Monday, December 24, 2007

Two-handed Fair Isle Knitting

Woohoo! I found a way to make Fair Isle that works for me!

I dreaded learning Fair Isle.

Anyway, yesterday I finally decided it was time for me to get over my dread and Googled Fair Isle knitting. I had heard of using both my left and right hand to control the tension on the yarns used and create whatever pattern is charted. I found this website with the help of my forum friends and I watched this video (viewable only in IE ): ). Once I saw how easy it was to strand the colors using the methods shown in the video, I made the Sampler Purse pattern. I only had a few colors to work with but I am extremely pleased with how it turned out. I bet it would be AWESOME if I'd actually had Philosopher's Wool to make it.

Completed purse with a US quarter for size.

Inside view of the stranding.

I now feel confident that I can tackle a Fair Isle sweater! :D

1 comment:

Lieke said...

As I said on ravelry, it looks really great. That website has been a great help to me, because the way they weave in the strands really helped to get my tension even. (I'm really perfectionistic about that) Keep up the great work, I'm sure you'll be able to tackle the sweater!

Hugs, Lieke