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KNITTING PAPER – PDF

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that one of my new year’s resolutions for the past TWO years has been to knit a Fair Isle slipover, possibly with matching socks or legwarmers (& a jumper for Teddy?) and I haven’t even come close to designing one. The trouble is that there are so many wonderful possibilities! Where to begin?


More Fair Isle inspiration on Pinterest.

Online Knitting ClassDo I want colours of similar hues, or do I want to mix them up? What about keeping the background colour constant throughout? I do know that I’d like to combine modern patterns with the traditional ones, and I’d quite like each design to have some sort of symbolic meaning, even if I’m the only one who knows about it.

With so much to keep in mind, I thought it would be better to start small, and use this knitting paper I designed to doodle Fair Isle patterns I liked, when I came across them. Mary Mucklestone’s amazing 200 Fair Isle Motifs (more on that later) gave me a head start on patterns, and when I have time I’ll be working through her Fair Isle course on Craftsy. Of course I could do the job in iWork, but it wouldn’t be half as much fun, would it? You all know how much I enjoy colouring in! :)

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Once I have the patterns I like, I can cut them out in strips and play with the positioning until I’m happy with the way they look together. I may need to find some more coloured pencils though… ;)

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KNITTING PAPER – PDF

The PDF includes both large and small versions of the stitch paper, in both orientations. I hope you find it useful! :)

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23 Comments

  1. autumngeisha says:

    What a cool idea! This will be a fun way to experiment with different colourwork patterns. I love Mary Jane’s book, also. Thanks for the knitting paper download.

  2. NancyN says:

    What fun! Thank you! I love colored pencils.

  3. Mudlark says:

    Lovely! I’ve been hoping to come across something like this for awhile. I especially like how you kept the knit stitch look, instead of just plain old graph paper. Thank you so much!

  4. Jess says:

    Thank you! This is so much easier than graph paper, or a spreasdsheet :)

  5. How unique! I’m anxious to draw some shamrocks for the preemie hats we’re making. Thank you so much for your ideas — and for your generosity in sharing your work.

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  7. Paula says:

    I wish I had some of this paper when designing my first super long stocking caps! A couple of my snowflakes looked great on ordinary knitting graph paper but didn’t translate well in yarn.

    This will come in very handy. Thanks!

  8. Hi,
    I’m a crocheter; I haven’t yet learned the art of knitting. But I wonder if you might know where I could find such graphs for crocheting. My searches haven’t brought up what I’m looking for.
    Thanks!
    Amy

  9. Laura says:

    This is such a great idea! My only concern is that usually stockinette stitch is wider than it is tall, so if you use this as is, the images might get kinda skewed once you’ve knit it up. I ran into that issue writing my book about intarsia, so I wanted to pass on the info! My calculations say that for the width of every 3 sts you get about 4 rows of height, or stitches are generally 3/4 as tall as they are wide. Hope that helps!

    • linda says:

      when I looked at the print out I also thought that the stitches appeared to be as wide as they are tall. However, if you measure you’ll find that they are exactly as you say: 3 stitches to 4 rows. It is an optical illusion.

  10. Heidi says:

    Oh that’s just amazing! I adore the thought of colouring in my own faire isle pattern – hope to do it one day – when I’m a good enough knitter. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. linda says:

    Thank you, Derya, what a great idea. That knitting paper is very helpful.

  12. bxknits says:

    Great idea on the graph paper, but OMG is that Lady Edith in the center top photo?

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  14. torirot says:

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  15. [...] round, there is this cheat sheet option.  A second, very handy freebie also provided by Laylock is this rather nifty knitting pattern paper, ideal for charting colour patterns, if you want to add a bit of [...]

  16. [...] One more great site is Laylock. I hapened to find that site when I saw that they have downloadable paper to plan your knitting pattern. [...]

  17. [...] of working on Quotidian Colourwork, I have also found an amazing resource on the Laylock blog: Knitting Doodle Paper. I have seen charts in Estonian knitting books which are shaped like knitted stitches rather than [...]

  18. [...] Eure Muster alle selbst zeichnet, da hab ich im Austausch für Tipps einen kleinen Link-Hinweis: http://www.laylock.org/blog/2013/02/knitting-on-paper/ Da gibts ein PDF zum Download, eine Druckvorlage, bei der die Kästchen wie Maschen und nicht wie [...]

  19. [...] Eure Muster alle selbst zeichnet, da hab ich im Austausch für Tipps einen kleinen Link-Hinweis: http://www.laylock.org/blog/2013/02/knitting-on-paper/ Da gibts ein PDF zum Download, eine Druckvorlage, bei der die Kästchen wie Maschen und nicht wie [...]

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  22. Linda says:

    Thanks for the paper


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