Add a variety of bold, eye-catching motifs to your knits alongside expert colorwork knitting instructor Mary Jane Mucklestone. Begin by building a foundation of stranded knitting skills before learning how to cast on, read charts and construct ribbing in the round. With the basics down, start stitching a gorgeous diagonal pattern and see how to choose yarns that complement instead of compete. Then, move on to working small, stunning motifs while keeping even tension and playing with design through two-color shape and background patterns. Ready to modernize traditional motifs? Discover how to work bold, graphic designs with thick worsted-weight yarn and use them to create a stunning, contemporary star motif. Finally, apply your new skills with a multi-colored, textured cowl project and learn how to block in the round.
Like any challenging thing, Fair Isle knitting is both satisfying ... and a tiny bit addictive. Fiber artist Mary Jane Mucklestone invites you to get just as obsessed as she is by these intricate multicolored designs from the Shetland Islands. Then use steeking to transform your knit tube into a flattering and on-trend garment. Mary Jane designed this beautiful sweater vest just for Craftsy and chose traditional Shetland yarns to create it. You'll build your stranded colorwork skills round by round, then pick up your scissors and take a mad leap into steeking. It's true - you will cut into your knitting. Meanwhile, Mary Jane will encourage you to commit a multitude of knitting sins, including knotting your yarn joins, not weaving in ends, and ... hold onto your hat ... ignoring mistakes.