I just finished this garment this week and thought I'd share it. It is called 'Dakota Dreams' from the book "Fearless Fair Isle Knitting". As you can see from the design, it really isn't a Fair Isle pattern but rather it is a modern design done in stranded knitting. There are two offerings of the garment: this colourway for men and a softer one in blues for women.
Back in the day before YouTube instructional videos, I wanted to learn stranded knitting and steeking. As strange as it might sound today, almost no one knew what steeking was and Fairisle knitting was definitely out of fashion. I can remember numerous discussions here on MWK about these two subjects. At that time there were only two available videos (VHS, of course!): one from Philosopher's Wool and the other from Meg Swanson. I bought both and through them began my colour kntting history.
This is the “Prince of Wales Vest” by Katherine Misegades from the book “Sweaters From Camp” by Swanson et al. First, a bit of history. The then Prince of Wales, Edward VIII, was given a Fair Isle garment in 1921. The prince was known as a trend setter and he was always keen to promote British products. He wore Fair Isle jumpers, slipovers and stockings in public, especially on the golf course, thereby popularizing Fair Isle garments and giving a boost to the industry. He posed for the famous painting by Sir Henry Lander in 1921, wearing a traditional Fair Isle jumper.
I got interested in the history of this stitch, wondering how it got its name. A search on Google (where else?) provided me with the answer.
One of our dogs is always cold. She sleeps under the blankets and as close to the fire as possible without going up in flames. I decided to quick-knit this coat for her. I was amazed at the hounds tooth pattern I was able to knit. She is loving this garment and she doesn't try to get it off. I want to make her another but next time a pull-on jumper instead of a coat with buttons. Does anyone have some links to dog patterns to suggest? I thought I'd get recommendations first before just wading into the internet.
I have a request to knit a copy of the fair isle vest worn by Granville in the BBC sit-com "Open All Hours". Apparently, the vest has some noteriety, something like Jayne's hat in the show "Firefly". I have seen it in Google images; it wouldn't be difficult but I can't really see the patterning. I am presenting this here in hope that someone may have a lead for this pattern. I am not a member of Ravelry or any other online knitting group but I thought that someone on MWK who is a member might have a look for me. I would really appreciate any assistance anyone can offer. Thanks!
Without going into the long explanation, the knitting wools I just received for my new project are not what the pattern calls for. Jamieson Spindrift was sent instead of Jamieson DK. The difference is that the DK is a 3 ply and the Sprindrift is a 2 ply which knits up as a 4 ply. But, this won't effect the garment ( or so I hope) as it's all the same Shetland wool.
The Brae Waistcoat
I can't locate Addi Turbo needles in NZ. I have a complete set of all sizes and lengths from the US. But, they all have the stiff cable. I see that the Clicks have a soft cable. Are the new Addi turbos sold with the soft or stiff cable? The internet sites which sell them don't say. I appreciate any help.