Autumn is vest time and we decided to go into Ysolda’s back catalogue and pull out a great autumnal classic. The Bruntsfield vest was originally worked in five undyed colours to make the most of the amazing variety of Shetland fleece, but it is also a great canvas to play with colour. The larger motifs are traditional Xs and Os worked against a gradient background and the smaller motifs (called peeries in Shetland) use the middle of the gradient as their dominant colour.
Dianna made hers in shades of grey and black - she used
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C2 - 404
C3 - 436
C4 - 403
C5 - 405
I started swatching these ideas before the heathers came in, but they arrived in time for the last swatch. Heathers are often the perfect 'in between' option when trying to mix colours together in fair isle - the depth in their tones can help bridge colours.
This is not an exact recreation of the original Bruntsfield - Finull PT2 colours are dyed rather than natural fleece, but it is an autumnal combination of greys and browny beiges.
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C2 - 404
C3 - 4081
C4 - 4078
C5 - 406
This started as a attempt to blend greens and purples but by the time I had looked at several combinations by holding balls together and looked at the contrast options available it ended somewhere quite different.
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C2 - 487
C3 - 488
C4 - 406
C5 - 4010
With this version I knew I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful red browns from the new Finull PT2 Heathers but I struggled to find a good contrast for a while. At first I was unsure this acid yellow would work but often a colour combination that wouldn't work in stripes is just what's needed for fair isle.
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C2 - 406
C3 - 4120
C4 - 4137
C5 - 4121
When coming up with colour combinations for Bruntsfield, it is helpful to group the background colours for the Xs and Os as a gradient from darkest to lightest and then look for 1 contrast colour that works with all 3, which is your motif colour and 1 that contrasts with the middle colour in the gradient which is your background colour for the peerie stripe.
If you want to try out some colour combinations, we've got several tutorials that will be helpful:
Swatching in the round
A method for playing with colour combinations before you swatch
The Wardie cardigan is worked in pieces from the bottom up. When the front and back are complete they're joined at the shoulders and then the sleeves are worked from stitches picked up around the armhole.
If you're interested in knitting Wardie but aren't sure about the finishing here's how the shoulders and sleeve go together.