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Great Ideas: Fair Isle Color Combinations

2-Ply Jumper Weight fair isle gradient great ideas jamieson & smith wool

Everyone loves Fair Isle garments. They're beautiful and colorful, and when made with real Shetland wool, they're also durable. There are many patterns at Ravelry (some assembled here for you to use!) utilizing Shetland wools. 

However, it can be intimidating (especially when just using the internet) to substitute colors for knitting Fair Isle. The demands of different patterns mean that there is no simple way to just choose colors. At Fairlight Fibers, we're always delighted to work with you if you need help selecting your colors, but we'd also like to provide a bit of inspiration. Read on!

Most Fair Isle knitting is done using gradient color palettes. Sometimes this is achieved with just one set of gradients, such as this pretty cardigan from Sandra Manson:

At other times, two contrasting palettes are used, with the lighter yarns in one palette playing against the darker yarns in the other, and vice versa, such as in this Alice Starmore sweater Jess made many years ago:

These pretty cuffs are another example of a project requiring two contrasting palettes: one blue/green/gold, and one gold/pink/red:

In some Fair Isle projects, color selection is more random and free form, left up the knitter to create a simple contrast as they go, as in these lovely mitts

Choosing your own color palettes for Fair Isle work can be overwhelming, but that's where we can help. Using our Jamieson & Smith 2-Ply Jumper Wool, we've created a series of stunning double-palette colorways for you to peruse and use if you like. Some involve high-contrast colors, others are more subtle. Any of them can be used as single-gradient halves, or together to create contrast. You'll be able to see how sometimes, just switching half the colors (or even a single skein!) can create an entirely different look. 

We add more colors of Jumper Wool all the time, so if you don't see just the right combo here, but it seems like Jamieson & Smith carries a color you'd like to add, just email us and ask us if we're adding it soon, or if we can special order it for you. We're always happy to order you any quantity, and if we order more than you need, we add it to our selection for everyone else! Enjoy!

Browns: 1, 202, 2, 78, FC58     Blues/Grays: 21, FC47, 14, 1280, 27

Browns: 1, 202, 2, 78, FC58    Grays/Purples: 1280, FC34, FC29, 366, FC56

Browns: 1, 202, 2, 78, FC58    Pinks/Purples: 1283, FC22, 43, 123, FC56

Browns: 1, 202, 2, 78, FC58    Red/Brown: 1403, 9097, 1284, FC7, FC38

Browns: 1, 202, 2, 78, FC58    Greens/Purples: FC24, 29, 14, 366, FC56

Greens/Purples: FC24, 29, 14, 366, FC56  Black/Cream: 81, 27, 203, 1, 202

Red/Brown: 1403, 9097, 91, FC7, FC38   Greens/Purples: FC24, 29, 14, 366, FC56

Red/Brown: 1403, 9097, 1284, FC7, FC38   Greens/Purples: FC24, 29, 1283, 366, FC56

Red/Brown: 1403, 9097, 1284, FC7, FC38   Lavender/Plum: 123, 1283, FC22, 43, 134

Plum/Lavender: 134, 43, FC22, 1283, 123  Blue/Gray: FC47, FC34, 29, FC24, 1283

Plum/Gray: 134, 43, FC22, 1283, 1283  Cream/Sage: 202, 121, 91, FC11, 29

 

Blue/Gray: 21, FC47, 14, FC34, 1283   Yellow/Green: 121, 91, FC11, 29, FC24

Blue/Gray: 21, FC47, 14, FC34, 1283   Cream/Brown: 202, 1284, FC7, FC38, FC58

Purple/Pink: FC56, 123, 366, FC22, 1283  Cream/Brown: 202, 1284, FC7, FC38, FC58

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