baby stuff

I now have four friends that have had baby's in the last two - three months. Now i am making baby stuff. I hate the single colors and simple designs of these projects. I have ventured off into the world of Fari-sale..(sp?) Now i am at a loss. How do i get started? What should my tention be? I feel like i'm starting all over again. Is this normal? Have i bitten off more than i can Chew?


Celowin's picture

First off, I don't think you've bitten off more than you can chew. While it takes a bit of getting used to, Fair Isle knitting isn't nearly as hard as some people make it out to be.

A lot of people have trouble keeping tension even their first time working in Fair Isle. My experience is that it feels uneven when working on it, but looking back a few rows it looks fine. After blocking, everything should even out.

As for how to get started, I'd need a little bit more information to get too specific. Here are a couple of resources that might help: has a nice video of stranded knitting, a little more than halfway down the page. Very useful for seeing how to hold the yarn. is a good general resource, with lots of links.

I hope these things help, and good luck!

Bill's picture

you might think of just doing a stripe of fair isle...on a baby you don't have to worry about the amount of time involved to finish the project...
...or a stripe on a baby hat...

KilgoreTrout's picture

Theres so much you can do to spice up the boring patterns! Fair Isle is one thing, and it just takes a little practice. you can also try using self patterning yarn, different stitch patterns, or embroidery once the piece is done!

If wishes and buts were clusters and nutes we'd all have a bowl of granola.

Well, and then there's always my favorite embellishments: Lace & Cables. Super easy to do and quite flashy. All you need are some stitch markers and sometimes, not even those. The baby won't care a rat's patootie about how fab it looks, but mom and dad and baby doters will think you a genius!

Write if you need some prodding to get started . . . once there, however, you have entered the "Dark Zone" of knitting. Mwaa ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa . . .

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teejtc's picture

I'd start with one of the Ann Norling Kid's Fruit Caps... I know they're simple -- you can probably whip one up in a night or two, but they make great gifts and they give you a perfect chance to practice your color swapping. It's Pattern #10 and every yarn shop I've ever been in sells it as an individual piece.

I learned the technique from a friend who pointed me to the "Philosopher's Fair Isle Techniques" -- I'm not very good at it, but it's actually a LOT easier than it looks. If you know someone who can do it, it's not nearly as confusing in person as it is on paper.

Like Celowin suggested, I often feel like my tension is uneven (especially on the left-hand color, I'm right-handed) but when the piece is finished it's always looked fine.

Grace and Peace,