So you ask what do you love - it is a classic. Anne’s pattern is extremely well written, easy to follow and a breeze to knit. Almost any fibre can be used and it would be wonderful. Everything we love in a project. The design is not overly complicated and knits up beautifully. Besides it just looks great. It is one of those patterns and designs that I envision knitting again and again. Everyone who saw it today loved it and those with balls asked if I could knit one for them. The repetitive repeat is pleasing to the eye at just the right length and width to me almost magical.
I screwed up when posting my fair isle sweater and neglected to add these photos....a close up of the pattern and the book used for inspiration.
Happy new year from the UK.
We went shopping with some friends of ours before Christmas and came across a rather fetching waistcoat/tunic affair in a very nice shop. It was knitted in 1x1 rib and straight... By which I mean no hem.
The motifs for this classic fair isle pullover came from the wonderful directory by Mary Jane Mucklestone. The wool is Knit Picks "Palette" fingering and the main color is navy (that appears very black in the photos.) Knit in the traditional method of two colors per round, with armholes and neckline cut in.
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.
Nothing special, I did these for the wife if a friend who was having a
birthday. They were out of town and I was housesitting so I found a pair of her shoes and used them for sizing. That's not creepy, is it? :-))
if you don't mind cables, this is a great hat. You can do them without a cable needle.
I have seen a number of questions about "What is the best Provisional Cast-on" There is a question on the Ravelry Men Who Knit forum that I have been reading.
I'm a little confused by the terminology. It lists a "knit one front and back" as the same as a bar increase...? I know the bar as the yarn that runs between stitches, and a "make one" as pulling up that bar, twisting and knitting it (R or L as need be).