Fair Isle Rapids by Kieran Foley

Fair Isle Rapids

December 2007
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in pattern (Note: Gauge given is approximate. It is not critical to achieve given gauge for this project.)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
One size; Length: 45 inches; Width: 10.5 inches
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

The free Ravelry download is a narrow version of Fair isle Rapids, knit-in-the-round (bottom picture). For the original wider, back-and-forth version, please go to Knitty.

This design came about when I was trying different ways of shifting yarn overs in a lace sample. I was playing around with increasing and decreasing stitches and wondered how the technique would transfer to stranded knitting. The result was this wavy stripe pattern which reminded me of deltas, rapids and New Zealand’s braided rivers. The back has an interesting brocade-ish reverse pattern.

Can also be knit in the round.

For more colorways and photos, visit the Fair Isle Rapids page on my website.