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Fair Isle Pullover (Kid Size)

Fair Isle Pullover (Kid Size)

Fair Isle Pullover Free Knitting Pattern

Happy New Year!!! On the very first day of the brand new 365 days of 2017, I am pleased to share with you my new knitting pattern on a Poinsettia Fair Isle Pullover sweater (girl and boy version) which I have designed and knitted for my kids. I hope this sweater knitting pattern brings a whole new year of blessing to my readers, followers and visitors, may 2017 be a better year for you.

Fair Isle Yoke knit pattern

Fair Isle Pullover Sweater (Kid Size)

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Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. This Poinsettia Fair Isle Pullover uses 3 colors to create a pattern and at any one time, the most only 2 colors are involved. The knit pattern uses circular and double-pointed needles to knit from top-down in the round. It begins with a neck rib then extends to knit a yoke with Poinsettia Fair Isle pattern, followed by the body, lastly the sleeve. The Poinsettia Fair Isle pattern comes in 2 sizes, 8-10 years and 11-12 years. Photos and videos are included in the pattern to make it easier for you to understand how to knit this pullover.

free fair isle pullover pattern

To be frank, I have been wanting to knit winter clothing for my kids, especially for a winter vacation abroad. During early last year, we finally decided to have our holiday in Japan: Hokkaido and Tokyo to be particular.  Since we’ve planned it quite early, thus, I have ample time to design and knit a beautiful Pullover for my kids and also the cabled pullover for him and a raglan pullover for me, together with other knit items to be published soon.

fair isle pullover pattern

Not to worry that you will have leftover yarns from this fair isle pullover, I have a matched set of beanie hat and leg warmers that are using the same yarns. The yarn I used is Superwash Merino Yarn, it has the gauge tension of 24 sts x 34 rows in Stockinette Stitch. You may replace them with equivalent yarns that have a similar gauge.

Fair Isle Pullover Pattern (Kid Size)

Fair Isle Pullover Pattern (Kid Size)

Yield: Kid Size (8 to 12 Years Old)
Active Time: 14 days
Total Time: 14 days
Difficulty: Intermediate /Advance Level
Estimated Cost: $50 - $60

Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. This Poinsettia Fair Isle Pullover uses 3 colors to create a pattern and at any one time, the most only 2 colors are involved. The knit pattern uses circular and double-pointed needles to knit top-down in the round. It begins with a neck rib then extends to knit a yoke with Poinsettia Fair Isle pattern, followed by the body, lastly the sleeve. The Poinsettia Fair Isle pattern comes in 2 sizes, 8-10 years and 11-12 years. Photos and videos are included in the pattern to make it easier for you to understand.

Enjoy knitting them!

Download and print separately:
Tic-Tac-Toe with Poinsettia Color Pattern Chart (For Boy),
Heart with Poinsettia Color Pattern Chart (For Girl)
Dimension Diagram
Construction: Yoke, Work in Round, Top Down

Helpful video tutorial on Fair Isle Knitting and How to trap the floats

Materials

Tools

  • Needles: 16″ and 24″ Circular needle U.S. 3 (3mm) and U.S. 6 (4mm)
  • Needles: Double Pointed needle U.S. 3 (3mm) and U.S. 6 (4mm)
  • Stitch Markers
  • Stitch holders, 4″
  • Tapestry needle

Instructions

    Size: (Figure in square brackets refer to larger sizes)

    Children Age: 8-10 years [11-12 years]
    Chest: 30 [32] inch / 76 [81] cm
    Full Length: 24.5 [25.5] inch / 62.5 [65] cm
    Sleeve Seam: 13 [14] inch / 33 [35.5] cm

    Tension Gauge:
    Stockinette Stitch: 24 sts and 34 rows = 4″ (10cm) using U.S. 6 (4mm) needles

    Take time to make a gauge swatch to check your tension. Wash and block your swatch before measuring. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

    Instruction:
    The instructions are written for the smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size(s) the instructions will be written thus [ ]. Numbers for each size are shown in the same order throughout the pattern. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
    Abbreviations:
    alt = Alternate(ing)
    beg = Beginning
    cont = Continue
    dec = Decrease(ing)
    foll = Following
    k = Knit
    inc = Increase(ing)
    m1 = make 1 increase (click to learn to make it)
    P = Purl
    patt = Pattern
    rem = Remaining
    rep = Repeat
    RS = Right Side
    sl = slip
    st(s) = Stitch(es)
    WS = Wrong Side

Knit Written Pattern


    YOKE
    Using U.S. 3 (3mm) needles and yarn A, 2×2 tubular cast on 104 [116] sts (watch video on how to do 2×2 tubular cast-on in round). Insert a stitch marker at the beg of round (= mid back).
    Work 2×2 rib (k2, p2) in round for 1″ (2.5cm).

