Playing with Fair Isle

I decided I would start a blog to help show my followers my design process and inspiration. I have recently released a new range which has gone away from the textural pieces I have done in the past and instead I am looking at clean lines, pattern and colours. I am still however very focused on the functionality of products. I like to design items that are stylish and functional.

My interest in pattern began when I started to experiment with fair isle and very quickly found that once set up it is an easy way to add colour and pattern to fabrics.

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To design fair isle patterns I begin by working on a grid to create 24 stitch repeat patterns

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These patterns are then transferred on to a 24 stitch punch card which is then  fed into the knitting machine for it to read.
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After the punch card has been set up in the machine it will read the pattern as you move the hand powered carriage to create fabric like this
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