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Fair Isle Basics & Beyond
     

Fair Isle Basics & Beyond

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Two approaches for colorwork knitting, using either chunky or worsted-weight yarns, are featured in this collection of stitching patterns. With only the basic knit stitch, crafters can create 17 projects that incorporate up to five colors. Projects include scarves, hats, leg warmers, and mittens.

Overview

Two approaches for colorwork knitting, using either chunky or worsted-weight yarns, are featured in this collection of stitching patterns. With only the basic knit stitch, crafters can create 17 projects that incorporate up to five colors. Projects include scarves, hats, leg warmers, and mittens.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596354432
Publisher:
Annie's
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
785,216
File size:
6 MB

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Fair Isle

Basics & Beyond


By Kara Gott Warner

DRG

Copyright © 2011 DRG
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-59635-443-2



CHAPTER 1

First Things First


Striking yet simple to knit, these bold patterns with minimal color changes make stranded colorwork knitting accessible to everyone. Travel from Lerwick in the Northern Isles and out across the Moors of Scotland whilst these hats, mitts and cowls keep the cold wind at bay.


Fairburn Fingerless Mitts & Ski Band

Both fashionable and functional, this ski band and fingerless mitts are a casual and contemporary look. With simple colorwork accents, these are easy to make and wear.

Designs by Sara Louise Harper

* * *


Skill Level

*** INTERMEDIATE


Sizes

Adult small/medium (medium/large) Instructions are given for smaller size, with larger size in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to both sizes.


Finished Measurements

Ski band circumference: 20 (22) inches Mitts circumference: 7½ (8½) inches Mitts length: 7¾ (8¾) inches


Materials

• Cascade 220 (worsted weight; 100% Peruvian highland wool; 220 yds/100g per skein): 1 skein each sienna #7821 (MC) and brown/gray multi #9539 (CC)

• Mitts: size 4 (3.5mm) double-point needles or size needed to obtain gauge

• Ski band: 2 size 4 (3.5mm) 24-inch circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge

• Size E/4 (3.5mm) crochet hook

• Stitch markers, 1 in CC for beg of rnd


Gauge

20 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in 2-color stranded St st.

To save time, take time to check gauge.


Special Technique

Provisional Cast-On: With crochet hook and waste yarn, make a chain several sts longer than desired cast-on. With knitting needle and project yarn, pick up indicated number of sts in the "bumps" on back of chain. When indicated in pat, "unzip" the crochet chain and place live sts on needle.


Mitts


Left Mitt

With dpns and MC, cast on 40 (44) sts; mark beg of rnd and join, taking care not to twist sts.

Work 15 rnds in k1, p1 rib, inc 4 sts evenly on last rnd — 44 (48) sts.

Set-up rnd: K22 (24) following Checkerboard Chart, place marker; k22 (24) following Diagonal Chart for left mitt.

Work 11 more rnds in established pats, ending at beg of rnd marker.

Thumb opening: Turn and work 10 rows back and forth for thumb opening, ending with a RS row.

Rejoin to work in the round; work even in established pats until mitt measures 7 (8) inches or ¾ inch shorter than desired length. Cut CC.

With MC, work 4 rnds in k1, p1 rib.

Bind off in rib.


Thumb

With MC and dpns, pick up and knit 20 sts around thumb opening.

Work 14 rnds (or to desired length) in k1, p1 rib.

Bind off in rib.


Right Mitt

Work as for left mitt to thumb opening, but work Diagonal Chart for right mitt.

Thumb opening: Work to first marker, then turn and work 10 full rows back and forth, ending with a RS row.

Complete as for left mitt.


Ski Band

Using Provisional Cast-On method, circular needle and MC, cast on 100 (108) sts; mark beg of rnd and join, taking care not to twist sts.

Work Checkerboard pat following chart until piece measures 3 inches or desired width. Note the number of rnds worked in Checkerboard pat.

With MC only, knit 2 rnds.

Work Diagonal pat following either chart until you have worked same number of rnds as for the Checkerboard pat.

With MC only, knit 1 rnd.


Finishing

Unzip Provisional Cast-On and put sts on 2nd circular needle. With RS facing out, graft sts tog using Kitchener st.

Weave in all ends. Block


Lerwick Leg Warmers & Skullcap

This duo does the job fashionably well with two-tone diamond colorwork patterning.

