Traditional Fair Isle Knitting

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Situated far to the north of the Scottish mainland, the Shetlands are famous for the dampness of their climate and the excellence of their wool — a pair of distinctions that fostered the development of a vibrant form of patterned knitting. Fair Isle's unusual technique employs two colors in each row; the wool not in use is stranded along the back in short loops, resulting in an extremely warm and weatherproof double fabric.
In this definitive guide, the author shows how any ...

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Overview

Situated far to the north of the Scottish mainland, the Shetlands are famous for the dampness of their climate and the excellence of their wool — a pair of distinctions that fostered the development of a vibrant form of patterned knitting. Fair Isle's unusual technique employs two colors in each row; the wool not in use is stranded along the back in short loops, resulting in an extremely warm and weatherproof double fabric.
In this definitive guide, the author shows how any circular-method knitting technique can yield the popular Fair Isle patterns. Its treasury of designs features more than 70 pages of patterns that can be used for mittens, jerseys, jackets, and hats. In addition, its practical advice on designing garments and the use of color offers valuable assistance to knitters who wish to create their own patterns and seek the inspiration for an endless array of variations and adaptations.
Long out of print, this volume is well known as the best source of authentic Fair Isle patterns. Its republication offers a new generation of knitters a reliable resource for projects in the traditional and much-loved style. 31 halftones and 17 color illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486431079
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/19/2003
  • Series: Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace Series
  • Edition description: Revised Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 926,432
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
Introduction 7
Part 1 Background and Origins
1 The Background to the Fair Isle Patterns 11
2 The Origins of the Patterns 17
Part 2 Design, Techniques and Colour
3 Designing a Fair Isle Garment 29
4 Knitting Techniques 50
5 The Use of Colour in Fair Isle Knitting 60
Part 3 Patterns
6 The Pattern Notebook 67
Knitting Needle Sizes 137
Bibliography 138
Index 140
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    Since I'm relatively new to color work....although not to knitting, I needed as much information/instruction as possible to teach myself how to do color stranding. This book gives a comprehensive background of FairIsle Knitting, as well as pages and pages of pattern charts. I like the idea that the charts are in black and white which leaves it to the knitter to decide what colors to use, without being influenced by illustrations.

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