View Full Version : Fair Isle yarn?

11-19-2006, 08:58 PM
I was thinking of knitting a fair isle sweater in say cascade 220 tweed and picking up colors in the tweed for the secondary colors. Has anyone done this or would this work? I thought it might be okay :shrug:

11-19-2006, 09:00 PM
For my Fair Isle sweaters, I use Jamieson and Smith 2-ply jumper weight. It's not really that soft, but the colours are GREAT

11-19-2006, 09:32 PM
I use the J & S wool, too. I get weak in the knees when I look at the colors.

You can knit Fair Isle with worsted, though. It'll be a really warm sweater.

11-19-2006, 09:45 PM
So, maybe DK weight would be best? How about combining the tweed as the main color and solid colors added with? Someone told me this wouldn't work--jsut wondering. By the way, I haven't seen J&S--is there somewhere online that is a good place to get it?

11-19-2006, 09:48 PM
www.schoolhousepress.com is where I've gotten mine. It's a fingering weight wool, made for traditional Fair Isle sweaters. Several books that I have use it.

I've also made Fair Isles out of dk and I love them. I wanted to make a pattern that called for the fingering weight and I just made a smaller size. Much to my amazement, it fits.

I don't see why using the colors of the tweed as accents wouldn't be a good idea. :shrug: I like it, actually.

11-19-2006, 09:52 PM
Thanks! This is a project for the winter, jsut have to be thinking a few projects ahead :teehee: