Stonybreck by Susan Ashcroft


February 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
15 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked fairisle (stitch counts are given for both 18 or 15 sts per 10"/4cm)
164 - 273 yards (150 - 250 m)
2 gauges and 2 different stitch counts are given (see notes below for 3 more) - which means you can use fingering - aran weight - just be sure to check your gauge
This pattern is available for €3.00 EUR buy it now

Please note that the offer expired on Feb. 24th, 2019 - please only put this in your cart if you wish to PURCHASE it - you can still join us in the stitchnerds group for the Stonybreck challenge if you like - runs to the end of the month - link

Ever since I was a child (even before I could knit) I’ve been obsessed with fair isle patterns and the idea of visiting the place - it seems I’m not the only one:

link to BBC article: Why people are obsessed with Fair Isle

Stonybreck is the name of the main settlement on Fair Isle.

I picked this stitch because I like when the colour patterns create curved shapes (a bit like stones) rather than straight lines.

Split Stones is another hat pattern of mine with pebble shapes.

The Stonybreck hat is easy to knit with no yarn carried over more than 3 stitches - so there’s no need to catch floats: a good project for a beginning fairisle knitter - or a relaxing one for even the most experienced stranded knitter.

If you use a handspun, striping or variegated yarn as the contrast colour, you’ll get extra complexity for no extra effort.

You can also use 3 yarns if you like (only 2 at a time though to keep things relaxing)

2 charts are provided for each version so that you can pick the one closest to your yarns for easier knitting (no need to try and reverse colours in your head as you knit) .

Additional stitch counts:

for 20 sts per 4”/10cm - use 108 sts
for 22 sts per 4”/10cm - use 120 sts.
for 24 sts per 4”/10cm - use 132 sts.

Many thanks to the testers: