Fair Isle patterns are built in horizontal bands by knitting two colors in each row. The color selection clearly defines the pattern. Blue Moon's take on this is to use two preferably contrasting hand painted colorways to define the motif and show a wide range of color interchange.
To get this much contrast and color development in other types of stranded knitting you would need to use six or more solids. While for some of us this presents and exciting challenge, for others it is just not an option. What follows are options. Patters for socks, mittens, and bootikens.
We know what Fair Isle looks like on Shetland. Here is what it looks like on Blue Moon.
Note: The names for these designs are chosen from the 1853 rocks, reefs, and islands off the Oregon coast that are protected by the Oregon Island National Wildlife Refuge.