Sunday, January 27, 2013

Next Steps - Fair Isle Knitting - 1st Pattern

With January coming to an end very soon, I wanted to give you an update on my plan to knit every project in the Patons Next Steps Eight - Fair Isle Knitting pattern book over the next 12 months (roughly one a month, and two months for the sweaters).

The first pattern in the book is a simple headband and it is a great project to learn the basics of Fair Isle knitting. Using only 2 colours keeps the knitting simple and with a short pattern repeat there are no long floats to have to deal with.

Pattern - Graphic Grid Headband
Yarn - Patons Classic Wool in colours Lemongrass and That's Purple
Needle - 4.5mm 16" circular

There are clear instructions with each pattern that explain what techniques are used and how to knit them. You build on your skills as you work your way through the sections of the book with the projects increasing in skill level as you go. This headband is a small enough project to be easily finished in an evening but gives the Knitter enough practice dropping the old colour and picking up the new colour to feel comfortable with the basics of Fair Isle knitting which also gives you such a neat wrong side to your knitting.

Overall, this was a quick, fun knit and something that I would knit again.

In fact, I had so much fun knitting this headband that I started and finished the next pattern as well!! More on this cowl in February. Stay tuned!


Sue said...

The headband turned out great. Maybe I need to try that book out as my floats are never nice like that, always a bit bumpy.

Jo-anne Blossy said...

Your headband turned out really well. I like the colour combo you chose.

Mereknits said...

It looks fantastic, great job.

Caffeine Girl said...

That is an adorable headband. And it's something you can get a lot of wear out of, too.

Pumpkin said...

Wow, you have excellent tension. Beautiful work, I love it! Are you planning on tackling any more colorwork?

Stacy said...

I love the headband! What a great idea doing one project a month from that book. I'm so inspired.

torirot said...

One down :-)
Good luck on your project for the coming months!

Kepanie said...

Good for you! This headband is terrific!
I took a color class some time ago. One part was Fair Isle. I was taugh using two hands. However, I never really finished that hat project. Then I got an offer to test knit a baby giraffe hat that involved Fair Isle. B/c of this pattern I was able to practice FI and nail that technique down.
One tip I'd give if you haven't thought or read about it already is what the designer gave me: Stretch out the fabric now and then to ensure your floats are loose enough.