answer: because i'm crazy

why did i do my first big fair isle by deciding to design it myself? i am making a hoodie with a band of fair isle across the chest and upper sleeves and just couldn't find a theme i liked enough, so...

i found a photo of a leaping coyote (love trickster references) and reversed the image so they are continuous. then i made a little geometric for the negative space and added a band to separate it from the main color work.

pix to follow. i have been frogging a lot, too much to yet able to make out the pattern. yikes


michaelpthompson's picture

Sounds fascinating Steve, looking forward to seeing the pix.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

PaulJMC's picture

Brave man!! Can't wait to see it. I'm sure it will be great!


In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

smalltownknitguy's picture

Steve, I feel the same way about the pattern I am doing for Skacel. It feels like I am doing it backwards. The next time I design something, I am going to make sure there is no deadline and I have enough time to design, knit, write, correct, frog, tink, re-knit and the like before I decide to submit the design.

MMario's picture

pic-tures. need pic-tures.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

rjcb3's picture

Not crazy at all!!!

Why NOT your first big Fair Isle be of your own design?

'tis a most awesome undertaking!

I can't wait to see it.


steve kadel's picture

not to tease, but i can't stop now to take pictures. they will be forth coming...pause...wink...ok, i am teasing. i'll try to post something before i head to jon stewart rally in d.c.

vote everyone. it matters

we won't just get a cat, nubby nu nu. we will manifest a kitten from our love...and lint from our hemp socks

we put birds on things

HuskerChub's picture

Just a reminder...DO NOT use regular square grids or your knitting will be very distorted. Use knitter's graph paper or make some. Stitches are taller than they are wide. If you have to make graph paper, you can do it in excel; set your column width to 10.0 and your row height to 14.0, set grids on all squares and you will be set.

steve kadel's picture

i did use knitting graph paper, but in the wrong proportions. had to redo. then i transcribed into onto graph paper large enough for my old eyes. it's two sided

we won't just get a cat, nubby nu nu, will manifest a kitten from our love and lint from our hemp socks

we put birds on things

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Sounds fun, Steve. I, too, love Coyote and used to tell his tales to the kids when I worked at the library. Can't wait to see the pics. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.