by Susan Crawford
This exquisite Fair Isle cardigan is suitable both for experienced Fair Isle knitters but also for any knitter wanting to tackle a Fair Isle garment for the first time.
The cardigan is knitted in the round from the bottom up and features the use of steeks, a traditional method of knitting an additional panel into the work that is cut open when required. Full instructions and photographs are provided within the pattern for how to steek and also how to knit Fair Isle. Once the body of the cardigan is knitted the sleeve stitches are picked up around the armhole and the sleeves are then knitted downwards. The cardigan is very simply shaped to enable the knitter to focus on their Fair Isle technique. The same motif patterns are used throughout the design, again making it easier to build up familiarity and confidence during the knitting process. Any shaping or casting off is done on plain knit rows so there is no pattern to worry about at the same time.
Bowland is knitted in Excelana 4ply which is the perfect yarn for Fair Isle knitting. It is 100% British wool which works beautifully in colour work. The colours used in Bowland are Sweet Chestnut, Alabaster, Nile Green, Damson Wine, Land Army Green and Dark Mandarin.
A yarn kit including a free project bag is also available here.
The pattern includes both written and charted instructions and comes with technique tutorials on steeking and two handed fair isle.
This pattern is supplied as a PDF download.
76-81cm (30-32in); 86-97cm (34-38in); 107-112cm (42-44in); 117-122cm (46-48in); 127-132cm (50-52in)
Garment shown in photographs is for the third size 107-112cm (42-44in)
Full sizing information is provided in the pattern.
Excelana Luxury 4 ply wool
(159m/174yd per 50g ball)
100% British Wool
2 (2, 3, 3, 4) 50g balls shade Sweet Chestnut – A
1 (1, 1, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Nile Green – B
2 (2, 2, 3, 3) 50g balls shade Alabaster – C
1 (1, 1, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Damson Wine – D
1 (1, 1, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Land Army Green – E
1 (1, 2, 2, 2) 50g balls shade Dark Mandarin – F
1 2.75mm circular needle (40cm long)
1 2.75mm circular needle (80cm long)
1 3.25mm circular needle (40cm long)
1 3.25mm circular needle (60cm long)
1 3.25mm circular needle (80cm long)
Set of 2.75mm double pointed needles
Set of 3.25mm double pointed needles
Needle and thread
2m (2yds) Coordinating ribbon