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.
For those of you who are new to this feature, let me catch you up on my year long knitting adventure. At the beginning of the year I had this great idea to knit my way through every pattern in Next Steps Eight: Fair Isle Knitting. The third knitting project from this book is finished! The sweater is called "My First Fair Isle Sweater". While this was not my first time knitting a fair isle sweater I loved knitting this pattern. The large needles and yarn and the easy to follow colour work pattern make it quick knit and an easy pattern for a beginner fair isle knitter. Let's take a look at how this sweater came together. Materials
- 4.5mm and 5.5mm circular needles
- Patons Classic Wool Roving: Pumpkin, Aran, Yellow, Grey, Cloverleaf
The sleeves are each knit seperately then joined to the body of the sweater to begin the fun part - the fair isle colour work! Again, when knitting the colour work pattern you are working in the round and you are knitting from an easy to follow chart and you are only knitting with two colours in each round. One thing to note if you have had some experience knitting from charts on a flat piece of knitting where you read RS rows right to left and WS rows left to right, when you are knitting from a chart in the round you will always read each row of your chart from the right to left. Knitting this sweater pattern introduces us to the technique of "stranding" our non-working colour along the back of our work. As you are knitting along from the chart you want to keep in mind that you don't want to carry your non-working colour any more than 5 sts across the back of your work to prevent excessively long "floats" that may catch as you are putting the sweater on and off. You also want to keep this stranded yarn loose to keep your knitting lying flat without any puckering. The picture below shows you the inside of the sweater. As you can see, our floats (the non-working yarn) are short strands covering 3, 4 or 5 knit sts then it is "caught" by the working yarn to prevent those long floats. Example, we have just finished knitting with the yellow to knit a circle. Now our chart is telling us to knit 8 white sts. We will knit 4 white sts, pick up the yellow wool and loosley lay it across your working white yarn and continue knitting the next 4 white sts. Then pick up the yellow and begin the next circle. ... and before you know it you have a finished sweater! If reading this has you thinking you would like to give fair isle knitting a try but you don't want to jump right in with a sweater, take a look at the first two projects from the book. If anyone is interested in knitting the headband or the cowl and has questions or needs some help along the way leave me a comment or send me an email and I will be glad to help you!