Marlisle Tiny Ess Shawl

Marlisle Tiny Ess Shawl with Anna Maltz

Friday 22 February 2pm – 5pm

In this class, you will make a condensed version of an Ess Shawl from Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting in order to understand all the techniques you will need for a full-size version.

This class doubles as a swatch for an Ess Shawl AND an introduction to Marlisle and the principals of the knotted steek (or steeking in general, if you have never cut your knitting before). The knotted steek is an unusual approach to steeking that is ideal for maintaining the stretchiness of your knitted fabric in a way that many steeks do not. In the Ess Shawl, it is used to create an attractive fringed edge that doesn’t require you to loop additional yarn in. By using a steek, you benefit from being able to do colourwork in the round from the front side only and means this shawl has very unusual construction. The knotted steek is also used in the Shantay Cardigan and Ruperto Scarf in the same book, so this will set you up to tackle not just the Ess Shawl, but many other projects with more confidence.

Level/Ability: Minimum skill level: Intermediate/advanced beginner

Tutor biography: Anna Maltz

Anna Maltz is an avid sweaterspotter and knit detective who sees the world through yarn-tinted spectacles. She is an independent knitting pattern designer with a background in Fine Art. She writes a regular column (and the occasional pattern) for Pom Pom Quarterly. She has published two books, Penguin: A Knit Collection, and Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting, as well as contributing to other publications such as A Stash of One’s Own, compiled by Clara Parkes and Making Magazine. She lives in London and teaches all over the world.

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