On the Bookshelf: Fair Isle Style by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Hailing from a tiny island in the northernmost island group of the British Isles, Fair Isle knitting has been produced for nearly four hundred years and is still seen on runways today. Readers will discover true Fair Isle knitting, as well as more modern interpretations, and build fantastic colorscapes from the subtle to the exuberant. ~ Interweave

SKU: 13KN08-EP3625

Author/Speaker/Editor: Mary Jane Mucklestone

File/Trim Size: 8.5″ x 9″

Format: Book

Number Of Pages: 160

Today I’m reviewing Mary Jane Mucklestone’s new book, Fair Isle Style, 20 Fresh Designs for a Classic Technique.  

I was very excited to receive this book for review  as I’ve had a strong desire to embark on a journey of Fair Isle but just haven’t had the courage and after looking at each pattern Mary Jane has designed have decided that it really isn’t that difficult after all.

Mary Jane’s new book features a collection of designs that will give knitters a fresh and modern approach to Fair Isle.  Whether you start with small projects such as socks, booties or a cowl, or venture into a larger project such as a sweater or dress, this collection offers something for everyone at every level of knitting.

Knitters will love the gorgeous photographs of each finished project, along with written instructions and charts where needed.    Each chapter begins with the inspiration behind the design and the last chapter, Design Notebook, is loaded with tips, techniques yarn choices and so much more.

Here’s what’s inside:

My favorite in this collection is the Valenzi Cardigan designed by Mary Jane Mucklestone.  This cozy looking cardigan was inspired by a mixture of traditional Cowichan (from the native people of a valley in western Canada) and the other Mexican.  Mary Jane’s design is worked in rounds with steek stitches that are cut for the center front and sleeves.  I think the one thing that draws me to this particular design is the colors used, which all are rich warm earthy browns, which I adore!


Valenzi Cardigan – Photo courtesy of Chris Vacarro

Left to Right:  Kulli Cwol, Bressay Dress and Fara Raglan.  Photos: Courtesy of Interweave Press

Designers included are: Ysolda Teague, Nancy Bush, Cheryl Burke, Kat Coyle, Jane Dupuis, Elinor Brown, Gudrun Johnson, Carrie Bostick Hoge, Kirsten Kapur Lucinda Guy, Courtney Kelley, Mags Kandis, Norah Gaughan, Elli Stubenrauch, Kate Gagnon Osborn, Lisa Shroyer and the author herself.

If you are interested in learning more about Fair Isle, be sure to check out Mary Jane’s Craftsy class and knit your very own Fair Isle vest.

Online Knitting Class

Be sure to join Mary Jane’s Ravelry Group and take a look at her designsfound on Ravelry, which will tempt you and inspire you to try colorwork.

About the Author:  Mary Jane Mucklestone is a widely recognized designer known for her colorful and inventive Fair Isle and colorwork designs. She is the author of 200 Fair Isle Motifs and the forthcoming Fair Isle Style, both by Interweave. You can also find Mary Jane online at Mary Jane Mucklesone.

Disclaimer:  This copy was provided by Interweave Press/F&W Media for review  and the above opinions are my own.

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