Fair isle that Stands Out
What’s hot right now in knitting?
Two rather unusual Fair Isle-like sweaters are prominent in the knitting world this week. Several stores and influencers have been singing their praises.
The first one is the Paul Klee sweater by Midori Hirose.
It’s a stunning pattern inspired by Paul Klee paintings. It allows you to play with colors in square motifs. It is knit at a looser gauge than usual Fair Isle sweaters making it easier to wear in Bay Area weather! I would recommend the Swans Island Sport for this sweater.
It is a little thicker than the fingering weight yarn recommended but because it is knit at a loose gauge the slightly thicker yarn makes it easier. We have a great range of colors to choose from. I see from the samples that this is also a gorgeous sweater when only knit in a few neutral colors. You decide!
The other one is the Easy V by Caitlin Hunter. This top down sweater has a great v-shaped neck. This one is worked in worsted weight yarn and I recommend the slightly tweedy Highland by Harrisville Designs. This yarn is woolen spun, which means there is a lot of air in between the fibers which makes it a lot lighter than the more tighly spun worsted. There are never more than 2 colors per row, so not as hard to knit as it looks!
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