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Title: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Celia on January 14, 2022, 09:34:17 AM
This is my newest project, I will not knit the actual pattern as printed as I intend to try to knit the main body of the sweater on my machine and then hand knit the yoke, not tried this before so it is definitely an experiment.

I have ordered the yarn from Jamieson and smith, the other risk factor in wether it works or not is I have ordered the main colour on cone and the others is balls, as the cones are oiled and the balls not, I may need to make some adjustments as I knit.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: b15erk on January 14, 2022, 09:38:40 AM
I love that type of yoke @Celia ,  but the fairisle would defeat me.  I have never completed a fairisle project - although I have tried, I get into a big muddle.

Look forward to seeing this project develop.  :thumb:

Jessie
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Bumblebuncher on January 14, 2022, 11:21:44 AM
Oh my! I have knitted some rows of Godzilla  :thumb:
I don't think I can even look at that without coming out in a hot sweat  :o
Looking forward to seeing the results.
BB
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Kenora on January 14, 2022, 11:46:31 AM
That's a beautiful pattern. What a shame we never get weather cold enough in Cornwall to wear it outdoors, let alone inside!  :laughing:
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Ohsewsimple on January 14, 2022, 13:37:53 PM
Nice pattern.  Reminds me of the Icelandic sweater I knitted years ago…..in Icelandic wool.  Very warm but couldn’t wear it as it was so rough.   :facepalm:
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Missie on January 14, 2022, 14:38:15 PM
That is beautiful.  I've earmarked a couple of jumpers like that myself but it would probs take me years to complete.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Celia on January 14, 2022, 15:27:28 PM
That is beautiful.  I've earmarked a couple of jumpers like that myself but it would probs take me years to complete.

Yes not too sure which winter I will be wearing this :loveit:
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: realale on January 14, 2022, 17:01:09 PM
That's a lovely sweater @Celia and I can only applaud any who have the skills to attempt something like this. I don't have that skill set  0_0. I'll stick with my simple socks  :P
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Bodgeitandscarper on January 14, 2022, 19:14:35 PM
Oooh, looking forward to seeing your progress - what weight of yarn are you using?  Doing the plain parts on a machine will make it so much quicker.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Tamnymore on January 14, 2022, 20:01:04 PM
Wow. I love fairisle and this is a lovely version. Very impressed at your abilities. I can sew anything but I've never really got to grips with knitting so I'm always in awe of you peeps who can knit.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Celia on January 14, 2022, 20:16:47 PM
@Bodgeitandscarper it is Shetland 2 ply which in fact is a 4ply, the pattern is in this months Knitter magazine but as I am using a machine as well as needles I will have to re write it.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: BrendaP on January 14, 2022, 23:23:15 PM
I intend to try to knit the main body of the sweater on my machine and then hand knit the yoke, not tried this before so it is definitely an experiment.

I have ordered the yarn from Jamieson and smith, the other risk factor in wether it works or not is I have ordered the main colour on cone and the others is balls, as the cones are oiled and the balls not, I may need to make some adjustments as I knit.

If you can get all the stitches off the machine onto hand knitting needles without loosing any it should definitely work.  The main problem will be getting a matching tension between the machine stocking stitch and the hand knit fairisle.  I don't think you will have too much problem mixing oiled and non-oiled yarns, especially if you make proper swatches  :angel:

I don't have the staying power to knit a whole jumper bit if the plain bits arrived ready knitted I would likely get the fairisle yoke done.

Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: LeilaMay on January 15, 2022, 10:52:41 AM
Very nice :) Although I'm only a hand-knitter so wold do it all by hand :) I admire your skills to do it part and part.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Ploshkin on January 15, 2022, 11:28:16 AM
@Celia I used to do a lot of colour work and intarsia knitting and so as not to get in a muddle had to sit in a space with all the different colours spread out around me.
How do you cope with the multiple yarns?
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Celia on January 15, 2022, 11:36:33 AM
@BrendaP yes that is my thought, if I can do this it will make a big difference to me as I don’t like knitting big sweaters by hand but I do love knitting Fair Isle by hand.  I first heard of this being done on the Shetland isles it is often the way they make the sweaters they sell.  I might have to adjust the number of stitches at the yoke to match the tension, I have matched machine tensions before but I might have to adjust number of stitches at the yoke.


