Colour Pooling Workshop (Finished)

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediatecolour_pooled_scarf4
Date: Saturday, 26 Mar, 2-5 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $35 + HST + materials

For anyone interested in getting the most out of hand-dyed yarns, this workshop explains how to analyse and work with the colour repeat of a space dyed yarn. A simple pattern for a bias-knit, garter stitch scarf will be provided, and you will be able to begin a scarf project in class.

A variety of suitable yarns will be custom-dyed for this workshop and available for students to analyse in class or purchase for class projects.
In this class, you will swatch and learn:

  • how to select a yarn for intentional colour pooling
  • what effects can be achieved with intentional pooling
  • how to ‘read’ the colour repeat of a yarn and predict the knitted results
  • how to count and measure for the effect you want
  • crochet provisional cast-on technique
  • how to cast on and begin a project at exactly the right point of the colour repeat
  • how to manage tension to maintain a pooling pattern


This class is intended for beginner/intermediate knitters. You should:

  • be comfortable with knit and purl stitches
  • be able to identify simple mistakes and problems in your knitting (such as accidental yarn-overs, dropped or incorrectly mounted stitches)
  • be familiar with basic increase and decrease stitches
  • be willing to count stitches and do some simple arithmetic

You will need:

  • one skein of space-dyed yarn (may purchase at time of class – instructor will assist with selection)
  • suitable needles for the weight of yarn you have chosen
  • Tape measure, scissors, darning needle, removable stitch markers; notebook & pencil

There is no homework required to prepare for the workshop.

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