Sand Lodge Fair Isle Pullover

It's been far too long since I last posted on MWK (in fact, I couldn't remember my nic or password!). I've been busy knitting socks and in-between working on this jumper. When I first saw it in the book “Simply Shetland” I wasn't certain I would like it. As I worked on it, I was still unsure. But, now that it's completed, I am delighted with it. It has a certain old-fashioned look about it and certainly appears more complicated than it really is. The colourway is very muted and a bit dark but actually works very well.

It was done with Jamieson's Shetland 2-ply Spindrift knitting wools. Needles sizes were 3.25 mm for the body and 3.0 mm for the ribbing. I got the gauge of 32 stitches/10 cm with these sizes. I knitted it as usual in the round, holding both colour strands in the left hand and knitting Continental. Steeks were made and cut for the 3 holes so there are no sewn seams. There are 7 colours in the colourway. The pattern repeat was 24 stitches x 42 rows. As with most Shetland knitting patterns, there was an error and I'm sure one error is in the collar ribbing. I purchased all the supplies from Camilla Valley Farms in Canada. The last photo shows the inside strand-carrying for the FI fanatics like me.

My goal in this project was to improve the row in the body and sleeves where the rows commence and end. I was able to adjust tension there to get the best look yet and to almost completely eliminate any ridge. Great!

I like the fit of this jumper. I weight 10 stone 5 and often jumpers are too large. But, this one seems to fit me rather well.

It's now been about 10 days since our 7.1 devastating earthquake I've begun a new fairisle jumper pattern and am knitting it through the 20+/day aftershocks we are experiencing. Some of them are between 4-5 on the Rictor scale and a bit unnerving. We live in a small town just a few kilometers and over the hills from Christchurch where the damage has been severe. As Elizabeth Zimmerman said, “Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises.” But, I'm not sure she was talking about dropping stitches, pattern errors or major devastating earthquakes but I'm giving it a go anway!

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WOW Jesse, another superb fair isle project, and I really like the muted shades. What's the next one to be? Glad to hear you are safe and well and send you my good wishes.

Mnjack's picture

Jesse that is absolutely beautiful. I love the color choice. Very nice job.

Aaronknits's picture

Jesse, it's good to see you back here on MWK. Your work is always amazing and so beautiful and this project is no exception. Excellent job!

ronhuber's picture

Wonderful work.

purlyman's picture

Another project I want to try!! Absolutely beautiful!! I'm so amazed with sweaters that look like yours does. I love the colors. Congrats on a wonderful job. Glad you're safe too!!


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Lovely Work as always, I have to say it is nice to have you back among us!

steve kadel's picture

great job. i am just now trying my hand at fair isle and it's a bumpy road so far. still working out the two handed, two stranded thing. how do you hold the strands?

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kiwiknitter's picture

Hi Steve, I only use the 2-handed approach when doing the ribbing. I moved on from that technique some time ago as I found it difficult to control the tension and it was slow work with too many movements. I now hold both strands in my left hand and knit continental (picking) with my right. It wasn't easy to do at first but now it's second nature. I can knit more quickly and more important, there is less RSI and best of all, I can prevent any tension problems (puckering). In this method, I wrap the bottom colour around my pinkie and over my index finger. The top colour is wrapped around my middle finger and over my index finger, separate from and above the bottom colour. I hold this strand for tension between my ring and pinkie. I wonder if that's clear?! There are tutorial vids on the net. If you want more information or encouragement, let me know.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is some awesome knitting. Good to hear you're okay after the earthquake. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Kerry's picture

Jesse, you done a beautiful job on your Fair Isle, as usual. Poor old Christchurch has had a terrible time with the earthquake and after shocks, I hope you and yours weren't damaged. I heard on the news that the repair bill was likely to be about $4 billion.

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TheKnittingMill's picture

A spectacular FI piece! You're an inspiration! I've barely gotten my feet wet with stranding and if I could eventually knit color work half as well I would be a very happy knitter.

rjcb3's picture

HEY Jesse! Good to see you back!

Once again, another magnificent piece cast off of your needles.

...and you wear it VERY well, the colours are quite good on you.

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Spicemanknit's picture

Beautiful sweater! This may have been asked but did you follow a graph with this pattern?

albert's picture

A Jesse masterwork lures me out of the wood work! Gorgeous!! My old American friend Nancy H. was in Christchurch for the rock'nroll. She also lived through the great Alaskan quake of the early '60s. Calamity Nance I call her now. Glad you're well Jesse!!

Tom Hart's picture

A real masterpiece! I would've loved to be able to see you actually do it. But I can imagine... I don't use your method for color work (I find the Portuguese method more my speed) but I'm in awe of the sheer elegance and economy of it and the dexterity in picking two colors like that. I also liked that you posted a picture of the wrong side. Really clean looking. Awesome job! A real inspiration.