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chrispykreme
« on: October 30, 2005 07:35:07 AM »

I knit my brother a black hat with white skulls going around it for christmas using fair isle. I knit it loose enough so that it is stretchy, but when you are stranding those colors, it's still not as stretchy as the rest of the hat that is only one color...which leads to the problem. The middle band of the hat is less elastic than the rest, making the hat feel weird when you are putting it on. Is there a way to avoid that problem when doing fair isle hats. Luckily the hat is wool, so it's stretchy enough, but it's really bothering me.


The hat...basically.


All the stranding on the wrong side.


Excuse the sunday morning look. I was concentrating on taking that picture myself.
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2005 08:17:45 AM »

I doubt he'd even notice nonknitter never seem to notice mistakes

(unless you bind off wrong ands the hat unravels when they put it on X=)
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starlings
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2005 06:35:21 PM »

First of all, your hat looks great. I agree with wokeupafraud - your brother will love it and probably won't even notice.

In answer to your question, there are a couple of ways you can minimize the tightening effect of fair isle. First of all, when you're doing your initial gauge swatch, try comparing your gauge both over the plain knitting and the fair isle portions of your pattern. Then try to get them to match by using a different sized needle for the stranded section.

People tend to knit more tightly in fair isle. Also, different colours of the same yarn can vary slightly in gauge.

Probably the easiest way to make the FI portion more stretchy is to leave longer floats. Some people find that knitting inside-out helps: just work on your dpns or circular with the right-side facing inward and the working needles on the far side of the tube.


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chrispykreme
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2005 07:08:46 PM »

thanks, y'all! (can you tell i am from texas?)

starling -- i will have to try that knitting inside out next time. thanks again!
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