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MAGPIE KNITS Four Week Color Club

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FOUR WEEK COLOR CLUB Starts Jan 13th!
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Four Week Colorwork Club 
taught virtually by Michael del Vecchio
Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm EST
January 13th, 20th, 27th, and February 3rd
Four, two-hour sessions
Level: Advanced Beginner
 
Expand your colorwork skills by joining our easy-going and enjoyable club to start 2021 right! Participate in one or all four sessions. Michael will share plenty of instructional demonstrations, tips and tricks for each project.
 
NOTE: Both fair isle and intarsia styles work best with bold, strong, and contrasting shades.
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Club Week 1: Fair Isle Colorwork 
Wednesday, January 13th, 6:30-8:30 pm EST

Fair Isle is named after a string of islands off the coast of England. It's a favorite technique that's perfect for geometric and easily repeatable patterns. In this session, Michael will introduce the basics of fair isle knitting and encourage you to practice knitting with your non-dominant hand. You'll learn how to read colorwork charts and other necessary tricks to knit the Lattice Hat by Martin Storey (pictured).


MATERIALS LIST:
Yarn: Rowan Alpaca Soft DK or Rowan Softyak DK 
1 ball of main shade and 1 ball of contrasting shade
Needles: US 3 (3.25mm) and US 6 (4mm) circular needles no longer than 16" long and/or double pointed needles
Pattern: Lattice Hat by Martin Storey pattern available through Ravelry or printed pattern available in "Carousel" book by Martin Storey
Stitch Markers


PRIOR TO CLASS HOMEWORK: With smaller needles, cast-on stitches required for the hat. Do not join for working in the round or begin Round 1.

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Club Week 2: Simple Intarsia
Wednesday, January 20th, 6:30-8:30 pm EST
 
Intarsia, also known as picture knitting, is a growing knitwear trend. Modern intarsia uses large areas of color to create fashionable and stylish projects. Michael will show you how to "make it work" by using Kaffe Fassett's Paint Daubs Cushion (pictured). We’ll review what makes these charts and this technique different from fair isle, and how you can get the best results.
 
MATERIALS LIST:
Cushion: 2 balls of main front shade, 2 balls of back pillow shade, and 2 (or more) balls other contrasting shades (for front intarsia squares)
Throw: 12 balls of main shade and 12 balls of contrasting shades
NOTE: Design your own color palette with 11 contrasting shades (as shown) or just a few contrasting shades.
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) and US 6 (4mm) straight or circular needles
Pattern: Paint Daubs pattern available through Ravelry or printed pattern available in "Kaffe Fassetts' Felted Tweed" book by Kaffe Fassett.
Stitch Markers
 
PRIOR TO CLASS HOMEWORK:
Cast-on and work the lower edge. Be ready to begin the first section of color.
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Club Week 3: Faux Intarsia
Wednesday, January 27th, 6:30-8:30 pm EST
 
We’ll tackle a faux intarsia effect “unvented” by Arne & Carlos in their New Nordic books. This effect gives the look and feel of intarsia, without any of the technique. It’s quite masterful and will change how you look at both fair isle and intarsia forever. We will use Kidsilk Haze as a added fiber in this class.
 
MATERIALS LIST:
Yarn: The same as Week 2, plus 1 or more balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) and US 6 (4mm) straight or circular needles
Pattern: Paint Daubs pattern available through Ravelry or printed pattern available in "Kaffe Fassetts' Felted Tweed" book by Kaffe Fassett.
Stitch Markers
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Club Week 4: Bringing It All Together
Wednesday, February 3rd, 6:30-8:30 pm EST
 
After learning true fair isle and intarsia, as well as faux intarsia, we’ll bring it all together with trapped intarsia. Expand your colorwork skills even further by adding this challenging technique.
 
MATERIALS LIST:
Yarn: The same as Week 2
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) and US 6 (4mm) straight or circular needles
Pattern: Paint Daubs pattern available through Ravelry or printed pattern available in "Kaffe Fassetts' Felted Tweed" book by Kaffe Fassett.
Stitch Markers
 
SKILLS REQUIRED: You must have attended Week 1 of the Colorwork Club or have sufficiient experience with fair isle knitting. This class will not teach two-handed colorwork - but it will take those skills to the next level.
 
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