Fair Isle Knitting by Monica Russel
Fair Isle knitting has a timeless appeal, and is celebrated all over the world for its beautiful patterns and distinctive motifs. Using just two colours in each row you can create a myriad of different patterns that are deceptively easy to achieve. As any of you know, we love this technique and just can't get enough of it! In this definitive guide, expert knitting designer and best-selling author Monica Russel shows you the essential skills of this traditional colourwork technique and provides all the inspiration you need to create stunning Fair Isle patterns of your own.
This book includes a fascinating history of Fair Isle knitting, and takes a close look at the yarns, needles and other tools you need to get started in colourwork. With step-by-step instructions on the key techniques for creating Fair Isle patterns, including choosing colours and using charts, all illustrated with step-by-step photographs and an abundance of colourful examples it will give you the confidence and inspiration to get your stranded colourwork knitting on oyur needles. Pattern swatches provide inspiration and instructions for over 45 borders, patterns and motifs, all accompanied by a written pattern, chart and examples in various colourways help you to understand how fair isle can be put together and works.
14 items to knit, ranging from a simple hat to a stunning dress and waistcoat. An inspiring, no-nonsense bible to learning both traditional and modern Fair Isle knitting, featuring 45 versatile Fair Isle pattern designs and 14 beautiful, practical projects to test your new-found skills.