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Design your own Fair Isle Cowl with Tanis Gray

Design your own Fair Isle Cowl with Tanis Gray



Ready to move beyond basic stranded colorwork? Interesting in trying your hand at designing? Let your imagination and creativity take over in this Design Your Own Fair Isle Cowl workshop! Working with simple graph paper, we’ll start your very own design from scratch, beginning with inspiration, sketching, moving onwards to design, figuring out how to manipulate the math, and finally start knitting your own work of art! Worried that you’re not an artist? All you need is an idea, a love of knitting, and the desire to try something new.


  • 200 yards worsted weight yarn in contrasting colors (or desired yarn weight – thinner yarn requires more yardage)
  • Size US 7 (3.75mm) 24” Circular Knitting Needles (or one size smaller than desired gauge)
  • Size US 8 (4.5mm) 24” Circular Knitting Needles (or size needed to get desired gauge)
  • Stitch Markers
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Sticky Notes
  • Graph Paper
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Highlighter
  • Calculator (most phones have one)


Work a 6 x 6” solid-colored stockinette swatch in desired yarn and block