Alison Crowther-Smith


This is a pattern for a Fairisle Throw, depicting a winter landscape of trees at night.

The completed Throw measures 101cm x 78cm.

It is knitted completely in the round, using a 60cm long, 4mm circular needle. The Throw is then steeked and the mitred border is also knitted in the round, in stocking stitch, using a 150cm long, 3.75mm circular needle. The Steek Bridge is added at the end of every row. Please note that instructions to secure the steek before cutting are not included in the pattern as this technique varies widely. I use surface crochet but use whatever method you prefer such as hand or machine sewing before steeking.

The Fairisle continues throughout – other than the border, the entire Throw is stranded. At the top, there is beading but the Fairisle continues, i.e., the shade not in use (B) continues to be carried and caught across the back of the work.

I used two shades of Rowan Felted Tweed DK. 7 x 50g balls of Seafarer, sh 170 (yarn A) or c 1,575m of DK weight wool-based yarn that is suitable for steeking; and 3 x 50g balls of Rowan Felted Tweed DK in Alabaster, sh 197 (yarn B), or c 700m of DK weight wool-based yarn that is suitable for steeking.

The main Throw is knitted in the round on a 60cm long, 4mm circular needle but you can knit this in the round by any method you prefer. Circular needles are measured tip-to-tip, not just the cable.

There are 6 charts excluding the steek bridge chart. The charts are large and difficult to reproduce in print on A4 paper. I have presented the PDF in landscape format to help but this design will be easier to knit using the PDF on a device such as an iPad, tablet, lap-top or PC.

Once the Throw is knitted and steeked, the border is picked up and knitted in the round, using a 150cm long, 3.75mm needle. This border is stocking stitch and both shades are used. The corners are mitred for increases, then decreases with a fold line. Once folded down and slip stitched into place, the cast-on, cast-off and both steeked side edges including the steek itself, are fully enclosed.

After it is completed, the Throw is immersed in luke warm water for 20 – 30 minutes. This final step is vital and the pattern gives full details.

Other than the steek bridge and the first pattern chart, all the charts are ‘random’ and are based on my original hand-drawings. the design is fully charted other than the border. Because of this, plus the beading and the steeking, I rate this design as fairly challenging.

Cost:  £8.50

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