Have you ever wondered why some Fair Isle patterning looks crisp and snappy, while other times, it’s fuzzy or flat? There are variable causes to consider, most importantly the choice of foreground and background colors with clear contrast. (Tonal Fair Isle in close shades would be a tough trick to pull off.) But even when looking at two examples of the same stitch pattern, in the same colors of the same yarn, there can be a noticeable difference in crispness.
You want the foreground, or “pattern” color to be stand out, and the background color to be just that: a background.
In this video tutorial for A Year of Techniques, Jen Arnall-Culliford demonstrates the simple way to get your Fair Isle popping. It’s a game-changer.
Ella is born, bred and based in Shetland, Scotland, so this ain’t no Upper-West-Side-of-Manhattan “Fair Isle Style. ” No quotation marks required: this is the real deal.
The Shaila Mittens use just two colors of Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper Weight (like I said, the real deal, y’all), the better to demonstrate the peppy popping that occurs with proper Fair Isle color dominance technique.
They are delightful mittens, with the overall stranded fabric making them double-thick for warmth.
How to Get in on These Mittens
Get the pattern. The print edition of A Year of Techniques is available in the MDK Shop. It’s been such a favorite that we’ve had to hustle to keep it in stock.
We’ve got a bumper crop of Felted Tweed colors that are PERFECT for Shaila Mittens. Put your new color combining skills to work on this palette.