Weldon’s Fair Isle: Jersey for the Junior Miss

Hey Ladies.  Today I have the last ladies’ fair isle jumper for you from Weldon’s booklet called Fair Isles for the Family.

In the booklet there are two patterns for a guy, 1 pair of gloves, and a few patterns for kids.  Unless someone asks for one of these types of patterns in the comments, I’m going to move on to other ladies’ patterns next week.


Click on the link to download the Weldon’s Fair Isle Jumper as a pdf: Fair Isle for Junior Miss.

The first thing that I thought when I saw this jumper (besides how cute it is) was “Wow, that looks really hard”. I’m sure the seasoned fair isle pro would love this… and for everyone else I think it’s a lovely jumper to aspire to make.

I wish this were a color-image… but what I gather from the directions is that the main background color is a pink-beige and the rest of the jersey is knit in neutral colors (dark brown, fawn, grey, white, and natural).  I’m imagining that with so much work involved in this piece that the designer wanted it to match with any color of bottoms.  I myself would like to see some hunter green bits, light blues, or light yellows.

This jersey is knit with a yarn slightly larger than a fingering weight in which you get 7 sts per inch (instead of 8 for fingerings) and 8 rows to an inch (instead of 10 rows with fingering).  The size is for a 33-35 inch bust, but I think one could easily make this larger by adding a pattern repeat or two as needed.

What do you guys think of this one?  It looks like a classic fair isle if I ever saw one…

Again, if you guys want to see some other patterns for ‘gents, kids, etc. in fair isle be sure to leave me a comment.  :)

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Comments (7)

  1. Perfect! I’ve just been looking for a pattern for my next colorwork project and this one will make it on my top-ten list. Thank you for sharing

  2. Ginger January 25, 2012 — 9:43 AM

    Wow, this is so pretty! Alright. I’m gonna say it… there’s no way in hell that I would work this hard on a project that a boy or a kid is just going to underappreciate.

    I know, I’m a terrible person.

  3. Shana January 25, 2012 — 9:56 AM

    Fair Isle is easier than you think. The hardest part is making sure that you leave enough slack to prevent puckering and keeping the different colors from tangling. The pattern is written in the round so it’s just knit, knit, knit after you finish the ribbing and each round never combines more than 2 colors.
    In past fair isle projects, when trying to select colors, I used a spreadsheet and resized the cells to be square. Or you could use knitters graph paper http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/matrix/e-index.html
    Such a cute pattern. I might have to add this one to my ever growing queue :-)

  4. Anna January 25, 2012 — 2:49 PM

    Thank you for sharing! I would love to see the pattern for the gloves. Gloves with a fair isle theme sound very interesting.

    1. Liz January 25, 2012 — 3:09 PM

      I can totally do that! I’ll post them up for next week for you and everybody. Thanks for asking. :)

      You should know that I did a post 4 glove patterns from Stitchraft last year which you can find here. They have color work in them but they’re not fair isle…

  5. Rachel January 25, 2012 — 8:33 PM

    Ooh… it’s lovely! Thanks for sharing it :)

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