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Colorwork Made Easy

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Start knitting the eye-catching colorwork styles you love! Learn the essentials for stripes, slip-stitch colorwork, colorwork cables, intarsia and stranded knitting.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Melissa Leapman
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Build a versatile toolkit of colorwork skills and styles! Join popular Craftsy instructor Melissa Leapman, and get set up for colorwork success by working step by step through essential techniques. During class, you'll start with simple stripes as Melissa gives you helpful tips for managing yarn and minimizing yarn tails. Then, she'll guide you through reading charts by breaking down symbols and repeats row by row. When you move on, you'll learn steps for slip-stitch colorwork such as mosaic knitting and how to knit cables on a colorwork background. Ever wondered how to knit intarsia? Melissa will introduce you to this gorgeous style before teaching you Fair Isle knitting and two-color cabling. Plus, you'll even get a great hat pattern from Melissa that's perfect for practicing your new skills!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Simple Striped Colorwork
Meet designer Melissa Leapman and dive into colorwork with simple stripes. Melissa shows how to start new colors and carry up the yarn to minimize tails. With Melissa's tips, the yarn you need is always on the correct side, and stripes in the round look even. Finally, learn a fun effect: ruching.
2. Deciphering Colorwork Charts
3. Colorwork With Slip Stitch
4. Cabled Colorwork With Slip Stitch
5. Intarsia Colorwork
6. Stranded Colorwork
7. Colorwork Cables

Recommended with this class

  • Colorwork Made Easy: Two-Color Cabled Hat Kit

Taught by

Melissa Leapman
Melissa Leapman
As a freelance knitwear and crochet designer, Melissa Leapman has had the pleasure of working with popular ready-to-wear manufacturers and design houses across the country. You can find a number of her designs in respected magazines, or in her many books, which include the popular titles Hot Knits and Continuous Cables. You might even recognize her welcoming smile from appearances on Lifetime’s Handmade by Design and DIY Network’s Knitty Gritty.

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