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The Fair Isle Vest

Stranded & Steeked

with Mary Jane Mucklestone
Mary Jane Mucklestone invites you to get just as obsessed as she is by Fair Isle knitting. Then pick up your scissors and leap into steeking!

Like any challenging thing, Fair Isle knitting is both satisfying ... and a tiny bit addictive. Fiber artist Mary Jane Mucklestone invites you to get just as obsessed as she is by these intricate multicolored designs from the Shetland Islands. Then use steeking to transform your knit tube into a flattering and on-trend garment. Mary Jane designed this beautiful sweater vest just for Craftsy and chose traditional Shetland yarns to create it. You'll build your stranded colorwork skills round by round, then pick up your scissors and take a mad leap into steeking. It's true - you will cut into your knitting. Meanwhile, Mary Jane will encourage you to commit a multitude of knitting sins, including knotting your yarn joins, not weaving in ends, and ... hold onto your hat ... ignoring mistakes.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Mary Jane, your guide into the fabulous Fair Isle universe.


Lesson 2. Fair Isle History


Lesson 3. Shetland Wool


Lesson 4. Yarn & Color


Lesson 5. Fair Isle Charts


Lesson 6. Swatching


Lesson 7. Knitting Your Vest


Lesson 8. Steeking Your Vest


Lesson 9. Shaping & Reinforcing


Lesson 10. Finishing

"I just finished my fair isle sweater and could not have been happier with this class. Mary Jane presents clear instructions on every aspect of this sweater's construction. Every question I had was answered within a video lesson. I now feel so much more confident with the techniques taught in this class and I will be able to apply them to future projects."
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