Fearless Fair Isle Knitting: 30 Gorgeous Original Sweaters, Socks, Mittens, and More

Fearless Fair Isle Knitting: 30 Gorgeous Original Sweaters, Socks, Mittens, and More

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By (author) Kathleen Taylor

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  • Publisher: Taunton Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 274mm x 12mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Connecticut
  • ISBN 10: 1600853277
  • ISBN 13: 9781600853272
  • Illustrations note: full colour throughout, 33 illustrations, 48 photographs, includes charts & patterns
  • Sales rank: 97,935

Product description

This title walks knitters of all levels through an intimidating technique. It features 30 stunning designs, including jumpers, socks, dresses, hats and bags. It yields delightfully vibrant results thanks to the simple patterns and large, easy-to-follow charts. In the past, knitters have considered Fair Isle knitting, or stranded knitting as it's also known, to be an advanced style that involves the frightening task of taking scissors to your hard-won work. As intimidating as this may seem, the cutting process, or steeking, is actually not something to worry about. In "Fearless Fair Isle Knitting", best-selling knitwear designer Kathleen Taylor walks knitters of all levels through the technique. With Taylor's simple patterns and large, easy-to-follow charts, the projects yield delightfully vibrant results. The 30 stunning designs, which represent Taylor's updates on classic Fair Isle motifs, include jumpers, socks, dresses, hats and bags. With this book, Fair Isle knitting has become more accessible than ever and serious knitters will agree that that's a beautiful thing.

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Author information

With over 30 years of knitwear design experience, Kathleen Taylor is the author of the best-selling The Big Book of Socks (9781600850851) I Heart Felt and has published over 500 craft and needlework articles in such magazines as Spin-Off, Crafts 'N Things and Knitting World. She has designed many knitwear projects exclusively for the Knit Picks yarn company. Check out her blog, Kathleen Taylor's DakotaDreams at http://kathleendakotadreams.blogspot.com/

Customer reviews

By Dora 14 Sep 2011 5

Just got the book in today.
It contains thirty patterns of sweaters, socks, and mittens. The first chapter is on Fair Isle basics such as steeks, wet blocking, weaving in the ends, changing to double pointed needles, charts, etc.
A lot of patterns you need to do steeks, I don't know how to do that, but it seems to be well explained in the beginning of the book. And that will be a challenge for me. But it doesn't look difficult at all.
Lovely pictures, makes to want you knit immediately.