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Fair Isle Swatch Charts

Aug 25, 2008
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Designer: Sandi Wiseheart
Published: August 25, 2008

As featured in Sandi's Aug 25 post. The charts for the Analogous Variant: Blues and Purples and the Complimentary Variant: Blues and Golds are provided.

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on Feb 27, 2009 3:58 PM
Note to Estelle re: Fair Isle Swatch Charts. If you are looking for a good video/online demo for Fair Isle Knitting check out, Amy Findlay's website. She does a demo showing several possible ways to do Fair Isle knitting, holding the yarn in various ways, in one hand and also holding the yarn in two hands and knitting one stitch in English style (throwing the yarn) and one stitch in Continental style, where you hold the yarn in your left hand and grab it with your right needle. Check it out. You can practice each individual style of knitting (see Amy's basic instruction for each type of knitting) and then move on to two handed knitting for Fair Isle knitting. I have MS and was housebound all of 2006 and learned to knit from and now I refer to it pretty often for tips on how to do various maneuvers. Been knitting shawls, sweaters, hats, you name it. Haven't tried socks yet, but that's next. Good luck.
Sylvia@2 wrote
on Jan 13, 2009 3:40 PM
I was so hopeless at fair isle knitting that I had given up...then I took an evening class on two-fingered fair isle knitting on a 16" circular needle. No kidding, in 15 minutes our instructor had us knitting in fair-isle with no tension problems, no tangling, or switching back and forth. An hour later, we had all picked up speed and were having so much fun with the success of it all, she had to 'a-hem' loudly a couple of times to get us to leave. After a few wild little purses, I am on to a brilliant sweater in turquoise and lime.
Estelle wrote
on Oct 22, 2008 10:02 PM

Are there any diagrams, explainations or videos showing how to do the Fair Isle knitting teqnique?  It looks just fabulous, but I am in need of step by step instructions for 'knitting dummies"..    anyone have an ideas for me??   Any help would be much appreciated!!  Thankyoiu

Mary ellinI wrote
on Oct 4, 2008 6:00 AM

I recently took a fair isle class and our instructor suggested if you wanted a "useful ' swatch to keep repeating the pattern until you had the size for a small bag/purse.

EckleneG wrote
on Sep 15, 2008 8:24 PM

I am now learning Fair Isle  I  love the chart but  i get lost  all the  time   try to  understand  how to read the  charts

TheresaH wrote
on Sep 15, 2008 1:23 PM

Very beautiful.  Purples - my FAVE!!! Just learning to tackle fair isle. With inspiration and help like this, I plan to seek more options in the near future. Any recommendations on websites/books to find color wheels? Thanks!

Eileen wrote
on Sep 13, 2008 9:35 AM

The first pattern blocking would be beautiful in a Donegal tweed of golds and rusts and maybe hunter greens. The second pattern has a nice combination of opposite colors and is quite striking and holds my interest. It would be a beautiful ski sweater!


teresa@106 wrote
on Sep 2, 2008 3:16 PM

Orange and blue! Love it, love the complements -- yes, the other commenter is right. The word is "complement" with an "e"; think of the word "complete". Orange and blue complete one another, they are opposite one another on the color wheel, and added together as pure pigments, orange and blue make black, added together as pure light, together they make white. It is in this way that they complete (or complement) one another. May seem irrelevant or silly, but I love the derivation of the word "complement" and the sense of WHOLENESS conveyed by knowing its meaning as a variation of COMPLETE! P.S. Van Gogh loved complements: blue and orange especially!

Liza Weiser wrote
on Aug 28, 2008 10:30 AM

I love the blue and orange swatch.  Opposing colors really make each other pop.  I can't wait to try my own swatch.

carol wrote
on Aug 28, 2008 4:55 AM

Would love to try Fair Isle but I find it a bit scary.  Maybe I can now on just the swatch.  At least I won't have to throw away a sweater.  Thanks , Carol from Mo.

Macuhica wrote
on Aug 27, 2008 9:17 AM

Please, not 'compliment', but 'complement' colors; no need to propagate the initial probably unintentional mistake/typo. The pattern is very lovely and offers abundance of color variations. Thanks, Sandi.

ElizabethT wrote
on Aug 27, 2008 7:28 AM

I also vote for the blue and gold combo. It catches the eye.

ET in Nebraska

CandasJ wrote
on Aug 26, 2008 6:38 AM

I agree with the blue and gold as a favorite. On my monitor it looks like you used orange and blue. Orange is the compliment of blue. Yellow would be the compliment of purple.

Juls wrote
on Aug 26, 2008 2:19 AM

Last year I went on a course for Fair Isle, we all did the same pattern but different colours, not one looked the same! Its amazing how colour can change the look of a garment.

kathy b. wrote
on Aug 25, 2008 6:44 PM

If you're tallying votes, Sandi, I vote for the Complimentary Variant : Blues and Golds.   It's more lively.