One of my goals for Knitting Camp was to learn Fair Isle knitting – I had tried on my own several years ago and it was a disaster – probably cause I need to see a technique – once I am shown something I pretty much can get it.
I am happy to report that I was successful! Here are photos of my Second Fair Isle project – a pillbox hat of my own design based on Meg Swansen’s basic pattern (which of course comes with a plethora of choices)…. be kind!
The Hat (how do they shoot photos of these?)
A view from the top
And now the lovely pattern.
I have started another one – I am going to make about 10 I think to really get this down. Thank goodness I have a large family. (Just wait until I conquer socks!)
Already my knitting is feeling better – my tension seems to be more consistent on this hat and I didn't have to rip too many rows – only once really – to correct a pattern booboo.
My heartfelt thanks to the “Gals in the Corner” of our table who speared me on with my first FI Project – i dont think that hat will ever be shown in public ; as Meg said, “Its an Archival object “ – and answered my endless questions.
I was so frustrated after the first day that I had nightmares that night about Fair Isle and woke up singing… “Me and my Fair Isle” to the tune of “Me and my Shadow”. Truly I was mad!
But now I am obsessed – luckily I bought a bit of yarn (no, not TOO much) and this is the Bartlett yarn that was on sale (thank goodness) so i have a bit to use (only one or two of a color) .
Of course the goal is a Fair Isle cardigan. (that’s a ways away for now).