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Fair Isle

The proportion of knitting stitches differs from that of a single crochet but traditional Fair Isle patterns still translate well into crochet. The nature of crochet means that the design has a slightly faded look but keep the colors simple and strong and you will have a new source of inspiration.

 

Note To avoid unslightly strands of yarns between blocks of color it is important to weave the color not being used into that of the stitch being worked. Insert the hook into the next st, yo, draw the yarn through, wrap the yarn not being worked round the hook from below, wrap the yarn being worked round the hook in the same direction, take the yarn not being worked back to the back of the work. Using the yarn on the hook, complete the single crochet stitch. This traps the yarn not being worked into the stitch being worked.This process must be repeated for every stitch.

 

Foundation chain: Using yarn A, ch 29.
Row 1: insert the hook into the 3rd ch from the hook, work 1sc this completes the first 2 sts. 1sc into each ch to the end of the row-28 sts. 
Cont to work using sc and the chart as reference. Ch 2 (counts as 1 sc) at the beginning of each row, and work the last sc into the bottom of beg-ch before turning. Read the chart from right to left on odd numbered rows and left to right on even numbered rows.
Fasten off yarn.

Fair Isle Crochet Block

 

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES Click for explanation and illustration

beg = begin(s)(ning) sc = single crochet
ch(s) = chain(s) st(s) = stitch(es)
foll = follow(s)(ing) yo = yarn over hook
sp(s) = space(s)

 

Pattern by permission from Crochet Blocks in a Box by Luise Roberts, St. Martin's Griffin, 2007