Buy 2, Get 1 Free Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Yarn. Shop Now!

FAQ: What is Fair Isle Knitting?

Fair Isle knitting, also known as stranded knitting, refers to color work that is a repeating pattern worked over a group of stitches and rows. What separates Fair Isle from intarsia and other color work techniques is the stranding on the back.  Here's a quick example that I worked up using the houndstooth chart from this pattern.
Fair Isle front
Here's a close up of the stranding on the back. Because my floats are short, I didn't have to twist them.
Fair Isle back

Curious about what you can make with Fair Isle knitting? Here are just a few examples:
Fair Isle patterns
Clockwise from left: Limelight Stirrup Socks, Pemberly Tam, and Cloudsong Cowl.

Want more information on Fair Isle knitting? Click here to read our FAQ.

Tagged In:
  • http://blog.lionbrand.com/2010/08/25/faq-what-is-intarsia/ FAQ: What is Intarsia? | Lion Brand Notebook

    [...] FAQ: What is Fair Isle Knitting? [...]

  • http://blog.lionbrand.com/2010/09/14/discover-embroidery-a-great-complement-to-your-knitting-crochet/ Discover Embroidery: A Great Complement to Your Knitting & Crochet | Lion Brand Notebook

    [...] FAQ: What is Fair Isle? Tweet [...]

  • http://blog.lionbrand.com/2011/11/21/learn-to-knit-colorwork-fair-isle-intarsia-duplicate-stitch/ Learn to Knit Colorwork: Fair Isle, Intarsia, and Duplicate Stitch | Lion Brand Notebook

    [...] group of stitches and rows. Click here for more information. Want a few examples of this technique? Check out this blog post with pattern [...]