This is the second project in our series “Old Patterns- Reworked”. The first was the Floral Intarsia Pillow in Web-Letter #16. This pillow is its Fair Isle counterpart for those who prefer stranded color work over intarsia (and everyone else, of course.) As with the Floral Intarsia Pillow, I cut up an old sweater and made it into a pretty new item to beautify the home.
To make your Fair Isle experience as pleasant as possible, the pattern is knit in the round. There are only two seamstop and bottom--and those are joined using a version of grafting. (See “The Stitches” )
I strongly encourage knitters to dive into the splendid color palette of La Gran and choose the best looking color ways to match your home décor. To me, customizing for one’s personal taste is the best part about planning a project. In addition, it will provide the most satisfying experience, once you cuddle up against your lovely new pillow and see how well it suits the colors of your room.
La Gran Mohair 76½% mohair, 17½% wool, 6% nylon
One of the wonderful traits of mohair is its ability to take dyes well. When placed in a dye bath with wool, mohair takes on a brighter and deeper color than the wool. The larger, flatter scales that make up mohair make for a silkier finish; this sheen then helps to reflect back the color of the dyes. The combed “fuzz” of the mohair provides the yarn with an extra halo of color. The amazing dyeing properties of mohair can be seen in the La Gran color palette.
Where to buy La Gran Mohair.
Here's the free downloadable La Gran Fair Isle Pillow pattern
When working a seam, it is important to think about the purpose of that seam before deciding upon the best way to close it up. For example, the top and bottom seams of the Fair Isle Pillow have been sewn together over the bound-off and cast-on edges. The bound-off edges provide for a strong, stable support for the pieces to be seamed together. This method is also good for jackets and heavy sweaters.
Learn more about seaming circular knitting.