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Alpine Bloom Hat - Stranded Knitting & Chart Reading

Come learn how to knit a stranded pattern and get better at reading charts with Louise.

Colorwork? Stranded knitting? Fair Isle? What’s the difference?

Colorwork is when you use more than one color in a pattern, stranded knitting is when you knit with more than one color per row at the same time, and Fair Isle is a stranded knitting style that only comes from Fair Isle in Scotland (so unless that Fair Isle sweater in your closet came straight from the Shetland Islands, it’s really more accurate to call it a stranded sweater).

Knit the gorgeous “Alpine Bloom Hat” (by Caitlin Hunter) and learn how to execute a stranded colorwork pattern while reading a chart at the same time.

In this class you’ll learn:

  • How to read a colorwork chart

  • Choosing colors for a colorwork project

  • How to knit with two colors at a time, one in each hand

  • How to maintain tension in your stranded pattern

Once you’ve tackled this project, you’ll be ready to take on any other stranded knitting pattern your heart desires and will be much more comfortable reading a knitting chart.

Before the first class, please cast on and complete the ribbing for your hat so you can jump right into the technique. In between sessions, you’ll knit more of the body of the hat and then tackle decreases in the second meeting.

There are 3 sizes available for this pattern - child, small/medium adult, large/XL adult

MATERIALS: For this project, you’ll need:

  • Copy of the “Alpine Bloom Hat” - available on Ravelry

  • 2 contrasting colors of sport weight yarn - a max of 230 yards per color

  • US size 3 16” needles

  • US size 5 16” needles

  • US size 5 double pointed needles (DPNs) or other US size 5 needles for preferred method of small circumference knitting

  • Stitch marker

  • Tapestry needle

We request you purchase your yarns, needles (that you don’t already have), etc. at Yarns in the Farms for this class. Mention you're enrolled in class and receive a 10% discount on your materials. Want to purchase your supplies online? Send us an email and we'll send you a coupon code to use on our website.

A minimum of 3 participants is required for this class to run. Bring a friend!

This is an Advanced Beginner/Intermediate class. You must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, knit a small circumference in the round (either on DPNs - double pointed needles - or using the Magic Loop technique), increase, and decrease.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: This class is suitable for advanced beginners. You must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, knit a small circumference in the round (on wither DPNs or using Magic Loop), increase, and decrease.
Instructor: Louise Rownd
Instructor Bio: Louise is knitter, spinner, and aspiring weaver who lives in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Her work is inspired by her Norwegian heritage, which has been passed down to her by generations of Norwegian grandmothers. She loves to continue to learn Scandinavian techniques and is currently learning the art of plukkband, weaving Nordic decorative bands that add the finishing touch to a traditional Norwegian kofte (cardigan).
Price includes class instruction only

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.