Weaving method for Fair Isle

Sometimes it is necessary to carry the colour not in use over more than 3 stitches. In such cases you need to catch the loop. This can be done by using the weaving in method.

Fair Isle is a beautiful knitting technique that looks fabulous on hats, scarves, cardigans and homeware. The fair isle sweater is an iconic must-knit project for every knitter, especially as you can play with unique colour combinations, from bright juicy shades to muted Scandinavian tones.

If you're still new to fair isle why not visit our Stranded Knitting for Fair Isle video tutorial, which will guide you through the simplest way to introduce colour to your fair isle project.

Step by step

  1. On a knit row, take the yarn not in use under the working yarn and place it over the tip of the right needle.
  2. Knit the next stitch, at the same time moving the yarn not in use down which will allow the working yarn to catch it.
  3. Keep the yarn not in use down and work the next stitch allowing it to be caught a second time.
  4. On a purl row take the yarn not in use under the working yarn and place it over the tip of the right needle.
  5. Purl the next stitch, at the same time moving the yarn not in use down which will allow the working yarn to catch it.
  6. Keep the yarn not in use down and work the next stitch allowing it to be caught a second time.
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