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copyright Elizabeth Lovick 2008

Almost everything you wanted to know about Fair Isle knitting but were afraid to ask!

The workbook runs to 121 pages. It assumes that you can knit, but that you have not done any stranded knitting or colour work. It is arranged in separate ‘lessons’ on the theory and practise of Fair Isle knitting, including detailed instructions with lots of clear photos of topics such as ways to hold the yarns, steeking and dealing with mistakes.

Throughout the book the emphasis is on helping you to understand how Fair Isle knitting ‘works’ and aims to give you the confidence not only to knit other people’s patterns, but to chart your own and work out your own colour schemes.

The book includes a pattern for the traditional Ha’af cap and a beanie, with charts for a wide variety of alternative designs. It also includes a section on the history of knitting on the Fair Isle and gives an idea of where Shetland stranded knitting is today.

The book finishes with an article, first published in Yarn Forward magazine, following a trip to Shetland in 2006.

The whole book is lavishly illustrated in colour, but throughout photos have been used which work when printed in black and white. Each section starts on a new page, so that you can easily just print out the pages you want to work from at any one time.


1 Introduction to the projects
4 Web sites to visit
6 Books
9 Fair Isle Sampler – a first project and things to make from it
20 Stitch pattern graphs
27 Techniques 1 – needles and yarns
33 actual knitting techniques
39 Pattern for small bags from swatches
44 Thinking about colour
58 The incomplete history of Fair Isle Knitting
71 Pattern for Ha’af cap and beanie – traditional patterns
82 Alternative beanie charts – alpacas
83 cats
84 rabbits
85 Scotties
86 sheep
87 bears
88 fish
89 spindles
90 tea time
91 dachshunds
93 Techniques 2 – mistakes
99 Techniques 3 – Shaping and finishing
102 steeking
107 finishing and storing
111 A Shetland Saga – the story of a trip to Shetland in 2006

The Small Print!

Once I have received your payment I will send the book as a pdf attachment to an email. The file size is 7 MB so your inbox must be big enough to take a file of that size. (Note that some mailboxes will not accept files of more than 5 MB.) All sales are final.

Please remember that this pattern is copyright, and you cannot use the pattern to make garments for sale without my permission. Thank you.

If you have any questions, please convo me.

Liz Lovick

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