First Fair Isle project

This has been a learning experience. First thing I learned: make sure there’s enough contrast in your yarn colors. Second thing: don’t switch knitting styles midstream. I started out knitting the regular way where the yarn gets twisted with each stitch, then I thought I’d try the two-handed fair isle knitting, which I really liked, but the stitch definition just didn’t seem to be as crisp as the other way, so I went back to the first way. I can really tell where I changed methods. I was hoping blocking might help, but I don’t think it will. I really love this pattern, but if I make it again, I’ll use bigger needles (this called for size 0 for the ribbing and size 2 for the rest of the hat) and different colors. I used Knit Picks Palette in Cream and Mist. The hat is a free Ravelry download called Selbu Modern. Anyway, I learned a lot so even if I don’t ever wear this, it was worth it. I’ve got this blocking over a bowl and the ribbing is under the bottom of the bowl.

Wow, what a nice job on fair isle! Very pretty!

Oh I was going to ask how you got it so perfectly round. :roflhard: It’s beautiful! I’ve been frustrated with fair isle except on small bits. I just can’t seem to get the strands right…it’s too tight or too lose.

So pretty!

I really like the subtle color differences within this fair isle hat! I would have thought it to be ON PURPOSE! Ya know…now that I think about it…one of the reasons I sometimes shy away from falling in love with fair isle designs is the HUGE CONTRAST between the two colors!

So I guess you could say, I am in MAD LOVE with your hat and the (almost) monochromatic color theme!

If it was an accident, what a perfect one!

You did a very nice job!!

There was a KAL on Ravelry for the Selbu and many of the loveliest were subtle color differences. It is a great pattern to learn stranded knitting.

Thank you all…I have lots of both colors of yarn left over so I think I’ll make the adjustments in needle size and color, and maybe…when I finish a few other things, I’ll do this again. And, I’ll stay with one stranding method. This actually went pretty fast…I think it only took a couple of weeks, and that was just knitting a couple of hours at night and a little on weekends. Plus, it gave me an excuse to order a couple of Harmony circs since I didn’t have any in the small size.:slight_smile:

From what I can see, (the pictures are small enough that I can’t see them very well. :frowning: ) I like the low-contrast yarns a lot. Very nice work!

Beautiful hat…beautiful work! It’s like looking at a kaleidoscope…if you look long enough the first star fades into the background and the second star becomes prominent.

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I think it turned out very nice! I, too, like the mild contrast between the colors. :slight_smile:

It’s beautiful! You did a wonderful job.

It’s really neat. You know, there’s nothing wrong with doing a pattern more than once, as you see what you liked and didn’t like in the first rendition (especially if it’s a small thing like a hat). I often repeat patterns.

I think your hat is beautiful and the subtle contrast is very elegant!