I love Fair Isle. It's fun to work stranded knitting with different colors. Counting the colors is relaxing, 3-2-1-2/ 3-2-1-2/3-2-1-2/ its like a little song at each round. But, here's the thing, after about 5", I'm ready to move on. Which is why St Kilda features a 5" Fair Isle border at the hem and cuffs, then transitions into Stockinette so you can speed up the knitting, and wear the sweater sooner.
All colorwork is kept at the beginning, or bottom, so you start with all of the fun, then move on to single color plain knitting for the rest. Body and sleeves are worked in the round from the bottom up, then worked flat. Set in sleeves make for a nice fit across the chest and back. There is extra ease around the hips to give a little more room when wearing with jeans or cords. The wide ribbed neck works great with a turtleneck or long sleeve crew neck.
Worked in DK weight 100% wool, this pullover is knitted with Kelbourne Woolens, SCOUT. Having a heathered DK wool gives the pullover a bit richer look than a solid color. The sunflower color in St. Kilda is one of my favorites, but I don't look great with yellow around my face. This is a way I can wear that warm, heathered yellow color, with it kept at the cuffs and hem, with a more flattering grey around my neck and face. If you're one of the lucky people who just looks radiant in yellow, you might want to reverse the colors and use it as the main color.
There are really lots of options for mixing up the colors. There are 5 colors total, 3 greys, a dark red and yellow. True to the traditional Fair Isle form, no more than 2 colors are used in any given round.
If you want to find out more about the St. Kilda Sweater, visit Ravelry or my website.
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Thank you for visiting & I hope you like this pullover as much as I loved knitting and wearing it.
Hello! I'm Donna Estin, knitwear designer, certified master knitter and instructor. I enjoy designing artistic knitwear that is comfortable. I specialize in sweaters with a contemporary silhouette.