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Topic: My First Fair Isle! Green, white and pink Inga Hat  (Read 4778 times)
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« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2007 12:19:45 PM »

your first fair isle??? i can hardly believe it! it looks amazing!
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« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2007 10:38:49 PM »

I never thought I'd learn stranded colourwork because I had never seen an attractive item made with it. The I saw Eunny's Endpaper mitts and fell hard, did those as my first colourwork and they turned out great, I have just finished the Anemoi mittens and I don't think you'll have any huge problems, but I wouldn't recommend them for someone who was new to colourwork (unless they did a huge swatch that went well to get the technique down). But make your cuff very loosely, it will very easily become too tight to fit over your hand, and do a really thorough swatch.
Eunny has a post called 'Tips, Tricks and Treats', I think, with good tips on doing stranded colourwork. The only thing I would add is that the wonky DPN joins can be prevented by turning the item inside out and knitting that way.
Even with great tension, colourwork will nearly always look slightly wonky, but blocking fixed that on both my SC items and they now look absolutely perfect tension-wise. Do a thorough block where the item soaks in water for 15-20 minutes to get the fibres totally saturated, and don't be afraid to block it to a bit bigger.

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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2007 10:58:58 PM »

I love the colors!
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« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2007 11:06:14 PM »

This is a very beautiful hat, very nice work.

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« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2007 04:25:51 AM »

Your hat looks awesome!  I love the colors (green is my favorite:))  Beautiful fair isle, this might just go on my to do list...
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« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2007 09:34:35 AM »

Thanks, all, and thanks redwitch for all those good tips.  They will be really helpful when I start my Anemoi mittens, now I just have to find the perfect yarn!
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