In the new issue of Interweave Knits (Winter 2006), there is a design called "Venezia Pullover" by Eunny Jang. It's a fair isle pullover sweater, done in Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift, with form fitting shaping and capped sleeves!
Congratulations to Eunny for taking a traditional yarn, traditional technique and coming up with a current silhouette!
I sat down this morning to read the pattern and digest how it was done. Lots of food for thought for fair isle knitters here. You can learn from this pattern how to custom fit your fair isles so that you can go from basic boxy, to as form-fitting as you'd like. (Lorraine - please note the mini mince meat tart!)
The big light bulb moment for me when reading this pattern was the purl "side seam stitch" -- brilliant! This solves something that has been niggling at me for a while. I've been decreasing every so slightly at the underarm "seam" stitch, but hadn't thought of doing a purl stitch there -- the purl stitch while defining the underarm seam, would virtually disappear!
Standing Ovation to Eunny Jang - visit her blog - she is an amazing knitter!
A customer has already ordered the yarn -- here's a photo of it as I "picked" it from the shelves. Lovely, subtle, shades.
Just 21 balls for the 32.5" size - up to 31 balls for the 46"size -- that's a lot of yarn for the 46" version -- I think it might be a bit over-estimate, but better more than less -- full balls can always be returned right?