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Message Board > Knitting Lounge > Any Fair Isle lovers here?? ( Moderated by JEF)

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Cultured Purl

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Date: 4/29/11 3:21 PM

Hello all sewists and kntters! I wanted to know if anyone out there has knit any faiir isle garments yet?? I am a very advanced knitter, and I do prefer the top down knitting method for fit( fit as you knit!) AND circular knitting,,but recently have fallen in love w/ Fair Isle kntting! I just ordered a vest kit called Euny's vest which is a nicely fitted vest in lovely Shetland fair isle wool
Believe it or not I knit a LOT during the summer ( its portable) and I sew all winter, ( somehow this seems backwards to me) ,,,,but I am always prepared for the winter season rather early. Any tips from Fair Isle lovers out there?
I chose the vest b/c its easier and there is a nice DVD that talks about steeking,,,,AND I play Celtic Fiddle so it would be wonderful when I play out , as a vest gives me NO arm movement restrictions
Hoping there is a sewist who loves knitting as much as I do!
Good Knitting (and Sewing!) to all!

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Date: 4/29/11 6:05 PM

Hi! I also love circular top down two or three color knitting, not just Fair Isle. I also use steeks and have knitted quite a few such garments, probably my first one was in 1986.... My favorite patterns are collected in notebooks. Normally I use one color in each hand, and if I must use three, they are both in the left. Except in rare situations, I don't use four colors.

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Date: 4/30/11 8:08 AM

Totally different here

I prefer to knit flat shapes - when knitting Fair Isle patterns, remember to weave the 2nd & 3rd (& 4th etc) colours in the back of the work during knitting so that there are no long strands to catch on things. I have seen work ruined when the knitter hasn't done this

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Date: 5/1/11 9:52 PM

Once I learned to knit in the round there was NO going back,,,, however I DO knit top down ( back and forth in a cardidag) but there is no sewing of pieces
I can try anything on as I knit and know it fits me perfectly!
If I am knitting w/colorwork I will knit bottom up and in the round,,and do the steek, once I learned all the fear slipped away!
DVD's are great for this, b/c the knitting conventions are so so costly
I tend to knit more in the summer than in winter because I find it portable, while a sewing machine is not. I can only do 2 handed fair isle and stay far far away from carrying 3 colorsll as I listened well to EZ in all her books~ I am a continental knitter so I had to learn how to do American style knitting, but I can move pretty fast now
I have a DVD of Meg Swansen ( EZ's daugher, she knits both colors continental style, and is she ever fast!) I am impressed w/ anyone that can work 3 colors at a time!
Not so afraid to steek anymore, and I love ALL colorwork from Norwegian to Fair Isle,,,happy knitting !

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