Fair Isle Knitting: 22 Traditional Patterns from Where the Atlantic Meets the North Sea

Trafalgar Square. May 2023. 176p. ISBN 9781646011933. $31.95. CRAFTS
Leading textile artist Olsson gives a thorough, detailed explanation of the background and traditions of this specific type of stranded knitting technique, named after a northern part of Scotland that’s part of the Shetland Islands. The book includes the craft’s geographic and historic origins, along with intriguing information about the sheep, wool, and production of the yarn used in the knitting. Readers are treated to 22 patterns—best for advanced knitters—for a variety of different garment types. Visually lush, this book has plenty of illustrations, charts, and photographs of the Shetland Islands that serve as color and pattern inspirations and a launchpad for tutorials on color mixing and yarn selection. There’s also a section that spotlights additional resources, such as traditional Fair Isle motifs.
VERDICT This excellent work is chock-full of helpful and fascinating facts about a popular knitting technique. Ideal for intermediate and advanced knitters, and an essential purchase for crafts collections.
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