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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 24 October 2011
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781844486922
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 222x222 mm
  • Illustrations: 350
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: £14.99
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200 Fair Isle Designs


Knitting charts, combination designs, and colour variations by Mary Jane Mucklestone

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Book Description

A comprehensive guide to 200 beautiful Fair Isle designs. Learn to read colour charts and rapidly gain the confidence to use these stunning designs to create your own stylish projects and garments.

A unique "selector" at the beginning of the book makes it easy to choose a design you like. Organised by row and stitch count, each of the patterns is accompanied by an easy-to-follow chart indicating both the pattern stitches and the colours used, and each sample is shown charted in an alternative colourway. A "mix and match" feature lets you combine patterns with ease. Includes guidance on yarn choices and special techniques unique to Fair Isle knitting.

  • 200 beautiful Fair Isle Designs to inspire all knitters in stunning colour photographs.
  • Includes easy-to follow-colour charts and patterns to create your own stunning garments.
  • Mysteries of colour in Fair Isle Knitting are revealed offering simple solutions to a seemingly complex subject.

Table of Contents


How to use this book

Essential skills
The basics, Using colour, Using the patterns

The Directory
Swatch Selector, The Directory

Index and Resources

About the Author

About Mary Jane Mucklestone

Mary Jane Mucklestone is a hand knitting designer who likes the process of knitting as much as the end product that she creates. She is known for her colourful and inventive Fair Isle and colourwork designs featured in Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, Classic Elite Yarns, Alchemy Yarns, St. Denis Magazine and an assortment of books, as well as at her website MaryJaneMucklestone.com.

Mary Jane has a varied background in art and textiles having earned a BFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute, studying fashion at Parsons School for Design, and Textiles and Historic Costume at the University of Washington. She was a photo stylist for Interweave Knits magazine, has taught handwork to the early grades in a Waldorf School, as well as worked for years in the fashion industry in New York City, and the related fields of advertising and interior design. Mary Jane seeks to unlock the creative force inside the heart of every knitter.


Lets Knit

Once you have fallen for Fair Isle, you are sure to want a wide selection of projects and ideas to enjoy. Fortunately Mary Jane Mucklestone's 200 Fair Isle Designs has enough to keep you busy for the foreseeable future. With help from this title, you can learn to read charts and grow in confidence as you begin to use Mucklestone's stunning designs to create your own garments and accessories.

The Yarn Loop

Mary Jane Mucklestones boundless enthusiasm for stranded colourwork knitting is infectious. Through her books, blog and patterns, she shares her love for Fair Isle, and for anyone wanting to create their own Fair Isle garments and projects, this sourcebook is a must-have. Mary Jane treats us to 200 life-sized swatches of the most beautiful, exquisite patterns. Each is accompanied by four charts, including a black-and-white version so you can choose your own colours, plus alternative colourways. The mix and match feature helps you to combine patterns with confidence, while at-a-glance photo indexes make it easy to pick out patterns you like. Along with essential technique information, this book will have knitters playing with colour like never before.


Knit Today

May 13

A lot of knitters put off trying Fair Isle knitting because they think it looks too hard to master. Think again! It's actually far easier to work than it looks, but you'll need to know a few basics first, all of which are contained in these pages. Learn how to read the colour charts and then use them to create your own colourful knits. This book is very well ordered, the instructions are easy to follow and it's a delight to flick through when you're looking for inspiration.

Craft Focus


A must for fashionable knitters, this guide features 200 beautiful Fair Isle designs. From simple one row "peerie" patterns to complex allover repeats, this book will thrill and inspire the knitter, experienced and beginners alike. Organised by row and stitch count, each of the patterns is accompanied by an easy-to-follow chart indicating both the patterns stitches and the colours used, and each sample is shown in an alternative colourway. A "mix and match" feature lets you combine patterns with confidence. This book also includes guidance on yarn choices and special techniques unique to Fair Isle knitting.


Sept 12

Nothing can compare to the book I have just finished by Mary Jane Mucklestone 200 Fair Isle Designs. You may know Mary Jane from Ravelry or Twist Collective where you can find her beautiful designs. The book is mainly a directory of Fair Isle designs but it gives an interesting account of some of the history and the different techniques used as well as exploring how to put colours together in your own Fair Isle.

How many times have you wanted to re-colour a design but not known where to start or had the confidence to play with colour? Mary Jane takes you through harmonious colour choices and helps you to understand how colours balance each other. For me what really sets this book apart is the directory itself. Each design is shown both as a chart (in colour with different colourways, or black and white) and as a knitted sample. The latter isnt just a few stitches to "give you an idea" but is a glorious, wide strip so you can really get a sense of how the pattern and colours work. Mary Jane has so inspired me that I cant wait to design a new hat for my husband or put together some of these patterns in a cowl. As you can see I have already started playing.

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