I’ve done it! I’ve knit a fair isle sweater!
The pattern is Isle of Trucks by Fawn Pea, available through Knit Picks for US$1.99. I used Knit Picks Cotlin yarn, a lovely blend of cotton and linen. And, since I couldn’t stand to make an orange sweater, I changed all the colours. I finished it up last week, right in the middle of a whole bunch of hot, hot weather.
The main colour of the sweater is Harbour; Peapod in the pattern became Sprout, Indigo Heather became Blackberry; Squirrel Heather became Whisker, and White became Linen. I made the largest size, and ran out of the main colour of yarn. If you are planning on knitting this, buy an extra ball of the main colour.
Since I was worried about the colourwork section turning out too tight, I actually knit that part of the sweater inside out. And I have to say, I am very, very pleased with the results.
With the addition of a cute little label, this sweater is now ready for the first cold day of the autumn. The little man and I can’t wait!