Colourwork: Theory, Technique & Design - Zoom Recording

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A 2-hour group class with Florence Spurling taught virtually via Zoom. Colour is often the first feature we notice in a design and although it is subjective, there are approaches to employ that lead to universally aesthetically pleasing outcomes. To begin, we will look at the basics of colour theory in the context of knitwear, taking into account notions of tone and proportion in relation to fibres and yarns. Next, we will explore three methods of colourwork techniques within hand knitting, all of which allow for a huge amount of creative exploration. The instruction will introduce each category - Fair Isle/Stranded Knitting, Intarsia Knitting and Slip Stitch/Mosaic Knitting – showing knitted examples and explaining the fabric structure and how it is created. Each will be demonstrated and students will work from a simple chart to put this knowledge into practice.


  • A minimum of two contrasting coloured yarns in the same weight (sport/DK/worsted). Have additional yarns on hand if you want to explore, these can be different weights and textures.
  • Circular or straight needles suited to your yarn weight, to practice Intarsia worked flat.
  • Double pointed needles or small circular needles suited to your yarn weight, to practice Fair Isle/Stranded Knitting and Slip Stitch/Mosaic Knitting in the round. If you choose to use small circular needles, please cast on before class: Cast on a multiple of 12 stitches in one colour. 

No homework (except casting on if you choose to use small circular needles - see above), but there will be a handout.

  • Class Level: No experience in any of the colourwork methods is needed. 
  • Teacher: Florence Spurling.