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Wool week... Day three

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If Wool Week has inspired you to pick up a pair of needles then you'll be pleased to hear that STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books have kindly offered two books - Modern Top-Down Knitting by Kristina McGowan, and More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson (of Purl Soho). How many needles are needed to create a piece of traditional  fair isle knitting? Please send your answer to assistant@selvedge.org Well done to Dawn Miller, Carla Wentink and Jennifer Bennett who each win an ANTA utility bag.


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  • judith on

    Two – and extra fingers depending on the number of colours.

  • kim on

    I remember seeing a documentary on traditional Fair Isle once on the BBC and believe it’s done with a knitting belt and 4 very long double pointed needles.

  • Carolyn Barnett on

    This is fun! Two needles.

  • claire streather on

    phew after much searching and many phone calls, having never knitted fairisle before and being a beginner who has just knitted her first cardy ever… and it has all the bits in the right places… hurrah… anyway… i digress…. fairisle is knitted on two or four needles and can also be knitted on a circular needle….. sounds really hard….. hmmm think i might have a go………

  • Sheila Ahern on

    Two – and can be done on circular needles. My grandmother had a wool shop in Dublin in the 60’s & 70’s and was an expert fair isle knitter and I am so sorry I never filmed her knitting fair isle, such speed and dexterity.



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