The Knitted Plaid: A Day-Long Color and Pattern Workshop

Franklin Habit

Friday All Day

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.

Skill Level: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting.

Material fee: $0


Student Supplies: Five to ten balls of any smooth (non-fuzzy) yarn in sport, DK, or worsted weights (for example: Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted or Shepherd Sport, HiKoo Simpliworsted) in different solid or semi-solid colors. Please note that partial balls are absolutely 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 your yarns.

Tapestry needle.

Notebook and pen or pencil for making notes.

It is also expected that students will have with them the usual notions basic to knitting: scissors, a selection of stitch markers, etc.

Homework: None