Cozy Fair Isle Sweater


Cozy Fair Isle Sweater

Sometimes it can seem like all the color gets sucked out of the world during winter. You can easily remedy this dull state of the world by adding a bit of bright color to your own wardrobe with the Colorful Fair Isle Sweater. A combination of three different yarn colors will brighten up any room. This warm knit sweater pattern is a great way to prepare for winter. Youll certainly feel warm and fuzzy when you put on this attractive sweater.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

To fit bust measurement:

Extra-Small/Small 28-34 ins [71-86.5 cm]
Medium 36-38 ins [91.5-96.5 cm]
Large 40-42 ins [101.5-106.5 cm]
Extra-Large 44-46 ins [112-117 cm]
2/3 Extra-Large 48-54 ins [122-137 cm]
4/5 Extra-Large 56-62 ins [142-157.5 cm]

Finished bust
X-Small/Small: 36 ½ ins [92.5 cm]
Medium: 41 ins [104 cm]
Large: 44 ½ ins [113 cm]
Extra-Large: 49 ins [124.5 cm]
2/3 Extra-Large: 58 ins [147.5 cm]
4/5 Extra-Large: 66 ins [167.5 cm

17 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.


  • Bernat Super Value (197 g/7 oz/389 m/426 yds)
  • or Bernat Berella 4 (100 g/3.5 oz/197 m/216 yds)
  • or Bernat Satin (100 g/3.5 oz/149 m/163 yds)
  • Sizes 5 mm (U.S. 8) and 5.5 mm (U.S.  9) circular knitting needles 29 ins [75 cm] long.
  • Set of four 5 mm (U.S. 8) and 5.5 mm (U.S. 9) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.



Sweter Diagram + Grafting Illustration

Colorwork Pattern Chart I

Colorwork Pattern Chart II (Yolk)



Note: The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. For ease in working, circle all numbers pertaining to your size.

With smaller circular needle and MC, cast on 156 (172-188-208-244-280) sts.
Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.
1st rnd: *K2. P2. Rep from * around.
Rep last rnd of (K2. P2) ribbing twice more, inc 0 (2-2-0-2-0) sts evenly across last rnd. 156 (174-190-208-246-280) sts.
Change to larger needle and knit in rnds until work from beg measures 14 (14-14½-14½-15-15) ins [35.5 (35.5-37-37-38-38) cm].
Next rnd: [K78 (87-95-104-123-140). Slip last 6 (8-12-12-16-16) sts onto a length of yarn for underarm] twice. Break MC, leaving a long end.
Leave all sts on a spare needle.


Note: When working from chart, carry yarn not in use loosely across WS, but never over more than 5 sts. When it must pass over more than 5 sts, weave it over and under color in use on next st or at center point of sts it passes over.  The colors are never twisted around one another.

With smaller double-pointed needles and MC, cast on 40 (40-44-44-48-48) sts.
Divide sts onto 3 needles and join in rnd, placing marker on first st.
Work in (K2. P2) ribbing for 3 rnds, inc 1 st at center of last rnd. 41 (41-45-45-49-49) sts.
Change to larger double-pointed needles and proceed in Chart I, reading rnds from right to left and noting incs at beg and end of 1st and every following 14th (10th-10th-8th-6th-6th) rnd 2 (4-4-5-6-6) times more.
Knit in Chart I to end of chart.
With MC, knit in rnds, inc 1 st at beg and end of every following 12th (10th-10th-8th-6th-4th) rnd from previous inc to 55 (59-65-69-77-89) sts.
Cont even until sleeve from beg measures 18½ (19-19-18½-18-17½) ins [47 (48-48-47-45.5-44.5) cm].
Next rnd: Slip last 3 (4-6-6-8-8) sts and first 3 (4-6-6-8-8) sts of rnd onto a length of yarn for underarm. Break yarn. Leave rem 49 (51-53-57-61-73) sts on a spare needle.

