Colour Play: Selecting Shades Without Knitting a Stitch with Aleks Byrd

6th July 2024, 2.30pm – 3.30pm (BST / GMT+1)

Need help picking the perfect colour combo for your next colourwork project? Take the fear out of choosing shades, without knitting a single stitch with expert, Aleks Byrd. Discover Aleks’ top tips and tricks to make this process fun, and find your next favourite colour combo using only basic tools such as colouring pencils, paper, yarn, scissors and a phone – no swatching required! Learn different ways to test out colour combos and make charts to match your yarn.

You’ll also discover the many different techniques to test your new colour-skills in the wider knitting world. As well as stranded colourwork and fair isle knitting, you’ll also explore Roosimine, Estonian inlay, corrugated rib, and slip stitch mosaic to name just a few. It’s the perfect way to spend more time knitting and less time agonising over which shades work best together.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. It is one of many being planned for our Virtual Mill Open Weekend celebrations. Please follow this link to see all that we are planning for this year’s Virtual MOW.

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Skill Level Information:
Suitable for all knitters wanting to improve their confidence in picking shades for a project that requires multiple colours.

What Should I Bring?
Students might find it useful to bring along –

  • Grid / dot paper
  • Colouring pencils
  • Black pen
  • Charts for a colourwork pattern
  • Scrap cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Scrap / leftover yarn in a variety of colours


Tutor Bio:
Aleks Byrd is a knitwear designer with roots in Estonia, Canada, and the USA. She creates modern patterns with a connection to the past using little-known traditional techniques with a fresh twist on them for unique wearable designs that are fun and rewarding to knit for all levels of knitters. In addition to knitwear design, she works as an illustrator and teaches Estonian knitting techniques around the world. Her latest book Traditions Revisited – Modern Estonian Knits brings together her designs and teaching as introduction to Estonian knitting, both traditional and traditional-inspired

Website: | Instagram: @aleksbyrd | Facebook: @aleksbyrddesign

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