New Book: Fair Isle Weekend
NEW! I’m happy to announce my new book Fair Isle Weekend will be open for pre-orders on Monday September 29! I’ll take you along on a magical trip to Fair Isle, the most remote inhabited island in the UK. The isle is famous for its bird life and, of course, its traditional color work knitting. I designed a small collection, based on what I’d take with me when going for a visit! 8 patterns, ranging from small projects like wristlets to yoked sweaters. All are designed using Shetland wool yarn and inspired by the traditional Fair Isle knitting style. In addition to the patterns, you’ll also meet a Fair Isle lass Vivian Ross-Smith and her best friend designer Ella Gordon, who modeled the knitwear and each contribute an essay! I also tell you a bit about the deep-rooted traditions of Fair Isle knitting. Be transported to the windswept island!
Preorders begin September 29, 2020 at Laine Magazine Shop
Book release November 6, 2020
200 Fair Isle Motifs
The mysteries of Fair Isle are revealed! 200 Fair Isle Motifs offers simple solutions to the seemingly complex technique of stranded colorwork.
A collection of 200 life-sized swatches organized by row count and stitch count, making it easy to find one suitable for your needs. Each swatch is accompanied by 4 charts:
- an old-style black and white chart making the pattern easy to visualize,
- two color charts, one of the knitted swatch and the other an alternate colorway,
- finally, a non-traditional all over arrangement, expanding the Fair Isle horizons!
Whether you’re a beginner or experienced knitter, you’ll find much to inspire you.
Explore the color-rich world of knitting with 200 Fair Isle Motifs.
Order My book 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter’s Directory from the Interweave Press Shop Here – or from your Local Yarn Shop!
150 Scandinavian Motifs
You’ll enjoy 150 Scandinavian Motifs if:
• You want to learn how to knit colorwork
• You’re a beginner knitter and want to learn how to knit motifs
• You’re an experienced knitter and want ideas for colorwork
150 Scandinavian Motifs is an inspirational collection of favorite knitted motifs found in the traditional knitting of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and the Faeroe Islands. Included in this collection are colorful designs for stars, hearts, flowers, birds and animals, geometric patterns, and more.
Each motif is shown as a handknitted swatch, illustrated with clear life-sized photographs and accompanied by easy-to-read color charts and an alternate colorway suggestion.
In addition to a full overview of two-color knitting techniques, this book also gives advice on incorporating Scandinavian motifs into a variety of different projects, allowing knitters to create unique designs. It also includes guidance on choosing yarns, use of color, and finishing techniques to help them hone their knitting skills and create stylish projects.
Knitters will learn how to knit Scandinavian motifs starting from the very beginning. This book covers choosing yarn, casting on, how to hold the yarn for knitting colorwork, how to weave yarns in to prevent long floats on the inside of the work, knitting a colorwork swatch, increasing and decreasing, steeking, correcting mistakes, and blocking finished works. It also includes history on traditional Scandinavian garments, how to use motifs horizontally and vertically, how to plan your first project, and more.
In addition to 150 Scandinavian motif patterns and charts, this book also includes four knitted projects featuring colorful motifs. Knit a blossom motif pincushion, traditional mittens with a geometric motif pattern, a reindeer motif hat, and a simple colorwork cowl with an easy-to-knit triangle pattern.
Order your copy directly from Interweave Press here – or your Local Yarn Shop!
Fair Isle Style
Dive headlong into modern colorwork with this useful guide that will teach you how to knit Fair Isle inspired colorwork.
You’ll enjoy Fair Isle Style if:
• You’re a knitter looking to learn Fair Isle color knitting
• You love color knitting patterns for women and knitted accessories
• You want to knit modern garments inspired by traditional colorwork techniques
Each knitted garment and accessory pattern in Fair Isle Style features a unique mix of traditional colorwork techniques combined with modern color schemes and patterns to make color knitting accessible to today’s knitters. Begin with color knitting on small knitted accessories, learn how to incorporate Fair Isle motifs in larger projects and garments, and challenge your color knitting skills with several all-over Fair Isle knitting patterns. This book is great for beginning color knitters as well as knitters experienced with Fair Isle knitting and features a wide variety of projects for all skill levels. Color knitting patterns include knitted socks, accessories like cowls, gloves, and scarves, knitted cardigans, and more.
Fair Isle Style offers a collection of patterns from a variety of established, rising, and new knitwear designers and focuses on fresh, modern uses of color for today’s knitters. A Design Notebook rounds out the book, giving readers further ideas for using Fair Isle knitting. Knitters will delight in a modern look from a traditional technique with Fair Isle Style.
Order Fair Isle Style directly from the Interweave Press Store here – or your Local Yarn Shop!
A fun, fashion-led craft book, Geo Knits provides the perfect introduction to knitting colourful geometric shapes and patterns for the beginner knitter. The path I followed when i first learned to knit. Starting with the very easiest garter stitch stripes – and advancing to slightly more challenging projects including chevrons, polka dots and more – 10 lessons and accompanying projects teach you all the geo knit skills you need to craft unique accessories. Geo Knits is the perfect primer for today’s newbie knitter – simple shapes including stripes, diagonals, triangles, circles and chevrons make sensational projects perfect for beginners. 10 straightforward fun projects from scarves, mittens and bags to blankets and cushions accompany lessons with easy-to-follow instructions, patterns and illustrations showing how to knit a variety of basic geometric patterns. With a fashion-style lookbook of inspirational images and pattern swatches this book is sure to set your needles aquiver!
Find Geo Knits at your Local Yarn Shop or here.