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Old 06-28-2005, 10:25 PM   #11
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I don't think you could do Fair Isle in garter because the yarn has to get carried across the back. You can do it in the round or on straights, but I believe all the knits need to be on the one side and you carry the yarns on the back. When you do it on straights, you have to remember to read the pattern for the back from left to right, and you have to purl with the strands on that side, so it's easier, though not necessary, to do it in the round.

For intarsia (thats I-N-T-A-R-S-I-A) , you probably could be more flexible, but you still have a "messy" side and a smooth side, so it probably wouldn't be advisable.

I've seen purl rows and purl st incorporated in Fair Isle and intarsia patterns, but the yarn is still carried across the back and the purls are just for a more textured look.
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Old 06-28-2005, 10:53 PM   #12
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Ok (sorry to be a pain! I am a real "questions" person) I am going to try and do a chart that I created on my own. What side do I start on? I mean do I begin on a knit side? Does it matter much as long as I can read the chart correct?
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Old 06-28-2005, 11:06 PM   #13
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Just draw the chart anyway you want. I would knit the front from the right to left and back from left to right if you're working on straights, just so that in the future you can be in that habit. Once you get the first row of the pattern in place, it's usually easy to follow because you can see from the chart if you are putting the next row in the right place.

And I don't mind the questions, at all. The only people who I can talk to about knitting are the ones I'm teaching at work and they're beginning beginners. :D
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