Fair Isle Weekend, by Mary Jane Mucklestone.

It’s been a long wait, but Mary Jane Mucklestone’s new book has finally arrived!
In Fair Isle Weekend, Mary Jane Mucklestone takes us on a virtual trip to Shetland. This beautifully produced hardcover book features 8 colorwork designs, a steeking tutorial, and a few essays on life and knitting traditions in Shetland.
Laine is the publisher, known for their popular knitting and lifestyle magazine, which we’re delighted will be back with a new issue in December. Mucklestone’s designs are shown clearly in tantalizing photographs that highlight the knitterly details as much as the striking landscape.
Fair Isle Weekend is $42.95 and available for local pickup here at the shop or USPS Priority Mail shipping (an additional $8). Order online to get a copy for yourself or a colorwork-loving friend – inspiring knitting books make excellent gifts!

Colorwork stitch dictionaries.

Our current Strange Brew colorwork design classes have students itching for books of colorwork inspiration – stitch dictionaries in particular, books full of motifs that can be applied to a variety of projects. Three of our favorites are back in stock – let’s take a look!

Andrea Rangel’s Alterknits is a playful collection of 200 non-traditional colorwork stitch patterns, with geometric and figural patterns alike – from chevrons and op-art motifs to bicycles, chickens, and sheep.

Mary Jane Mucklestone’s 200 Fair Isle Motifs is focused on the particular Scottish colorwork tradition for which it is named.

Mucklestone has organized the motifs by the number of rows and stitches in each pattern repeat, making it easy to find a pattern that divides evenly into the number of stitches you’re working with on any given project – hat, socks, sweater, etc. Each chart is shown not only in the traditional black-dots-on-a-white-grid style, but also in a color photograph, a color variation, and an all-over version, giving the knitter a jump start on adapting these patterns for many uses.

Mucklestone brings the same inspiring approach to her 150 Scandinavian Motifs, which shares colorwork stitch patterns from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

Come by the shop to browse these and other books! We hope you find inspiration here.