Fair Isle and Catching Floats

I’d like to share a video I recently found which explains how to catch floats when you are doing fair isle or as it’s sometimes called, stranded knitting.  As you knit, you basically are catching the yarn on the back of the work.  Some fair isle tutorials have you pulling the second color up and around the main color you’re working to capture it, but I’ve found that causes more tightness in your project and it’s easier to cause puckering.

The video explains how to hold one color in each hand and how to catch the float from either the left or right hand.  I hope this helps you with your next fair isle project.

I’m seeing spots!

Yesterday was a busy day as I finalized another pattern for my latest design called the Spotted Diamonds hat. The pattern includes links to YouTube videos demonstrating some of the techniques I used when making the hat.  I like to include those because I like sharing things I’ve learned.  Similar to my Best Friends Forever hat, you can reverse the colors and get two hats out of two skeins of yarn.

Spotted Diamonds hat

Side view of Spotted Diamonds hat

I’ve done other fair isle designs and have struggled n the past with the resulting fabric puckering.  I’ve gotten better but still don’t have a fabric I’m 100% happy with.  The biggest benefit of this design is that there only a few places that have a float of five stitches. So the smaller floats really help make a nice fabric and I don’t get any puckering or tight spots. I think this is a good project for those who’ve had the tight areas or puckering in their work.