Fair Isle Weekend takes you on an exciting trip to Fair Isle, a windswept island in Shetland, famous for its traditional colour work knitting. During her many trips to Fair Isle, the author has been fascinated and inspired by the island's rich textile traditions, learning about Fair Isle knitting by looking at old textiles and sharing stories and knowledge around a cup of tea. Now, she has created a gorgeous collection of designs which she would take for a weekend trip to Shetland when a carry-on bag is all you can travel with. The book contains 8 colour work patterns ranging from small projects like wristlets to yoked sweaters.
A sample of the patterns in this book are shown below. Crochet Crush is part of the Laine Books and Magazines Collection.
The large flower motif is the centre piece of Buness. The classic flat tam shape is achieved by blocking over a dinner plate.
Wristlets are super-handy for using up bits and bobs from your stash: tiny balls of leftover yarn become a goldmine of possibilities!
Maalie is an aran weight hat with simple Fair Isle peerie patterns. The brim is folded double to keep your ears warm and hold the hat in place, even in gale-force winds.
Lower Leogh is a V-neck, boxy sweater with just a hint of Fair Isle patterning above the waistband.
For the Veesik vest, Mary Jane chose subtle colours of sandy beaches, pale blue skies and wispy clouds.