New designs published!

I wanted to share that I’ve just recently published two new designs at Ravelry.

The first one took a few months of design work using Intwined Pattern Studio and then I moved onto swatching the design with old sock yarn in case I had to do some frogging. So, here it is – Botanical Scarf. There are actually flower motifs in the chart repeat and then of course the leaf edging helped me name the design.

I used Opulence from the Woolen Rabbit and the yarn is so yummy being that it’s 50% wool and 50% silk.
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My other design was a “spur of the moment” hat. I really like the way the blue fair isle design coordinates with the gray background. I was not sure what the call the hat and I went for a walk and all of the sudden, the name, “Winter’s Morn” popped into my head. I used two skeins of KnitPicks yarn, Wool of the Andes Superwash.

Winter's Morn Fair Isle hat
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Back to knitting!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted but it’s been longer recuperating than I expected. We also have been dealing with some family health issues.

I’ve finished my Amie sweater and a pair of socks using the Crosshatch stitch pattern. Today, I finished another one of my Spotted Diamonds hat for my husband. I’m so excited about this hat because it’s the best fair isle project I’ve made. There is NO puckering and it fits him perfect.

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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.