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Design Idea - Fair Isle Sweaters



Sometimes finding a design idea is as simple as looking in your closet.  Fair Isle sweaters have great patterns.



They may look complicated, but each row only has 2 colors.



There are simple geometric patterns and not so simple geometric patterns.




These designs can be easily adapted to cross-stitch for borders and to fill an area.  Start with a simple zig-zag, line or cross.  Vary the colors.  Add dots, circles and other shapes.  Sometimes you'll be amazed at the patterns you can make with only a few colors and a few shapes.

I've even used these sweaters as an inspiration for a beaded amulet bag.  It's done in peyote stitch.  The grid is a different shape than cross-stitch but it lends itself to similar patterns.  As in Fair Isle, each row only has 2 colors.


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