I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Years and that your hands are finally starting to be able to slow down just a bit from an amazing holiday rush! If you're like me, the New Year always brings a lot of excitement, but a lot of 'what ifs, what do I do now?" Especially after the holiday rush it can be hard to get back into the groove after the craziness has ended. I am finding myself trying to figure out where I want my business to go this year, what new products to make, and new patterns and stitches to try out!
Enough about me, lets talk about the beauty that is FAIR ISLE! (Insert all the heart eyes) Fair isle stitching can take a 'boring' piece and turn it into a work of art, literally! There are endless possibilities with Fair Isle! If you have a word or design in mind, chances are you can create that using fair isle. In 2016, I had a lot of people say to me that one of their 2016 goals was to learn how to Fair Isle! :) Well, if you haven't learned how to fair isle yet, why not make 2017 the year?! In the words of Ms. Frizzle; "Take chances, make mistakes & get messy!" The following list of knit & crochet fair isle patterns will help you get started on your journey to starting fair isle, or to help fuel your already exsisting love for it! Today we will be looking at 3 crochet fair isle patterns from Sweet Everly B, Northern Knots & The Minted Evergreen, and 4 knitting fair isle patterns from The Knit Picker Shop, Lady Jay Crochet, Endearing Knits & one from my own shop, Country Pine Designs.
Amanda, Etsy shop owner of Northern Knots Canada, has added her own twist to fair isle in these crocheted beauties, and the color work is simply incredible! The color combinations are endless, which will result in endless amounts of fun and inspiration while crocheting these gorgeous hats! Amanda offers this pattern in both Child & Adult sizes, making this the perfect hat for the whole family! Can you say perfect family picture?
You can support Amanda's maker life through her Ravelry pattern store and in her Etsy shop: Northern Knots Canada
This chunky mitten pattern - by shop owner Sierra of Sweet Everly B - has the "look of knit" with the ease of crochet, and I couldn't be more in love! Because of the chunky yarn, these mittens work up in almost no time, and would be the perfect last minute gift, or even a last minute personal accessory to brave the cold! For this pattern, the skill level is intermediate and is written in standard US crochet terminology.
Sierra offers this patterns in toddler, child & adult sizes in her etsy and ravelry!
You can support Sierra's maker life through her Ravelry pattern store and in her Etsy shop: Sweet Everly B
How beautiful is this set? Shop owner Justyna of Lady Jay Crochet takes fair isle to the next level in these pieces, and has me wishing that winter would never leave! This set is the perfect addition to any outfit, and will keep you stylish through all of these cold months.
Pattern includes a detailed list of what you’ll need for the project, a gauge, a terminology guide, notes to guide you through the pattern, a chart of the design as well as written chart instructions, and a written pattern.
Must be able to knit in the round, proficient with color changes and know how to read a color chart.
You can support Justyna's maker life through her Ravelry pattern store and in her Etsy shop: Lady Jay Crochet
When I first started knitting, fair isle & mittens were at the top of my list! Courtney, shop owner of The Knit Picker Shop, has captured both of those beautiful skills in these Charlie Mittens! The simple color changes makes these mittens a timeless piece that you will cherish for years to come.
As this skill level for for this pattern is intermediate, you'll need a proficient understanding of how to knit in the round with double pointed needles, & how to change colors.
You can support Courtney's maker life through her Ravelry pattern store and in her Etsy shop: The Knit Picker Shop
Who said fair isle was only for knitted hats? Kasie, shop owner of The Minted Evergreen, has outdone herself in this beautiful 'knit inspired' crochet hat! If you are a crocheter that has always wanted to create that knitted look, this pattern is the perfect place to start! Not quite for beginners, the skill level for this pattern is intermediate and sizes for adults, though the pattern does include instructions on how to increase or decrease the hat size if needed to accommodate for differences in gauge, etc.
You can support Kasie's maker life in her Etsy shop: The Minted Evergreen
The Knit Fair Isle Double Brimmed Hat pattern
Double brim hats are all the rage right now, so why not add some fair isle to spice one up? Nicole, shop owner of Endearing Knits, has done just that, and I can't stop swooning! This chunky double brimmed hat is the perfect winter accessory that you will be wearing for years to come!
The skill level for this beauty is easy, but be sure you're comfortable with understanding how to knit in the round with circular & double pointed needles, as well on how to change colors.
You can support Nicole's maker life in her Etsy shop: Endearing Knits
The Tara Fair Isle Knitted Hat Pattern
My love for color & fair isle met in this hat to create this one of a kind beauty that is sure to make any outfit pop! This is by far my favorite fair isle hat I have ever designed, and will always be a staple for me during the colder months! The simple color changes makes this a great hat to start your fair isle journey! This pattern is sized for adults and the skill level is easy, yay!
You can support my maker life in my Ravelry pattern store and in my Etsy shop: Country Pine Designs
Have a pattern that has all the DIY vibes? Share it with us by emailing 'MY DIY Pattern' to firstname.lastname@example.org and remember to tag #ourmakerlife on Instagram so we can see all of your beautiful Holiday projects and inspiration!
Happy New Year & Happy Making!
Kathleen, OML dream teamer
Kathleen is the maker behind Country Pine Designs crochet and knitwear and OML dream teamer. Kathleen has been in love with fiber arts since she was young, and has recently turned her passion into what is now the Country Pine Designs shop. Knitting is a way for Kathleen to express herself creatively, and bless others in the process. She recently moved to a cattle ranch in Texas, and spends her days taking care of beloved cattle and knitting to her heart’s content!