Here is the best news...the rest of this project is entirely KNIT, that means NO PURLING, woo hoo!
If you're not sure what fair isle is, I guess now is a good time to let you know. It's just a way of changing colors in your knitting. Traditional fair isle is worked in the round, providing a RIGHT SIDE as shown above, and a WRONG SIDE, shown below. The RIGHT SIDE is very nice and clean, the WRONG SIDE shows the yarns that you have carried along the back while not using. They are called "floats." Now don't be scared, this is REALLY FUN, I promise! Let's take a look at "fair isle-ing" step by step below.
At the beginning of each round I will let you know what colors you will be using. Simply tie on the new colors on the WRONG SIDE of your work as shown below with a simple slip knot.
- Always remember to keep you yarn in the back of your work.
- When changing to a new color, do NOT pull on the stitches...maintain an even tension.
- Here's how I keep an even tension when working with a new color...I leave a lot of space between the stitches I just worked so that the "floats" in the back are not tight.
The photo below shows the WRONG SIDE and that I knit one Brown stitch, then 5 Coral stitches, now I'm about to knit another Brown stitch. See how it will create a brown float (no pun intended) along the back?
The tutorial is over. If you feel like I've missed anything, please feel free to post your questions. Seasoned knitters, I know there is other info regarding Fair Isle...but I'm keeping this post BASIC.
- Brown, Coral, Natural, Green, Blue
Now move on to Mystery Hat Part III