Fair Isle – one hand method

Fair Isle – one hand method
Fair Isle is a form of stranded colour-work that never uses more than two colours in one row. The colour change is worked by carrying, or ‘standing’ the yarn across stitches, creating ‘floats’ on the back of the work. To do this knit the first colour, and when the pattern indicates, drop the yarn and pick up the second colour to knit it. Continue alternating yarns like this to the end of the row. Make sure the dominant colour is stranded over the top, and the contrast colour is worked from underneath. This stops the working yarns tangling and maintains and neat, even pattern to the work. It’s also important to ensure the floats aren’t too tight or the stitches will pucker. Try to stretch the stitches out as you’re stranding to keep the floats loose. Repeat the same technique on the purl side of the work.
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