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Free-Will Fair Isle

Knitting
October 2003
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Fair Isle pattern - 4mm needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1308 - 1962 yards (1196 - 1794 m)
This pattern is available for download for $3.85.

From the magazine: As she worked on this pullover design, Fiona Ellis looked at her repeating Fair Isle pattern and wondered what it might do if it were able to take off on its own. She shows us possible “free will” variations as the pattern evolved from hem to neck. As she works her way up the sweater, the pattern breaks out of its traditional arrangement and the individual design elements float free to provide an unexpected and pleasing design.

Sizing information:

Finished size: 36 40, 44, 48, 52in (91.5 101.5, 112, 122, 132cm) chest circumference

Needles:

  • 4mm and 3.5mm straight needles for body and sleeves
  • 5mm for binding off neck band

Materials:

  • 9 (9, 10, 11, 13) x 50g balls MC (#2671 brown)
  • 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) x 50g balls each #7032 blue, #3046 copper, #3152 light brown
  • 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) x 50g balls each #3727 rust, #9331 pale green
  • stitch holders
  • tapestry needle