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Fair Isle Crochet: Demystifying Colorwork

with Karen Whooley
Fair Isle Crochet: Demystifying Colorwork
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

  • The trickiest part of Fair Isle can be reading the charts and keeping your place. Karen offers you several tips and tricks that will ensure what you see on the page is what you see coming off your hook.


Lesson 3. Working Fair Isle Crochet

  • Karen demonstrates how to change colors and add floats to your work. Then she leads an in-depth discussion on the most common mistakes found in Fair Isle crochet as well as how to fix them and prevent them in the future.


Lesson 4. The Poet's Shawl

  • Tackle your first project as you crochet along with Karen to create the two large Fair Isle motifs that become the pockets of your shawl. You’ll learn how to check gauge, weave in tails (or turn them into fringe), and attach the pocket panels to finish off your cozy shawl.


Lesson 5. Tapestry Trivet

  • Learn what type of yarn to use for this welcome addition to the dinner table, as well as how to hide floats and the importance of proper yarn tension. Finish off your trivet with a casing that encapsulates the ends, eliminating the need to weave them in.


Lesson 6. Fair Isle in the Round

  • Master Fair Isle crochet in the round as Karen shows you how to minimize your jogs, change colors and hide floats, decrease stitches and put all of the finishing details on the hat.


Lesson 7. Bonus Lesson: Creating Your Own Designs

  • Design your own Fair Isle patterns as Karen shows you the easiest way to chart your patterns and several ways to incorporate extra stitches into repeats.

"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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