How to knit “Cheat’s Fairisle” by Erika Knight
Great for plaids, snowflakes, Reindeer motifs…why not customise your own festive sweater or hat? You can achieve a Fairisle look in a quarter of the time using Swiss Darning.
Swiss darning is a form of embroidery made to look like knit stitches. Using a blunt-ended sewing needle and yarn, you can sew small areas of colour over the top of knitted stitches to add decorative detail without having to use the tricky technique of knitting with multiple colours. But do make sure when you are Swiss darning over the top of the knitted stitches, not to pull the embroidered stitches too tight as this will pucker the fabric.
TIP! Always work from right to left and bottom to top
1. To work a horizontal row of Swiss darning, work from right to left across the knitted fabric. Bring the needle through from the back of the fabric at the base of the stitch, then take it under the two loops at the base of the stitch above.
2. Insert the needle back through to the back of the fabric where it first came out at the base of the lower stitch and take it across to come out at the base of the next stitch to the left.
One Swiss-darned stitch is complete.
Last updated: January 6th, 2014.