3 hour class: Marlisle Selbbob Hat
An excellent, project-based introduction to Marlisle and some other fun techniques. In this class, we will swatch for a Selbbob Hat, a pattern from Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting, so that you can continue in confidence, having understood the construction and a good number of transferable skills. We will tackle wily corrugated rib and how to form a perfect bobble — with the option of knitting backwards! This class is also an introduction to the unusual, yet simple, technique of Marlisle.
MINIMUM SKILL LEVEL
EXISTING KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
– Experience of working stranded colourwork.
– You must be confident working small circumferences in the round in the manner of your choosing (for example using DPNs or the magic-loop method).
– basic Marlisle using two colours of yarn (with one as a feature colour)
– casting on and off for corrugated rib
– avoiding the pitfalls of corrugated rib with tension and needle size
– approaches to changing between colours
– untwisting yarn for Marlisle
– colour placement
– swatching in the round
– forming a perfect bobble
– successful combining of yarns
– demonstration of knitting backwards
STUDENTS TO BRING
– ruler or tape measure
– An optional copy of Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting is recommended. Full instructions are provided in class to work the swatch, but not the full hat.
– Two contrasting, but harmonious colours of 4ply/fingering. At least 25g of each for class. For the hat you will need 50g in one colour and 100g in a second colour.
– 3.25mm (US3) AND 4.5mm (US7) needles
Needle type note: You can use either circular needles long enough for magic looping or DPNs in each size, or use 40cm/16” length circular needles for the Brim and 60cm/24” for the Body AND a pair of DPNs or magic loop in the larger size to finish. For the class, use whichever you are most familiar with, as there won’t be enough time to learn DPNs or magic-loop, if you are unfamiliar with them as techniques.
Using needles with nice pointy tips (often called lace needles) will make the cast-offs required to form each bobble a lot easier.
MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE
VENUE TO PROVIDE
– quiet space for teaching
– possible use of white/blackboard or flipchart – a big piece of paper of some sort will do.