Working in Fair Isle for Stockings

December 3rd, 2014

As I mentioned in my last post I have not had much internet to distract me lately so I have been sat bossing my husband around as he organizes things. You know me I am never far from my needles and yarn! I have been sat here knitting away. As well as some lovely festive decorations I have also finished this lovely personalized Christmas stocking that I was asked to knit, I worked in fair isle and really enjoyed it!

Pink Personalized Stocking Pink Stocking with Snowflake

I enjoyed both the name and knitting the snow and snowflake. I have made stockings before but it is nice doing full names as well as just letters πŸ™‚

One thing I did learn is that a soft pink colour does not show up white letters and snow, so I did have to rip back a fair amount of work and re-do with pink, but I do think it looks nice now πŸ™‚

I work my fair isle so there are no big ‘loops’ to get caught up in, this would be frustrating in a stocking as presents would keep getting stuck on the way in and out.

This is the inside of the stocking.

Pink Stocking Fair Isle Inside

There are no big loops on the back even though it is over 15 st between colour change

I do this much the same as when I weave in my ends, by putting the yarn not in use above and below the yarn in use, at the back of my work, as I knit, this stopped the yarn making loops at the back of the work and ties them in neatly.

This is how I do it

The green yarn is not in use and white is in use,

yarn up
yarn (not in use)up

insert needle in next stitch
insert needle in next stitch

 

yarn over to knit
yarn over to knit

and knit
and knit

Then move yarn not in use down (green yarn)

yarn down
yarn down

insert needle in next stitch
insert needle in next stitch

 

yarn over to knit
yarn over to knit

and knit
and knit

The back of your work should look like this

back of work
back of work

This is working fair isle or tying in ends on back of work when purling, it is much the same when ‘knitting’ the row rather than purling.

You can create all sorts of items by doing this, I am currently making my son some hand-warmers using this technique, it is great for this as he would get his fingers caught in the loops if I did not work this way, I do hope this made sense and will help you with your projects.

by Juniper Askew

2 comments on “Working in Fair Isle for Stockings”

  1. nmccarroll2014 commented on 17th December 20149:09 pm

    Oh, my gosh. I wish I had read this before knitting my socks in Fair Isle that were finished yesterday. My insides of the sock look awful. It would have been so much neater doing it your way. I am bookmarking this page. Thank you! I found you throu the new book Centenary Stitches that came two days ago and saw where you knitted the Winter Shawl. Good job! Christmas wishes from over the pond!


    1. juniperaskew commented on 18th December 20141:57 am

      sounds like the perfect excuse to cast on some more socks :D I am so glad you found it useful, fair isle is tricky so well done for making those socks, thank you for your kind words, and wonderful to know you have the centenary stitches book, I really love the work in it but it is hard to choose what to knit first!! it has been lovely sharing patterns and work. So many lovely knits by so many talented knitters, have a lovely holiday xx


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