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dustinac 03-01-2009 12:00 PM

March KAL-Fair Isle or Stranded Work
 
This month we thought it would be fun to work on some fair isle or stranded projects. I know many out there have mentioned how they would like to try it but not sure how.

This KAL is open to beginners and advanced in this technique. I would pick something you are comfy with, like if you have knit plenty of hats then try a fair isle/stranded hat...or if you are very comfy with socks then give them a try.

The most important thing with working fair isle/stranded is your tension if you have it to tight then the item will draw in and be snug. It's best to keep your tension loose even if it doesn't look right when you are knitting it you will see an inch or so later that it does work out :thumbsup:

There are many different way to carry your yarns and differen't holders out there. I have found the easiest way is to carry the yarns in both hands. I carry my MC in my left and the CC in my right. Find which way you are comfy with, there is no wrong way.

Here is a link to a video showing two hands :thumbsup:

I also went on ravelry and searched for fair isle/stranded and then used their gauge to chose difficulty and fit that between 0-5.5, here are some of the patterns that it pulled to give you all some ideas, if you have another pattern you like please use it or search ravelry :thumbsup:
Companion Mitts
Beginner's Fair Isle hat
Alpaca Fair Isle Mitts
Simple Stripes Socks
Fair Isle Hat
Baby Booties
Snowflake Hat
Headband
Argyle Hat (on the side bar of blog pdf file)
Teddy Bear Sweater
Simpler Snowflake Hat
Sea Mineral Mittens ravelry download
Fair Isle Bag (pdf file)

If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I hope that many of you will give this a try, I think you will be pleased to find that it's not very hard at all :yay:

MAmaDawn 03-01-2009 05:10 PM

I'm going to join. I LOVE stranded colorwork! Love the look, love doing it...

I got the Sipalu Bag kit for Christmas... I started it but didn't have the needles right and had to rip out. So I'm going to start again... (though I doubt I will finish it this month)

I've make the Baby Booties you linked to here and here.

I hold both strands in my right hand and don't use any tool, I keep them separate with my knuckle. And with some practice I have gotten it where I rarely wrap both. For me the tools made it hard to get consistent gauge and feel what I was doing.

:cheering: This will be fun!

dustinac 03-01-2009 10:22 PM

:yay: Thank you for joining me in the KAL, That's a very pretty bag! I can't wait to see yours. Mom, a friend, and me got the Chullo Hat but I want to change it to mittens. After I suggested that they liked a mitten idea better too so they are waiting for me to start on it. :teehee:

Lieuvena 03-01-2009 10:33 PM

I'd love to join this KAL! I've never done Fair Isle and I've been wanting to give it a try. I did knit the double knit heart hot pad from here before, is Fair Isle similar?

I'm going to look through my (very small) stash and look through patterns on Ravelry and see if I can come up with something. I'll post back when I do!

Jan in CA 03-02-2009 01:27 AM

I have done many little fair isle things, but I will join when when my scarf is done. Hmmm..what to make, what to make... :think:

MAmaDawn 03-02-2009 09:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Lieuvena (Post 1210725)
I'd love to join this KAL! I've never done Fair Isle and I've been wanting to give it a try. I did knit the double knit heart hot pad from here before, is Fair Isle similar?

I'm going to look through my (very small) stash and look through patterns on Ravelry and see if I can come up with something. I'll post back when I do!

The way you hold the yarn is very similar and the fact that you have read the chart will help you too.

I FINALLY got the cast on done, it took most the day (well most of the day that I could knit, the kids seem to think I should stop knitting to fix them something to eat :teehee: ), I just couldn't get the provisional cast on. I've done the crochet one, but I wanted it to be easy later and be on a cable needle already. And I finally got it!

I've just started the color work part, so far it's easy, just doing the side panel.

dustinac 03-02-2009 09:19 AM

Lieuvena and Jan welcome to the KAL! :happydance:

I have to finish up some mittens and then I'll be ready to CO to these...I do have a hat going that I take on knit night. It's another Bea Ellis kit :happydance:

Karina 03-02-2009 01:02 PM

Mamadawn - I love that bag. Really wish knitpick would relax their rules on selling internationally.

Dustina - might have to dig out the yarn that I bought for the fair isle workshop.

Lieuvena 03-02-2009 06:03 PM

I picked a pattern and will hopefully cast on later today. Earflap hat.

It may end up a little too ambitious for me, but if so I have a back up pattern.

I do have a question about it though. The directions for the earflaps say to cast on 3 and increase until you get to 19. Then to join in next color and work chart. It doesn't say how many times to work it, but I can tell it's 3, but it only shows 6 stitches which leaves me with an extra stitch. Any ideas what I'm supposed to do here? Here's a link to the PDF pattern if it would help.

Thanks! :p

Arielluria 03-02-2009 06:32 PM

DON'T be afraid to try fair isle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
I want to encourage even the beginners to join in. I did a fair isle dog sweater for the Feb. 2007 KA (I had just joined KH) and I attribute the confidence I got from the help of the KH videos on that to my leaping ahead in knitting!
I'm wanting to join this KA not sure what to make yet, can't wait to see what others decide.
Here's that sweater, BTW if anyone's interested (Rav link). I don't want to post the picture here because it might be confusing to readers. It's Ripley's Fair Isle Dog Sweater.


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