Mossbank Pullover

I started this project a couple of years ago. Recently, I've taken it out of hiding and began working on it again. This is my first attempt at knitting a fair isle sweater in the round, with steeks. I don't know what it was at first that made me put it away for so long. But I've picked it up again and am enjoying knitting it up. It does seem that the bottom part is puckering a little. I know blocking is not a cure-all but I'm hoping it would fix that problem. The pattern is from Jamieson's Shteland Knitting Book No. 3. I like this one because the pattern calls for only 6 colors.


Celowin's picture

Fantastic! I enjoy doing Fair Isle work, and I always love seeing other people who appreciate it as well.

As for the puckering coming out during blocking, it all depends on how severe it is. Certainly, blocking gets rid of a number of slight imperfections of tension, but if your floats are too taut, there is only so much that can be done.

Are you stranding the floats behind, or weaving them in?

kiwiknitter's picture

I agree with Patrick. I'm working on a jumper and using floats for the first time. I see I have some puckers but they don't appear to have anything to do with the floats. I am confident they will come right with the blocking. I had puckering of a different sort when I did the weaving technique and they came out at blocking.

Don't put this away. I am keen to see it finished!

Knit like the wind!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

V's picture

I'm determined to finish it. Steeks and all. :)

V's picture

Thanks. I am stranding the floats behind. Shetland yarn isn't very smooth so it's not gliding from my fingers as with smoother yarn so maybe that's the reason why in some places it's a little tight.

potterdc's picture

wow, wonderful work! I have never tackled a Fair Isle before, so I have no idea about the puckering. But man, what beautiful colors! Keep us appraised of the work!

Jonathan in DC

Think less, enjoy it more.

Think less, enjoy it more.

purlyman's picture

Wow.... those colors are amazing. I had a problem with puckering but just learned to loosen up and that pretty much took care of it. That's going to be beautiful. Good luck!


V's picture

Thank you. I haven't been able to put it down since I started it up again.

Kerry's picture

Wonderful pullover and great colours, I really look forward to seeing it finished. Is it a Starmore pattern?

I'm working on a Fair Isle pullover and purposely left the ribbing loose to avoid puckering, so now the bottom is curling up a little. It may sort itself out in blocking but it has been suggested to me that I could crochet a row along the bottom edge. Anyone ever heard of that?

A row of double crochet along the bottom edge will solve this problem for you Kerry. I tried it once and it worked.

Celowin's picture

I had the same problem with the ribbing curling, both at the waist and at the neck. It all flattened out in blocking.

I've heard of using crochet to hold it, but I've never attempted it myself.

V's picture

TThanks! I look forward to finishing it.

hankfully, the ribbing seems to be fine with this sweater. I think the purling of the stitches kept it from being knitted too tightly.

Tallguy's picture

Because you have put this away for so long, and because you have changed in the way you knit over that time, there is going to be a difference in what you did then and what you are doing now. It's really hard to be able to remain consistent over a long space of time.

As for the puckering, that will happen because you are not allowing enough looseness in the floats across the back. It's quite natural -- at first -- to pull them tight. It takes time to learn just how much you need to relax! Now that you have learned, your work is going to pucker in the lower part, but not up above. Yes, you CAN block some of it out if the yarn has a lot of stretch in it. Most wool will stretch a lot when wet, so I think you may be alright. It doesn't look puckered too much from what I can see here.

One thing I have found that works for me when doing stranded work is to make sure your stitches on the right-hand needle are not bunched up as we normally do. Spread out your stitches on the needle as you create them so that the floats are quite long (or so it would appear) to allow for the stretching needed later. Don't worry that they are too long, since they will pull together when wet processing later. And you can also learn to weave them in as you work. Wool is very forgiving.

One thing: try to remain consistent throughout your work. Changing methods or techniques half-way through your knitting is not a good idea.

V's picture

You are right. I've changed in the way I knit with color. There's much noticable difference between the bottom part and the upper (which is looking more smooth). I've also began to weave in and out the yarns when changing colors instead of just breaking them off in the beginning. I've noticed that the begning of the round looks MUCH neater this way. Thanks for your suggestions!

crmartin's picture

Beautiful pattern and colors. It will be awesome when completed.



V's picture

Thank you