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Introduction to Marlisle with Anna Maltz

22 February, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Marlisle (a made up word combining marl and Fair Isle) is an unusual system of creating decorative texture and colour shifts in handknitted fabric with a particular focus on seamless knitting in the round. By separating out two yarns generally being held together to form a marl base, Marlisle allows patches of stranded colourwork to be scattered around a garment or accessory without the use of intarsia while avoiding unworkably long floats. It can be used to combine different weights of yarn, throw new light on your stash, overcome frustrations like jogging stripes when knitting in the round and even to adapt existing patterns.

This class is an introduction to the technique of Marlisle. You’ll create a circular swatch (we might even get round to a sneaky bit of steeking) from a choice of designs provided and use this as an entry point into understanding the system. Suitable for a range of skill levels, but perhaps most exciting for knitters who have experimented with stranded colourwork and intarsia and understand the limitations of these existing techniques. The aim is to send you off inspired.

Minimum skill level:
intermediate/advanced beginner


Existing knowledge required:

  • experience of colouwork
  • knitting in the round

Skills covered:

  • Marlisle
  • following a stitch pattern from a chart
  • working a swatch in the round, including basic knotted steek
  • combining colours
  • deducing tension

Students will need:

  • 4ply weight yarn in 2 contrasting, but harmonious colours. Go for 100% wool, ideally not super wash treated – you want something a little ‘sticky’.
  • 3.25mm DPNs or circular needles long enough for magic loop (depending on personal preference). Students can bring a range of sizes from 2.5 mm to 4.5mm, if they wish to adjust for their personal tension.

All materials will be available for students to buy from the shop with a 10% particpant’s discount.


It would be helpful if you worked out which needle size works for you to get a DENSE garter stitch using two 4ply yarns held together.


22 February, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Wild and Woolly
116 Lower Clapton Road
London, E50QR United Kingdom
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Anna Feldman
020 89855231

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