When it comes to actually changing colours in something like a Fair Isle, that’s just plain scary.
Our new design by Charlotte Johnson, Sandstone, has become a firm favourite at Yarn stories HQ but the colours in the yoke don’t suit everyone so we thought we would show you some alternatives.
When changing colours in any Fair Isle it’s worth taking a good look at the existing colourway. ou will notice that there are light, dark and mid tones. So when you are making your choice you could try to get the same balance as in this swatch, where we have used Thistle, English Rose, Fuchsia and Lilac – a lovely blend of colours.
Or you could go a bit more off-piste. In this example, we have put a second light colour, Cream, in the middle of the design to make the Iced Teal really pop out. Leaf and Fennel make a lovely, zingy border combination to frame the central colours.
In our final swatch, we swapped around the light and dark in the border so the Cream becomes more dominant than the Chocolate. The combination of Rouge and Burnt Sienna are very close in tone so they may be a bit too subtle to show the pattern effectively. Swapping the Chocolate and Rouge might give a more pleasing result.
As you can see from our little experiment with colour, it is worth doing a swatch to make sure you are happy with the result before you start knitting your jumper. And it’s huge fun!