Busy Bee Basics Machine Knitting
26 £5.00 New Edition
Standard Gauge Machines
Fair Isle Sweaters for
Fair Isle designed for the
||The first sweater is knitted
in Forsell's Shamal in 5 colours that reminded us of the beautiful
autumn colours as we drove up to Edinburgh every October for the
But, as with all our Fair Isle designs, the colour sequence has
been carefully designed to make knitting easy, with or without a
single bed colour changer. Sizes 36"-44".
|The second sweater is
knitted in Denys Brunton's
Magicolor combined with 4 ply De Lux; the space dyed yarn produces
a good multi-coloured Fair Isle effect on this pattern which also draws on
the Norwegian influence.
Perhaps we should call this sweater Northern
Lights as the colours of the yarn appear over the sweater and have a luminance
of their own, just like the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, which are
occasionally seen in Scotland.
The round necklines are also worth a mention; all
our patterns give full instructions on making a professional neckband which lies
beautifully flat when worn - just as a neckline should! Sizes 36"-44".
has been used again for the
third sweater which sports a well defined Fair Isle design based on traditional
Fair Isle patterns and a well proportioned shawl collar.
This selection of
colours from Forsell's Shamal is very reminiscent of the natural wool
colours and vegetable dyes. The coloured trim on the shawl collar frames it well
whilst the cuffs and welt have been left plain to avoid a cluttered look. Sizes
V neck sweater has another Fair
isle design knitted in 5 shades of Forsell Shamal.
These are the colours
of the sea, the shore and the sunset in the quiet bays and inlets on the
west coast of the Scottish Highlands.
Full instructions for knitting the neat V
neckband are also included in the pattern. Sizes 36"-44".
|The 5th sweater in this collection
is knitted in Denys
Brunton's Magicolor and 4 ply Acrylic as before, but this time the
Fair Isle pattern is vertical in design and a very colourful yarn was chosen -
and has proved to be immensely popular with the men!
this colour combination is the Mountain Ash, or Rowan tree, laden with berries
in late summer. Sizes 36"-44".
| Make a beeline
for this: when using Magicolor you might find that the colours don't
match either side of the V neck. To correct this you can 'advance' the
yarn on the cone or you can cut & sew the neckline. Busy Bee's neckline
templates are so easy to use - and difficult to lose - that you can cut
& sew the neckline with complete confidence.
|A companion collection of designs for
ladies is also available. Containing sweaters and cardigans, Book 28 'Fair Isle
Designs for Ladies' is available with black and white illustrations at the lower
price of £3.50. A colour version will be available later.
about Tradition Fair isle Designs
Traditional Fair Isles are knitted in 100% wool, sometimes in their natural
colours or coloured with vegetable dyes. But time moves on and we have used
Forsell's Shamal 4 ply, which is 20% wool and 80% Acrylic, for three of
these designs, and Denys Brunton's Magicolor and 4 ply De Lux for
the other two designs.
The secret to recreating a traditional Fair Isle
look with modern machine knitting yarns is colour. If you are not using the same
colours that we have used, arrange all your cones on a shelf at eye level and
keep on moving them around until you get the look you want. With Shamal
or any similar yarn, you will probably find that some colours are 'bright', they
reflect light and give the impression of being mixed with white, other colours
are more subdued, they seem to absorb light and give the impression of being
mixed with black. For a pleasing result try not to mix the two, either use all
'whites' or all 'blacks' - try it and see!
emails us with technical details about the composition of colour, this is only
meant to be a helpful hint - we'll leave the technicalities for another day!)
|These stitch patterns are available on disk
FI1 for either Brother disk drive or DesignaKnit
Book 26, Fair Isle Designs for Men,