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Norah’s Knits: Fair Isle Style – Win a book!

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I was very excited when I received my copy of  Mary Jane Mucklestone‘s new book, Fair Isle Style.  An admired colleague and personal friend,  Mary Jane is our secret weapon when it come to photo shoots. She’s been our stylist for the last few years, choosing the clothes and jewelry to best show off our knitwear. Her consummate eye and ability to keep a view of the big picture is invaluable.

Fair Isle Style - jacket art

Mary Jane’s love of color and whimsy along with her love of Fair Isle knitting come across beautifully in this book. Several of the designs are her own, while she also acted as curator and editor – gathering the remaining designs from an impressive spectrum of fellow designers like Ysolda Teague, Gudrun Johnson and Nancy Bush.  I was very happy to be asked to contribute a design as well.

My Mareel Shrug is worked almost seamlessly (there are 2 seams) in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. I chose high contrasting color on a neutral background, but with over 70 colors to choose from your options are almost limitless.

Fair Isle Style - Mareel Shrug beauty shot

Leave a comment below to enter to win a copy of Fair isle Style. Enter before Sunday, September 29th at 11:59 PM EST.  Entires limited to the US and Canada. We’ll announce a winner in next week’s Norah’s Knits!

Meanwhile check out more stops on the blog tour:

Friday, September 20: Carrie Hoge – Peerie Weerie Booties
Monday, September 23: Norah Gaughan – Mareel Shrug
Tuesday, September 24: Courtney Kelly – Fara Raglan & Kate Osborne – Scandi Sukkalegs
Wednesday, September 25: Gudrun Johnston – Bressay Dress
Thursday, September 26: Kat Coyle – Keltin Skirt
Friday, September 27: Kirsten Kapur – Hap-Lapghan

151 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love fair isles! I kept one my mother made me for years. I’d love the book!

    September 23, 2013
  2. Harlee Cole #

    WOW, I am too afraid to try any colour work other than a simple stripe. I had tried making a stranded fingerless glove but my “floats” were super tight and it distorted my pattern…..:(

    September 23, 2013
  3. amchart #

    I’d love to win!

    September 23, 2013
  4. I would love to win the book. I have done Fair Isle knitting and am always interested in new designs.

    September 23, 2013
  5. Penny Reese #

    I love Ms. mucklestone’s modern twist to colorwork. Having a copy of her book for my own would be perfect!

    September 23, 2013
  6. Wow! The Mareel shrug — what a unique design. I’m dying to know how it’s constructed.
    Carol

    September 23, 2013
  7. Dee #

    Ultra Alpaca is an amazing yarn–to knit with and to wear. I would love to win so I can have the challenge of choosing colors for your lovely vest!

    September 23, 2013
  8. Another unique shape from Norah!

    September 23, 2013
  9. Chris Chambers #

    Love knitting Fair Isle. Thanks for the giveway!

    September 23, 2013
  10. lozlozloz #

    Want!

    September 23, 2013
  11. I love this book. There are so many terrific, colorful patterns. I just made my first colorwork hat, so I’m excited to try my hand at a larger project this time. Thanks for the giveaway!

    September 23, 2013
  12. savannagal #

    I love this book. There are so many terrific and colorful patterns. I just completed my first colorwork project, a hat, and am excited to try my hand at a larger project next. Thanks for the giveaway.

    September 23, 2013
  13. Fincastle Mom #

    What a lovely book – and a great excuse to learn more about color knitting. Please enter me!

    September 23, 2013
  14. I have yet to try fair isle, but this looks very tempting!

    September 23, 2013
  15. Kimberly Harbrecht #

    The warm cowl, booties, geometric blanket… so many great patterns!

    September 23, 2013
  16. I love color but have very little natural color sense. that is why I look to designers for help.

