faer isle

Ive been making swatches in Faer Isle, simply because I like a challenge and though I've allready knitted one before, I am still stuck on what colours to use...any usefull advice from any of you guys???

ronhuber's picture

I particularly like the example of Fair Isle that you have shown us. The subtle colour changes make it so beautiful. The muted and brighter bands create interest without being garish. Very lovely.

QueerJoe's picture

I used to work with the company that originally sponsored Alice Starmore in the states, and she often tried 10 to 20 different colorways for any of her garments until she settled on the final one that got published.

I think swatching till you find something you like is the easiest way.

Two of my favorite color combinations for Fair Isle are Ron Schweitzer's Ronas Hill

I also think that less contrast between colors is [img_assist|nid=6478|title=Ronas Hill by Ron Schweitzer|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=200|height=174]

and Alice Starmore's Donegal (there are at least three colorways for this that I'm aware of...but I like this one)

[img_assist|nid=6479|title=Donegal by Alice Starmore|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=200|height=150]

YugiDean's picture

That's absolutely beautiful! For me, color combinations are tricky. I'm doing a double-knitted argyle scarf, for example, and the two yarns I bought go great together...just not so much when they're knitted together. LOL The colors are kind of blending. I suppose I need more experience with blending colors in a more detailed manner like that. But from the looks of it, you've got it down pat! I'd just go with your gut instinct. Seems like that should serve you pretty well given the evidence.

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Asplund's picture

One of my favourite knitting books is "The Art of Fair Isle Knitting" by Ann Feitelson. Apart from the designs, she writes a lot about colours and what happens when you combine them in different ways. There are excellent photos of swatches that illustrate her text too. However, it doesn't look as if you need much advice. I think your swatch is beautiful.