A podcast about knitting
and life and all sorts

A podcast about knitting
and life and all sorts

Productive Fair Isle Swatching

A common practice for swatching on Shetland is to knit a hat. It allows knitters to test out patterns and colors, and confirm their gauge. In the end, the knitter will have a hat that will surely fit someone, and their time and yarn will be put to productive use.

But what if the reason why you need to swatch is because you’d like to knit a hat? Or a headband? Or some gloves?

As we prepare for the Maakin for the MRI knit along starting on January 1, 2020, I thought it might be nice to create a pattern for a fair isle cuff that people could use as a swatch. The cuff could be knit with two of the colors that are used the least in the pattern and function as a wrist warmer for the knitter or someone else. Steek it, and it can function as a coaster on a desk and provide a new seeker the confidence needed to take on the much larger steek of the cowl.

This little cuff can be knit using some of the yarn you will use the least of in your chosen project and will allow you to practice some fair isle skills as well as measuring your gauge.

The pattern is available as a pdf download here:

The instructions you need are all there, but if you are new to fair isle, I am preparing a series of videos to guide you through this little project. I’ll cover casting on to 2 DPNs, switching to 3 if you find 2 to be too fiddly, spit splicing, reading the pattern, holding the yarn, maintaining the proper tension, catching a float, weaving in the ends, and more… including steeking.

As the videos are edited and loaded up to YouTube, I will add them to this post, so check back, or subscribe to my YouTube channel to catch them there.

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

Anne Frost

knitter & podcaster

The host of the I Thought I Knew How Podcast and Online International Fiber Festival.

Recent Podcasts

Recent Blogs

Get The Latest Updates

Subscribe To Our Weekly Newsletter

No spam, notifications only about new products, updates.
On Key

Related Posts

Episode 080: Cotton

In this episode, Anne takes a deep dive into cotton: the history, quirks, and care! Plus, news of a NY/PA yarn crawl, a New Years themed yarn box, and more. 

Episode 079: Pay It Forward

Anne shares some thoughts on charity knitting, or “Pay It Forward” knitting, including some tips for success and how and where to find groups to create for. She wraps things up with a reflection on her Month of Lace and ends with a couple of special announcements. Enjoy!