@Ploshkin you just get used to working with the different colours, I do knit double handed so one colour on one hand and the other in the other hand if you see what I mean.

I hope to get started next week so I will post reports, the first step is getting my machine set up again.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Ploshkin on January 15, 2022, 11:56:44 AM
I've been smiling to myself since you started this thread @Celia   A very dear friend, who is no longer with us, bought a kit (ready knitted body with the wool and pattern to hand knit the yoke) when on holiday in Scotland.  The suppliers were Skye Crotal Knitwear (Crotal / crottle / chrotail being the lichens used for dyes in the manufacturing process).  She told me that she had had an issue with it.  She had phoned the suppliers and had a lovely chat at the end of which they politely pointed out to her that they were Skye Crotal knitwear not Skye Scrotal Knitwear  :D  I do miss her.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: toileandtrouble on January 15, 2022, 12:18:34 PM
I'd like this too.  I get so bored with the plain stocking stitch part. 
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: BrendaP on January 15, 2022, 14:02:31 PM
I knit fairisle with one colour over my index finger and one over the middle finger.  True fairisle never has more than two colours in a row/round.  Intarsia is a different matter!  I don't like doing it but it does require a lot more organisation.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Flobear on January 15, 2022, 21:29:55 PM
I was about to comment that there are only three colours there so shouldn't cause too much havoc.

During the recent cold days I have been able to wheel out my warm woolly pulli with the patterned yoke. I enjoyed knitting it and don't mind boring plain bits as I can chug along nicely while wathcing telly.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Celia on January 19, 2022, 10:23:40 AM
Knitting machine now up and running, I hope to get the tension swatch knitted today, I still need to put the ribber up but will wait until that is really needed as it takes up more depth in the room.

While the machine is up I might try to think of something else I might like to knit. :thinking:
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Bodgeitandscarper on January 19, 2022, 10:25:47 AM
@Celia I always start with the rib, saves any messing about later.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Celia on January 19, 2022, 10:34:09 AM
 @Bodgeitandscarper        Yes I will start with the rib I just meant I will do the tension swatch today and when it is washed and dry and I have worked out the pattern I will put the ribber on the machine then.
 
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Gernella on January 22, 2022, 16:09:30 PM
All this just sounds like algebra to me.  Actually on my clear-out yesterday I found a small folder with knitting patterns I haven't sent to the charity shop before.  One looks like a cardigan I saw on Landsend and thought I like that but it's too long.  This is just right.

That jumper is fabulous @Celia even normal knitting, it would be well out my ballpark.  I lost the plot with one or more colours before, now :rolleyes:
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Diane on January 22, 2022, 16:30:58 PM
@Celia I love the colour of that jumper, i'm not sure i'd be able to knit that  :faints:
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Bodgeitandscarper on January 27, 2022, 11:59:27 AM
Have you managed to start this yet?  I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Celia on January 27, 2022, 12:56:54 PM
@Bodgeitandscarper i have done the tension swatch but I am not anywhere near matching the tension, I am happy to rewrite the pattern. I need to do a hand knitted swatch of the fairIsle, so that will take some time but I am definitely going ahead.
Title: Re: New project fair isle
Post by: Celia on February 21, 2022, 11:26:54 AM
After a good start things got a bit more difficult and my enthusiasm seemed to go BUT now I have decide to knit this one first, I am hand knitting it from the top down and might or might not machine knit the boring bit. The difference is this one is knitted in DK Drops Lima and the other is a fine Shetland,
If this one works out ok I will feel more confident in doing the other one.

