I’ve just learned to do Fair Isle knitting and am working on a cotton sweater of my own design.
I’m using a variegated yarn for the ribbing at top and bottom and also as a border between panels (wide stripe with background of one color and foreground of another color).
I now know that the Fair Isle technique produces a fabric with less stretch and that large blocks done with a single thread are stretchier.
But I didn’t realize it when I made a rather wide border of reverse stockinette in the variegated yarn. The Fair Isle portion above and below it is nice and flat. But the single-thread reverse stockinette makes a bulge instead of lying flat. It’s in the worst possible place, right above the waist. And I didn’t realize the problem until I’d got way past that.
There is NO WAY I’m going to rip out everything from the neck down to correct this, but correct it I must.
Here are some things I’ve considered:
- Embroider something in duplicate stitch onto the reverse stockinette
- Use some sort of smocking technique to gather up the looseness
- Put in a lifeline at the top and bottom of this area, cut out most of the area between the lifelines and unravel the rest, then make a better border and graft the two sections together with Kitchener stitch. The sweater is long enough to allow this.