Fairisle Adventures

10/03/2017 · 1 comment

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I have finally cracked it. Finally finally finally I can knit in the continental style and I can use the two handed stranded method for fairisle. Do you know what, if you find that a little bit too much information on the knitting geek side, I don’t care. My crochet life means that I have been rather too haphazard in pursuing new knitting skills. Our Lake District holiday meant that I spent time really working and researching techniques. If that doesn’t sound a very relaxing way to spend your holiday. I can only apologise – it is my way of switching off.

So a couple of weeks ago I told you about my new Steiger hat and then the inevitable happened…new skill, new obsession. Being positive I could say that I wanted to embed my technique. Being realistic I became a little obsessed by the speed and ease of my new knitting style. Avid watchers of what is cool and now in knitting books will have clocked the rather elegant tome by Hilary Grant, Knitting from the North: 30 contemporary hats, gloves, scarves & jumpers. The photographs are achingly beautiful and the simplicity of the patterns ensures they are rather elegant.

Firstly I ran off a couple of wrist warmers. They were the work of a couple of evenings. Then I started on my next hat. The Arrow Pom Hat. I hadn’t spotted an errata in the schematic, and the fabulous Hilary contacted me to warn me. But by that time I was already nearing the crown. I loved the process so much.

The top image is my Steiger hat using the new technique and the bottom hat is the old technique. The difference on the wrong side of the work is quite remarkable. The process looks so neat.

Now I am on the look out for my next pattern. Bearing in mind my love of a cowl, I think this must be my goal. If you have suggestions, please do leave them for me in the comments. My knitting mitts are feeling a little bit jittery and I am keen to cast on a new project.

 

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