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Old 04-17-2013, 05:01 AM   #11
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Oh, that hat worked out beautivully! Very well done and warm looking too. That double layer of yarn certainly does make Fair Isle items retain heat.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:39 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by fatoldladyinpjs View Post
I don't think it's going to happen with Fair Isle. I did do a hat with it, but I made it a little bigger than normal because it didn't stretch. I did see a slipper pattern in a sock book using Fair Isle. It was knit with all wool and then felted. The slippers looked like boots with a zipper on the front. I've seen other patterns like the loafer type father's slippers from the 50's. Here's a no pattern tutorial for mittens. Fair Isle is supposed to make them warmer for cold climates. Also, my Fair Isle hat.

http://www.hjsstudio.com/mittens.html
How's the ribbing on the hat done?
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:55 AM   #13
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It's just a k1, p1 ribbing but alternate the colors. The yarn is variegated so it looks more complicated than it really is. I used a white Caron One Pound yarn and a smaller Caron worsted weight called Jetstream. They have a special 10 oz line that's supposed to match every no dye lot Caron One Pound color. I also knit and sewed a small pocket for the inside of the hat to keep my bus pass dry when it rains or snows. If the passes get wet, they get stuck in the machine. The pocket keeps it dry but handy so you're not hunting for it when the bus arrives.
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I'd never have thought of a bus pass pocket, excellent! It does look complicated. Thanks for the explanation.
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Here's a hint for Fair Isle to keep it the right tension and not too tight or loose. I hold my yarn in my left hand Continental style. I usually only do two strands at a time but it would work with more. I hold both strands in my left hand. I use the tip of the needle to "pick" the strand in front. I then rotate my hand toward me and "pick" the second strand. I alternate the two hand movements. This twists the two strands around each other anchoring them in place. The back of the work looks nice and neat with nothing to get snagged on.
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