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claireweber 06-29-2013 07:12 PM

I think this may be my next hat
I have never knitted Fair Isle before and think this may be a good place to start:

I have read that in order to do Fair Isle, you need to use the English style of knitting. Is this true? I would imagine there is an instructional video on this site for Fair Isle.

This hat is especially beautiful when viewed from the top. Fortunately I am so short that it would be easy for most to see the top of it. :lol:

claireweber 06-29-2013 07:34 PM

And in case you have trouble downloading, here is another link:

GrumpyGramma 06-29-2013 08:02 PM

Cute hat. No, it's not true that you have to learn English knitting. I learned to knit English for color work but you don't have to. Amy shows a couple of different ways, one of which doesn't involve English style at all. I'm still working on getting the tension thing down, I hope it goes faster for you.

Ingrid 06-30-2013 07:28 AM

I work stranded knitting all with my right hand. Some people use both, some use just they're left. Do whatever you're most comfortable with.

I think the main thing you have to do is to stretch out the stitches that are at the right tip frequently to keep from the color changes from bunching up.

Antares 06-30-2013 09:34 PM

In spite of a recent stranded project that went south, I like this method of doing fair isle knitting. But by all means, look around at some videos and find a method that works well for you.

Cute hat! Hope you don't have the problem I did (the stranded color on back showed through when the hat was stretched--i.e., worn). I'm not sure how I could have prevented this, which is rather disheartening (perhaps I did something wrong?). At any rate, the method I used for knitting it was great!

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