Designs by Amy Polcyn

* * *

Skill Level

*** INTERMEDIATE


Size

Woman's medium


Finished Measurements

Leg warmers circumference: 14 inches

Leg warmers length: 15 inches

Skullcap circumference: 19 inches (stretches to fit)


Materials

• Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Full o' Sheep (Aran weight; 100% wool; 155 yds/100g per ball): 2 balls passionfruit #2925 (MC), 1 ball ocean #2820 (CC)

• Size 8 (5mm) 16-inch circular and double-point needles (set of 5) or size needed to obtain gauge

• Stitch marker


Gauge

16 sts and 21 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st.

17 sts and 21 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in 2-color stranded St st.

To save time, take time to check gauge.


Leg Warmers

With dpns and MC, cast on 52 sts; mark beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist sts.

Work in k2, p2 rib for 2 inches; inc 8 sts evenly on last rnd — 60 sts.

Change to St st and knit 1 rnd.

Work 56 rnds (2 reps) in Fair Isle pat following chart.

Change to MC and work in k2, p2 rib, dec 8 sts evenly around — 52 sts.

Continue in rib for 2 inches.

Bind off in pat.

Weave in all ends.

Block.


Skullcap

With circular needle and MC, cast on 80 sts; place marker for beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist sts.

Work in k2, p2 rib for 1½ inches.

Change to St st and knit 1 rnd.

Work 28 rnds in Fair Isle pat following chart; on last rnd, place markers every 8 sts.


Shape crown

Note: Change to dpns when necessary. Change to MC.

Dec rnd: [Knit to marker, k2tog] 10 times — 70 sts.

Rep Dec rnd [every other rnd] 5 more times — 20 sts.

Last rnd: [K2tog] 10 times — 10 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail; thread yarn through rem sts and pull tight to secure.


Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block.


Northern Isles

Learn the ropes of stranded colorwork when you make these simple mittens with a floral border.

Design by Sara Harper

* * *


Skill Level

*** INTERMEDIATE


Sizes

Adult's small/medium (medium/large) Instructions are given for smaller size, with larger size in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to both sizes.


Finished Measurements

Circumference: 7½ (8½) inches

Length: 8 (9) inches


Materials

• Zitron Nimbus (worsted weight; 100% organic merino wool; 109 yds/50g per ball): 2 balls caramel #405 (MC), 1 ball sage #410 (CC)

• Size 6 (4mm) double-point needles (set of 5) or size needed to obtain gauge

• Stitch holder

• Stitch marker


Gauge

24 sts and 28 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in 2-color stranded St st.

To save time, take time to check gauge.


Special Abbreviations

N1, N2, N3, N4: Needle 1, Needle 2, Needle 3 and Needle 4.


Left Mitten


Cuff

With CC, cast on 40 (48) sts and distribute evenly on 4 dpns; mark beg of rnd and join, taking care not to twist sts.

Change to MC; knit 1 rnd.

Work 6 rnds in k2, p2 rib.

Change to St st and work 13-rnd Leaf pat following chart.

With MC, knit 10 rnds or desired length to beg of thumb opening.

Thumb opening rnd: K3; place next 5 sts on a holder for thumb; cast on 5 sts using backward-loop method; knit to end of rnd.

Knit all rnds until mitten measures 6 (6½) inches or 2 (2½) inches short of desired length, ending last rnd 10 (12) sts before beg of rnd marker. This will be new beg of rnd.


Mitten top

Dec rnd: N1: Ssk, knit to end; N2: knit to last 2 sts, k2tog; N3 and N4: work as for N1 and N2 — 36 (44) sts.

Rep Dec rnd [every 3rd rnd] twice more, then [every other rnd] 2 (3) times — 20 (24) sts.

Slip sts from N1 to N2 and from N3 to N4. Graft top closed using Kitchener st.


Thumb

With CC and dpns, k5 from holder, then pick up and knit 9 (11) sts around opening — 14 (16) sts.

Mark beg of rnd and join; work in St st until thumb measures 1¾ inches or ½ inch short of desired thumb length, ending last rnd 1 (2) st(s) before beg of rnd marker.

Redistribute sts on 4 needles as follows: 3-4-3-4 (4-4-4-4).

Dec rnd: N1: Ssk, knit to end; N2: knit to last 2 sts, k2tog; N3 and N4: work as for N1 and N2 — 10 (12) sts.

Rep Dec rnd [every other rnd] 1 (2) more time(s) — 6 (4) sts rem.

Cut yarn, leaving a 4-inch tail. Using tapestry needle, thread tail through rem sts and pull tight.

