reviews of student projects. You can
learn to design your own color schemes–all it takes is a little knowledge, a little practice, and a little playfulness.
Six hour workshop with a one hour break for lunch. Lunch not included in workshop fee.
Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting.
- Five to ten balls of any smooth (non-fuzzy) yarn in sport or worsted weight (for example: Berroco Pure Wool, Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool, The Fiberists Audubon Worsted or Sport) in different solid or semi-solid colors. Please note that partial balls are welcome! This is a great class for using up leftovers from stash. You'll be mixing and matching with yarns brought by other students, so be prepared to share what you bring.
- One 16- or 24-inch circular needle, or one pair straight needles, in a size that will give you a firm gauge with typical worsted or sport weight yarn.
- Tapestry needle
- Notebook and pen or pencil for making notes
- Basic notions: scissors, a selection of stitch markers, etc.