Friday, 7 December 2012

F is for fair isle

I am notoriously bad at knitting but still that doesn't stop me having a go at those intermediate level patterns for fair isle stockings. For my first attempt I researched how to hold the yarn and that's about it, so really there is no surprise that it turned out to be a bit of a disaster.

There are two very important things that I learnt from this first attempt:

  • When knitting in fair isle you read the chart from right to left on the right side (knit side) and from left to right when you are knitting back across on the purl side. I did not do this but worked it out and then confirmed my suspensions on the internet when my pattern turned out looking very strange.
  • It is very easy to knit fair isle too tight and for it to look terrible just like my knitting 

The children however had a great deal of fun designing their own fair isle patterns on graph paper which kept them quiet and occupied for quite some time which has got to be a bit of a winner.

 So despite my bad knitting, the fair isle theme challenge entertained Josie and Charlie and I learnt a bit more about knitting.

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