Weave in all ends.

Block as desired.


Right Mitten

Work as for left mitten to thumb opening.

Thumb opening rnd: Knit to last 8 sts; place next 5 sts on a holder for thumb; cast on 5 sts using backward-loop method; knit to end of rnd.

Continue as for left mitten.


Scottish Moors Tube Scarf

From simplicity comes glamour in mossy and bright green shades; this piece is a showstopper.

Design by Lisa Ellis

* * *


Skill Level

*** INTERMEDIATE


Finished Size

6 x 59 inches (excluding fringe)


Materials

• Cascade 220 Superwash (worsted weight; 100% superwash wool; 220 yds/100g per skein): 2 skeins dark green #865 (A); 1 skein each lime green #886 (B), medium green #891 (C) and leaf green #888 (D)

• Size 7 (4.5mm) 16-inch circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge

• Size H/8 (5mm) crochet hook

• 4 stitch markers, 1 in CC for beg of rnd


Gauge

20 sts and 22 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in 2-color stranded St st.

Exact gauge is not critical for this project.


Pattern Notes

Scarf is knit in the round with open ends like a tube.

If knitting becomes too tight on the 16-inch circular needle, go up one size needle or change to double-point needles, Magic Loop or 2 circular needles as needed to work in the round.

To keep the stranded knitting from puckering, keep the carried yarns loose by knitting the scarf inside out or by spreading the stitches across the knitting needle.


Scarf

With A, cast on 70 sts; place marker for beg of rnd and join, taking care not to twist sts.

Set-up rnd: *P1, k17, place marker to mark pat rep, k17, place marker for side edge; rep from * once, ending at beg of rnd marker.

Join B; *p1 in A; following chart, work Honeycomb pat over the next 34 sts, slip marker; rep from * once more.

Continue working chart with A and B until 6-rnd pat has been worked 17 times. Cut B.

Join C; continue in established pat, working with A and C until 6-rnd pat has been worked 17 times. Cut C.

Join D; continue in established pat, working with A and D until 6-rnd pat has been worked 17 times. Cut D.

With A, knit 1 rnd.

Bind off all sts very loosely.

Cut A, leaving a 3-inch tail.


Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block to finished measurements, using the purl sts as the fold line.


Fringe

Cut 60 (14-inch) strands of A.

*Fold 5 strands in half. With RS facing and beg below first diamond motif, use crochet hook to draw folded end through both pieces of fabric from front to back. Pull loose ends through folded section. Draw up knot firmly. Rep from *, placing 6 evenly spaced fringes along each short edge below the diamond motifs. Trim even.


Argyle Cowl & Cap

Make a bold statement in this bulky-weight graphic cap and cowl.

Designs by Kate Atherley

* * *


Skill Level

*** INTERMEDIATE


Cowl


Size

One size fits all


Finished Measurements

Circumference: 24 inches

Length: 8½ inches


Materials

• Schoppel Wolle XL (bulky weight; 100% merino wool; 72 yds/100g per hank): 1 hank each black #0880 (A) and white chocolate #0980 (B)

• Size 11 (8mm) 16-inch circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge

• Stitch marker


Cap


Sizes

Adult's small (medium, large) Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.


Finished Measurements

Circumference: 20 (22, 24) inches

Length: 8 (8½, 9¼) inches


Materials

• Schoppel Wolle XL (bulky weight; 100% merino wool, 72 yds/100g per hank): 1 hank each black #0880 (A) and white chocolate #0980 (B)

• Cap sizes small and large: size 11 (8mm) 16-inch circular and double-point needles (set of 5) or size needed to obtain gauge

• Cap size medium: size 13 (9mm) 16-inch circular and double-point needles (set of 5) or size needed to obtain gauge

• Stitch marker


Cowl


Gauge

12 sts and 16 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in 2-color stranded St st.

To save time, take time to check gauge.


Pattern Note

The pattern stitch begins with 1 stitch of A on all rounds to avoid a color jog.


Cowl

With circular needle and A, cast on 50 sts; place marker to mark beg of rnd and join, taking care not to twist sts.

Work 2 rnds in k1, p1 rib.

Knit 1 rnd, inc 23 sts evenly around — 73 sts.

Join B and work 21 rnds of Argyle pat following chart, ending with Rnd 1. Cut B.

With A, knit 1 rnd.

Next rnd: K1, p1, [k2tog, p1] 12 times, k1, p1, [k2tog, p1] 11 times — 50 sts.