    September 23, 2013
  17. I’m not the most fabulous fair isle knitter, but would love to win a copy! :)

    September 23, 2013
  18. Debbie S #

    The book looks wonderful! I love the look of fair isle knitting and thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

    September 23, 2013
  19. Deb #

    wow! Looks like I’m first to comment! I’d love the book………Mary Jane’s last one is just fantastic!

    September 23, 2013
  20. Looks like a beautiful book! Love her work and yours! Thanks for the chance.

    September 23, 2013
  21. Sue Waid #

    Seamless and so adorable. Love the shrug.

    September 23, 2013
  22. Wow, the book looks wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win!

    September 23, 2013
  23. Looks great! Thanks for the chance to win.

    September 23, 2013
  24. chppie #

    Nice looking book. As a newbie to fair isle there’s a lot to motivate me to be brave. Thanks for featuring it. I also like today’s featured pattern, with its animal print feel.

    September 23, 2013
  25. Suzie #

    Love this book! I would be delighted to win a copy.

    September 23, 2013
  26. There is nothing like Fair Isle Style. I’ve loved Fair Isle since I was a child and that was many years ago. Only recently have I braved knitting Fair Isle. I have a long way to go, but I am making progress. Mary Jane’s book would be great inspiration for knitting Fair Isle.

    Bordergirl on Ravelry

    September 23, 2013
  27. Karen Rumbaugh #

    been wanting to try this technique. would love to win this book.

    September 23, 2013
  28. Beth #

    I am working on a vest for my grandson, using Berroco Comfort yarn. This is my first Berroco “experience” and I’m madly in love with this yarn. I’m hoping a Fair Isle sweat we is in my near future!

    September 23, 2013
  29. Positive Polly #

    I love the challenges of Fair Isles, but have very little confidence when it comes to the colour choices and combinations. Being able to work the gorgeous seamless patterns and bold designs would be bonus! Congratulations on your contribution to this book!

    September 23, 2013
  30. I love Fair Isles knitting but have very little confidence when it comes to selecting colours and combinations. Your own design looks beautiful with the bold contrasts. Thank You for this opportunity to win the book.

    September 23, 2013
  31. Laura #

    Lovely book!

    September 23, 2013
  32. Amy Barnes #

    I would love to win this book! I’ve had it in my amazon wish list for a few weeks now.

    September 23, 2013
  33. This looks like a great book! I am going to have to try colourwork at some point!

    September 23, 2013
  34. Therese #

    So many inventive, interesting designs in this book – a must-have for FI knitters.

    September 23, 2013
  35. Maryanne Cadwell #

    I love fairisle and Norah’s patterns!

    September 23, 2013
  36. That sweater on the cover is stunning! I would love to win a copy.

    September 23, 2013
  37. YAM #

    Love fair isle projects! Win or not, this book is definitely going into my library.

    September 23, 2013
  38. Virginia S #

    The book looks amazing! Love fair Isle and would be thrilled to win a copy of this book.

    September 23, 2013
  39. Deana Leonard #

    Beautiful fair isle, hope to be able to try soon

    September 23, 2013
  40. Angela Loomis #

    I’ve done colorwork, but not real Fair Isle – this would be fun to win!

    September 23, 2013
  41. Nancy Thurber #

    Looks fabulous, love the contemporary style!

    September 23, 2013
  42. Love Fair Isle, beautiful to see…fun to knit. This book looks delightful.

    September 23, 2013
  43. I love Fair Isle! My first sweater was fair isle.

    September 23, 2013
  44. Jane Seaman #

    I’ve just discovered colored knitting and BAM!! I’m in love with knitting all over again!

    September 23, 2013
  45. Knitting Fair Isle is my latest knitting love! I have a lot to learn and winning this book would be wonderful!

    September 23, 2013
  46. Love this book! Very few books where I would be interested in knitting all of the patterns! I would love to add this book to my knitting library!

    September 23, 2013
  47. Wow! Beautiful!!

    September 23, 2013
  48. Monica Owens #

    I am so excited to see this book! I am pretty fresh from my first fair isle class and cannot wait to get started on a sweater. This would be a wonderful go-to book.

