I had such a productive week last week that I found myself with a little time on my hands on Friday, so I turned to two of my favourite books for inspiration.

When I worked for Courtaulds, one of my roles was to run the corporate identity programme.  I found myself immersed in the world of graphic design and found it completely fascinating.  I have never lost my love of fonts and pixels (I’m married to a graphic designer) and this extends to my designs.  For me a  Fair Isle chart is a graphic feast but I am not only drawn to traditional motifs.  There are so many other graphic devices that work well when knitted up.

The two books I reached for were A Handbook of Weaves by G. H. Oelsner and Charted Peasant Designs from Saxon Transylvania by Heinz Edgar Kiewe.

Weaving charts are so very similar to the ones we use in knitting as you can see. I have worked the one on the left in to a hat for my hubby and will write the pattern up soon.  I have two hanks of Kate Davies’ Buachaille earmarked for the final design.


And the charted cross stitch designs work really well too.  You have to choose your motifs carefully otherwise you might end up doing more Intarsia than Fair Isle knitting – I am so rubbish at Intarsia. I am toying with the idea of a wrap in Kauni Effektgarn Laceweight with an extended steek so I can create some tassels when I cut it. Here is a little test swatch I have been working on.


So if you are looking for inspiration cast your net wide and keep your mind open – you won’t be disappointed.

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