Fair Isle Knitting or "stranded knitting" is the technique of using two or more colors in a row of a pattern. The unused colors are carried (or stranded) along the back of the work, creating floats. This type of knitting has a definate right side and wrong side. Because of the strands being carried along the back of the work, Fair Isle knitting is often worked in the round as opposed to back and forth. Instructions usually include a color chart to follow along row by row making it easy to follow. Our favorite Fair Isle Knitting patterns are listed below.
We recommend starting with a Fair Isle Hat. We have a complete tutorial (with lots of photos) done in 4 parts for the Fair Isle Mystery Hat. It's small, it works up quickly, and you'll learn how to knit in the round and Fair Isle.