Fair Isle Squam Style


Thursday, June 2nd - CLOSED
Friday, June 3rd - CLOSED
Saturday, June 4th - CLOSED

Experience level: Intermediate



Mary Jane brings her most popular class and offers a twist – just for Squam!

By knitting a pretty cuff, we will explore the basic principals of fair isle knitting, a particular type of stranded knitting coming from the tiny remote Scottish island of Fair Isle, part of the Shetland group.

This rich knitting tradition is carried on today in true folk art style, with each knitter contributing their own unique style.

We will

  • learn about the use of color over the years in traditional Fair Isle knitting
  • develop our own personal color schemes
  • analyze how different color combinations can completely change the look of a motif

For this Squam workshop, Mary Jane will have an assortment of motifs that reflect the natural world around us and a few man made ones so we can design and knit our own cuffs as a memento for the week.


And, if you want to develop your own motifs she’ll help you on your way.

What a perfect way to spend the day!

Please note: this class is for Intermediate to Advanced knitters who have experience knitting stranded colorwork in the round and reading charts.

Homework: With any color fingering-weight yarn you like,

  • CO 48 sts.
  • Place marker
  • join without twisting for working
  • Work k1, p1 rib for 1″/2.5 cm.

Kit fee: 0 USD


  • Between 5 and 8 colors (or more! more colors = more fun!) of fingering-weight wool yarn (Shetland Wool or Shetland-type wool preferred, Jamieson & Smith 2ply jumper weight, Jamieson’s Spindrift, Elemental Affects Shetland Fingering, Harrisville American Shetland for example), 25–100 yd of each color—make sure to include a mix of light colors and dark colors.
  • US 3/3.25mm dpns, my preference, or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers
  • Graph paper & colored penciles, if desired