Fair Isle Knitting
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Get tips, techniques and discover projects all based on the traditional colorwork knitting of Fair Isle.
Learn about color dominance, how to balance your tension when knitting with two colors, then put your new skills to use as you knit a colorful Fair Isle hat.
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Make your projects stand out with modern colorwork motifs. From creating simple dots to intricate designs, build the skills for stranded knitting success.
Mary Jane Mucklestone
Mary Jane Mucklestone
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
Discover the joys of the Fair Isle style.
Tanis Gray
Tanis Gray
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
Demystify stranded knitting and achieve colorwork success as you knit three pairs of cozy mittens that are sure to impress.
Sunne Meyer
Sunne Meyer
Take your Fair Isle skills to new heights! Knit a matching three-color hat and mittens set as you learn to create traditional stranded colorwork.
Donna Druchunas
Donna Druchunas
Knit beautiful stranded colorwork in the round and cut your steeks successfully! Learn how as you create two quick, fun projects.
Beth Whiteside
Beth Whiteside
Mary Jane Mucklestone invites you to get just as obsessed as she is by Fair Isle knitting. Then pick up your scissors and leap into steeking!
Mary Jane Mucklestone
Mary Jane Mucklestone
Shop Kits
  • Choose your favorite solid color plus three contrasting colors to make the Throughstone cardigan or pullover. The sweater is designed to be worked with 6-8 inches of ease, so choose a size that’s 6-8 inches larger than your measurement.
  • A traditional colorwork pattern that's perfect for anyone.
  • Searching for a beautiful stranded colorwork project? Say hello to the Tallulah's Heart Mittens Kit! To create these multi-colored, double-thick mitts, you'll receive a pattern and Cloudborn Highland Superwash Sock Twist yarn in coordinating hand-painted and solid skeins. As you make your own, you'll realize they're more than just an accessory — they're a work of heart.
  • This seamless sweater is knit from the top down with colorwork details around the yoke. And the increases are conveniently built into the design for a flawless finish.
  • Talk about fancy footwork! Use one solid skein and one gradient set to create the contrasting colors in these eye-catching socks.
  • This open-front cardigan with raglan-style sleeves is worked top-down in the round and then steeked, or cut, which allows for the colorwork to all be completed on the knit side.
  • Cold days call for the softest and warmest sweaters! This one comes with set-in sleeves and a turtleneck that will keep you feeling cozy. Any knitter familiar with Fair Isle patterns are sure to enjoy this project, and the worsted yarn guarantees a quick finish.
  • This retro-inspired sweater will have you jonesing to hit the slopes! The Thorndale Pullover has an easy, boxy shape that flatters every body type, and the simple colorwork detail lends a nostalgic nod to the ski sweaters of years past. Worked in flat pieces, the shoulders are joined using 3-needle bind off; the sleeves are sewn to the body and seamed; and the front neck is shaped with short rows using your preferred method.
Shop Supplies
  • From blankets to kids’ items to accessories and more, this easy-care yarn is perfect for everyday projects.
  • Perfect for everyday projects, these needles are super smooth with precision joins so your yarn won't snag. Precise tips are sharp, but not too sharp.
  • Add rich color and luxe sheen to your next knit with Cloudborn's Pima Cotton DK yarn. Created from long-staple cotton, this mercerized fiber is great for making lustrous garments that stay soft and strong through the years.
  • We found your new ally for accuracy: Clover Locking Stitch Markers! With the superior fastening of your safety pin locking mechanism, you'll simply hook the marker into your preferred stitch, and enjoy knitting with no slippage as it locks into place.
  • Get more from your merino! Cloudborn Superwash Merino DK is a luxurious, easy-care yarn spun from 100% superwash merino wool for a smooth, soft feel you'll want in all your accessories. Long-lasting, soft-handed and wonderfully warm, this DK-weight delight is available in a broad range of incredible hues that will give your next sweater or scarf that extra "wow!" touch.
  • Keep your handknit sweaters, socks and accessories looking beautiful and brand-new with the Dritz Sweater Wash Bag. This 18x21" mesh bag will make sure your knits don't get pulled or tangled, and can be used in both the washer and dryer.
  • Bulky, beautiful and brilliantly long-lasting — say hello to a sweater's best friend.
  • Perfect for larger, heavier projects like shawls or blankets, these needles have a warm and earthy feel, while maintaining a smooth finish so your yarn won't snag.
  • Your friend for a quick fix! Clover Chibi with Darning Needles is a go-to for fixing holes, weaving in ends and seaming projects, featuring a three-needle set including numbers 13, 17 and 20. Your set also includes a handy, needle-shaped case, so you can stash your new tools with both practicality and style.
  • A generous 494 yards? Oh my. And with Cloudborn Highland Fingering, ample yardage is just the cherry on top! You'll enjoy working with high-quality, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool as you create long-lasting garments with excellent stitch definition. Great for shawls and small projects, you'll only find this versatile yarn on Craftsy.
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