Help!! Sorry in advance for the long question…
I’m a beginner knitter and I’m trying the to knit this “Fruit Cap” http://store.nobleknits.com/annnokifrcap.html
It’s a red hat that looks like a strawberry, so it has little green dots through the middle of the hat, and then a green top that looks like leaves.
For the little green dots in the middle of the hat, the directions say to K7 MC, K1 CC rep to end of rnd, and it goes on like this for a few rows to add 1 green stitch for every 7 red stitches. My problem is that I’m assuming I should use the Fair Isle method to carry the CC. But, the first time I did this (yes, I’m on my 2nd try with the hat), I had a really hard time not making the carried yarn too tight and as a result, the green stitches receded, plus it was really hard to do with the 2 1/2 DPNs that I’m using since I sometimes had to carry the CC across needles. Plus, I didn’t like the look of the carried yard on the inside of the hat since it had to travel past 7 stitches. Everything I’ve read says not to use the Fair Isle method if you need to carry the 2nd color more that 4 or 5 stitches. But, the Intarsia method doesn’t seem to make sense for one stitch of CC every 7 stitches.
I’m making the “variation” version of this hat for a preemie baby, so I’m using fingerweight yarn, and I didn’t think it would be good to have lots of loose carried yarn on the inside because I don’t want it to catch on any of the baby’s IV lines or respirator tubes.
So… what are my options?? Just go against the instructions and do the green CC stitch every 4 or 5 stitches and just have lots more green dots? Or, is there another method I can use?
Thanks in advance!!!