Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Patons Next Steps Eight Fair Isle Knitting - 4th Finished Project!

The next project in my year long knitting challenge was this wonderful I Heart Fair Isle Hat knit with three colours of Patons Classic Wool.
 
 
 
The colours I decided on for this hat were Aran, Royal Blue and Aquarium.  I love how the finished hat turned out, below are some in progress pictures.
 
 
Once again, this project was knit in the round.  Knitting this hat  allows you to practice knitting from a chart with a longer repeat and stranding the unused yarn. Repeating the chart 4 times completes one round of knitting. The excitement really begins when we start to shape the top of the hat and have to work decreases within the colour pattern! 
 

One thing that I did that the pattern doesn't call for is adding markers at the end of every chart repeat.  With the markers in place it lets you know right away that each repeat you have knit is correct or not. 


 When you finish knitting a chart repeat you should be at your marker. If you are short sts or have extra sts you know immediately that you have misknit somewhere within that repeat and can quickly unknit back to the mistake as opposed to knitting the entire round and then finding out you have extra sts or are short sts and having to pull out multiple repeats to fix the mistake.

You can see in the pictures that I have used a different coloured marker to mark the beginning of the round.

 
The pattern book Next Steps Eight Fair Isle Knitting shows you how to make a pompom without using a pompom maker.  It is super simple and fast.  I made this one with their recommended 30 wraps but if you want a larger pompom feel free to increase the amount of wraps.
 
 
What do you think looks better, with the pompom or without??
 

7 comments:

Frieda said...

Beautiful hat , I love the colours that you chose ! I like it both with or without the pompom . For me it would depend on the recipient , female with pompom , male without . Though I'm sure many men wouldn't be averse to sporting a pompom on their hat . There I go sitting squarely on the fence ;-) ...

torirot said...

Hard to decide... how about a BIG pompom?

Wanderingcatstudio said...

It looks great - and I'm all for pompoms! Big pompoms!

elns said...

Very nice, with or without a pom pom! Great color combination.

Alyssa said...

With! Definitely with! I would even go with a bigger one :) I think that it just makes it, it had the right amount of slouch for a big ole' pompom to weight it down a little bit and look super hip.

Kepanie said...

What a fun hat! It came out awesome. I love Fair Isle in the round.

Madeleine said...

Why not an even bigger pompom? :D
Looks lovely, great colors!