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Old 11-22-2006, 12:52 AM   #1
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3 colors in one row? How?
I'm knitting a Christmas stocking that has a small section of what they call 'Fair Isle'. I was always under the impression that Fair Isle was only 2 colors, but anyway ... I'm not sure how to actually do this.

For instance, the first two rows are done with 2 colors, but then the third row has 3, like this:

white red red white green white red red white white white

and that repeats across the row 10 times.

(this isn't the actual pattern; the book is upstairs, so I'm just making this up -- it's similar, though).

How do I handle the three colors? The actual pattern is in Nicky's Knitted Christmas Stockings -- I found a small photo here: the 2nd photo, bottom right box, the green stocking with the white snowflake; the fair isle section is at the top of the stocking.

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Old 11-22-2006, 09:00 AM   #2
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You can knit with the 3 colors--just make sure to strand loosely, and if it looks like you're going to have to strand too far with one of the colors, 'catch' it in the back to help carry it. www.philosopherswool.com has a video on catching strands in the back which is a good technique.
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Old 11-22-2006, 10:52 AM   #3
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Thanks, I'll give it a try!
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Originally Posted by Ingrid
www.philosopherswool.com has a video on catching strands in the back which is a good technique.
I learned fair isle at this site. You DO need to use Internet Explorer to get the video though, it doesn't work with Firefox.
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Old 11-23-2006, 01:08 AM   #5
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OK, I've watched the video, and it was fascinating, but I'm still not sure how to incorporate that into 3 color knitting.

I have the pattern in front of me -- the 3 colors are only used in one row. It's a 3 stitch border - Green, White, Red ... then a 6-stitch repeat -- Green, Red, White, Green, White, Red (repeated 9 times, I think .. see follow up question below) ... then a 3 stitch border -- Green, White, Red

So there are 2 stitches between each green stitch, and 3 stitches between the white and reds during the repeat.

Side question: Per the instructions, I cast on 61 stitches.
But looking at the Fair Ilse chart, you start with a 3-stitch border, then there is a 6-st repeat, then another 3 st. border. I can't figure out how that will equal 61 stitches. It's a Christmas stocking done flat, then seamed together, so it appears that the end border stitches match up with the beginning border stitches ... leaving me with an extra stitch somewhere. What do I do with that extra stitch?????

Are all Nicky Epstein patterns this confusing?

I scanned the chart ... it's here: http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a99...airisle001.jpg
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Maybe the extra stitch is thrown in there so you can seam without messing up the pattern? You could do it in whatever color you last used.

As for the chart, you can just switch colors. There aren't any long strands to worry about. Just keep the knitting on the right needle stretched out and use whatever color comes up next.
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