View Full Version : WIP: Color Work - 2 big projcets

02-28-2011, 09:53 AM
I saw this pullover and I just had to make it. OK, the instructions are Norwegian only and the pattern looks heavenly but the concentration needed is hell and fast is in different orbit... but whatever... what a pullover this will be.
Here it is:


Another thing I am just working on is a double face / double knitting thing.

02-28-2011, 10:58 AM

02-28-2011, 11:47 AM
WOW!! :passedout: I can only imagine the concentration needed! Can't wait to see the FO!

02-28-2011, 01:53 PM

I have done my fair share of stranded work last year. Well, I was due for an upgrade :o)

Here is the biggest and most complicated / delicate fair isle project I have ever made.
The inside is woven in (like on all my fair isle- see my blog for videos and samples) and the thing is knit in the round. I did change the instructions and did the back side with the same pattern as the front, since I had to do some pattern anyways and the sample for the back was boring to me. Why not up the stake a little, mh?

Here is how far I am by now. I am almost to the sleeve set ins. From there on I will work front and back seperately.

I am doing fine so far, which is a little surprising, considering that the instructions are in Norwegian only. But a chart is a chart, right? And the rest I did translate ok, I think.

here is my picture (more info and pictures on my ravelry page (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/hyperactive/the-fair-isle), or ask)


The second project (and yes, I am doing that on the side of the other for no apparent reason) is my first double knitting sample.
I will make "Caravan of Sheep" (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/caravan-of-sheep) by Tina13 (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/tinas-homepage) (on ravelry). Her patterns are just SO nice. And there are a lot of them and they are all for free, but this sheep just ran off into my yarn basket and dug up the sock yarns right away...
I figured out edges for bottom, top and sides that I am happy with and started the thing. Here is sheep No. 1:


since it is double face, sheep no. 1 does not have to decide if it is a black sheep... it has an evil twin anyways:


Oh, Dolly (the sheep!) will be cloned, of course... There will be this big sheep, 3 a little smaller different ones, this sheep again, turned by 90 degree, then the 3 little sheep again, the other way around and the same sheep again on the bottom. 9 sheep total, that is why Dolly is a clone sheep.

PS: My previous post disappeared, maybe I did not submit it right.

Jan in CA
02-28-2011, 03:09 PM
Those are beautiful! The sweater will be gorgeous and I adore that sheep! What is the sheep going to be? Pot holder? Pillow?

02-28-2011, 05:30 PM
PS: My previous post disappeared, maybe I did not submit it right.

Hmmm.. I commented on your earlier post too! But now I'm glad you re-posted! The sheep it too cute!! Love it!

02-28-2011, 05:48 PM
The sweater is gorgeous and the sheep adorable. Both projects look perfect. Well done!

02-28-2011, 06:17 PM
I feel encouraged to keep knitting.

The sheep is going to be a scarf... potholder? I would be done with it. No, this is a scarf with 9 sheep total... If you want a preview... you have to check the pattern for now. I am only halfways through sheep No. 2 - But they are all cool and cute!

02-28-2011, 10:03 PM
Your color work is absolutely gorgeous!

Wanda Witch
02-28-2011, 11:11 PM
My head is spinning just looking at your fantastic work: just beautiful.

03-01-2011, 04:34 AM
sorry, girls!
I double postet, because I could not see this thread after I created it.

Thanks for your praise. And yes, it does need concentration and some time... but I love the outcome.

I have another thread with the 2 projects and pictures of both, not just this one. Maybe you want to see that, too?

03-01-2011, 04:39 AM
The charts are the real magic. And I did not make the charts (I wish I could come up with charts like that and I hope the designer for the pullover got paid well - the sheep chart is for free by the designer!)

It just takes time. And that is a good thing: More fun with the same yarn :o) That is a cheap project... so many hours of fun with relatively little yarn :o)

I do knit projects on the side a lot, though, so it does not grow all that fast... A bunch of preemie things for charity, baby things for my friends' baby, socks, socks and socks... but you just need the right projcet for every mood... whatever.

03-01-2011, 09:06 AM
They both look awesome so far! I love the sheep .... super cute! :yay:

03-01-2011, 09:47 AM
My, that is an ambitious project! I take it you like to do things in a big way. I envy you that.....can't seem to stop making just scarves and hats. I did knit up 6 pairs of socks one year, with the self-patterning yarns, but nothing exciting since then. Any tips for a lazybones? or maybe that's a "scaredey-bones" hehe.

03-01-2011, 10:35 AM
thanks, I made part of the next sheep down the scarf last night.

I have a thing with scarfs... I really do not like them much, because they are too much work...

Well, if you want to stay with hady sized projects: try mitts, mittens and gloves. Some nice challenges, nice options of design and quick projects. But you can go ALL OUT on them.

Double knitting in the round is easier than back and forth, I guess, because you never read the negative image of your chart. And double knit gloves are cute to wear either way out... so double knitting is an option, too.

we all have our thing, I guess. So if you want to start something new: just do it. If you feel comfy the way it is: leave it.

Jan in CA
03-01-2011, 02:38 PM
Hyper, I merged the two threads. :thumbsup:

03-01-2011, 05:16 PM
oh, thanks, Jan!
I can not do that but I was hoping it would be possible! thanks a lot.
Sorry for double posting. The 1st one showed up for me after one day only.

03-02-2011, 04:15 PM
Fantastic work!

Colorwork (Fair Isle) is beyond me! I've tried and tried...but cannot get the stranded tension right! It's a bugger, I tell you, a bugger! So I stick to what I do well, and doesn't drive me batty! Texture work is my forte...and the use of yarns that change colors, like Noro.

I congratulate you! You're doing a magnificent job! I love the pullover design work!

03-03-2011, 05:38 AM
Art Lady!
With all the great knitting you do, I do not believe that you do not make the tension thing.

I have collected several methods of yarn management and work routine in my blog (for English, for Continental and for "double handed" knitting) in the posting that I put my own videos into.

my blog (http://hyperactiveknitting.blogspot.com/2010/09/stranding-color-work-with-woven-inside.html)

It may be amazing, but the weaving of the yarn helps with tension.

Oh, and in double knitting tension is no issue since there are no places of unworked yarn. You should really try that some time!

Thanks for the compliments. It is encouraging to know that I am making a piece that is attracting not only to myself :o)

03-08-2011, 03:42 PM
Pardon me, but the only response I can give to this pic is HOLY CRAP!!!! :noway:
That is amazing! So pretty!

Sorry, no0b knitter here, this blows my mind!

I REALLY want to see pics when it is finished!! You rock!!! :yay:

03-10-2011, 06:28 PM
thanks for the comment! I will take a while before both projects are finished. But that is also, because I do knit a bunch of other stuff... I just do not want to stress myself on these color projects when I can not really concentrate. But I will keep you posted here.

The second sheep is done, by the way, that is how far I got now.

03-10-2011, 07:20 PM
Wow, that pullover is awesome! Fabulous colorwork!