I am Louise from Wildflower Wool, a knitter who loves knitting and teaching others how to knit. Join me as I knit every pattern from Next Steps Eight: Fair Isle Knitting and blog my progress along the way. To read from the beginning, visit my previous posts.
With January coming to an end very soon, I wanted to give you an update on my plan to knit every project in the Patons Next Steps Eight - Fair Isle Knitting pattern book over the next 12 months (roughly one a month, and two months for the sweaters).
The first pattern in the book is a simple headband and it is a great project to learn the basics of Fair Isle knitting. Using only 2 colours keeps the knitting simple and with a short pattern repeat there are no long floats to have to deal with.
Pattern - Graphic Grid Headband
Yarn - Patons Classic Wool in colours Lemongrass and That's Purple
Needle - 4.5mm 16" circular
There are clear instructions with each pattern that explain what techniques are used and how to knit them. You build on your skills as you work your way through the sections of the book with the projects increasing in skill level as you go. This headband is a small enough project to be easily finished in an evening but gives the Knitter enough practice dropping the old colour and picking up the new colour to feel comfortable with the basics of Fair Isle knitting which also gives you such a neat wrong side to your knitting.
Overall, this was a quick, fun knit and something that I would knit again.
In fact, I had so much fun knitting this headband that I started and finished the next pattern as well!! More on this cowl in February. Stay tuned!
Editor's Note: This post was originally written on January 27, 2013; we promise Lousise knows what day of the month it is! ;)