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Issue 323 – Fair Isle in Liberty Wool Light

Fair Isle is knitting-magic to me. Working the colorwork patterns is akin to painting on an otherwise plain project. I love to try different motifs and for my experiments, I keep my Fair Isle projects small, just like both of the Liberty Wool Light patterns in this week's issue.

The Kirklees socks are the sister design to High Kirk (see below), part of our new Cathedral book. Tian Foley designed Kirklees with the left over yarn from High Kirk – that's right, knit both with just one ball of each of four colors!. All it takes is a few clever color-swaps when knitting Kirklees.

To try painting your own Fair Isle pattern, consider the DIY Fair Isle Hat. We've included a chart for our hat and also a blank chart so you can create your own design. I gave my boyfriend, who charted our hat, two rules: use the colors equally and avoid long floats. If you follow those rules, two balls are enough to make two DYI Fair Isle Hats, just swap the colors for the second hat.

Happy New Year!

Meg Myers

View Meg's designs on Ravelry

Download the DIY Fair Isle Hat pattern

Find the DIY Fair Isle Hat on Ravelry
(760 KB; published December 31, 2013)

View Tian's designs on Ravelry

Download the Kirklees pattern

Find Kirklees on Ravelry
(702 KB; published December 31, 2013)


The Yarn


Liberty Wool Light
100% Machine Washable Wool

This yarn's machine-washability and vibrant colors create beautiful fine-gauge garments. Liberty Wool Light is an outstanding sport-weight version of the perennial favorite Liberty Wool with the same washability in both solid and printed colors!


More Fair Isle in Liberty Wool Light

Our entire Cathedral book is a meditation on colorwork, from sweaters to accessories, bulky yarns like Wynter and Blackthorn to finer-knit designs in Liberty Wool Light. High Kirk, below, is the sister design to this week's Kirlees pattern. This pair of knee socks has simple Fair Isle pattern on the leg worked over a striping background.

Our Cathedral cover design is Bishop of Aberdeen. Knit in the Fair Isle tradition with many colors, this scarf is worked in the round from end to end with two distinct colorwork patterns.

Ready to start playing with color? Look for Cathedral at your LYS or purchase the individual patterns and eBook instantly online.


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