Every year I like to learn a little something new about knitting. Fair Isle knitting looked so beautiful and complex, but beyond the grasp of intermediate knitters like me. To my delight, I received a copy of Fearless Fair Isle Knitting by Kathleen Taylor. Not only does it have 30 original sweaters, socks, mittens and more, but there is a whole section of introduction, “Taking the Fear Out of Fair Isle” to help get the fearful started.

Fearless Fair Isle Knitting by Kathleen Taylor,
The Taunton Press, 2011
Retail: $24.95
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Kathleen tells us that Fair Isle is working with two colors in any given row, actually knitting with only one color at a time. There is a chart to follow to make the pattern. With a little practice, it’s not that difficult to switch between the two colors. The results will make you smile!

fearless fair isle hat

I started with a hat pattern. It’s small and gave me a chance to get used to the double strands in my hand. After I got the hang of it, I adapted the pattern charts to make my own twist on the book’s designs.

fearless fair isle hat

The book is full of beautiful projects and patterns to choose from. It gives instruction for more advanced Fair Isle as well. It talks about “steeking” and gives steps for steek construction. I think I’ll save that part till next year. I hope the men in my family enjoy their Fair Isle hats for Christmas.
kathy varis Kathy Varis is Heather’s mother, and a lifelong crafter.

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