Regional Styles
Stranded knitting is a style of colorwork that traditionally carries two or more yarns along the back of your knitting. There are a ton of ways to incorporate it into your work — Fair Isle is one most people know best — and it helps bring out a variety of detail and color in a single project. See for yourself in the patterns below, then download and start knitting!
You've been warned: Fair Isle knitting — a type of stranded knitting that traditionally uses no more than two colors per row — is straight-up addictive. After all, who could resist all that beautiful detail?! Dig into the technique (and bring on the color) with the below patterns — you can get 'em all totally free!
Ashley Little
Fair Isle is a type of stranded knitting that hails from Scotland, and traditionally, it uses a total of five colors or less — and a maximum of two colors per row — to produce motifs such as stripes, stars and swirls. But if you're more savvy with a hook than needles, crocheters can replicate this gorgeous style with a bit of strategic stitching. Here are some must-know tips to get you started.
How to ID a beautiful Irish knit: Aran cables, tweed yarn and all the different shades of green. (OK, green isn't a requirement, but using it means you'll have great St. Patrick's Day attire.) So go on and grab your knitting needles and keep those cable charts close — with these patterns, it's sure to be your lucky day.
Ashley Little
Irish crochet is instantly recognizable. The common rose and leaf motifs, joined by delicate lace netting, make up a vintage style that dates back centuries — according to Irish Crochet Lab, Irish women used to sell these crocheted items (doilies were often up for grabs) during the potato famine of the 19th century.
Kathryn Vercillo
Are you left stranded looking for the perfect way to learn colorwork knitting? This class from our partners at Interweave unlocks the secrets of stranded knitting, sharing the ins and out of colorwork with designer, author and instructor Kyle Kunnecke. You'll get an overview of color theory (including tips for choosing the best color combos), the basic techniques for stranded knitting, tips on how to easily read charts, and an overview of locked floats so there are no more loose strands to catch on the back of your fabric!
Kyle Kunnecke
Kyle Kunnecke
Ready to take the "eek" out of steek? Join designer Bristol Ivy and learn to knit a fabulous steeked cardigan! This knit-along gives you the chance to challenge yourself and try more advanced techniques, such as steeking, stranded colorwork, short rows and more, with the help of a supportive community of knitters. Bristol will walk you through every step, from choosing yarn colors and determining gauge to troubleshooting, while sharing tips and tricks along the way. Steeking is always better with friends, so enroll now and get ready to start stitching! The Throughstone Sweater kit is available now; just click on the Materials tab in the class for a link!
Bristol Ivy
Bristol Ivy
Put a festive spin on Fair Isle with a dazzling array of knit ornaments.
Tanis Gray
Tanis Gray
Knit faster than ever before!
Andrea Wong
Andrea Wong
Discover the joys of the Fair Isle style.
Tanis Gray
Tanis Gray
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