I may have mentioned this before, but it’s cold where I am.
To combat the cold, I am knitting mittens; but not any old mittens – Fair Isle mittens. Stranded colorwork makes the warmest mittens, as all those strands in the back form an extra layer, providing terrific insulation.
I didn’t really have a design in mind when I started, I just knew I needed the strands for warmth. (This may be the first time I’ve designed something considering the wrong side first.) I grabbed three colors of wool, cracked open my favorite Fair Isle books, picked a few stitch patterns and did a bit of quick charting. Presto: a warm and wonderful Fair Isle sampler, with that much-needed layer of insulation.
If you’re in need of warmth, we’ve got a couple of Fair Isle designs in the new! Winter issue – these should get you started: