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Fair Isle

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Fair Isle knitwear has become a cold-weather staple and never goes out of style. These multicoloured masterpieces originated in the Scottish islands and traditionally feature intricate-looking colour patterns. Today, the term Fair Isle has become synonymous with any stranded colourwork design and the creative possibilities are endless! From simple yet striking yoke sweaters to modern monochrome effects, read on for tips, inspiration and your next project.

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Neti Love & Julie Peasgood

Fair Isle knitwear has become a cold-weather staple and never goes out of style. These multicoloured masterpieces originated in the Scottish islands and traditionally feature intricate-looking colour patterns. Today, the term Fair Isle has become synonymous with any stranded colourwork design and the creative possibilities are endless! From simple yet striking yoke sweaters to modern monochrome effects, read on for tips, inspiration and your next project.

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Fair Isle

Course Overview

Price

Price

Included with Let’s Knit Together membership

Instructor

Instructor

Neti Love & Julie Peasgood

Lessons

Lessons

5

Difficulty

Difficulty

Advanced

Course Lessons ( 5 )

  • 1. How to: Introduction to Fair Isle

    11:26

    Anyone can learn this fantastic knitting skill, and if you’ve not tried it before, a small project such as a toy or decoration is the ideal starter make. This is a colourwork method worked from a chart, usually for repetitive patterns, with two yarns on the same row and produces intricate-looking designs. As both strands are carried along each row, this results in an extra warm fabric with a double thickness. Commonly called Fair Isle technique in the UK, other countries do have similar versions, but let’s understand how it works before we give it a try.

  • 2. How to: work Fair Isle (one hand, one strand)

    10:25

    This technique is a colourwork method that uses two colours, usually in quick succession, on the same row. If you’re not familiar with Fair Isle, do first take a look at our video How to: work Fair Isle.

  • 3. How to: work Fair Isle with two hands, two strands

    07:43

    Fair isle is a way of working stranded colourwork where two yarns are carried along a row and strands of unused yarn, called floats, form on the back. There are three main ways to hold the strands, and here we look at how to knit and purl with each hand holding one strand of yarn, which we are calling ‘two hands, two strands’. If you’ve not tried Fair Isle knitting before, do watch our introduction to Fair Isle for a handy overview.

  • 4. How to: work Fair Isle with one hand, two strands

    10:10

    Fair isle is a way of working stranded colourwork where two yarns are carried along a row. There are three main ways to hold the yarn, and here we look at how to knit and purl with one hand holding both strands. If you’ve not tried Fair Isle knitting before, do watch our introduction to Fair Isle video for an overview.

  • 5. How to: carry a float in colourwork

    12:31

    When you’re working with two or more colours on a row, especially with the Fair Isle technique, you’ll end up with used strands, called floats, on the wrong side. If a colour is not used for more than a few stitches – generally around five – it makes sense to bind the float to the back of the work to reduce snagging.

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