Fair Isle Knitting (Japanese)
This paperback book, written in Japanese, is filled with lovely photographs of some 37 Fair Isle patterns: 6 pullovers, 4 cardigans, 6 vests, 6 hats, 4 neckwarmers and capes, 8 handcoverings, and 2 legwarmers. The designs incorporate traditional Fair Isle banded motifs in a variety of colorways. Although many of the garments are classic shapes, there are some modern takes as well; for example, if you click on the photo you can see a buttoned cape and a charming tunic with short sleeves. For photographs of all the projects, go to Ravelry’s page for this book.
Every garment is charted out in color; the called-for yarn is a different brand, but these classic Fair Isle motifs could be re-colored easily using the 210 Jamieson Spindrift shades. Japanese pattern books use a clever schematic and symbols to indicate how to construct the garment, so even if you don’t know Japanese you can tease out the details. A quick Google search will lead you to sites that explain how the patterns work.
In addition to the patterns, there are many pages of well-illustrated step-by-step techniques.
Paperback; 112 pages