Fair Isle Style: 20 Fresh Designs for a Classic Technique
Mary Jane Mucklestone
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Hailing from a tiny island in the northern most island group of the British Isles, Fair Isle knitting has been produced for nearly 200 years and is still seen on runways today. Discover true Fair Isle knitting and build fantastic colorscapes–from elegant subtle shadings inspired by the natural landscape to exuberant riots of color for its own sake.
Fair Isle Style is a book of projects to knit as well as a book about knitting the Fair Isle technique. This book offers a collection of patterns from a variety of established, rising, and new knitwear designers and focuses on fresh, modern uses of color for today's knitters.
A Design Notebook rounds out the book, giving readers further ideas to use Fair Isle knitting. Delight in a modern look from a traditional technique with Fair Isle Style.
last 5 sts, p2, k3. Rep these 2 rows until piece measures 4" (10 cm) from pick-up row. Loosely BO all sts in rib patt. Weave in loose ends, tidying up joins as you do so. Gently wash garment in lukewarm water with mild soap. Rinse with water of the same temperature. Carefully squeeze out moisture by pressing garment against the sides of the basin. Roll in an absorbent towel to remove excess moisture. Lay flat with front bands overlapped, then fold the collar back, tapering it like a shawl
ONLY Rnds 43–47: With MC, rep Rnd 1—8 sts inc’d in each rnd. Rnd 48: With CC2, rep Rnd 1—372 sts; 116 sts each for front and back; 70 sts each sleeve. Rnd 49: With CC1, knit. Rnds 50–54: Work Rnds 1–5 of Chart D. Rnd 55: With CC1, knit. Rnd 56: With CC2, knit. Rnds 57–61: With MC, rep Rnd 1—412 sts; 126 sts each for front and back; 80 sts each sleeve. Rnd 62: With CC2, knit. Remove raglan m as you come to them and place new m for side “seams” on next rnd as foll: Rnd 63: (dividing rnd)
forth in rows, however, the wrong-side rows are read from left to right, and the stitches are purled to maintain stockinette stitch. In Gudrun Johnston’s Bressay Dress both methods are used. The yoke is knitted circularly in rounds, while the charming pockets are knitted flat in rows (their small size making the knitting manageable). Mags Kandis has always preferred knitting colorwork flat and in pieces, which is how she worked her Mud Cloth Bag. She kept things simple by limiting the design to
then cut open and finish steeks than it is to work a Fair Isle cardigan back and forth in rows. Many of the projects in this book are designed as tubes that are knitted in rounds, such as Kat Coyle’s Ketlin Skirt, Carrie Bostick Hoge’s Peerie Weerie Booties, and Lisa Shroyer’s Reeva Hat. But sweaters need openings for heads and arms and, in the case of the Valenzi Cardigan, an opening along the center front. By adding steek stitches, you can knit the entire body (and both sleeves) in rounds,
many books and magazines, including Lace Style, Simple Style, Knit Wit, Greetings from Knit Café, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Twist Collective, and Knitty. Design director for Berroco, Norah Gaughan’s designs have been featured in all major knitting periodicals and in many books. She is author of Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2006), a collection inspired by fractals—complex geometric figures made up of patterns that repeat themselves at