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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 and how, by understanding the method, you can come up with your own designs using it. You’ll start a circular swatch from your own stitch pattern created on stitch related graph paper. 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.
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”?: Work out what your tension is using both yarns held together. You are after a dense fabric. Bring along the corresponding size needles and your swatch.