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11-04-2006, 03:53 PM

i was asked if i do fair isle knitting. i have absolutly no idea what this is, anyone got any clues please


susi :shrug:

Jan in CA
11-04-2006, 04:00 PM
Here's a few links.
Wikipedia Fair Isle info (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Isle_(technique))
DIY fair isle info (http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_4359482,00.html)

I've done a few hats using the fair isle technique. These are very simple as I'm a fair isle newbie. :teehee:

11-05-2006, 06:15 AM

11-05-2006, 06:17 AM

thank you so much. i'm going to have a go at that. your hats are great. can i be cheaky and ask where you get the patterns from as i'd love to have ago at them first.

is this simular to doing like chart work (or am i totally barking up the wrong tree). i have big style struggled with chart work, so prehaps this could help me.

thank you so so much i was getting dishartened with knitting totally to the point i haven't knitted in a couple of months!!

susi :happydance:

11-05-2006, 09:05 AM
Fair isle work is done from charts. It's also called stranded knitting as you carry the yarn all the way across the back. Amy has video on stranded knitting in her Advanced Section if you want to see it in action.

Jan in CA
11-05-2006, 01:51 PM
Susi, these caps for the Caps to the Capital Knit-a-long (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18364&start=0).

There are two patterns you can choose. One is knit flat and seamed, the other is done in the round on DPNs.

Hat in the round on DPNs (http://www.warmupamerica.org/Jul06_kit.html)
Hat done flat and seamed-PDF file (http://www.savethechildren.org/publications/reports/kit11.pdf)

They are tiny hats based on either 44 or 48 CO stitches. I made up my own fair isle patterns based on the number of stitches.

11-05-2006, 03:57 PM
i tried to look at amy's video, but my speakers aren't working on my computer (died yesterday, typical). i tried to just watch it with no sound that didn't help much. i will have to get some more and have ago at it properly

i learnt to knit through the videos' on here, soo don't know why i didn't think there would be a lesson on it here.

as soon as theyb work again i will be having ago.

thanks for the patterns


Jan in CA
11-05-2006, 04:29 PM
This is where I learned Fair Isle. You need to use internet explorer and sound does help when viewing the video.

Two- Handed Fair Isle Technique (http://www.philosopherswool.com/Pages/Streamingvideo.htm)

Ingrid uses only one hand when doing Fair Isle so it's possible to do that as well if you have problems using both hands. It took some practice, but I like using two hands now. :teehee: