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Old 02-04-2012, 10:39 AM   #3
Working the Gusset
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I think it depends on how detailed the fair isle is. I've noticed that intricate patterns are usually done on size 0 or 1 needles. Some simple Fair Isle is done on size 5 needles. It also depends on the article you're making, like hats and sizing. You could probably do it on larger needles but might have to adjust gauge and figure out how many panels in the design you need. It also depends on the yarn. The intricate patterns require fingering weight. I've seen some done in bulky yarns with size 10 1/2 needles. Experiment. If it's a flop, your practice pieces will make great cat blankets. My cats love the practice pieces with scrap yarn I did when I was first learning. If you have no pets, your local animal shelter would be thrilled to get them.
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