Exploring Color Knitting with 7 Free Patterns

There are many ways to add color to your knitting, from using multicolored yarn to a variety of multi-stranded techniques. Multicolored yarn and knitting stripes are wonderful techniques to begin with, but if you are ready to take color to the next level, you’ve come to the right place.

With this free collection we’ll help you explore our favorite stranded knitting and color knitting techniques. The first four free patterns explore Fair Isle in all its beauty. You can pick from a vest, sweater, mitts, and bag, or choose a design that best fits your skill level. Next we’ll look at intarsia knitting, the perfect method for adding more complex designs to your projects. Finally, a simple mitered technique that you can size from a small coaster all the way to an afghan, or make up as a wrap by following the pattern exactly. Give one of the most exciting, challenging, and enjoyable techniques in knitting a try, download all seven free patterns to cast on with color today!

From Fair Isle to Intarsia, this collection of color knitting patterns is a must see.
It's amazing what a little color can do, check out these seven designs using colorwork knitting techniques.

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What are you waiting for? Whether you are looking for an accessory in fun yarn colors or a functional and colorful item to add to your wardrobe, this eBook has something for you. Explore the many techniques for adding color to knitted items with the seven patterns in this collection. Download this free eBook to get started or keep reading to learn more about each pattern.

Fair Isle Knitting: Ivy League Vest by Eunny Jang

Pattern #1

Fair Isle Knitting: Ivy League Vest by Eunny Jang

In this vest, Eunny combined a traditional Fair Isle knit border and peerie patterns with a body-conscious silhouette. Extra-deep armholes and V-neck shaping create a comfortably close fit in this stunning design. You’re sure to master this colorful technique with the help of this striking pattern.

Fair Isle Patterns: Freyja Sweater and Hat by Courtney Kelley

Pattern #2

Fair Isle Patterns: Freyja Sweater and Hat by Courtney Kelley

The knit-and-purl combinations of these patterns utilize five yarn colors that shift and blend from stitch to stitch. The a zigzag patterning builds seamlessly into the shaping in both the crown of the hat and the pullover’s circular yoke, making them much easier to knit than you’d expect.

Fair Isle Knitting: White Witch Mitts by Laura Rintala

Pattern #3

Fair Isle Knitting: White Witch Mitts by Laura Rintala

An intermediate colorwork pattern, these mitts were inspired by Laura’s experience with the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. These mittens aren’t directly related to the White Witch herself, but instead respond to the need to protect oneself from her icy touch—Laura sees them as a wearable talisman or medicine shield against the coldness of evil. Explore wintry motifs and Fair Isle knitting charts with this beautiful pattern.

Fair Isle Knitting Patterns: Ebony Jewelwing Bag by Mary Scott Huff

Pattern #4

Fair Isle Knitting Patterns: Ebony Jewelwing Bag by Mary Scott Huff

Almost every time she knits a hat, Mary Scott Huff imagines what it would look like as a purse. Thankfully, hat and purse constructions are quite similar and easy to translate. In this colorwork knitting pattern, she reverses the usual coloration using a solid motif on a colored background. This Fair Isle knit is worked in the round with a folded hem, and is quite impressive.

Intarsia Knitting Patterns: Tomato by Wendy Bernard

Pattern #5

Intarsia Knitting Patterns: Tomato by Wendy Bernard

As comforting as a bowl of tomato soup but exponentially more exquisite, this intarsia knit is both fun and functional. The sweater is knitted in a soft cotton but at a tighter gauge to improve the drape and wearability. It’s designed to be close fitting, with waist shaping and a seriously flattering deep scoopy neck. For a little spice, this pattern features a simplified herringbone pattern design.

Intarsia Knitting Patterns: Intarsia Box by Vicki Square

Pattern #6

Intarsia Knitting Patterns: Intarsia Box by Vicki Square

The super easy design is the perfect pattern to help you begin knitting intarsia. With an easy-to-read intarsia chart, even beginning knitters can be successful. Grab your needles and yarn and start practicing this technique with this fun little box.

Mitered Color Knitting: Modern Quilt Wrap by Mags Kandis

Pattern #7

Mitered Color Knitting: Modern Quilt Wrap by Mags Kandis

This comforting wrap is very loosely based on the traditional Log Cabin quilt block, and is worked as an oversized scarf square by square. The easy and satisfying technique of mitered color knitting is generally used for striping, but in this design makes squares instead. And because this project is worked one color at a time, it’s perfect for playing with a variety of color combinations.

What are you waiting for? Get your free color knitting patterns and start a colorful adventure!

There is nothing like adding a pop of color or design to a hand knitted project to make it extra special. From knitting Fair Isle patterns to intarsia knit designs, knitting in color has more options than ever. We want you to check out a variety of techniques, which is why each of these patterns were hand-selected to be included.

Truly stunning the free Fair Isle knitting patterns in this collection are worth the effort. Start out with a vest that has beautiful shaping and designs, or try the hat/pullover combination that uses an easy zigzag pattern for a simpler color effect. Knit up a pair of mitts to keep the chill away, then take a look at the Fair Isle bag that uses color in a very unique way.

Next, give an intarsia-based design a try, including a soft, wearable sweater, and a fun little box that shows off your knitting skills and is functional. Then round out your color explorations with a mitered-square wrap, that’s as effortless as working in stripes.

Whether you make one or all seven of these colorful knits, you are sure to enjoy knitting in color! Download your collection free patterns to get started today.

Learn how to read Fair Isle knitting charts to create stunning patterns, like the yoke of this sweater.