Knit Picks has come out with a wonderful 2015 Fair Isle Collection that includes 13 patterns for novices and experts alike.

I feel honored to see my Flower Medley Hoodie be part of this inspiring booklet.

Do you love Fair Isle but don’t want to knit a whole sweater or cardigan in fingering weight yarn? Let me make it even speedier by working the body, sleeves and hoodie in worsted weight yarn.

The front and back Fair Isle panels are worked in a tube with steeks so that you only have to knit (no purling) in stranded color technique. Once the steeks are cut (instructions included), the cut edges will then get encased to form fully finished edges for the front slit and kangaroo pocket openings.

The sleeves have a cool Fair Isle band worked in the fingering weight yarn just above the elbow. Yep, we are mixing yarn weights with nifty invisible transitions.

You will need 5 colors in fingering weight yarn for the Fair Isle panel with one of them picked as the color in worsted weight yarn for the body.

The pieces are knit flat and seemed with a shaped sleeve cap for a more fitted look.

I loved creating this design and the knitting was entertaining too. I hope you will have fun with it too.

  • Source: Knit Picks 2015 Fair Isle Collection
  • Knitting Techniques: Fair Isle (stranded knitting), steeks, 3-needle bind-off
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering (#1) & worsted (#4)
  • Needles: US #2 (2.75 mm) for Fair Ilse, #4 (3.5 mm) for steek finishing, #7 (4.5 mm) for body, #6 (4 mm) for ribbing
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