So far I have cast on and knitted the rib plus just started the Fair isle so let’s see, I am still knitting my socks as sometimes one needs something simpler to work on.
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Ohsewsimple on February 21, 2022, 12:11:33 PM
That’s a fun design @Celia.  Wasn’t expecting to see that when I zoomed in.  :)
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Flobear on February 21, 2022, 12:47:09 PM
Oooh, sheeps! Perfect for a Forest of Dean woolly pulli.
I will be bookmarking that for when the new Strictly Come Knitting season starts.
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Ouryve on February 21, 2022, 18:36:22 PM
I do love the sheep yoke.

IIRC, there are other items with the same motif, including some for kids.
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Bodgeitandscarper on February 21, 2022, 18:57:51 PM
That looks a nice design.  I'll be interested in the machine knit bit too.
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Flobear on February 21, 2022, 20:01:14 PM
I've downloaded and printed the sheep pulli. Will put it away until knitting season restarts in September. Couldn't believe it was free!
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Celia on March 21, 2022, 09:30:43 AM
It is well on its way, this photo is from a while ago I have now finished all of the sheep but have decided to continue knitting this one by hand, mainly due to the construction, the sleeves would have been difficult to do flat.  I am considering another similar jumper as I have loved knitting it and I might try that knitted from the bottom up, on which case I will try the combined machine/ hand knit.
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Ann on March 21, 2022, 16:11:29 PM
The sheep pullover is gorgeous and I've printed it out. May have to knit this one as I made one for the dolls.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-R0baRI4i8d4/X4A9QtDncZI/AAAAAAAAsKA/9KKXMoQGBCkJwnC0jn-rZiIXywohIvC5QCLcBGAsYHQ/w300-h400/IMG_7769.jpeg)

Truthfully I would love a pullover like this as we do get days I would love to wear a sweater outside when it's chilly but not real cold.
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: b15erk on March 22, 2022, 13:43:10 PM
Love those sheep!  Unfortunately, fair isle and I don't get on.

Tried it, and made a terrible tangle...

Jessie
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Celia on March 22, 2022, 13:48:24 PM
@Ann your doll looks great, you would do a brilliant job of the big one I am sure
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Ann on March 23, 2022, 10:38:56 AM
@Celia, in the fall I'm thinking. I have to find the yarn I want to use or order it in. It will be completely hand knit if I make it.
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Celia on March 23, 2022, 13:17:54 PM
I think mine will be all hand knitted this time @Ann, hope you find the right yarn, I am using Drops Lima and so far I do like it.
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: toileandtrouble on March 23, 2022, 13:23:20 PM
I got this pattern when @Celia mentioned it, I love sheep.  Wish you hadn't shown me the doll version @Ann , I don't want to be distracted at the moment!
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Celia on April 10, 2022, 10:59:49 AM
Just finished knitting the back and front so can try on, it fits but it’s not the style I wanted it is much more fitted and the neck is a bit too high, I have been thinking all night about what to do and am considering unpicking it back to the yoke and increasing the number of stitches and knit down again.

I may not have enough yarn so might have to incorporate stripes I have lots of the blue.

@Bodgeitandscarper i think if I do I will reknit on the machine so watch this space :laughing:

I am hoping if I make the body looser and longer I can live with the neck. 
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Bodgeitandscarper on April 10, 2022, 18:25:38 PM
Watching and waiting  0_0
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Celia on April 11, 2022, 09:16:46 AM
Here is a picture of how bad it was and now after yesterday I have unpicked it and am starting again but I am going to only use one colour I think, the lighter grey/blue has too much of a purple tone to it in certain lights. 
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Bodgeitandscarper on April 11, 2022, 09:28:51 AM
I think I'd reverse the colours and have the lighter colour at the neck and the darker blue for the body.  The rib looks quite tight at the neck , could you undo that and knit it on bigger needles?
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Celia on April 11, 2022, 13:34:20 PM
Yes that’s an idea but I was trying to get away with not unpicking all of it. We will see
Title: Re: New project fair isle. Update
Post by: Ploshkin on April 11, 2022, 13:57:58 PM
I love the sheep design but agree about the neck.  I can't stand high or tight necks on anything but especially knitwear.  I think that yoke lends itself to a nice, fairly open neck anyway.