A V-neck Fair Isle vest with strong lines and traditional x and o geometric patterns. Worked in the round from the bottom up additional steel stitches are added to bridge the gaps at the arm and neck holes to avoid working stranded colour work back and forth. When the knitting is completed these are finished with crochet and cut open, detailed illustrated instructions are included. After cutting the steaks open, stitches are picked up around the armholes and neck and ribbed bands are worked. A crisp V on the neck is created by working mitred decreases. A colour in chart is included to help with planning colour combinations. Five colours are used.
Sizes: 30¾[34¼, 37¾, 41¼] (44½, 48, 51½) [54¾, 58¼] finished chest circumference.
Tension: 28 sts and 32 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in charted colourwork pattern in the round on larger needle
Yarn: Fingering 4ply, a ‘sticky’ wool will make the steeking easier
C1: 370[405, 435, 470] (515, 545, 580)[605, 655] yds / 340[370, 400, 430] (470, 500, 530) [555, 600]m
C2 – C5: 220[235, 255, 275] (295, 315, 335) [350, 385] yds / 200[215, 235, 250] (270, 290, 305) [320, 350]m each.
Needles: 3mm – 60 cm circular
3.5mm – 60 cm circular
3 mm crochet hook
A snuggly cabled shawl with a gentle curved edging and triangular centre. The edging is worked first, and then stitches for the centre are picked up along one of the long edges and decreased towards the top. The cable patterns on the edging would be an excellent introduction to cabling and a good place to practice cabling without a cable needle. No crossings involve more than a total of 4 stitches and the pattern is intuitive to follow. Short rows are worked into each repeat so that the outer edge is longer.
Hediye is shown in two colours but would be equally beautiful in a single colour or get creative and play with stripes or colour blocking in the centre triangle.
Tension 19 sts x 32 rows = 10 cm in garter stitch
Edging colour 340 yds/ 310 m
Centre colour 160 yds/ 145 m
Top down socks with shapely contrast colour toes and heels. The afterthought heels are innovatively shaped with four sets of decreases, to cup the base of the heel like a traditional heel turn. Stitches are increased while placing stitches on hold for the heel, so that there are enough stitches on the sole to wrap around the instep. These are then decreased as for a traditional gusset. Step by step photos are provided for removing the holding yarn and setting up the heel to insure a neat, hole free result.
Yarn: Sock yarn
Needles: 2.25mm DPNs
Size: small, medium and large
Mareel contains elements of two classic shawl designs a Pi shawl and a Shetland Hap. The centre is worked as a half Pi shawl, from which the striped feather and fan border continues with shaping worked into the feather and fan pattern. The edging is then knit sideways onto the live border stitches.
Yarn: Sport weight wool or wool blend yarn
Needles: 3.75mm 50cm circular
Size: Approximately 153cm at top
A slightly slouchy Fair Isle patterned beanie. Deep ribbing keeps things simple and streamlined from the front, with the colourful Fair Isle as a beautiful surprise when you turn your head.
Yarn: 4 ply wool, shown in Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight
Needles: 3mm 40cm circular
3.5mm 40cm circular and DPNs
Size: Finished circumference 44(49,56)cm. Finished length 24cm.
Worked seamlessly from the top down, Wee Chickadee is the perfect introduction to both this style of garment construction and stranded colourwork. There are only eight purl rows worked in two colours so the bulk (and potential scariness) of cutting / steeking your knitting is avoided. Sized from three months to four years with garter stitch cuffs that look equally good folded up or down.
Yarn: Fingering/4ply weight yarn with good elasticity
Needles: 3.25mm 60cm circular
3.25mm DPNs or circulars for sleeves
Size: 3-6 [6-9, 9-12, 12-18] months, (2, 3, 4) years.
Finished chest circumference: 45.5[49, 51, 54] (59, 61, 64)cm, buttoned.
Dovana uses a single skein of fingering weight yarn, perfect for something special you’ve been hanging on to. Solids or semi-solids will show the stitch patterns best.
Yarn: Fingering weight/4ply yarn with good stitch definition. 352m
Tension: 22 sts x 32 rows = 10 cm
Size: 115cm top edge, 40 cm centre depth