Arts & Crafts

Fauchon Fairisle

When my daughter and I were in Paris, we always took a look at Fauchon, the most stylish & wonderful confectionery and cake shop ever.
Their packaging bears their name,in a repeat pattern which uses mirroring.
I have a tote bag which shows how it works.


It occurred to me that I could knit a scarf using the Fauchon name, just as I did with KitKat, years ago, and I began to make a paper pattern first.
On squared paper I set out two complete mirrored 'FAUCHON' icons,in pencil because I had to adjust and manoevre for quite a while.
I had my bag to keep me accurate.
I put a cross in the black squares and left the others white.


It is not really difficult to make fairisle designs of your own.
Before I describe the Fauchon experiment, lets look at a simple example.
Here is a very basic heart pattern.
I have drawn it as if on squared paper; every square represents a stitch.
The knitting is in stocking stitch, one row plain and one purl; the arrows show the direction.
Here is the design.


If you look at the pattern, it tells you clearly what to knit.

Line 1: Knit 7 white, 1 black, 6 white.
Line 2: Purl 6 white, 1 black, 1white, 1 black, 6 white.
Line 3: Knit 5 white, 1 black, 3 white,1 black, 5 white.
Line 4: Purl 4 white, 1 black, 5 white, 1 black, 4 white.
Line 5: Knit 3 white, 1 black, 7 white, 1 black, 3 white.
Line 6: Purl 3 white, 1 black, 7 white, 1 black, 3 white.
Line 7: Knit 2 white, 1 black, 9 white, 1 black, 2 white.
Line 8: Purl 2 white, 1 black, 9 white, 1 black, 2 white.
Line 9: Knit 3 white, 1 black, 3 white, 1 black, 3 white, 1 black,3 white.
Line 10: Purl 3 white,1 black,2 white, 1 black, 1 white, 1 black, 2 white,1 black, 3 white.
Line 11: Knit 4 white, 2 black, 3 white, 2 black, 4 white.
Line 12: Purl All white.

If you do this, you will have a knitted heart pattern.


The Fauchon design is worked in the same way.
Here is the paper pattern.
Every square with a pencil cross is a black stitch, every blank square is a white stitch.
If you look carefully from the right-hand side of the top row, you will be able to see that the row (which is a knit row, and the same as the bottom row) will be: 3b, 3w, 3b, 3w, 3b, 2w, 3b, 5w, 1b, 5w, 1b, 1w, 1b, 3w, 4b, 3w, 2b, 5w, 4b, 1w, 4b, 8w, 3b.

There are 71 stitches per row.
All I had to do was to follow the paper pattern:actually I wrote each line down as above, and followed that.
And it worked!
Here is a photo of the knitted Fauchon Fairisle.


I have never made the scarf, but at least I know I can ( when I get the time!)

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