David's sweater...

If you haven't noticed (via love and wool), my favourite thing in the world is fairisle knitting. I love stranded colour work. I adore the way the Jamieson's of Shetland yarn stretches over my fingers, I love the sticky nature of it, weaving in the ends when I'm finished, and most of all, the risk of cutting a steek.

I was lucky enough to make a sweater for England's own David Evans. I'd been reading his blog for ages, and I was a long time admirer of his work promoting handcraft.

I won't make the story telling bit of this too long, as I've heard many people talk about how much they hate scrolling through nonsense to get to a recipe.

You've probably already heard the tales on David's end anyway, so I'll just cut to the chase, and give you the pattern you're here for!

The pattern:

Some caveats, as usual: This is not for beginners. It isn't all that difficult, aside from the constant colour changes, but if you've never done stranded colour work, best to back away and find something a bit more easy going to cut your teeth on, OR a better written set of instructions. I recommend Alice Starmore, Kate Davies, or Mary Jane Mucklestone for a well written pattern.

What you'll need to get started:


100cm 2.10mm circular needles

100cm 3.30mm circular needles

tapestry needle for weaving in ends


Of course you can adjust the colours to your liking but I used the following:

All yarn is from Jamieson's of Shetland. They graciously sponsored me, and provided the yarn for this project.

Main colour: Steel 6-8 balls (depending on the size you're going to make)

Cardinal 2 balls

Prussian blue 2 balls

Neptune 2 balls

Dewdrop 2 balls

Mustard 1 ball