    September 23, 2013
  49. Paula Hurst #

    Beautiful shrug!

    September 23, 2013
  50. Ooooo would I love to win this book, my fair isle needs work!

    September 23, 2013
  51. Celeste #

    Yes please enter me as well. Love your shrug, wonderful to see a traditional technique in a new shap.

    September 23, 2013
  52. Cathie Ryerson #

    The 2 sweaters pictured have inspired me to try Fair Isle knitting. I would love the book.

    September 23, 2013
  53. Jo #

    As an admirer of you and Mary Jane Mucklestone, this looks like a great book!

    September 23, 2013
  54. Nancy J. Gill #

    I have yet to tackle fair isle style knitting – I’d love to have this book as my inspiration to begin.

    September 23, 2013
  55. Lou #

    I love how contemporary the designs are. Thanks for the giveaway!

    September 23, 2013
  56. Doris McCoy #

    I just started doing stranded work. This book would really expand my knowledge and experience.

    September 23, 2013
  57. Rossana #

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for a chance to win it.

    September 23, 2013
  58. Tom #

    I want that book!! Ravelry name is “HelloKnitters”. Thanks!

    September 23, 2013
  59. Rebecca #

    The yoke on the cover sweater is interesting.

    September 23, 2013
  60. Diane Alua-Rioux #

    What a great prize for a contest!

    September 23, 2013
  61. Gretchen Berry #

    Have done only a couple fair isle items but would love to do more!!!

    September 23, 2013
  62. Count me in! I love fair isle is my favorite way of adding color to a design without an overall colorway change. Kristy Bryson

    September 23, 2013
  63. Sandra Bennetch #

    Hope to add to my collection of Interweave Style books with this new one! Beautiful pattern.

    September 23, 2013
  64. I love fair isle & I’d love to have this book!
    Many thanks for the chance.
    G

    September 23, 2013
  65. Linda Schiffer #

    How inspiring! I have not tackled the learning of Fair Isle style yet … but sure would enjoy it. :)

    Linda

    September 23, 2013
  66. yarnaddicted #

    I would love to learn fair-isle, thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!
    Kim Reid

    September 23, 2013
  67. Ann #

    What a beautiful shrug! Would love to win a copy of the book!

    September 23, 2013
  68. Carol #

    I haven’t knit any fair isle patterns in a while, but the ones in this book are certainly tempting me to do so again.l

    September 24, 2013
  69. What a great looking book!

    September 24, 2013
  70. Bernice Herger #

    always love a new book :)

    September 24, 2013
  71. Patricia Mortruds #

    Thanks for the opportunity! Love the book.

    September 24, 2013
  72. janaspage #

    Would love to add this book to my library. Looks fabulous! Thanks for the giveaway.

    September 24, 2013
  73. Kristi Sweeney #

    I’ve always wanted to learn Fair Isle, this book would be a great help!

    September 24, 2013
  74. Blue Dog Too #

    I would love to make a beautiful Fair Isle Sweater …. especially one of the designs from this book!

    September 24, 2013
  75. Fair Isle knitting is on my to do list. If I won the book, it would go much higher on the list!

    September 24, 2013
  76. Lorinda #

    Love these! The designs and color combos are super, very lively! I can’t wait to see the rest of the book.

    September 24, 2013
  77. I’m looking forward to seeing some amazing colorways and fresh designs. Good Luck to everyone :)

    September 24, 2013
  78. I’d love to have a copy of that book! I’m trying to learn fair isle knitting and it would be very usefull

    September 24, 2013
  79. Carol Perecman #

    Lovely selection of patterns; thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    September 24, 2013
  80. MelodyJ #

    I want to learn how to do this.

    September 24, 2013
  81. I would love to win a copy of this book. It looks absolutely wonderful and that pullover on the cover is really calling to me.

