Fair Isle Knitting Weekend – February 8-11, 2018


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Lost City Knits is proud to bring Janine Bajus, author of The Joy of Color, to the Art Deco District of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma for a weekend of classes on Fair Isle Knitting.

Janine, who goes by the handle Feral Knitter, has traveled the world teaching Fair Isle colorwork, and we are lucky to have her. Denise knows her from Knitting Camp, and thinks she is one of the best teachers in the business.

The dates are February 8-11, 2018, and the location is the Courtyard by Marriott in the historic Atlas Life Building at 415 South Boston in Tulsa.


Class Description


Designing a Fair Isle sweater from scratch can seem intimidating!

So many things to consider: color, patterning, construction. And each of these elements affects the others. This class breaks the design process down into understandable steps, so that no matter what kind of sweater you hope to design—classic Fair Isle pullover, bright folkloric cardigan, mysterious Celtic vest, whatever!—you will have the tools to make it a reality. Your colorways will be derived from photographs or paintings—this results in highly individual, complex designs without requiring an art degree! There is time throughout the workshop for questions, brainstorming, and individual feedback.

Day 1 starts with a discussion of what sets the use of color in Fair Isle knitting apart from other stranded knitting traditions: value sequencing and mirroring. You will begin swatching with an exercise in value recognition. Then Janine will demonstrate the use of different color tools, and you will plunge into the actual process of identifying colors in your sources of inspiration. Before the day is done you will have chosen colors from the Jamieson & Smith Jumper Weight Shetland yarn from Lost City Knits and started speed swatching to see how they work together.

Day 2 is spent charting motifs and swatching them using the colors you’ve identified through your speed swatching. Janine will discuss how color choices affect your motif options. You can bring your own charts or create your own in the workshop. Janine will discuss motif placement, garment shape, ease, and other design considerations as details of your sweater emerge.

Day 3 our focus turns to construction and fit issues specific to Fair Isle-type garments: steeks, corrugated ribbing, purl-when-you-can borders, shaped shoulders, and adding bands will be discussed and demonstrated as desired. You will continue to swatch and refine the details of your garment as you gain confidence in the direction you are going.

By the end of the workshop you should be well on your way to a unique, personal design.


Experience level: You don’t need to be an expert Fair Isle knitter to design your own garment! For this workshop you need to know how to knit with 2 colors in the round—although Janine will be answering any technique questions you may have (how to make your floats the right length, for example), she will not be teaching the basics. You will find it helpful to have some experience knitting garments, which will help you understand construction and fit issues. However, you don’t need to be an expert knitter—slow but steady wins this race. The most important thing is that you be willing to experiment and persevere.

Materials provided include Jamieson & Smith Jumper Weight yarn for extensive swatching, mini journals, bag, and 32-page professionally printed handout. 

Homework: none

Bring: size 3US 24-32” circular needles for swatching (if you are unsure of your gauge, bring a range of sizes from 1 to 4); sharpened pencils; inspiration photo (instructions will be sent prior to the workshop); motif books; (optional) 3-in-1 Color Tool (colors tools will be available for use in class). 




The Courtyard by Marriott will host the event in their conference room on the second floor of the Atlas Life Building at 415 South Boston in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The building, which dates from 1922, is an Art Deco gem. There are several restaurants within walking distance, including Elote, Roppongi Ramen, The Vault, and Mod’s Gelato and Crepes. The hotel also provides shuttle service to other areas of downtown Tulsa, as well as Tulsa International Airport, which is just nine miles away. A special room rate of $109 will be available to students. Lost City Knits has a Ravelry thread for Stranded Roomies for people who might want to share a room.



Seats are $465 and include class time with Janine, cool swag from Jamieson & Smith Wool Brokers of Shetland, and yarn for classwork from the Lost City Knits collection of the full spectrum of colors from Jamieson & Smith.