    Change to short circular needle size U.S.6 (4mm).
    Next round: k10 [15], *m1, k17 [29], rep from * to last 9 [14] sts, m1, k to end. 110 [120] sts.

    Then work an elevation at the back in stockinette st as follows: k8 [10] sts, past marker, turn, tighten yarn and p16 [20], turn, tighten yarn and k24 [30], turn, continue by working 8 [10] st on every turn until a total of 80 [100] sts have been worked, turn and k 1 round until marker mid back again.

    Then work Fair Isle patt (either Tic-Tac-Toe with Poinsettia for the boy, or Heart with Poinsettia for the girl) 11 [12] times. Change to a longer circular needle when there are enough sts.

    When Fair Isle patt has been worked, there are 286 [312] sts on needle. The piece now measures approx. 7.75″ mid front (measured without the neck ribbing).

    Cont to work with yarn A only.

    Next round (only for 8-10 years): k11, *m1, k24, rep from * to last 11 sts, m1, k to end. 298 sts.

    Next round (only for 11-12 years): k 1 round. 312 sts.

    Work next round as follow: k44 [44], slip the next 62 [68] sts on a stitch holder for sleeve (without working them first), cast on 9 [12] new sts, k87 [88] (= front piece), slip the next 62 [68] sts on a stitch holder for sleeve (without working them first), cast on 9 [12] new sts, k43 [44] sts. 192 [200] sts rem on the circular needle.

    BODY (Boy)

    Cont in stockinette st for 8″ [9″] (approx. 66 [74] rounds). Work the following patt set as shown in Tic-Tac-Toe with Poinsettia color chart.

    Round 1: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 2 to 4: A patt, rep patt to end
    Round 5: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 6: B patt, rep patt to end
    Round 7: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 8: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 9 to 11: A patt, rep patt to end
    Round 12: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 13: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Only for 8-10 years: Round 14 to 19: Work on C patt for 3 times, then C’ patt, work on C patt for 10 times, then C’ patt, work on C patt for 4 times to end.
    Only for 11-12 years: Round 14 to 19: C patt, rep patt to end.
    Round 20: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 21: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 22 to 26: E patt, rep patt to end
    Round 27: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 28: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 29: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 30 to 32: A patt, rep patt to end
    Round 33: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 34: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)

    Change to circular needle size U.S.3 (3mm) and with yarn B.

    Next round: k8 [5], *m1, k16 [10], rep from * to last 8 [5] sts, m1, k to end. 204 [220] sts.

    Then work 2×2 rib (k2, p2) for 1.75″. Tubular bind off.

    BODY (Girl)

    Cont in stockinette st for 12″ [13″] (approx. 100 [108] rounds).

    Change to circular needle size U.S.3 (3mm).

    Next round: k8 [5], *m1, k16 [10], rep from * to last 8 [5] sts, m1, k to end. 204 [220] sts.

    Then work 2×2 rib (k2, p2) for 1.75″. Tubular bind off the 2×2 rib.

    SLEEVE (Boy)

    Slip sts from stitch holder to Double Pointed needle U.S. 6 (4mm), cast in additional 10 [12] sts mid under sleeve (insert a marker in the middle of these sts) = 72 [80] sts. Cont in Stockinette st in a round with Yarn A.
    Work 6 [7] rounds, then dec 1 st on each side of the marker of next round and following 10th rounds until you reach 76 [87] round. Work the following patt set as shown in Tic-Tac-Toe with Poinsettia. Cont to work until the patt is done.

