Cover image for Fair Isle sweaters simplified
Fair Isle sweaters simplified
Bourgeois, Ann, 1941-
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Publication Information:
Bothell, Wash. : Martingale & Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
"Philosopher's wool"--Cover.
Format :


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TT819.G7 B68 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
TT819.G7 B68 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Now there's an easier way to knit in the Fair Isle style These 16 luxurious, color-splashed sweater patterns use speedy circular needles and four simple stitches that will take knitters just a few minutes to learn and a few evenings to master. A unique, two-handed method guarantees a dazzling design on the outside and a smooth, loop-free finish on the inside.-- Presents sumptuous sweaters featuring stars, stained glass, garden patches, and fractured diamonds, plus the popular Color Your Own pattern-- Shares the history of the husband-and-wife team behind Philosopher's Wool, who raised their own sheep, dyed their own wool, and designed these dynamic patterns-- Includes simple, quick methods for making sweaters larger or smaller, longer or shorter -- even after they are finished

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Library Journal Review

A richly illustrated treat for the eyes, this book features patterns for 16 classic fair isle sweaters (both pullovers and cardigans) knit with natural wool worsted and chunky-weight yarns in a wide range of sizes and colors. Fair isle is a type of two-color knitting. The authors' "simplified fair isle" method, easily learned in only three pages of clearly illustrated instructions, calls for knitting in the round and working the fair isle designs with one color yarn held in the right hand and the other in the left. The resulting patterns appear complex but do not require more than two colors on any given row. Generally recommended for public libraries, especially in climes where knitters welcome a comfortable winter sweater. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
Philosopher's Fair Isle Techniquesp. 26
Tools and Suppliesp. 26
Philosopher's Wool Yarnp. 26
Knitting Needlesp. 26
The Secret to Fair Isle Simplifiedp. 28
Knitting with the Color on Your Right Needlep. 28
Knitting with the Color on Your Left Needlep. 29
Introducing a New Colorp. 31
Tubular Knittingp. 32
Determining Fitp. 32
Knitting the Sleeve Tubesp. 32
Knitting the Body Tubep. 35
What Is a Steek?p. 35
Knitting the Ribbingp. 35
Knitting a Pullover Bodyp. 36
Knitting a Cardigan Bodyp. 36
Adding Pocketsp. 37
Knitting the Armholesp. 37
Assembling and Finishingp. 37
For Pullovers and Cardigansp. 37
For Pullovers Onlyp. 39
For Cardigans Onlyp. 40
Caring for Wool Sweatersp. 42
Changes and Alterationsp. 43
Fixing Fair Isle Pattern Mistakesp. 43
Cutting Open a Pulloverp. 43
Adding Pocketsp. 43
Lengthening Sleeves or Bodyp. 44
Shortening Sleeves or Bodyp. 44
Making a Sweater Largerp. 44
Running Out of Yarnp. 44
Coloring Sweaters with Philosopher's Colorwaysp. 45
The Colorwaysp. 46
Firep. 46
Naturalsp. 47
Woodlandp. 49
Cool Colorsp. 50
How to Dye Cool Colorsp. 51
Soft-Drink-Mix Flavors to Usep. 51
Fallp. 52
Pastelp. 54
Navajop. 56
Night Skyp. 58
Black and Bluep. 59
Peacockp. 60
Deep Seap. 61
Philosopher's Yarn Colorsp. 62
Special Pinksp. 62
Barbecuep. 62
The Sweatersp. 63
Abbreviationsp. 63
Reading a Graphp. 63
Stained Glassp. 64
Traditionp. 68
Jenna Louisep. 72
Color Your Ownp. 76
Trilliump. 80
Alligator Teethp. 84
Timber Framep. 88
Squares Aroundp. 92
Windowsp. 96
Starsp. 100
Southwestp. 104
Rainbowsp. 108
Garden Patchp. 112
Fractured Diamondsp. 116
Fin and Feather Togetherp. 120
Kilim Jacketp. 124
Resourcesp. 128