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Old 02-08-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
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So, last night, despite my devout promise of No Knitting, I got bored in the afternoon and started a Skull Cap for my son who was less than thrilled with the slouchy cap I made for him. I decided that the pattern makers style of knitting was a little incomprehensible to me and figured I would try stranded or Fair Isle and see if that dog would hunt. I find it's always best to try these things on a small project like this so I can see immediate results.

So, I watched videos on the technique over and over and with a timid heart, picked up the black and white yarn I'd chosen to use, started my first row of two color knitting. Yes, it slows you down considerably. Yes, it's hard to keep up with where you are when kids/husband/friends are interrupting you. But I loved the results, and I think I might be able to do this again. No way am I ready for a sweater, but perhaps a scarf or another cap. I'll post pictures of the caps I've done when they are dry from the washing to loosen up the fibers.

I'm proud of myself. I learned how to do something that has intimidated me for a long, long time. Thanks to all who posted advice here for the technique. You all helped me more than you know.
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:22 PM   #2
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That is actually intarsia which is why it's knit back and forth instead of in the round.
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:01 PM   #3
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There is no way I could do both, LOL My mind is not broad enough to accept that type of knitting on circs.
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Oh sure it is. You just turn and knit across the back/inside and then back to the front, etc. Frankly though it would make more sense to just do the whole thing flat and then seam it since that skull is so gigantic.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:31 PM   #5
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I think my brain could not get past "OK, I've turned it around, how do I make them join up?" part.
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It looks like it's using short rows so there won't be any seams. I can't quite figure out how it fits properly that way though since the skull is so huge. I'm not into skulls so I'll probably never know.
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