Designer Gudrun Johnston draws inspiration from the Shetland Islands in this collection of nine patterns that feature fairisle and lace techniques. There are five sweater patterns, a cardigan and three accessories using a range of yarn weights the sweaters and cardigan come in a wide range of adult sizes.
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Three From the Top from The Crochet Project has three patterns for top down, crocheted cardigans that will fit any one from new born baby to a 60 inch bust. There’s Aberfoyle a simple, circular yoke cardigan with eyelets and contrast stripes at the yoke, hem and cuff. Callander, a raglan with textured edgings and a single button at the neck. And Kippen a shawl collared cardigan with ribbed collar, hem and cuffs.
All the patterns are well written with detailed instructions using standard UK terms.
A modern heirloom blanket in wonderful combination of lace and stripes. The lace pattern is both charted and written out.
Yarn: DK or worsted weight yarn in MC one or more CCs
MC: 260 (400) yds or approx 15 (18) yds per stripe
CC: 480 (735) yds or approx 30 (35) yds per stripe
Needles: 4.5mm 60cm circular needle
Size: Pram (throw / crib) sized blanket measures 27 (32)” wide by 33 (43)” long. The sample shown is the throw / crib size. Blanket width can be adjusted by adding or subtracting a multiple of 12 sts (2.75”).
Fingerless gloves featuring a classic star motif and a less traditional fingers-first-construction. The high contrast two colour palette and motifs are inspired by mittens from the Selbu region of Norway.
Yarn: Sport weight wool
Needles: 3.25mm DPNs or circulars for magic loop
Size: Finished length 21cm, finished knuckle circumference 20cm.
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.