A NEW Hat PatternOn February 9, 2024 by Pam
Fair Isle knitting, also known as stranded colorwork knitting, is a technique for working two (or more) colors of yarn in the same row. It is fun to knit and easy once you get the hang of it.
The color changes in Fair Isle are close together. This allows you to carry the yarn you aren’t knitting with across the back of the work as you go. You will pick up each strand as you need it and this leaves a strand or float of yarn on the back side of the work.
Fair Isle knitting makes a nice warm fabric because all those floats add extra bulk and warmth. You will usually want to hide the back side of the work. That makes this a great technique to use for small colorwork patterns on bags, sweaters, socks, and other projects where the back side doesn’t show.
Stranded knitting is often worked in the round, and it’s even easier to do that way than flat.
I have included a link to a Fair Isle Pattern for a hat:
It drives you crazy at first but, as you learn how to manage the yarn and see the pattern and beauty unfold, you will love it.