First Fair Isle Sweater

Well, here it is. My first attempt at a fair isle sweater. I went cheap with the yarn in case I decided to throw the whole thing into the fire. All in all, I'm kinda proud of it. It's not perfect, but I sure learned a hell of a lot doing it. I used a pattern from the Philospher's Wool company's book - "Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified." I hope you all like it!


You should be proud of it Jim. It's an excellent first attempt and I hope you will repeat the process again. Well done.

knit4brains's picture

Very nice! Like your color choices too.

MichaelJames's picture

I think it's BEAUTIFUL! Well done!


crmartin's picture

Excellent! The colors are beautiful.



joshslade's picture

I agree with all. This is amazing. Great job!!!

scottly's picture

Attempted? Don't be so modest - you've succeded and done so beautifully.


Kenny's picture

How did you go cheap with yarn? What yarn did you use?

MMario's picture

I'm in awe. I haven't worked up the courage to do a FACECLOTH in colourwork - let alone a sweater.


MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

WOW, that is fantastic. Love the colours and the design. You've done yourself proud!

Mnjack's picture

Very well done. Nice color combination and a beautiful pattern.

Jim L's picture

Thanks, guys for all the positive feedback!!
As far as yarn is concerned, cheap is a laughable concept. But, I used Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand. Yeah, it's acrylic, but I thought that if it did end up in the fire, the flames would be impressive!! It is rather heavy for life in Southwest Florida, but it was readily available and I didn't have any feelings of wastefulness as I might if I had bought really good wool.

scottly's picture

"It is rather heavy for life in Southwest Florida"

Shouldn't you be knitting tank tops and Speedos instead of Nordic sweaters?

Jim L's picture


Yeah, me in a speedo. I can see that as a felony.
And in wool no less. We can just wait for that one cold day in January - cold, you know, only a high of 55.

Wow. Just - wow. If I ever manage anything that good, I'd wear it if it were 110 degrees outside just to show off my mad needle skills.

Kerry's picture

Your sweater looks fantastic, you've done a great job on it.

TomH's picture

Absolutely stunning. Along with all the other comments, your color choices are beautiful. Makes you want to move out of SW Florida, right? After all, I moved from Miami about two years ago. Our nine years in Miami brought my knitting to a stand still. But I've been knitting furiously ever since. Just think what a move could do for your knitting!

ronhuber's picture

It is a beautiful sweater and I am sure you had lots of fun doing it. Congratulations on a job well done.

Asbjörn's picture

That is a gorgeous sweater. We have some very bold (and I might add well executed) first attempts here on Men Who Knit. Fabulous job.


Crafty Andy's picture

Visit Crafty Andy's Blog Looks very nice. Keeping the sweater price down is not hard if you use your left over yarn for the design. I know that I am saving a lot of my yarns for s future colorstranding or Fair Isle style Sweater. You will be amazed what three tones of the same color can do for a design. You should watch the Knitting workshop Dvd By Elizabeth Zimmermann and see how crafty she is using two colors! That's a great JOB!!!!!

RickeScott's picture

First attempt?? I should be so talented... It is a great looking sweater!