Fair Isle Success

_MG_1935I made a promise to try to push myself to learn new techniques and skills this year.  First up…stranded colorwork knitting. For some reason, stranded colorwork always seemed really hard and kind of scary. I posted a picture of my yarn stash on Instagram last week along with a caption about my resolution to learn colorwork, and a few people commented that I should try YouTube. I was unsure that I could learn via video but it was surprisingly easy! I watched a few videos and then gave it a shot.  I had to get the hang of holding two strands at a time, which was the most challenging part.

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_MG_1894I picked the Schuyler hat for my first pattern.  I found it via Fringe Association and I’m so glad I did.  This is such a beautiful, wearable pattern.  I’m thinking of lining it with fleece, which would make it the perfect winter hat!  Of course everyone in the house is fighting over it, so I already have a second colorwork hat on my needles.  And you know two more will have to come soon after!  At this rate I’ll be ripping through my stash in no time…which can only mean one thing… yarn shopping is in my future!

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Your thoughts on “Fair Isle Success

    1. You can, Gaby! Promise. I thought it would be super complicated, but really, it just takes a little practice. The biggest challenge was holding the two strands of yarn to get even tension…again, just practice. It is so much fun and totally addictive (not to mention a great stash buster)! YouTube “stranded colorwork” and watch a few videos… then give it a whirl!

  1. I LOVE your hat…the color, the design, the shape…you did a fabulous job- and just in time for a huge plunge in temperatures! I decided to knit a Lopi sweater for my husband when I took my very first knitting class. The instructor knew no more than I did about stranded colorwork, and I found a wonderful video from Peace Fleece and taught myself. It’s very well done and easy to follow – and they’re such lovely people! And what would we ever do without YouTube videos???!!! Stay warm and happy hat knitting!

    1. Thanks for your sweet comment Maureen. And I agree…where would us knitters be without YouTube? I, for one, would still be wandering the streets of Providence looking for a local yarn shop to offer me a helping hand. YouTube has empowered me to become such a self-sufficient knitter. There’s no problem that can’t be solved by a video and a bit of perseverance!

      Sending warm and woolly thoughts your way!

  2. I’m a bit older than you but this is what we did when I was in my mid-twenties. It really is great fun once one gets that hang of it. Love your hat, the colours are lovely. By the way, what happened to your instagram account?

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