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Fair Isle Crochet: Demystifying Colorwork

with Karen Whooley
Translate timeless Fair Isle techniques to crochet as you create beautiful colorwork throughout three captivating projects!

Crochet Fair Isle patterns that look just as smooth and sharp as knitting! Join expert instructor and published author Karen Whooley as she demystifies Fair Isle charts and provides tips for creating your own colorful patterns. Learn how to cleanly change colors and carry your yarn with floats on the back as you crochet the cozy Poet's Shawl. Work over your second color to avoid floats that snag and banish bulk by carefully encasing your ends as you crochet the beautiful and functional Tapestry Trivet. Finally, conquer the Fair Isle hat by seamlessly adding rounds - and colors - without noticeable jogs interrupting the graphic motif. After this class, you'll have the skills you need to confidently create complex-looking color patterns that are continuous and utterly beautiful.

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Lesson 1. Introduction to Fair Isle Crochet

  • Meet your instructor, crochet designer Karen Whooley, and find out how to incorporate two and even three colors into your patterns as you learn the secret to Fair Isle crochet: working in the back loop.


Lesson 2. Reading Charts


Lesson 3. Working Fair Isle Crochet


Lesson 4. The Poet's Shawl


Lesson 5. Tapestry Trivet


Lesson 6. Fair Isle in the Round


Lesson 7. Bonus Lesson: Creating Your Own Designs

"The most impressive part of this class, for me, was Karen Whooley's teaching. She was very thorough without ever talking down to the students. She anticipated problems we might run into and addressed them in the video. I would consider this course good for all levels of crocheters, from beginners to more experienced. Karen even goes over some basics such as weaving in ends, to make certain you have a good technique to use."
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