Work 1 rnd in k1, p1 rib.

Bind off in rib.


Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block.


Cap


Gauge

12 sts and 16 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in 2-color stranded St st using smaller needles.

11 sts and 15 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in 2-color stranded St st using larger needles.

To save time, take time to check gauge.


Pattern Notes

The pattern stitch begins with 1 stitch of A on all rounds to avoid a color jog.

When working crown, change to double-point needles when stitches no longer fit comfortably on circular needle.


Cap

Using circular needle for appropriate size and A, cast on 44 (44, 50) sts; mark beg of rnd and join, taking care not to twist sts.

Work 2 rnds in k1, p1 rib.

Knit 1 rnd, inc 17 (17, 23) sts evenly around — 61 (61, 73) sts.

Knit 0 (1, 2) rnd(s).

Join B and work 11 rnds of Argyle pat following chart, ending with Rnd 1. Cut B.

Knit 2 (3, 3) rnds with A, dec 1 st on last rnd — 60 (60, 72) sts.


Crown

Rnd 1: *K8 (8, 10), k2tog, place marker; rep from * around — 54 (54, 66) sts.

Rnd 2: Knit around.

Rnd 3 (dec rnd): *Knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; rep from * around — 48 (48, 60) sts.

Rep [Rnds 2 and 3] 7 (7, 9) times — 6 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail. Using tapestry needle, thread tail through rem sts and pull tight.


Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block.

CHAPTER 2

Second Steps


This chapter presents a captivating collection of projects that employ multiple color combinations from the whimsy of Happy Little Fish Hat & Mittens and Electric Butterfly to the elegant Eileann Scarflette & Fingerless Mitts. These delightful and vibrant designs will quickly become well-loved family heirlooms.


Eileann Scarflette& Fingerless Mitts

This artfully patterned creation will be one you'll wish you could wear all year long.

Designs by Irina Poludnenko

* * *


Skill Level

*** INTERMEDIATE


Sizes


Mitts

Adult's small/medium (medium/large)

Instructions are given for smaller size, with larger size in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to both sizes.


Scarflette

1 size


Finished Measurements

Mitt circumference: 7 (7¾) inches

Scarflette: 4 x 32 inches


Materials

• Rowan Felted Tweed DK (DK weight; 50% merino wool/25% alpaca/25% viscose; 191 yds/ 50g per ball): 1 ball each avocado #161 (A), rage #150 (B), seasalter #178 (C), gilt #160 (D), bilberry #151 (E) and ginger #154 (F)

• Size 3 (3.25mm) double-point needles or size needed to obtain gauge

• Size D/3 (3.25mm) crochet hook

• Stitch markers, 1 in CC for beg of rnd

• Stitch holder


Gauge

25 sts and 28 rnds = 4 inches/10cm 2-colors stranded St st.

To save time, take time to check gauge.


Special Abbreviations

Make 1 Left (M1L): Insert LH needle from front to back under the running thread between the last st worked and next st on LH needle; knit into the back of resulting loop.

Make 1 Right (M1R): Insert LH needle from back to front under the running thread between the last st worked and next st on LH needle. With RH needle, knit into the front of resulting loop.

Make 1 Purlwise (M1P): Insert LH needle from front to back under the running thread between the last st worked and next st on RH needle; purl into the back of resulting loop.


Special Techniques

Picot Bind-Off: *Bind off 2 sts, slip rem st from RH to LH needle; using cable method, cast on 2 sts; bind off 1, k2tog, bind off 1; rep from *.

Provisional Cast-On: With crochet hook and waste yarn, make a chain several sts longer than desired cast-on. With knitting needle and project yarn, pick up indicated number of sts in the "bumps" on back of chain. When indicated in pattern, "unzip" the crochet chain to free live sts.


Fingerless Mitts


Cuff

With A, cast on 44 (48) sts; mark beg of rnd and join, taking care not to twist sts.

Work in k1, p1 rib for 2 3/4 inches.

Change to St st and work Rnds 1-10 of Mitt Chart.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Fair Isle by Kara Gott Warner. Copyright © 2011 DRG. Excerpted by permission of DRG.
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Meet the Author

Annie’s is part of the third-generation Muselman family business, founded in 1925 and long known for original craft designs including crochet, knitting, card making, paper crafts, beading, sewing, quilting, and needlework. Annie’s books are sold through independent retailers and major chain stores worldwide. They are headquartered in Berne, Indiana.

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