    Only for 8-10 years:

    Round 77: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray) while dec 1st on each side of the marker. (56 sts rem)
    Round 78 to 80: A patt, repeat patt to end
    Round 81: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 82: B patt, repeat patt to end
    Round 83: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 84: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 85 to 87: A patt, repeat patt to end
    Round 88: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray) while dec 1st on each side of the marker. (54 sts rem)
    Round 89: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 90 to 95: Work on C’ patt for 4 times, then C patt for 1 time to end
    Round 96: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 97: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray) while dec 1st on each side of the marker. (52 sts rem)
    Round 98 to 102: E patt, repeat patt to end
    Round 103: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 104: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 105: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 106 to 108: A patt, repeat patt to end
    Round 109: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 110: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)

    Only for 11-12 years:

    Round 88: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray) while dec 1st on each side of the marker. (62 sts rem)
    Round 89 to 91: A patt, repeat patt to last 2 stitches, k2 in yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 92: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 93: B patt, repeat patt to end
    Round 94: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 95: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 96 to 98: A patt, repeat patt to last 2 stitches, k2 in yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 99: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray) while dec 1st on each side of the marker. (60 sts rem)
    Round 100: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 101 to 106: C patt, repeat patt to end.
    Round 107: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 108: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray) while dec 1st on each side of the marker. (58 sts rem)
    Round 109 to 113: E patt, repeat patt to last 2 stitches, k2 in Yarn C (white)
    Round 114: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 115: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 116: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 117 to 119: A patt, repeat patt to last 2 stitches, k2 in yarn A (Dark Gray)
    Round 120: k in a round with Yarn B (Gray)
    Round 121: k in a round with Yarn A (Dark Gray)

    Change to Double Pointed needle U.S. 3 (3mm) and with yarn B, work 2×2 rib (k2, p2) for 1.5″. Tubular bind off the 2×2 rib.

    Rep the same on the other stitch holder of the sleeve.

    SLEEVE (Girl)

    Slip sts from stitch holder to Double Pointed needle U.S. 6 (4mm), cast in additional 10 [12] sts mid under sleeve (insert a marker in the middle of these sts) = 72 [80] sts. Cont in Stockinette st in a round with Yarn A.

    Work 6 [7] rounds, then dec 1 st on each side of the marker of next round and following 10th rounds until there are 52 [58] sts rem. Cont in Stockinette st for 5 rounds.

    Work “Sleeve Color Segment Patt” for 8 rounds. Note: for 11-12 years, rep patt to last 2 stitches, k2 in yarn A (Dark Gray). Approx. 110 [121] rounds have been worked.

    Change to Double Pointed needle U.S. 3 (3mm), work 2×2 rib (k2, p2) for 1.5″. Tubular bind off the 2×2 rib.

    Rep the same on the other stitch holder of the sleeve.

    TO FINISH OFF

    Sew the openings under the sleeves.

    BLOCKING
    Block the pullover to obtain the correct size.

    Dimension Diagram

    knit diagram (Download the pdf version here.)

    Color Pattern Charts

    heart color pattern diagram(Download the pdf version here.)

    tick tac toe color pattern diagram(Download the pdf version here.)

HOW TO KNIT FAIR ISLE PULLOVER (KID SIZE)

  1. This pullover pattern is knit from the top (start from neck rib) to the bottom. Follow the knit pattern to knit the pullover neck rib and followed by the elevation of the back.top down pullover 1
  2. Refer to the chart given, complete the fair isle pattern on the yoke.top down pullover 2
  3. Next, begin to work on the body pattern.top down pullover 3
  4. Follow the knit pattern to complete the body and waist rib, finish it with a tubular bind off.top down pullover 4
  5. Begin to work on the sleeve with a double-pointed needle as instructed by the knitting pattern.top down pullover 5
  6. Complete the sleeve and the ribband with a tubular bind off.top down pullover 6
  7. Sewing up the openings (the extra cast on sts in the pattern for the body and sleeve) under the sleeve.top down pullover 7
  8. After sewing up the opening.top down pullover 8
  9. Repeat the same on the sleeve to complete the Fair Isle pullover.
    Block the fair isle pullover to the correct size.top down pullover 9
  10. fair isle pullover

Notes

Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximated. You should have leftover on the minority yarn color (yarn B and C) upon completion. Hence, if you are knitting for both Boy and Girl pullover, you need to buy only 1 set for Yarn B and C.

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