Saturday, March 15, 2008

Fair Isle, I have conquered thee!

Non-knitters may not understand, but I am inordinately proud of this baby-sized hat.

I taught myself to knit Continental so I could do Fair Isle with one color in each hand. After a few minutes practice, I cast on in two colors of leftover sock yarn, not expecting them to look good together, and not expecting to actually like my first attempt. I wasn’t even planning to finish it, honestly! The crafting gods were smiling upon me: Not only did the colors look all autumny and wonderful together, but my tension seems just fine. It doesn’t pucker at all.

It’s Tam C, unblocked, and I don’t know if it’s the blocking or the gauge but it’s definitely not tam-shaped.


KnittyGirl said...

Very pretty, I like the colors!

Bronchitkat said...

Having just knit a pair of fair isle leg warmers 'single handed' - I may just venture into Continental territory.

After all, I can crochet 'the correct way', not that I usually do, so it can't be that difficult.

The hat looks great.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's cute! I'm going to make you teach me to knit left-handed when I'm there, k?


Emma Gorodok said...

looks great, perhaps I should try to learn knitting with both hands too. Just continental with both strands on the left hand, I totally hate fair isle