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Marls As Colorwork in Hand Knitting

Marls As Colorwork in Hand Knitting

with Cecelia Campochiaro

2-Day Zoom Workshop Tuesday, March 2, 2021 (day 1), 9:00am-11:00am Thursday, March 4, 2021 (day 2), 9:00am-11:00am

Fee: $60 (use your own materials, or kits are available for purchase) TAC members and up to one paying guest of a TAC member may register. Registration closes February 22.


Holding strands together, aka making marls, is a wonderful way to create striking handknits. Knitters of any level can use marls to add visual interest, create unique fiber blends, and make extraordinary multi-color pieces. This virtual class will cover why marls have such a distinctive look, simple color theory for marls, tips for managing multiple balls of yarn, and prototyping pieces with microswatches.

You can choose to follow along and make your own microswatches between the two sessions if you desire. A pattern will be provided for you to make your own multi-color Ella Improv Cowl (the pattern will be given to each student through Ravelry ( or via email if preferred ).

Skill level: Advanced beginner and beyond. Students will only have to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off.

Homework: There is no required homework before the first class, but students are encouraged to do the optional homework between the two classes.

Materials: You are welcome to use their own yarns. Complete material kits may also be purchased from Uncommon Threads in Los Altos for $85.

You will need approximately 40 yards of six colors of the same kind of yarn and needles suitable for the yarn to be worked doubled. Heavy lace weight yarns are ideal because they work up between sport and DK when doubled. For the class, I will be using Ito Kinu doubled, which is the yarn for the Ella Improv Cowl. Ito Kinu is a Japanese silk noil heavy-lace yarn that comes in over 40 colors. Doubled and worked on a US4 (3.5 mm), it works up as sport weight and makes a lightweight fabric ideal for warm climates.

Image Credit: Photos courtesy of Cecelia Campochiaro.


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