Fair Isle Knitting Workshop in the Lake District

Miniature Fair Isle Jumper


During this workshop, you will knit a miniature Fair Isle Cardigan enabling you to learn all of the processes involved in knitting and finishing a stranded garment made in the round with steeks at all the openings. The workshop is suitable for people who have some experience of knitting/intermediary level.

Chrissie has designed a miniature garment to teach you the age-old tradition of Fair Isle and the techniques involved in making any stranded design in the round with steeks.

The techniques covered are: preparing the main body for knitting in the round; casting on the centre front steek, setting the corrugated ribbing; setting the pattern in the round; an overview of finished steeks and how to form them; knitting in the round and changing colours; casting on armhole steeks and shaping with ssk and k2tog decreases; casting off the centre front steek; casting on the front neck steek and shaping with ssk and k2tog decreases; grafting the shoulders together; cutting the front, front neck and back neck steeks; picking up stitches and knitting the neckband in two colours on right and wrong side rows; casting off the neckband; picking up stitches for the front bands; trimming and cross-stitching the front and back steeks; cutting the armhole steek and setting in a cap sleeve; front steeks and finished opening for buttons or snaps with three-needle bind off and icord edging.

Chrissie Day is an English fibre artist known for her innovative knitwear and felting designs. Her work can be found in all of the most popular British and American fibre magazines and journals. She uses felt, knitting and embroidery to create unique pieces. Chrissie is a writer with ten published titles to date on knitting, crocket, wire jewellery and felting. She has appeared on television and the online video link magazine Create. Chrissie has taught knitting and felting in Denmark, Belgium, Norway and on a ‘Craft Cruise’ through the Baltic.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

You will need to bring your own wool but a list of suggested yarns will be supplied. There will also be a selection of Chrissie’s own yarns available to purchase.

Homemade refreshments and a two-course lunch will be provided.

We continue to monitor the situation regarding Covid19 and will follow Government guidelines.

We do not offer accommodation at Hare Hill Barn but being situated in the Lake District there is a wide range of places available locally to suit all budgets. If you would like help with this, let us know and we can give some guidance. Why not make your trip a mini-break and enjoy more of the Lake District during your stay?


Vanda Lambton at Hare Hill Barn


Hare Hill Barn
Cartmel Fell
Grange over Sands
LA11 6NZ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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