    September 24, 2013
  82. ginettepelletier #

    I think fair isles never goes out of trend: colours and shapes adapt so very well to it. Great book and thank you for the chance to win!!

    September 24, 2013
  83. Tracey #

    This is a must have book.

    September 24, 2013
  84. Debky #

    I love Fair Isle, color and those designers. Sounds like a perfect book!

    September 24, 2013
  85. Linda #

    I would love to learn about fair isle knitting :)

    September 24, 2013
  86. newyork83 #

    I love knitting fair isle! I’d love to win this book – thanks for the chance.

    September 24, 2013
  87. Dawn K #

    So many beautiful designs. Thank you Mary Jane.

    September 24, 2013
  88. How exciting! Looks like a fresh approach to Fair Isle. And the shrug is wonderful, Norah!

    September 24, 2013
  89. Andrea #

    Would love to win this one to add to my already collected “style” books

    September 24, 2013
  90. Dari #

    I love fair isle!! So many possibilities! Thanks for the opportunity!

    September 24, 2013
  91. Janine #

    I would love to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity.

    September 24, 2013
  92. I would love to win this beautiful book! Love Fair Isle patterns!

    September 24, 2013
  93. Rolene #

    Fair Isle is a technique that I’ve been wanting to try.

    September 24, 2013
  94. I love Fair isle too & would love to win for a friend. rinebird on Ravelry

    September 24, 2013
  95. This book has some gorgeous patterns. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    September 24, 2013
  96. Doreen #

    This looks like a beautiful book.

    September 24, 2013
  97. Dana #

    Lovely!

    September 24, 2013
  98. I would really like to win that georgios book.

    September 24, 2013
  99. Sharon M2 #

    I would love a copy of this book!

    September 25, 2013
  100. I love fair isle and want to become a more confident fair isle knitter. I’ve checked out this book on ravelry and I so love all the patterns.

    September 25, 2013
  101. Karen #

    Looks like a fabulous book. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    September 25, 2013
  102. Awesome!! Thank you for the chance!

    September 25, 2013
    • Donna Stiner #

      To Whom It May Concern:

      I have requested more times than I can remember to delete sending “comments” pertaining to “Win a Book”.

      I am still receiving the comments.

      Please see to it that these comments do not reach my inbox.

      Donna Stiner

      September 25, 2013
  103. Teri Crane #

    This is my next technique to tackle is Fair Isle. Thanks for the giveaway!

    September 25, 2013
  104. Deb Kegelmeyer #

    I can’t wait to see the book! Mary Janes patterns are beautiful

    September 25, 2013
  105. The more I see of this book the more I am falling in love with all of the patterns! Until last year my attempts at Fair Isle knitting were pretty sad, but I took a class and bought a couple of books and now I’m hooked! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    September 25, 2013
  106. dclulu on ravelry #

    Thanks for the giveaway! Looks great.

    September 25, 2013
  107. theresa #

    Love that shrug, love the book.

    September 25, 2013
  108. Kira #

    The Mareel Shrug is beautiful! What a classy use of animal print. I love how the pattern comes together to create tiger eyes.

    September 25, 2013
  109. TripletMom #

    Thanks for another wonderful giveaway!

    September 25, 2013
  110. Elaine #

    I love your pattern. The whole book looks really fun.

    September 25, 2013
  111. Kim #

    I’m already choosing which colors to use…
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    September 25, 2013
  112. Naomi #

    I’ve only done a little fair isle knitting, but would love to do more.

    September 25, 2013
  113. NancyN #

    What an amazing design! The books looks great.

    September 25, 2013
  114. Helen S #

    I would love to win this and try something new!

    September 25, 2013
  115. molly #

    Color is the best medicine for long winters! Thanks for the chance to own a copy of this book.

    September 25, 2013
  116. Ellen #

    Haven’t knitted fair isle in many years. Time to start again.

    September 25, 2013
  117. Sue #

    This looks like a stunning Fair Isle book, and what a great shrug. the patterns have a very up-to-date look while using a very traditional technique.

