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Marlisle (combining marl and Fair Isle) is an unusual 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. It can be used to adapt existing patterns, combine different weights of yarn and overcome frustrations like jogging stripes when knitting in the round.
This class is an introduction to the technique of Marlisle. You’ll create a circular swatch from a choice of designs provided and use this as an entry point into understanding the system. Suitable for a range of skill levels, but perhaps most exciting for knitters who have experimented with stranded colourwork and intarsia and understand the limitations of these existing techniques. The aim is to send you off inspired.
Level: intermediate/advanced beginner upwards
Skills needed: Experience of colourwork and knitting in the round
Materials to bring: - 4ply weight yarn in 2 contrasting, but harmonious colours. Go for 100% wool, not superwash treated – you want something a little ‘sticky’.
- 3.5mm circular needles long enough for magic loop or DPNs. Students can bring a range of sizes from 2.5 mm to 4.5mm, if they wish to adjust for their personal tension.
- ruler or tape measure
Any “homework”?: None.