Well - every time I browse Enthusiastic Crochetaholic's web site I end up spending money on crochet books. I thought I was bad about collecting books, but she surpasses me on all accounts because:
1. She is faster in making items that I am, and
2. She knits, so she has dual interests in books!
Right now she is into Vintage. Take a look.
So when I went looking for one of the books she was touting, I came across this Fair Isle To Crochet book by Karen Ratto-Whooley, our own KRWKnitwear on Ravelry. It was published last year and I have no clue why I just ran across it.
Although the patterns ARE Fair Isle, they are rather big because they are in afghans. This great idea can work, however, in smaller items. You just need a smaller hook and smaller yarn and a smaller project! ;o)
I am particularly fond of the Southwest Warmth, #2 and the last one on the back cover, Baby Hearts.
Whether it is tedious or not, I don't know - I do knot that you only work ONE way, leaving 8" of yarn on both ends and that the right side remains the right side, and you don't strand, you work over the yarn. Sort of like Tapestry.
I'm going to try my hand the Southwest one for a nephew this summer for Fall delivery. You can change up the colors, too, so you may not like her colors, but the patterns are awesome!