A question

Is Fair Isle the same as stranding? Or is stranding how you do Fair Isle?

Ginny

http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/FEATwin06TT.html

Stranding the method used in Fair Isle.

Another nice link is here

So, stranding is floating the second color on the WS. I’ve never done fair isle OR stranding before. So, in fair isle, instead of floating it across the back, do you restart a yarn every time you switch color? If so, that would be OODLES of ends to weave in. I think I would lke color stranding. Can you color strand for a fair isle pattern or only when there are just 2 colors? Thanks in advance!

Fair Isle is done using stranding-nothing different, it refers to the patterns you use rather than the technique.

http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/FEATwin06TT.html

Fair Isle or stranding is traditionally done with two colors I believe, but you see it with lots of colors now sometimes.

I thought they were the same… Thanks for explaining.

Fair Isle or stranding is traditionally done with two colors I believe, but you see it with lots of colors now sometimes.
In my reading on stranding and Fair Isle, it is that FI is only 2 colors PER ROW but the “background” color changes on intervals of rows. I think of it as the background color is “striped” but each row you still only have 2 colors (and that is what is keeping me sane as I try to knit my Jamaica Mistaka hat for my dh - only 2 colors per row, despite the fact that I have 4 colors in the hat).