How to Knit a Small Fair Isle Motif

By Kristi Porter

A small Fair Isle motif can be used as a simple knit border or as an allover pattern. This small Fair Isle motif pattern works well as an accent in all kinds of knitting projects.

1Cast on 27 stitches (or any multiple of 8 plus 3) with color A.

Color A is the same as the main color (or MC) if you intend to use this pattern as a detail on a larger project.

2Knit for 1 inch, ending with a wrong-side row.

This step creates a plain-colored border with color A.

3Follow the stitch chart as shown.

Repeat the 7 rows for the pattern.

4If you’re using this as a border stripe, repeat the 7 rows as many times as desired.

End the last repeat after Row 5.

5Continue with color A only.

If you’re making a swatch, work a few more rows with color A, and then bind off.