I've been knitting for years and recently finished a project of making matching tees, polos, cardigans and socks. I used Brown Sheep yarn because it works up nicely and has lots of colors.
Then I got ambitious and decided I wanted to make a Fair Isle sweater. After reading a bunch of reviews on Amazon, I bought a book. It has a chapter illustrated with a large number of traditional motifs in traditional notation. I won't name it, however. I've reviewed it on Amazon. You're going to pick your book based on your preferences.
I'm using these motifs to knit leftover yarn into a sampler and I might make my nieces Fair Isle scarves for next winter.
Anyway, I think it might be possible for somebody less experienced to learn to do Fair Isle from the ground up if the instructions are complete enough. The book I bought left a couple of things out but I found places on the web with the instructions.
The plan is first to help you make a sampler bag with a muslin insert about 22 inches around and 7 across that you can close with a drawstring.
But everything starts with the first step and if you have never knitted before, you need to know how to make a slip knot. Here are two sites that give step by step instructions.
Next time: Casting On Shetland Style
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