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Old 03-01-2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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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

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

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
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
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:10 PM   #2
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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.

This will be fun!
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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.
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:33 PM   #4
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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!
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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...
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Lieuvena and Jan welcome to the KAL!

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
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Originally Posted by Lieuvena View Post
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 ), 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.
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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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I already had to frog.... I dropped a stitch and it was the 2nd row and with the provisional cast on I didn't know how to fix it and it looked a mess...

So I cast back on, this time on scrap yarn instead of a spare needle. The needle seem to be getting in the way. I'm on the 3rd row now and finding purling to be harder than knitting with stranded color work. But I'm trying different hand holds. All the stranded color work I've done has been in the round, on sock, mittens, and hats.

I also have hat pattern that I really want to make. I won't use the yarn they call for, I'll use yarn from my stash. But I saw that hat in a LYS a while back and had to get it!
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Dog sweater! I completely forgot I'd already started one and want to finish it! I'm in!
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