Purl Some of Your Fair Isle Stitches for a New Look!

Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits



This is that moment. You have 63 projects on the needles (of course, you don't have that many needles and you don't even have enough SCRAP yarn to hold all those stitches in place) and you are working the graveyard shift to get something -- ANYTHING -- finished... but that new knitting magazine arrives.  You scream:

@&#* I NEED TO CAST THIS ON NOW.

And... go ahead and move the abacus to 64 projects?

Here's the culprit (this) time. Vogue Knitting Holiday 2017, the cover shows a dichotomy of a woman -- is she relaxing? But wait, she's so confident. Is she at work, the executive for a yoga company that's killing it, and saying, "Go ahead, wow me with a new #athleisure concept?"


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, blogged by Dayana Knits
#46 Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen a.k.a. Hyggestrik


Who cares if I didn't own Lululemon -- I was going to have this sweater AT LEAST.

Two things got me about it. First: the neckline. How pretty is that?!


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits


Second: as I looked closer at the fair isle bands I thought there was something odd and unique about them... but I only realized when swatching that some of the color rows were actually PURLED!

No -- I don't mean that this sweater is knitted flat and requires that you to do the wrong side in fair isle. This is indeed a classic Nordic construction, an in-the-round yoke that attaches to in-the-round sleeves. What I mean is that some of the stitches on the RIGHT SIDE of the pattern are actually purled.


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits


This is usually a faux pas because purling a new color always leaves a very obvious opposite color bump. But here it was a design element, and I embraced it it. It's why I like to call this my 'deconstructed' fair-isle.

By the way, you may not have the same gauge in the round as you do flat. I recommend that you try a faux in-the-round swatch to get the right sizing. How that works: Use a circular needle. At the end of each row, instead of turning to work on the wrong side, move your stitches to the other end of the needle, and then pull the yarn out about two times the width of the swatch. Start knitting on the right side again, leaving a "spaghetti" of yarn in the back and long enough to be out of your way. Make sure you cast on enough stitches so that you don't have to use the edge stitches to measure -- they'll always be a little loose.


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, blogged by Dayana Knits
A faux "in-the-round" swatch

Another thing that attracted me to the sweater was a personal problemo of mine -- though it's admittedly a good problem to have. Because I'm a Rowan Yarns brand ambassador, I receive gorgeous but SOLITARY skeins of new yarns introduced each season. As much as I adore being in the know and sharing them with you, there isn't very much I can do with them. Well, this pattern was PERFECT opportunity to mix them together for a little Rowan showcase.

I started with a base of a VERY attractive chainette yarn they have had for a couple of years called Softyak DK. It's an unexpected mix of 76% cotton, 15% yak and 9% nylon and it's way lustrous.


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits in Rowan Yarns Softyak DK

This is an important fiber combo for me because I need some sort of animal fiber in my cotton if I'm going to be at all comfortable knitting with it. This yarn goes the extra mile too -- not only is it a breeze to knit with, but it has a funky dark wash to it (is it the yak?) and it manages to keep you warm... cool... warm... cool... it's hard to describe, really, but it's the perfect Spring/Fall fiber!

Rowan continues to release more and more shades of this yarn so it's definitely worth a try.




To complement the Softyak DK, I also used different colors of:

Alpaca Soft DK (70% extrafine and superfine merino wool, 30% baby alpaca)
Superfine Merino DK (100% superfine merino wool)

(You can see all the color/yarn details in my Ravelry project)


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits in Rowan Yarns Softyak DK


The body of the knit is relatively straightforward, but there is no waist shaping. If you'd like to add some, I don't see why you couldn't in the solid rows. You could even change stitch counts inside the fair isle bands, it's deconstructed enough that I don't think you'd notice.


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits in Rowan Yarns Softyak DK


I think that the neckline is one of the most beautiful I've ever worn. I do suggest you bind-off tightly to make sure it sits perfectly on the shoulders. Other than that, follow the instructions! The decreases on the yoke are lovely as well, can you see them?


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits in Rowan Yarns Softyak DK


Now, as you may know, I have long arms, so I did have to do some major shenanigans on that front. Yoke sweaters are always a little tricky because the armhole can be very deep and require shorter sleeves than you think.

