8 New Fair Isle Crochet Projects

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With it’s included beginner’s guide, you can make any of the 8 beautiful designs included in Fair Isle Crochet Projects.

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Cover Fair Isle Crochet Projects. Leisure Arts, Review by Rhondda Mol, Oombawka Design Crochet

Title: Fair Isle Crochet Projects
Author: Melissa Leapman
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2018
ISBN: 978-1-4647-7039-5
Photographer: Jason Masters
Paperback: $12.99
Digital Download: $9.99

8 New Fair Isle Crochet Projects Review

Adding color to your crochet projects is not as difficult as you think. Melissa Leapman’s new book, Fair Isle Crochet Projects, guides you through the basics and includes 8 patterns you can use to make your own hats, scarves, cowls, pillows and afghans.

A step-by-step photo tutorial is provided to show you exactly how to change your yarn colors (in more than one way), how to carry your yarn floats and how to read and work from the included charts.

Each pattern includes a color chart and written instructions.  You will need to follow the chart for the color changes for each pattern.

The patterns included are:

  • Laurel Leaves Hat & Scarf. Supplies: Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 5 mm (H) crochet hook. Difficulty: Easy+
  • Hugs & Kisses Hat & Cowl. Supplies: Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 5 mm (H) crochet hook. Difficulty: Easy+
  • Stars & Diamonds Afghan & Pillow. Supplies: Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 4 mm (G) hook for the Afghan and a 5.5 mm (I) hook for the pillow. Difficulty: Easy+
  • Zigzags & Diamonds Afghan & Pillow. Supplies: Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 4 mm (G) hook for the Afghan and 5 mm (H) hook for the pillow. Difficulty: Easy+

Each pattern includes it’s own written stitch guide for the special stitches you need to use.

You can see even more images here: Fair Isle Crochet Projects


The General Instructions begin on page 44 and include abbreviations, symbols & terms and the following explanations and stitch techniques:

  • gauge
  • joining with sc
  • back ridge
  • back loops only
  • free loops
  • post stitch
  • weave thru stitches
  • whipstitch
  • pom-pom

Diagrams have been included for many of the techniques to help you visualize the explanations.

The sample projects were crocheted in the following yarns:

  • LAUREL LEAVES HAT & SCARF > Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®
  • HUGS & KISSES HAT & COWL > Red Heart® Soft®
  • STARS & DIAMONDS AFGHAN & PILLOW >  Caron® Simply Soft®
  • ZIGZAGS & DIAMONDS AFGHAN & PILLOW > Caron® Simply Soft®

I love the bold geometric shapes and designs included for these 8 projects. I especially love the Zigzags & Diamonds Afghan and Pillow Set. I think making a pillow would be a great way to practice Fair Isle Crochet.

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  1. I particularly like that you mentioned the yarn used for some of the patterns. I usually look at that first with a pattern I like. This book looks very interesting. All I have to do first is whip through all those WIPs I have.

  2. I liked reading your take on this crochet book. So much that I might just get this book too. I got one that you had reviewed due to the fact that you explained everything about the book. Many many years ago, I use to thing Fair Isle crochet was very hard but it really isn’t, it just looks like it is.

  3. I love the look of Fair Isle! I have always been too intimidated to try. I may take your advice and start with a pillow. Thanks!

  4. I am looking for a rectangular doily pattern and would like you to review ULTRA BEAUTY – DOILY EPATTERN soon. Thanks for every thing you do to help us become better crocheters.

  5. Hello! I would love a review of the Learn To Tapestry Crochet eBook. I love tapestry and would love to learn to do it correctly. Thanks for introducing me to the Leisure Arts page…so many books i’m loving it.

  6. I want to get the Learn to Tapestry Crochet book, I’m not sure if I’m doing it right and think this book would be the ticket for me. Thanks for the great review.

  7. Learning to do this is actually on my “To Do” list! What a great start it would be! 😉

  8. I would pick Shrugs and Boleros. Or the Simply Crochet a different way. (I believe that was the name of the book.) 😉

  9. Yarn Pooling Made Easy, I am so interested in this. But I would be happy with anything you choose.

  10. Thanks for a chance to win this. It’s been on my list to give fair isle crocheting a try

  11. I’d love to read a review of Aran Afghans, particularly to learn about their difficulty level. While I like a challenge, I haven’t done a lot of cables. Yet 🙂