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Fair Isle Style

Fair Isle Style - jacket art

Photo copyright Chris Vaccaro used with permission

Welcome to the final stop on the Fair Isle Style blog tour. If you haven't been lucky enough to see this gorgeous book by Mary Jane Mucklestone  you really should get your hands on a copy. It is filled with gorgeous photos and must-knit designs from many favorite designers and of course a few from ultra-talented Mary Jane herself. I personally want to make one of everything within its pages. I am currently in search of babies to knit a pair of Carrie Bostick Hoge's  Peerie Weerie Booties for, or a young child who would might enjoy Lucinda Guy's Babsie Bird.

Fair Isle Style - Peerie Weerie Booties beauty shot Fair Isle Style - Babsie Bird beauty shot

Photos copyright Chris Vaccaro used with permission

After showing my sisters my copy of the book they are both angling for a pair of Spilly Jane's Mushroom Kelliemuffs. A Christmas pair for each perhaps?

Fair Isle Style - Mushroom Kelliemuffs beauty shot

Photo copyright Chris Vaccaro used with permission

I am very excited, and honored to have had the chance to make a contribution to Fair Isle Style. My design is the Hap-Lapghan, a very cozy lap blanket made using two colors of Cascade Eco Cloud.

Fair Isle Style - Hap-Lapghan beauty shot

Photo copyright Chris Vaccaro used with permission

When Mary Jane said she was looking for designs that used traditional Fair Isle techniques, but with an updated look I immediately envisioned a bold, graphic, modern afghan. Something that might look as good on the ornately carved antique chairs that I inherited from my grandmother as it does on the clean lines of a sleek leather couch.


The construction of the Hap-Lapghan starts in the center with very few stitches and builds outward in broad stripes which graduate in size. A chevron border using traditional Fair Isle techniques finishes the piece and contrasts with the boldly striped center.


Izzy was happy to wrap herself up on a chilly fall day to model the lapghan before I shipped it off to Mary Jane.


Mary Jane has offered to send a copy of Fair Isle Style to one lucky reader. To enter just make a comment on this post by midnight next Friday, October 4th. I will select the winner using a random number generator.

To read more about the book visit the other blogs on the tour by following the links below.

Thursday, September 19: Mary Jane Mucklestone - Valenzi Cardigan and Morrowless Socks

Friday, September 20: Carrie Hoge - Peerie Weerie Booties

Monday, September 23: Norah Gaughan - Mareel Shrug

Tuesday, September 24: Courtney Kelly - Fara Raglan & Kate Osborne - Scandi Sukkalegs

Wednesday, September 25: Gudrun Johnston - Bressay Dress

Thursday, September 26: Kat Coyle - Keltin Skirt


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All those colours are so wonderfully combined.

Such beautiful work, I can't wait to start knitting.

Great designs throughout the book. I do especially love the afghan you designed and I'm so NOT an afghan knitter!

I love Fair Isle and this book has so many projects that I would love to knit. I especially love the baby boots.

oh wow, thank you for this opportunity, I would loooove to get my hands on this book.
best wishes from Iceland

Ooh, I'd love to win a copy of this beautiful book. If the contest is international, please count me in!

What great designs! I have always wanted to learn how to knit Fair Isle...maybe now is the time?!

What an amazing fresh take on fair isle! I always love her work! Hope I win!

Wow! Rarely does a book hold so many designs that I want to knit all at the same time! Those booties are adorable and I'm going to knit them even though there are no babies on the horizon!!

That's one beautiful and original afghan! The fabric on your chair is also lovely. I have an antique chair that I want to reupholster and I think I'll try to find similar fabric.

Yes please, I would love a copy of this book...it's beautiful.

Nice designs... thanks for the giveaway

Gorgeous designs.

I love the afghan ... such a clever interpretation of Fair Isle!

What a great offer!
I love the idea interpreting fair isle in a modern way. I want to knit something with fair isle for my winter project. so far I have no specific project in my mind, but maybe the book will help.


I would love a pair of those mushroom mittens too! And maybe one of everything else!

I have been thinking of making an afghan, your design is beautiful!!!

Love the blanket & the book!

You lap-ghan is gorgeous! I've never knitted an afghan but maybe should give yours a try.
wahoomerryf on Rav

Love the beautiful pictures!!! This book looks so well done and the projects are really great! Would love to flip throgh the pages...

Love the afghan pattern. Congratulations on being included in such an interesting collection.

I love your afghan design! A real show stopper. Imagine all the colour possibilities? Beautiful.

I really love the mushroom mitts. I think I'd make them full mitts though. It's my fingertips that get cold. I like the modern simplicity of your lapghan. I've been wanting to make an afghan for a long time, but I want to make a huge one that my husband and I can really wrap up in. Our basement (the dungeon) is freezing, and that's where we have our TV. Thanks for the giveaway!

So many beautiful designs in one book! I'd love to win :-)

I would love to win a copy of this book. It's on my wishlist on Amazon. :o)

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