I first thought that I'd just do a provisional cast-on and then knit down further if I had to:


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits in Rowan Yarns Softyak DK


But then something occurred to me -- knitted fair isle is NOT reversible. If you knit the same motif in the opposite direction, all the "V"s turn into "^" and it's totally noticeable! If you are ever in this predicament, here's a fix.

Cast-on from the bottom up, to make a piece in the RIGHT direction, knitting past the fair-isle into the solid band. Keeping the stitches on a needle, remove the provisional cast-on from the main sleeve and place them onto another needle. Next, Kitchener graft the two pieces together for a perfect sleeve. Can you tell where the graft is? 😊 😅


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits in Rowan Yarns Softyak DK


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits in Rowan Yarns Softyak DK


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits in Rowan Yarns Softyak DK


I've been wearing this for awhile now and I think the Softyak DK is holding up nicely. However, like most cotton-based yarns, the ribbing gets a little loose. I've started ironing a lot of my knits... I don't mean hovering over them like I used to preach. I just straight on put the iron on with full steam. You know what? It works, especially for this yarn. I know you might be scared of that, but I've been surprised at how it doesn't seem to change my knits at all. Go figure! I ironed right before this photo shoot.


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits in Rowan Yarns Softyak DK


Ooh, I have something else to share. This was the first sweater I've tried out my new woven labels on, coming from Dutch Label Shop (based out of Pennnsylvania)! I had them make 3 different types, all very affordable. There's a healthy thread color selection, and you can either use their templates or upload logos/designs you've created. For the latter, they'll write back to you with a confirmation of what they will weave so there are no surprises. It's fantastic, I'm thrilled with the result! I'll be blogging in more detail about my experience ordering soon, but I thought that those of you in the market for a woven label would want a head start. Which do you like most -- white, black or cream?


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits in Rowan Yarns Softyak DK


MY LIFE UPDATE:

So what's going on with me these days? I've started a stint as a knitting teacher! I taught a couple of stranded colorwork classes at Essentially Felt to make this cowl (it's a free pattern):


knit by Dayana Knits


Then, I'm working with KnitCrate on a Learn to Knit with Dayana Knits video class that will come with everything you need to knit for the 5 lessons:


KnitCrate Beginners Learn to Knit Course by Dayana Knits
Watch my stories on Insta!

And finally, I'm excited to tell you that I'll be teaching at a luxury knitting retreat at the gorgeous Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on Oct. 26-29. The 3-night retreat headlines high-end Anny Blatt yarns (a French mill in Provence that has been spinning yarns since the 1960s) for one of their signature Chanel-style jackets.


Anny Blatt Knitting Retreat, October 2018


The price of the retreat includes everything you need for this one-of-a-kind project (a $600 value in yarn alone!) with detailed hands-on instruction from yours truly and other instructors, room/board and a 20% discount at the Anny Blatt North America marketplace. French angora, anyone? Let's not forget there's a beautiful spa there too -- at least look at this amazing beach-side hotel for some drool time!

If you are interested, register here by June 22 for $100 off.

Yeah -- I'm busy, LOL!


See my Deconstructed Fair Isle on Ravelry


Fair Isle Band Pullover by Lone Kjeldsen from Vogue Knitting, knit by Dayana Knits in Rowan Yarns Softyak DK











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  1. I loved the colour combination that you have used than the one on the magazine :-) Very pretty sweater ! Loved it

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  2. I love the colour of this jumper and feel your pain about long arms. They come in very useful, but I always have to buy extra yarn or the extra inches. As for your labels, my favourite is the white one. I had some printed years ago and they do give a nice finish to a project.

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    1. Hi Una (and sorry for all these late replies, it seems that Google stopped notifying me about comments) I am so glad you like the white one. Everyone was clammering on about the black being best, but I love them both equally! The round one is more impractical, but it was fun to design.

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  3. This looks fantastic on you, Dayana! I'm not usually a fan of pink, but this could change my mind. Did you know that traditional Bohus knitting incorporated purls into the colourwork yokes to produce this beautiful effect? They were knit at a much tighter gauge so the effect was subtle, but still the purled stitches were an integral part of the look.

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    1. Yes, since I've written this I've learned that indeed the Bohus technique uses purls. It's probably why I always loved those designs but never took the time to understand why. Figures! :-)

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