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Old 08-03-2009, 11:03 AM   #1
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Started a 2 Handed Fair Isle Scarf.
As I like to do, I've combined two new things to learn (maybe more) in one project. I've done the two handed Fair Isle before but on a flat piece and I messed up by avoiding the purls on the WS. This time I am working in the round for the scarf and since it is only 5" (12.7 cm) wide I am using the 2 circular needle method. (I love how Cat Bordhi calls the non-working needle the "udder needle." I also started with a provisional CO for a seamless end in the scarf. I plan on making the scarf 5 feet (152 cm) in length if I don't run out of yarn before then.

The provisional CO was a the Magic CO using a long tail, only I loosely knotted my two colors together and cast on two circulars. This started a different color on each side! I am now wondering how I will finish the other end and if I can make it as neat (or seamless) as the CO end of the scarf.

I've started my own pattern chart for color changes and am using the Fair Isle weaving on the WS floats. The biggest hurdle has been that I cast on an even number of stitches (22 on each side). Now I'm having trouble getting a pattern that centers within 22 stitches. I'm using one or two stitches on the edges to break/separate the pattern of one side from the other side.

This project started as a swatch, practice with a pattern and Fair Isle weaving, and I think I'll add purls to try out some illusion techniques.

It is turning into a sampler.

Colors are:
(2) Caron Simply Soft Grey Heather and (1) Rose's Winter White.

Now, I have to remember to get a photo and post it here once I have several inches (10 cm) completed and showing the color work.
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:57 PM   #2
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Way to go!

Dontcha just love Cat Bordhi!? I will never again forget how to knit in the round using two circs! Her "visual word pictures" are something I don't forget!
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Cat Bordhi..well uh.. but anyway I bet your scarf is going to be great! Can't wait to see it! Fair Isle is best done in the round IMO.
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Yea, cant wait to c it ...gud lucks
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Barn Yard Humor or Brilliant Imagery?
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Cat Bordhi..well uh.. but anyway I bet your scarf is going to be great! Can't wait to see it! Fair Isle is best done in the round IMO.

Cat Bordhi demonstrates Judy Becker's Magic Cast-On

I love that CO method and will now try toe up socks just to use that CO. Or maybe a knit hat (i.e. stocking hat, toque, toboggan, or ski hat) with a cuff.

And this is her 'udder' video of using two circulars instead of DPNs or magic loop.

Though I suppose you may need to be a little bit country to fully enjoy the humor.
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It's not the humor that bothers me it's the baby talk and I feel like she's talking down to people. I've heard others complain about it, too. I'm an adult and like to have things explained to me simply, but like an adult.

I prefer the Turkish cast on, but they both work well so it's personal preference.

ETA: I also took a class at my LYS in two circs and love that method.
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Stranding Pattern Suggestions Please.
Okay, I think I need other stranding or fair isle patterns for just two colors. I started with a chart for a Hermione scarf (in one of the Harry Potter movies) but it is for multiple colors on a white background.

Any suggestions?

I found a simple (fir) tree pattern but was hoping for a snowflake or something. I suppose I could just go with some words since I have letter patterns I could try.


Ah, Judy Becker's Magic Cast-On has one purl row completed after cast on when compared with Turkish cast on.

So I see it as a Turkish cast on combined with the long tail or double cast on. I think the live stitches are a little more stable for me with the magic cast on. I wasn't able to get knitting with the Turkish cast on.

So, I think I'll stick with the magic cast on.
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This one is only two colors. With the color changing yarn it looks more complicated than it is.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...ir-isle-rapids

Here's a whole bunch of charts maybe you can create your own scarf.
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.co...ory/charts.php
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