Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Patons Next Steps Eight Fair Isle Knitting - Another Finished Project!

As with all the projects in Next Steps Eight Fair Isle Knitting this was a lot of fun to knit.  If you have been following my posts over the last year you will see how the patterns have become more intricate with each project.
This is the back of the pillow in progress.  The back was knit with only two colours of Patons Classic Wool and was the full size of the pillow.  This knit up fine.

Then, I do have to admit that I did experience an extreme case of "Knitters Block" when starting the blocks for the front side of this pillow.  I had the worst time picking the third colour and getting started.  I would get as far as swatching and not be happy with it and set it aside for days then try again.

This was my first try.  I used Flagstone with the Lemongrass and didn't think there was enough contrast so I tried Winter White.  It was better but still not what I was looking for.

Then on a whim I tried the aquarmarine.  I wasn't sure what it was going to look like with Lemongrass but as soon as I started knitting this colour combination I loved it!  Once the four square were knit them I blocked them before sewing everything together.
Here is the finished pillow. As you might notice right in the center of the pillow the stripes didn't quite line up.  After 3 tries at seaming and reseaming I still couldn't get them to look perfect so I improvised a bit......

 with duplicate stitch right in the center where all four blocks join.  What do you think of the result?  I am know really happy with the finished pillow.

 The next project is now on the needles. Another finished blog post will be here soon!  If you have a minute take a look at Patons new website!! http://www.yarnspirations.com

Happy Knitting!!


Mereknits said...

Oh my goodness it is spectacular, I have never tried to do Fair Isle, I am a bit of a chicken. You did a wonderful job.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

looks great - I love the colours.

Kepanie said...

Wow. You are quick. The contrasts of the colors are perfect.

Caffeine Girl said...

That is a stunning pillow. You definitely found a great color combination!

torirot said...

What a great pillow! I've been thinking of pillow knitting too, have some bulky yarn left overs - we'll see...