Fair Isle Vest Workshop – April 2021


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March 1st: This workshop is now full, but please write to me if you’d like to be put on the waiting list! I will be offering this class again—sign up for the newsletter to be the first to know.

Design and knit your own Joy of Color Fair Isle vest in this 10-hour foundational class. I’ll walk you through the process to creating this classic V-neck design— you will work with your choice of 12-shade colorway (there are 7 to choose from) and 3 traditional Fair Isle band motifs to design a unique vest:

First we’ll explore how color is used in Fair Isle design and then you will start swatching the main motif. Next we’ll discuss arranging bands and how to make the bands work together. Step-by-step you will build your personal design. 

I will cover the techniques you need to knit a stranded vest: steeking, adding bands, decreasing in color pattern, and knitting corrugated rib. 

I will also walk you through building your personal pattern: taking measurements, determining ease, calculating stitch counts, centering motifs, calculating armholes, and finally determining how much yarn you need. 

By the end of the class you will be well grounded in the theory and practice of designing a Fair Isle vest, you will have swatched your colors and motifs, and you will be ready to knit your own Joy of Color Vest!

Dates & Times — all times are Pacific Daylight Time:
April 10: 9-11:10 am & 12-2:10 pm
April 11: 9-11:10 am
April 17: 9-11:10 am
April 18: 9-11:10 am
Additional Zoom answer session: TBD


  • $250.00
  • $81.60 + shipping for the yarn pack (ordered separately).

Don’t forget to purchase a vest yarn pack!

Common Questions and Policies

What Experience Do I Need to Take This Class?

  • You will need to have experience in stranded knitting, knitting in the round, and reading charts.
  • Although this is a fast-paced class that  covers a lot of material, we won’t be working in lock step—you can work as quickly or slowly as you like.


  • I’ll be teaching live through Zoom, an online video conferencing app. If you have never used Zoom, don’t worry—it’s easy and free! Go to zoom.us to get the app and to find information about using it.
  • You are responsible for downloading the app to your computer or tablet and learning how to use it before the class begins. I won’t be able to respond to technical questions during the class.
  • You will need a good internet connection. 
  • I do not recommend using your phone because the screen is so small, but you are certainly welcome to use one if that’s all you have available.
  • You might want to have access to a copier to make extra copies of the worksheets.

Yarn Packs

  • The kit for this class includes 12 balls of Jamieson’s Spindrift Shetland (~115yd/25g each). This is a woolen-spun, 2-ply, fingering-weight yarn. You will have a choice of 7 or so colorways—they are not all available at all times due to sporadic yarn backorders. 
  • Please do not ask me to tell you which colors are in each colorway so you can create your own kit.
  • The kits do not contain enough yarn to knit the vest—you will probably need to order additional balls depending on the decisions you make during the class. I do not sell individual balls of yarn, but I can recommend reliable sources (no need to worry about dye lots!). 

Do I have to purchase a kit?

  • Yes, unless you are signing up from outside the US (see below). I know from experience that having students bring their own yarns adds too many variables to the mix for us to effectively work as a group.

International students

  • If you are signing up for this class outside of the United States I will work with you to find a local source of the yarn or its equivalent. I will send you your handouts as pdf files.
  • Use the following address when signing up for the class: 1153 the Alameda, Berkeley CA 94707

Choosing your own colors/motifs

  • Although I will applaud your enthusiasm, I will not be able to give you advice if you choose to add colors to your design that are not in the yarn pack. Choosing and evaluating colors takes a lot of time and therefore cannot be accommodated within the class structure. However, if you feel excited and want to try, go ahead! 
  • If you prefer to choose your own motifs, again, I don’t want to discourage you but I will not be able to help you or evaluate your work during class.


  • I will record the class and make it available to workshop participants for 10 days. This recording will not be downloadable.

Office Hours

  • I will hold “office hours” on Zoom in the week between sessions—you can send questions that will be answered then.

Class Size

  • The class is limited to 24 students.

Waiting List

  • I will keep a waiting list if the class fills. Please contact me if you want to be placed on that list.


  • If I can fill your spot from the waiting list I will refund your full workshop fee. 
  • If you cancel more than 2 weeks before the start date I will refund your full workshop fee.
  • If you cancel less than 2 weeks before the start date and I cannot fill your spot I will issue a 50% refund.
  • No returns or refunds for the yarn pack. 

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