Hi, all! I'm new here and thought I'd introduce myself and ask a question. I have been knitting for about three years now and thought I'd move on to more challenging patterns, so I've decided to try a fair isle pattern. Does anyone know of a good book or website where I can find a simple fair isle pattern to get my feet wet? :D
I've been reading "Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified" by Ann & Eugene Bourgeois, and I really like it. I'm almost ready to try, I think....it has some really beautiful patterns in it, and pretty non-scary steek directions. I recommend checking your library for it!
Thats the Philosopher's Wool book, right? I would definitely recommend it, too. Of the Fair Isle books, I think these are the easiest, and they use worsted weight wool rather than the thin jumper weight, which is very thin. I made a sweater from Encore that I had already, and it came out fine. Washable and dryable, too. They're yarns are gorgeous, but it bothers me that he says they stretch about 2 inches after the first washing.
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Yep....Ing a Ling or some of these other girls around here that have done some steeking can fill u in on more details there, I've not yet...steeked!
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Steeks are extra stitches you knit in place of the armhole that can be cut later when you knit a sweater in the round. They can be used for the front of a cardigan as well as the neck of a sweater, too.