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Fair Isle Knitting Technique

3-Session Daytime Workshop

Friday, February 26 to March 12, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00KN
$105 - Member
$125 - Non-Member
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  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
  • If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.


Waves and Peaks, Norwegian Stars, Boarders, Seeding, XOX, and Allover: These may sound like the names of rock bands, but in fact they are the patterns found in Fair Isle knitting. Combinations of these beautiful designs create colorful sweaters and other knit wear that have impressed and delighted for centuries.

Students in this workshop briefly explore a variety of traditional patterns, the history of Fair Isle Knitting, and chart reading. The majority of the workshop focuses on learning the Fair Isle technique. Prerequisite knitting skills include casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off.

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  • The instructor is Ann Richards.
  • 3 sessions, 2.5 hours each
  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction.


  • Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program.
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  • Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.