Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified: Philosopher's Wool

by Ann Bourgeois

Paperback, 2000






Now there's an easier way to knit in the Fair Isle style These 16 luxurious, color-splashed sweater patterns use speedy circular needles and four simple stitches that will take knitters just a few minutes to learn and a few evenings to master. A unique, two-handed method guarantees a dazzling design on the outside and a smooth, loop-free finish on the inside.-- Presents sumptuous sweaters featuring stars, stained glass, garden patches, and fractured diamonds, plus the popular Color Your Own pattern-- Shares the history of the husband-and-wife team behind Philosopher's Wool, who raised their own sheep, dyed their own wool, and designed these dynamic patterns-- Includes simple, quick methods for making sweaters larger or smaller, longer or shorter -- even after they are finished… (more)


Martingale and Company (2000), 128 pages

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LibraryThing member foothillfibers
This book starts out as the "back to the land, sheep and wool" story of Philosopher's Wool Company in Canada. The authors then show you the techniques they use in two handed, two color knitting for Fair Isle sweaters. Covered in their explanations are changing colors, how to do the calculations for
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a sweater that fits, knitting the tubular pieces for the sweater, steeks and how to cut the body of the tube to make a cardigan. Fixing mistakes, adding pockets, shortening or lengthening your sweater after it is already knitted a valuable pieces of information in this book.
The rest of the book is devoted to Fair Isle patterns and pictures of gorgeous sweaters.

One piece of advice from your reviewer. You don't need to use Philosopher's wool for these sweaters. Local knitting stores will be able to supply you with a nicer quality wool. The value of this book is the technique of two handed color knitting and the inspiration it gives in color and pattern work.
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LibraryThing member kneek
I keep recommending this book to knitters and non-knitters alike. The introduction is a great treatise on living the simple life, and learning to generate an income from your land.
LibraryThing member RochesterKnittingGui
These vibrantly patterned sweaters come from Canada's acclaimed Philosopher's Wool Company, known best for their distinctive color palettes and two-handed Fair Isle method. Sixteen sophisticated sweater patterns feature stunning stars, stained glass, garden patches, and fractured diamonds, plus the
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popular "Color Your Own" pattern.

Discover a remarkably simple Fair Isle technique that uses circular needles and four simple stitches
Read about the history of The Philosopher's Wool Company, from building their traditional-style farmhouse to dyeing their own wool and designing their Fair Isle patterns
Learn Philosopher's Wool's trademark technique for transforming pullovers into cardigans with a pair of scissors and a few simple snips
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