Try repeating this heart pattern across a row. Work in stocking stitch, and use your own choice of colours. You could mix this heart pattern with a simple fair isle peerie band, snowflake/flower or chevron pattern.
So we kicked off our fair isle project with an argyle pattern. This week we’re taking a step back to a slightly simpler 3 row Peerie band square. These will look very familiar, as they are one of the most widely used fair isle techniques.
Avella kindly knitted up this square and wrote the pattern up longhand. However, it really is sooo easy to follow the 4 or 8 stitch repeating charts, you can see at a glance where you are in the row.
I have a confession to make. I’ve decided that I really really hate doing colourwork!!! Yet. I love the results, and I love the stories around knitting traditions, as I told you in our Gansey/storytelling project.
So for that reason, and because our Techniques Sampler KAL would be lacking without it….and because it’s such a huge part of knitting culture, we are about to embark on a Fair Isle project.
Because I’ve been so busy elsewhere lately, the first pattern, an argyle, has been created, in chart form, by Kat Robertson, and tested by Kim Cowell. Thank you ladies! So much!
If you are not confident at chart reading, have a Google or ask the group members for advice, or wait until I post a slightly simpler fair Isle pattern in the next few days.
My challenge to you is to research this genre, absorb yourself in it, read up on the history and the culture, and use this project as an extension of the storytelling project that so many of us found really cathartic.
Include hearts or flowers or snowflakes or whatever you want. Be creative and have fun. I’ll pop posts up as and when I find them to inspire you. But feel free to post them yourself too in the group.
Enjoy, don’t stress, ask questions, have fun. Cesca xoxo
The winner of the poll by a long way!!
A bit of an unusual week. My pologies for the picture-napping. Normal service will resume next week. Very excited about this week’s patterns though. Not only did we decided them by poll, but I’m in the same boat as all of you for once!!