    September 26, 2013
  118. Kelly #

    This is just what I need for the winter knitting season. Lovely!

    September 26, 2013
  119. Oh yes I would love to win this book. Fair isle knitting is beautiful and something I would like to do more of..

    September 26, 2013
  120. Love this book! Can’t wait to flip through the pages!!!

    September 26, 2013
  121. Love this book

    September 26, 2013
  122. Imler_sharon@verizon.net #

    What a wonderful sweater. Love the book

    September 26, 2013
  123. torirot #

    I would love to win book – fairisle knitting is a big favourite!

    September 26, 2013
  124. Kate #

    So many lovely designs!

    September 26, 2013
  125. Gauss #

    It’s a beautiful book, and I am very intrigued by Norah’s geometric shrug. Thank you for the giveaway!

    September 26, 2013
  126. Alva Andrews #

    fair isle is sweet, I’m excited to learn it. I’ve just started a 2 color scarf and its going good, the yarn gets tangled a lot but liking it nonetheless.

    September 26, 2013
  127. Sheri #

    Your shrug is gorgeous. I haven’t done much fair isle and would love to make some more projects.

    September 27, 2013
  128. Cathy Briggs #

    Would love to win. Thank you.

    September 27, 2013
  129. Cathy Patterson #

    What a lovely book – What motivation and a great excuse to learn more about color knitting. I can see many of these projects on family members . Please enter me!

    September 27, 2013
  130. Serena #

    The shrug is beautiful! Is there anything more classic than Fair Isle?

    September 27, 2013
  131. Rebekah Anderson #

    What a beautiful collection of patterns… fingers crossed!

    September 27, 2013
  132. This book looks awesome! I’d love to try some more complex colorwork than what I’ve been doing. :)

    September 28, 2013
  133. Beth #

    It would be a great birthday present to win this book. Filled with inspiration.

    September 28, 2013
  134. Meredith MC #

    I love Fair isle knitting. I’m slow at it but I feel so clever knitting with both hands!

    September 28, 2013
  135. Kathode Ray Tube #

    I love fair isle, would love to win the book.

    September 28, 2013
  136. Yvonne #

    Love many of the patterns in this book!

    September 28, 2013
  137. kristin #

    What lovely patterns! Please add me to the list for the drawing and thank you!

    September 29, 2013
  138. I’ve never done fair isle before but I think this book would motivate me to give it a try!

    September 30, 2013
  139. I’ve never done fair isle before. I think this book would motivate me to give it a try!

    September 30, 2013
  140. Gillian McKAy #

    Dying to try fair isle and love the examples above.

    September 30, 2013
  141. Harlee Cole #

    Did they announce the winner? I am still waiting to see who won! :)

    October 9, 2013
  142. Marsha Cunningham #

    I love the color knitting of fair isle knits. Would welcome the book.

    October 20, 2013
  143. Paula #

    This contest was almost a year ago! I found this blog because I just bought this book with no knowledge of the contest. I saw this shrug and really want to make it but….it’s not graded for other sizes! I’m a 44 bust…..45-46 with ease…..and I”m not sure how to go about enlarging the pattern. I’m a new knitter but am pretty sure I could follow any instructions for enlarging if you think it can be done? Do you have any suggestions?
    Thanks, Paula

    August 21, 2014
    • Hi Paula,

      Unfortunately, this construction is somewhat unusual, which would make enlarging it more difficult. Also, this isn’t a Berroco pattern (just a pattern knit in our yarn), so we’re aren’t familiar with the instructions. However, you could try asking people on Ravelry for suggestions.

      August 25, 2014
      • Paula #

        Thank you. I’ll see what I can find out on Ravelry.

        August 26, 2014
      • Nancy Thurber #

        Love Fair Isle…such a classic!

        On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM, berroco design studio wrote:

        > Paula commented: “Thank you. I’ll see what I can find out on Ravelry.” >

        August 26, 2014

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