Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fade Isle Knitting?


Not one to let my needles be still for long, I stumbled across a hat pattern I just had to have. I perused the pattern, free of course, and went shopping for yarn right upstairs in the yarn studio.

Abandoning everything else I had going, I cast on to knit tam C using Galway in a pale green for the main color and for the contrast, Nashua Wooly Stripes Tweed. This clever use of a striped yarn as contrast allows the Fair Isle knitter to use only 2 colorways. Ultimately, this means NO ENDS TO WEAVE! Not too shabby. Not being much of a fan of the pattern recommended Noro yarn (I hate knots in my yarn), my selection for the contrast was much more subtle than the usually vibrant colors of Noro. The entire time I was knitting the hat, I felt I'd made a mistake with the colors and was creating a hat with a pattern that wouldn't be discernible, but I didn't let that stop me.


I'm so glad because I could not have been more wrong.

Gorgeous. And it fits. This one just might be for me.

Because I don't look good in a hat with ribbing, I changed up the pattern a bit by throwing in a braided cast on for fun. I knit 4 rows of corrugated ribbing as in the pattern and then threw in a braid with the arrows pointing in the opposite direction of the cast on braid.

Next up? I think that gorgeous teapot that I bought from Debra needs a Fair Isle cozy on cold winter nights.

15 comments:

Rose said...

Wow, that was fast! And the hat is gorgeous!!

SkippyMom said...

How do you knit something with that pattern, in those colors.

I swear I sat here looking at it for 10 minutes trying to figure [like I would a quilt pattern - those - I can do]

Your hat - I don't get. Amazing. Freaking amazing.

Jadekitty said...

That teapot is a beauty and I love the muted colors of your hat.

Finding Pam said...

I love your tea pot. Is it raccoo? I bet you have had some great tea from that pot.

You are so talented. I love your beret and the colors are fantastic.

Have a great Friday.

Ruth said...

What a beautiful hat enjoy wearing it and love the teapot.

Stephanie V said...

Mmm...so soft and muted. Love the hat. And the braided cast-on is a great look.

Will the tea cozy have a soft palette, too?

Miss 376 said...

What a lovely pattern, glad it fits, it'll be just the thing for the winter nights

Crystal Jigsaw said...

That is gorgeous. And the colour of the teapot
Is beautiful.

I found your comment on my post about the autism
School very interesting. I found it to be a
Very similar atmosphere, an institution
With a lack of a homely atmosphere.

CJ xx

debra said...

Beautiful hat!! Nice teapot, too :-)
The teapot is high fired white stoneware.

ztoamom said...

Did Crystal Jigsaw
mean to make her comment a
Haiku? Well, it is.

almost

The teapot is magnificent.

and for an appropriate word verification, we have "asient"

hahahahaha

Brenda said...

Beautiful Rudee. As always you amaze me.

Devon said...

Beautiful colors in that hat! Well done!

The tea pot is too pretty to cover, but if you do come across a good fair Isle cozy, post where you found the pattern... I'm looking for a good one!

Joanna said...

I'm impressed by your knitting skills and your speed. You just look at a pattern, change it to work for you and complete the hat in a flash. It's pretty too.

sapphireblue said...

Wow! You're amazing! I have never tackled color work.

Mylyne said...

It goes to show that sometimes you just gotta take a chance. :)