1st rnd: With larger needle and MC, [K49 (51-53-57-61-73) for sleeve.
Place marker on needle. K72 (79-83-92-107-124) for body. Place marker on needle] twice. 242 (260-272-298-336-394) sts.
2nd rnd: Knit, dec 2 (dec 5-dec 2-inc 2-dec 6-dec 4) sts evenly around. 240 (255-270-300-330-390) sts.
Knit in Chart II to end of chart, reading rnds from right to left and noting 15-st rep will be worked 16 (17-18-20-22-26) times. 64 (68-72-80-88-104) sts.

Sizes M, L, XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only: Next rnd: With MC, *K(15-16-18-20-24). K2tog. Rep from * 3 times more. (64-68-76-84-100) sts.
Knit 2 rnds.

Sizes L, XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only: Next rnd: With MC, *K(15-17-19-23). K2tog. Rep from * 3 times more. (64-72-80-96) sts.
Knit 2 rnds.

Sizes XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only: Next rnd: With MC, *K(16-18-22). K2tog. Rep from * 3 times more. (68-76-92) sts.
Knit 2 rnds.

Sizes 2/3XL and 4/5XL only: Next rnd: With MC, *K(17-21). K2tog. Rep from * 3 times more. (72-88) sts.
Knit 2 rnds.

Size 4/5XL only: Next rnd: With MC, *K20. K2tog. Rep from * 3 times more. 84 sts.
Knit 1 rnd. Next rnd: *K19. K2tog. Rep from * 3 times more. 80 sts.

All sizes: Change to smaller needle and proceed as follows:
Next rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * around.
Rep last rnd of (K1. P1) ribbing for 3 ins [7.5 cm]. Cast off.


Pin garment to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry. Graft underarms.

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Many thanks for this very useful information.

I see others comments regarding that the yardage needed for this wonderful pullover is not listed, however, I actually have the original pattern from Bernat and the yardage is as follows MC = Brown A = Beige B = Blue Size XS/S MC 564m/620yds A B both 145m/160yds Size M MC 610m/670yds A B both 150m/165yds Size L MC 660m/725 yds A B both 160m/175yds Size XL MC 710m/780yds A B both 170m/185yds Size 2/3XL MC 755m/830yds A B both 185m/205yds Size 4/5XL MC 850m/930yds A B both 190m/210yds I hope this helps others who may be having the same question.

Hi, I would like to ask, what does it mean knitting needle size 8 or 5? Are the measurements in US sizing or European, and what does OR means? Sorry for the question, but how do I know what needle to use? Does it mean both, and change?

Hi nikkibrodydove, the needle size indicates both the US and non-US size, so the needle used in this pattern is a US size 8/5mm (essentially two different names for the same needle). Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Hello kbalme 2059591, I don't see the number of skeins or actual yardage either. There are some sources on the net to figure out the approximate amount of yarn to make a sweater. I searched for "Estimated Yarn Amounts For Women's Pullover Sweaters" and it brought up several charts. So for a size medium at 4.5 stitches per inch it would take approximately 1150 yards. So, I would figure on 5 skeins of the Bernat Berella in the main color plus a skein each of the contrasting colors. You will probably have enough left over yarn to make a matching hat too.

Thanks very much! I just saw your reply now, and that's very helpful. Thanks again!

I d like to knit this sweater, however I'm finding that although it lists the types of wool that one can use, and the yardage for a ball of each kind of wool, it doesn't actually tell you HOW MANY balls of each colour are required. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks!

I am neither a chart pattern, or written pattern knitter. Whenever I found a pattern I liked, I would send it to my grandmother. She would re-write it in a way that I could understand what to do. (I mostly made up my own patterns.) Since gram passed away, about a decade ago, I have had to figure out patterns by myself;;;; and/or stop by the local yarn shop. The Cozy Fair Isle Sweater pattern is well written, and I love how the color scheme is included into the sleeves. This is a good pattern for a knitter who wants to take the plunge and try knitting with more than one color. Kuddo's to whoever found this pattern at Bernat and made it available on AllFreeKnitting!


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