Episode 1306 - Fair Isle Style

Jul 21, 2014

This episode of Telly Award-winning Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell is about Fair Isle style. Learn about two-color stranded knitting traditions from around the world and how these techniques influence modern fashion.

For all the products and patterns featured on this season of Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell, visit our Pinterest boards.

Vickie is wearing the Meltwater Pullover by Kate Gagnon Osborn, featured in Interweave Knits, Spring 2014.


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In this segment, host Vickie Howell discusses Fair Isle technique with author and designer Kirsten Kapur. Learn how to create mitts with an “afterthought” thumb. This technique allows you to continue knitting in Fair Isle, uninterrupted by a thumb gusset.

Download Kirsten Kapur’s pattern for Croft Mitts.

Sponsored by Interweave.


Space to Space: 

Meet Jill Zienlinski of Kniterella, and learn how her knitting-related graphic design work and products influence her colorwork knitting.



Knitting and crochet designer Gayle Bunn guides us through the steps of making a traditional Fair Isle sweater. These double-thick, warm garments are found all over the world. Regional variations can be found in Norway, Iceland, Canada, Shetland, and many other locations with cool to cold climates. This sweater features knitted colorwork in bulky yarn.

Download Gayle Bunn's pattern for the Nordic Stag Jacket.

Sponsored by Yarnspirations.


Tools of the Trade:

Join Tanis Gray and learn about products that will help you master your colorwork knitting.

Kelbourne Woolens Canopy Worsted

Knitter’s Graph Paper Journal

Magnetic Chart Keeper from Slipped Stitch Studios

Christmas Stocking Kit from Annie's Woolens


Get the entire Series 1300 of Knitting Daily TV at Interweavestore.com

ABOUT THE SHOW: Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell is an exciting needle crafts how-to program on public television covering everything from knitting and crochet to stitching, and beyond. The show introduces viewers to designers, authors and teachers and guides in learning new techniques using the latest products in yarn and fiber. Download free patterns, meet trendsetting knit and crochet designers, and improve or learn new skills and techniques.

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SydneyR@2 wrote
on Sep 23, 2014 9:27 PM

Where is the colorwork charts for the red/moose sweater?

trayc wrote
on Oct 5, 2014 8:59 PM

My hopes that the quality of the show would improve over time, were dashed when Vickie described color work knitting as "tedious" then in a later segment... let's be honest, a sweater with such an obvious mistake should not be on display on knitting daily!

Previously the show featured inspiring designs and technical insights that even a seasoned knitter could appreciate. Garment/accessory designs and demonstrated techniques have declined in this season. What happened to the fashion forward and technically interesting outlook of the past seasons?

Rhoda Fry wrote
on Nov 8, 2014 12:17 PM

I loved this show, always wanted to learn strand work. Might try it on my own. You all are so wonderful at what you do, Thank you for giving of your time and expertise.

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