Instagram has a hashtag #fairislefriday where you can see everyone’s Fair Isle knits. It is something we like. Cathy made this little Fair Isle hat for her granddaughter. The butterscotch is avocado dyed wool. The pink is mohair and the yellows and creams are merino. The other wool is Border Leicester. Fair Isle knitting can be very satisfying because you can make patterns and contrast colours . With a hat it is important to mark the beginning of a row and then to make sure your pattern will work across the number of stitches you have.
Very Pink Knits will get you going if you haven’t tried Fair Isle before.
We have a few people in the club who are good at fair isle and who remind us of how good it can look. Margaret’s beanie was a real eye catcher this week but it is also beautifully made. It’s the colours which make it a stand out.
She has spun very fine wool and plied it so it knits roughly as a three ply . It makes a difference to the finish to have this finely spun wool. One of the things which worries people about fair isle is the carrying of the wool at the back and the fact they get it too tight or get holes . The video shows you how to correct that and the main thing is not to pull the yarn. Just knit the colours in naturally. The other problem you can get is your pattern can be disrupted as you make the decreases for the top of the beanie. Either use a pattern which someone else has worked out , use a pattern which won’t matter if you decrease or use your brains as you do the decreases to set the pattern logically. It’s all part of the fun!