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Fair Isle Knitting – Ep. 4 Taixtile Podcast

We’re back with a new podcast episode about Fair Isle knitting! We show you our current and past knitting projects and share our thoughts on designing Fair Isle patterns and much more. Also feel free to check out our first podcast episode where we talk about our historical knitting projects. We’ve created a blogpost for that as well.

Done & Delighted

A green and black fair isle knitted Tam O'Shanter laying on a box

Nany presents you her Tam O’ Shanter, a traditional Scottish headdress.
The design is the „Camomile Tam“ by Marie Wallin.

Unfortunately, the hat is a bit too small. Still, she learned a lot from it. For her, it was the perfect starter project to better learn the Fair Isle technique.

Front and back view of a white woman posing with a beige-coloured knit sweater with a blue fair isle pattern on the yoke and hem.
Inside view of a Fair Isle Sweater knit in beige and blue

Clara knit the sweater “Skye” from the North Sea collection by Marie Wallin as a Christmas present for her mother. She only had 3 weeks to finish this sweater, at which she more or less succeeded. The sweater consists of a cable pattern in the sleeve area and the lower torso and is finished with a beautiful Fair Isle pattern in the collar area and the sleeve and top hem.
The yarn she used was Rowan’s “Felted Tweed”.

On the Bookshelf

The Book "Knitting from Fair Isle" by Mati Ventrillon laid out on a wooden surface.

“Knitting from Fair Isle” by Mati Ventrillon covers traditional Fair Isle knitting along with a small history section. The author presents many different knitting designs, which are available in several color variations. As an introduction to traditional patterns and designs, this book is highly recommended.

The book “A History of Hand Knitting” (not pictured) by Richard Rutt treats the history of hand knitting in a detailed manner. Traditional knitting techniques, such as those of the Shetland Islands, are also covered in this book.

Work in Progress

Detail of a fair isle knitted pattern

Nany is still working on her “Temperature Sweater”, which she already presented in the first podcast episode. This is a self-designed, Fair Isle-knit sweater whose background colour is based on the temperature of each day of 2021. She tells you about her inspiration, the cut of the sweater, and how she went about designing the pattern.

Detail of a sleeve hem knit in a dark coloured fair isle design

Clara is working on the “Unst” cardigan from Marie Wallin’s Shetland collection. This is a fair isle cardigan knit in pieces. Clara tells you about the hurdles she faced during the knitting process and the changes she made in the meantime.

As yarns, Clara used “Spindrift” from Jamieson’s of Shetland, as it was specified in the instructions. This is a rough and textured yarn made from 100% wool. The yarns consist of many fiber-dyed shades and are so beautiful to look at!

From the Archives

A white woman posing in front of the camera, wearing a beige-coloured lace-knit blouse with a fair isle neckline
Detail of a beige-coloured lace-knit blouse with a fair isle neckline.
Back detail of a beige-coloured lace-knit blouse with a fair isle neckline closed with buttons.

Clara knit a 40s sweater in 2021 that is covered in a lace and cable stitch pattern. The collar alone is knit in the Fair Isle pattern. She bought the knitting instructions from Retro Claude. Unfortunately, the yarn is a bit scratchy, but she still loves wearing it.

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