Basic Fair Isle Techniques (3 hours) (intermediate)


Class Description

The Fair Isle technique has been around for centuries, but can be learned in a matter of hours. Learn to read charts like a pro. Practice knitting in the round with two colors while trapping those pesky floats. Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing. Hold your breath while you cut open a crocheted steek. There’s nothing to it. What are you waiting for?

Techniques to be covered

  • Discussion of traditional Fair Isle materials and construction
  • Corrugated ribbing
  • Using charts
  • Two-handed Fair Isle knitting
  • Discussion of dominant/recessive colors
  • Trapping/catching floats
  • Adding steeks
  • Securing steeks
  • Cutting steeks

Supplies needed

  • 50 gm smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight yarn
  • 50 gm smooth, contrasting-colored, worsted-weight yarn
  • US 7 (4.5 mm) 16″ (40 cm) circular needle (measured from tip to tip)
  • C (2.75 mm) crochet hook
  • 10 stitch markers
  • Sharp scissors


Swatch #1: With CC, cast on 15 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch (knit RS rows, purl WS rows) for 3″ (8 cm). Bind off.

Swatch #2: With MC, cast on 80 stitches. Join without twisting to work in the round. Knit 4 rounds. Do not bind off. Do not cut yarn.