Have you ever wondered why some Fair Isle patterning looks crisp and snappy, while other times, it’s fuzzy or flat? There are variable causes to consider, most importantly the choice of foreground and background colors with clear contrast. (Tonal Fair Isle in close shades would be a tough trick to pull off.) But even when looking at two examples of the same stitch pattern, in the same colors of the same yarn, there can be a noticeable difference in crispness.
You want the foreground, or “pattern” color to be stand out, and the background color to be just that: a background.
In this month’s video tutorial for A Year of Techniques, Jen Arnall-Culliford demonstrates the simple way to get your Fair Isle popping. It’s a game-changer.
Ella is born, bred and based in Shetland, Scotland, so this ain’t no Upper-West-Side-of-Manhattan “Fair Isle Style. ” No quotation marks required: this is the real deal.
The Shaila Mittens use just two colors of Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper Weight (like I said, the real deal, y’all), the better to demonstrate the peppy popping that occurs with proper Fair Isle color dominance technique.
They are delightful mittens, with the overall stranded fabric making them double-thick for warmth.
How to Get in on These Mittens
Get the pattern. If you already have your Year of Techniques ebook, you’re set. If you need to obtain your Year of Techniques ebook, which includes all 12 patterns, and tutorials for the whole program, it’s available on Ravelry and from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear.
The print edition is available in the MDK Shop. It’s been such a favorite that we’ve had to hustle to keep it in stock.
Get the yarn. We have the Shaila Mitten Kit in the shop in a beautiful colorway of scarlet and pale gray.
If it’s your first time knitting with Jamieson & Smith’s marvelous real Shetland wool from the real Shetland islands, you’re in for a treat.
The yarn for these mittens, in the original colorway, is available from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear in their three-project Winter Kit for A Year of Techniques. When you order this kit, you’ll be set for these last three months of projects for A Year of Techniques.
Join the conversation. We’ll be over in the Lounge talking about the Shaila Mittens in the topic “Technique Number 11: Fair Isle Color Dominance.” And of course, the gang will be carrying on about it in the Year of Techniques Ravelry group. What a group! Love ’em!
We Have Not Got Senioritis Yet
It astonishes us that this is the eleventh project in A Year of Techniques. Only one more to go! If you’re just joining this series, you have a lot of fun ahead of you. One place to start is to take a peek at all the video tutorials for A Year of Techniques, here.