I screwed up when posting my fair isle sweater and neglected to add these photos....a close up of the pattern and the book used for inspiration.
The motifs for this classic fair isle pullover came from the wonderful directory by Mary Jane Mucklestone. The wool is Knit Picks "Palette" fingering and the main color is navy (that appears very black in the photos.) Knit in the traditional method of two colors per round, with armholes and neckline cut in.
Many years ago I made this waistcoat by first knitting a tube of fair isle and then cutting it into two pieces to form the mirror image fronts. These were backed with fabric, with cording in the seams. I used a suit vest as my template to cut and sew the pieces. The yarn is Jamieson & Smith shetland which lends itself well to this fabric approach. There should be no fear of cutting knitting when all the edges are safely secured by machine stitching.
This pullover was knit in the traditional method of knitting the body in the round, re-inforcing the armholes, and then cutting them in. The sleeves were also knit circularly and then sewn to the cut armholes. The yarn is four colors of Knit Picks "Palette" fingering weight 100% wool knit on US#4 needles. I am posting this to show Jesse and others my technique for easy re-inforcing and cutting.
I designed this sweater so that the fair isle would provide a nice outline to the yoke, neck and sleeve ends. The yarn is KnitPicks fingering wool "Palette" knit on US # 4 needles. The main color is "thicket", the darker blue is "delta" and the lighter blue is "bluebell".
This sweater is Nature Spun 100% wool, worsted weight, color: "Winter Blue". The torso is blocks that are 3 sts wide and 6 rows tall, the yoke is K3, P3. The sizing is roomy and comfortable....to be worn over a turtleneck or flannel shirt, with jeans for outdoor activities in the fall and winter.....Warm, comfy week-end wear!
An extravagant and generous friend gave me a gift of the the entire 150 color Knit Picks "Palette" Wool Collection. It truly is a palette of colors to use in my love of fair isle knitting. My usual preference is for darker, muted, or heathered colors, but for my first project I decided to step it up a bit and chose sixteen of the brightest colors.
When spiral ribbing is worked with striped yarn, an interesting illusion is created: diamond zig-zags appear! The perfect yarn for this technique is KnitPicks "Felici"..... the color contrasts are bold and the stripes are broad and even. The color "Foxglove" was used for these socks. Spiral knitting is best worked on a circular needle, as the stitches "travel" as you knit round and round.
This yarn is Brown Sheep Company's Nature Spun 100% wool sportweight from a one pound cone that was only $16 on sale.The color is "eucalyptus"..... green with a grayish tint. To alleviate the tedium of working plain stockinette stitch and to add textural interest, every fourth row is worked in a pattern repeat of K4, P2, offsetting the purl stitches on alternating pattern rows. Surprisingly, this makes the knitting go faster for me, as the pattern keeps me from dozing off!
I call the colorway of these socks "Autumn Harvest"....changing leaves and ripening grapes. The yarn is "On Line Supersocke Neptun-Color"(#1680) The 459 yd, 100 gr ball easily allowed for these men's size 10 socks, with 10" legs....and plenty to spare. I think that this is the perfect combination of fibers for socks: 50% wool (for insulation and moisture wicking), 25% viscose (for silky smoothness), and 25% nylon (for strength and durability). They were lovely to knit and will be a pleasure to wear.