Friday, April 6, 2012

F is for FAIR ISLE


The subject for today's A to Z knitting is Fair Isle knitting and the hat pictured above is an example of that.  Fair Isle or stranded knitting is a method of knitting with two or more colors in the same row by stranding the yarn over the previous color.  The other color method you might be familiar with is Intarsia (see "I is for" coming up).  The video embedded below is a wonderful tutorial for how to accomplish this form of knitting:

I am adding some patterns including the one above which are free, that you can use to start your journey through color knitting.  I am not good at color knitting (hence the video), but I can tell you Fair Isle knitting is far easier than Intarsia in my humble opinion.  



YES, this is why we call it PIRATE KNITTING!!  ARRGH!!


  1. Those look complicated, but awesome!
    Look forward to your challenge run…
    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  2. I never learned to knit very well. I am a much better crocheter. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is very cool! It makes me wish I knew how to knit.

  4. My boys would like those skulls! Though they're at that age now where hats just ain't cool. But I think your are neat!

  5. This is the coolest blog! What a neat thing you do--with the video. I can hardly wait to show this to my friend who is a basic knitter! Ha! And I wondered when I clicked on "Pirateknitting" what on earth it could be. The two words just didn't seem like they went together. Following you now so I can find my way back. Happy A to Z-ing :-)


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