Fair Isle in flat knitting

Hey everyone! I’ve only done a bit of Fair Isle, and I loved it, but it was in the round. I need to make something with Fair Isle on straight needles, with a front and back :frowning: I’m really getting confused on how to weave on the purl side, as well as how to weave at the ends before turning.

Does anyone have quick tips, or some website/tutorial to point me in the right direction? I really appreciate it!

ETA: Actually I just realized that the project I need to do this for, I could just use duplicate stitch! woohoo! Still though, is knitting Fair Isle flat something that I need to learn anyway? If so, you can still reply :wink:

It’s not impossible, just a PITA sometimes. I think the hardest part is keeping the pattern straight since you have to work left to right. Maybe I find it difficult because I’m so used to working in the round. I recently had to work back and forth for part of a sweater, and it was a bit confusing because I was so used to the pattern from the front.

Once you get going, though, especially from the beginning, it’s not so bad. To catch the yarn for long runs, you do it the same way, just from the back. I had to turn the work around the first time I did it, just to remind myself what went where.

Well, it’s up to you, but I say don’t do it! Do you find stranded colourwork a bit fiddly sometimes? What about purling, is it a pleasure compared to knitting? Now imagine purling withg two colours. I love stranded colourwork but I never purl it!! There is a reason so many patterns for this are in the round or steeked. Honestly, if you want to try it for the sake of it, learning a new skill, the challenge, or you enjoy suffering, go for it, but if not, I think there are better ways. Either knit things that are round, or knit something round and then cut it open and flat. Most things could be done steeked, I think, and probably a lot faster. IMO it’s tricky and not worth it but if you want to learn it, why not?

Most of the FI I have done so far has been back and forth probably, except for hats. It is not so hard if you do small motifs that are close together so you don’t even have to think about weaving. If the color changes are only every 5 stitches you can get away without weaving.

That said, I don’t [U]like[/U] doing it particularly, mostly, as Ingrid said, because you can’t see the pattern on the back and that makes it unfun, i.e. harder. I’m thinking of learning to steek and picking Ingrid’s brain more on that in her sticky post. Sounds promising. :slight_smile: