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Fair Isle knitting pattern

 

Playful Fair Isle knitting pattern in two colours Rauma Finullgarn. Great for cushions, shawls, blankets, poncho's.  

Credits: this pattern is designed for Yarnz by Aryadne's Thread.

 

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About this project

Pattern

Knitting the cushion

 

Skills:

The pattern itself isn't very difficult to knit, but you do need to pay attention and keep counting. In order to knit this pattern, you have to be able to read a chart, knit with two separate threads and keep the tension right.

The pattern skips a few stitches after each pattern repeat. Depending on the size of your project, you have to figure this out yourself (it is very clear though). 

 

Required materials:

For a cushion of 35 x 35 cm I used:

 

Size:

The cushion measures 35 x 35 cm.

This pattern can easily be made bigger or smaller for other projects. 

 

About this project

A cushion is a fun project if you fancy a little Fair Isle knitting without too many complications. 

I decided to knit it in the round. The advantage is that you can read the pattern from right to left for each row. And that you'll have less finishing to do at the end, because the sides are fastened already. 

But you can of course just as easily knit two separate patches and sew or darn them together. In that case, both the knit and purl side should be worked according to the pattern. Each square is a stitch. (Check below for further info.)

I knitted red spirals on a grey background on one side of the cushion, and grey spirals on a red background on the other. This is no problem when knitting in the round, you just have to mark the start and halfway point of your row. Use very obvious stitch markers, so you can't miss them and won't forget which is which.

I also slipped on a small stitch marker after each pattern repeat. This helps to keep track and to spot mistakes early.

Swirls Fair Isle knitting stitch markers

Green yarn ball = start of new row. Small stitch markers mark the end of a pattern repeat.

 

I think this pattern would also be great for a scarf, a wrap or blanket. I'm currently pondering on a shawl with the spirals in one colour and the background gradually changing colour...

 

The pattern

OK, so basically this is the only thing you really need: 

fair isle teltekening spiralen enkele herhaling

Tip: you can find this image in larger size among the product images at the top of this page. Save and print it if you like.

 

 ! Each square is a stitch. If you don't knit in the round, you knit one side and purl the other. The purl stitches should also be worked according to the pattern.

So on the wrong side, you don't  just purl stitches in the same colour as the previous row. 

For example row 2 should be read from left to right. Purl the first 2 stitches in red, the next 3 grey, etc.

 

This covers the basics of this pattern, with this single pattern repeat you can make your own project in all the colours of the rainbow and in all sizes. 

The only thing you have to keep in mind, is that you can't simply repeat the pattern in height. So pay attention when adding extra rows.

You can repeat it 1 on 1 in width, two repeats next to each other look like this:

twee herhalingen naast elkaar

 

So making it wider is pretty straightforward.

But in height, after row 38, the pattern skips a few stitches sideways.

The single repeats slide over each other:

 

overlap 1

 

Until they match:

overlap 2

 

A single repeat with twice as many rows (76 rows) then looks like this: 

spiralen fair isle 76 toeren

 

So, depending on your project, it will require a little effort to work out the rest of the pattern. It's probably easiest to print a couple of pattern repeats and tape them together. 

To make it easier for you, I have included a larger size image of the single pattern repeat, the two repeats next to each other and the 76-row single repeat. You'll find these among the product images at the top of this page.

 

Knitting the cushion

Cast on 192+1 = 193 stitches with Rauma Finullgarn and circular needles 3 mm. (I preferred a 60 cm needle. You can also use a longer needle and use the magic loop method.)

While casting on, slip on a stitch marker after every 24 stitches. Use an different stitch marker after 96 stitches, to mark your halfway point. 

Close the circle so that you have 192 stitches on your needle. Mark the start of your row with another obvious stitch marker (use a different one than the one on the halfway point!) 

 

Swirls Fair Isle knitting stitch markers

Green yarn ball = start of new row. On the other side there was an orange yarn ball = halfway point.

Small stitch markers mark the end of a pattern repeat.

 

Remember, or better still: write down, which marker marks the start and which marks the halfway point of your row. So if you put the project away for a couple of days, you can easily find back your place in the pattern.

Knit 1 row in one colour and then start with the pattern.

 

 ! Each square is a stitch. If you don't knit in the round, you knit one side and purl the other. The purl stitches should also be worked according to the pattern.

So on the wrong side, you don't  just purl stitches in the same colour as the previous row. 

For example row 2 should be read from left to right. Purl the first 2 stitches in red, the next 3 grey, etc.

 

Which colour you choose for the background and which colour for the spirals is of course up to you. You can also knit one side one way and the other side with the colours the other way around, like I did. (My cushion has grey spirals on a red background on one side and red spirals on a grey background on the other.)

Your very-obviously-standing-out stitch markers at the start and halfway point of the row will help remind you when to change your colourwork.

For a 35 x 35 cm cushion you of course knit on until your work is approx. 35 cm long. Check to see if it's long enough by 'trying it on': put the stuffing in and see how it fits. A cushion cover should fit nice and tight - in my opinion at least.

If possible, end after you have finished a 'whole' spiral (row 19 or 20 of the single repeat).

Knit 1 more row in one colour Finullgarn, or knit the two halves together. Cast off and soak your knitting in cold water for an hour or so. Carefully squeeze out the surplus water and dry flat.

 ! I most heartily recommend this 'blocking' of your knitting. Cold water has a magical effect on Finullgarn. Loose and untidy stitches will turn out nice and even, the yarn on the wrong side will line up neatly, the whole piece will just look so much neater and nicer once it's dry.

Use cold water and don't machine wash, or it will felt!

 

Lastly, put in the stuffing and darn or sew the edge together. 

 

CONGRATULATIONS! Your Swirls Cushion is finished and ready to enhance your living room or to be wrapped up as a gorgeous gift. 

 

Did you enjoy this? I sure hope you did! 

 

Are you happy? I'll dance a jig!

Do you have suggestions? I'd love to hear them.

Are you unhappy? I'll fix it!

I'd be very interested to hear your opinion regarding this pattern and the yarn. Your feedback helps us to improve. Therefore I would very much appreciate it if you would share your experience in our online guestbook. Of course you can also share your thoughts via hallo @ yarnz . nl  

I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

Michèle Tewes.

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