Under the tutelage of Anna Maltz aka sweaterspotter, get introduced to a new approach to colourwork knitting.
Teacher: Anna Maltz
Workshop Duration: Full Day
Description: In this full day workshop, you’ll be introduced to the technique of Marlisle and learn how, by understanding the method, you can come up with your own knitted fabric designs using it. Marlisle is a system of creating decorative texture and colour shifts in handknitted fabric with a particular focus on seamless knitting in the round. By separating out two yarns generally being held together to form a marl base, Marlisle allows patches of stranded colourwork to be scattered around a garment or accessory without the use of intarsia while avoiding unworkably long floats.
You’ll work a circular swatch from your own stitch pattern created on stitch related graph paper and we’ll even squeeze in a little steek (that way, if you’ve never done one before, it will be way less scary when you cut into a garment)!
Materials: Please bring at least 25g each of 4ply weight yarn in 2 clearly different, but harmonious colours. A woollen yarn with a good amount of stickiness (not so super smooth and ideally not superwash treated) is preferable.
3.5mm circular needles long enough for magic loop or DPNs, depending on your preference. Students can bring a range of sizes from 2.5 mm to 4.5mm, if they wish to adjust for their personal tension on the day.
Bring 2 different coloured pencils, a notepad and a pair of scissors
Takeaway: You'll take home a swatch of your own design, ready for blocking and plenty of notes on how the technique works, so you can apply it to future plans. The aim is to send you off inspired.
Level: This class is suitable for a range of skill levels, but perhaps most exciting for confident and adventurous knitters who understand the limitations of standard circular knitting and colourwork techniques. You must have experience of colourwork and knitting in the round.