Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Notes on a Pattern


First an excuse: it’s been far too long since my previous post, and I never meant for that to happen. In the meantime  quite a lot of people became new followers, THANK YOU!

Over the past year I’ve received quite a few questions about the Fair Isle scarf/cowl I finished a year ago.

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Most people wanted to know if there was a pattern, and what colours I’ve used.

I can’t provide a pattern, because I’ve used a really wonderful book

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In this book you can find charts for an incredible amount of patterns, from very simple 1 and 2-row patterns

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to allover patterns

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Making the scarf:

Yarn used: Stahlsche Wolle Limbo Superwash
Needle: US 4 - 3.5 mm

To make the scarf very colourful, but coherent I need to tell you something about the use of colours. I used only 4 colours, (blue, green, yellow and pink), and every colour in 3 shades; light, medium and dark, and a little bit of off-white. This way there were lots of options to vary: different shades of 1 colour, contrasting, a combination of both.

The other thing I did, was the transition between patterns. After knitting a pattern, 3 round of background colour (BC) were knitted, then 1 round of the new BC, 1 round of the previous BC, 3 rounds of the new BC, then the new pattern.

Cast on 120 stitches, join in the round, place a stitchmarker and knit 3 rounds.

Now you can choose any of the patterns in the book, or any other pattern you like. You have 120 stitches, which can be devided by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 24, 40 and 60. So keeping this in mind it is the easiest to choose a pattern with a pattern-stitch-count of one of these; then you only have to repeat until the end.

If you choose a pattern with a stitch count of 7, you will have 1 stitch left in the end, but this will become the ‘fold’ in the scarf, so no problem, just knit it in the background colour.

As you can see in the picture above, I’ve used both very small patterns of only 2 or 3 rounds, but also larger ones, up to 31 rounds.

This way, I’ve knitted a scarf of 165 cm (65 Inches).

After the last pattern, I’ve knitted 3 rounds BC, 1 round of first BC, 1 round of last BC. Then to make a (infinity) cowl, bottom and top were joined using a kitchener stitch.

Hopefully these notes can help to make your own scarf/cowl.

 

Groetjes, Dorien

5 comments:

Fia said...

Hallo Dorien...

Via Pinterest kwam ik op jouw prachtige blog met zoveel mooie werkjes...ik heb me aangemeld bij je en kom gauw terug...

hart,gr Fia

Maxine D said...

What a beautiful scarf!! I don't think I will knit it though - I prefer Aaron style knitting to Fair Isle, not that I do much now!
Blessings
Maxine

Fiber and Color said...

Thanks so much for posting this. Inspirational, particularly considering I own her Charts for Color Knitting book.

Elizabeth McGuire said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I've bought the book and have made my first fairisle nordic cowl after reading this post. Very addictive and has given new life to my knitting. :-)

Elizabeth McGuire said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I've bought the book and have made my first fairisle nordic cowl after reading this post. Very addictive and has given new life to my knitting. :-)