16/12/2015

Yarn Along | Fair Isle knitting and current reads



This finished project has been a long time coming, I honestly never thought I'd be capable of Fair Isle knitting, it looked too complicated and far too many balls of wool at once. However, one evening when feeling particularly determined I sat down with a pattern, pinterest and youtube and got stuck in. Several weeks later and I’ve finished this headband! It’s not perfect but to have finished it feels like such an achievement.


I’m definitely going to be trying some more patterns; this is the one for the headband. If you have any favourite fair isle ones let me know! Also I found the stiches at each end of my magic circle are the messiest, I'd love to know if you have any tips for keeping this part neater (or maybe I just need a lot more practice).


As well as knitting I’ve been squeezing in time for reading and have finally started The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley, after it’s been sat on my bedside table for over a month. I’m woefully few pages in but the start is certainly intriguing enough to want to keep reading. I’m looking forward to the characters reaching Marrakech and the colourful chaotic descriptions of life there. I’ve also been picking up the new Mollie Makes every spare 5 minutes, I think I’ll be trying out my new fair isle skills on the alpine gloves pattern soon.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along



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10 comments:

  1. What a pretty headband. Such pretty colorwork! I love the blue with the white and yellow.

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  2. It is gorgeous! I love the headband. Great job on the colorwork!

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  3. Wow, well done! It's beautiful and looks so very neat!
    I'm in the middle of trying it too and feel like breaking my fingers ;-) But I was too scared to use a pattern - it's so confusing to read I think. So I'm just playing around a bit with my three colours and leave the actual pattern reading for another time.

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    1. I feel your pain! Youtube and pinterest are great for step by step tutorials. Good luck :)

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  4. Fair Isle seems scary to me. Your success is encouraging! Beautiful headband!

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    1. Thanks, it was scary to start but worth it!

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  5. Hm, the best tip came from the Yarn Harlot. Tighten the second stitch after the join when knitting in the round. Not the first stitch after the join as one would expect.

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    1. Oh I'll try that next time, thank you! I was pulling the first stitch and it really wasn't doing anything!

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