Designs by Brandon Mably



Magic Ball/Persian Poppy colour - 1 day Knitting workshop

Enjoy a one day creative knitting workshop with Brandon Mably from the Kaffe Fassett Design Studio. This workshop is for knitters who are interested in sharpening their colour observation in design. Each workshop is limited to 25 students.

Participants should know how to knit and purl – only the basic stocking stitch will be used in the workshop. This course inspires knitters to sharpen their observation of colour by working with a range of light and dark colours in contrasting tones.

The experience gained should give knitters the confidence to use their own personal colour scheme in any of their own designs in the future....

Content of Workshop

Brandon Mably will give an introduction to the Persian Poppy/ Magic Ball design. He will have students work from a basic given graph which he will provide. Class participants should bring to class a selection of 6 light or bright colors for the poppy plus 6 dark or deeper colors for the background.

There should be extra colors of yarn available so that Brandon can help students with other choices of colors. Brandon will demonstrate the method of carrying yarn in fairisle and intarsia knitting and then work with students as they apply the technique to their own knitting.


Attention will be paid to color, texture, pattern and everyone will work on a swatch using at least 12 colors.

Only the basic stocking stitch will be used.

Brandon will critique everyone's work in the afternoon.

The workshop will last for 6 working hours with a 1 hour break for lunch.

Lunch and coffee breaks to be provided during the day.

Brandon will bring samples of his knitted designs.

Workshop Supply List

  • Workshop participants should be requested to bring along size 7 US or size 4 UK knitting needles
  • Any good and strong coloured yarns from left over projects (at least 6 light/ bright and 6 dark/deep colours)
  • Notebook and camera are optional.

Workshop layout needs

  • Room large enough for a class of 25 students, with a circle of chairs (1 per student)
  • A neutral coloured ( 5'x4') pin board with long pins to pin up swatches. (A large flattened cardboard box would be suitable)
  • Carpet/ rug or piece of material to place yarn in the centre of the floor
  • 2 side tables to display Brandon's garment samples
  • A wide selection of colourful yarns - Brandon would like a large selection of yarn colors and textures for students to choose from. We strongly suggest that the store supplement the yarn that is brought in by the students.
  • Scissors and extra knitting needles
  • 1 printed out persian poppy graph for each student
  • Iron and ironing board

Additional requirements

  • Lunch and refreshment for the designer


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