Pattern - Bowland


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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 100% british wool from Susan Crawford which is the perfect yarn for Fair Isle knitting. The colours used in Bowland are Sweet Chestnut, Alabaster, Nile Green, Damson Wine, Land Army Green and Dark Mandarin.

The pattern includes both written and charted instructions and comes with technique tutorials on steeking and two handed fair isle.

This pattern is also available as part of the Bowland Kit.

Designed by:

Susan Crawford


Pattern includes 5 sizes to fit the following chest measurements: 76-81cm (30-32in); 86-97cm (34-38in); 107-112cm (42-44in); 117-122cm (46-48in); 127-132cm (50-52in)

A slim fitting cardigan designed to be worn with minimal ease.


Excelana 4 ply from Susan Crawford, 100% British wool, 159m/174yds per 50g 

2 (2, 3, 3, 4) 50g skeins shade Sweet Chestnut – A
1 (1, 1, 2, 2) 50g skeins shade Nile Green – B
2 (2, 2, 3, 3) 50g skeins shade Alabaster – C
1 (1, 1, 2, 2) 50g skeins shade Damson Wine – D
1 (1, 1, 2, 2) 50g skeins shade Land Army Green – E
1 (1, 2, 2, 2) 50g skeins shade Dark Mandarin – F


28 sts and 29 rows to 10cm(4in) measured over Fair Isle pattern knitted in the round.

Suggested Needles:

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


Waste yarn
Stitch markers
Safety pins
Spare needles
Needle and thread
9 Buttons
2m (2yds) coordinating ribbon

Techniques used:
Steeking; Two handed fair isle