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Fairly Easy Fair Isle Finally Finished!

Well, my Fairly Easy Fair Isle Cardigan is FINALLY finished! 🙂

I’ve been planning to knit and then knitting this sweater for a loooong time.

I had some issues with the pattern as I blogged about previously here and of course, the “button hunt” that I blogged about here.

Speaking of the buttons, aren’t these perfect?

Thanks again to Brenda. You found a perfect size and match.

And how hard it was to do just that. I did a LOT of searching for buttons myself, to no avail and had other people looking for me too. Amazing, how hard it was to find the right buttons.

Fairly Easy Fair Isle

In progress.

I decided to block it just like a wool project, to straighten out all the edges. Worked fine:

Back view. I even impressed myself LOL. 😉 :

Buttons, buttons, I’ve finally got the buttons. 🙂

Taaaa daaa….

I’m quite happy with how the sweater turned out.

Yes, I think it would have been even nicer in a wool yarn as the pattern suggested, but I’m ok with how the Jiffy looks, albeit not quite as lush as wool always is. I’m trying to use non-animal based yarns now, whenever possible, that’s why I chose Lion Brand Jiffy for this project.

I would attempt another Fair Isle knit in the future. An easy one that is! It was fun working with all the color yarns and I learned a lot as I progressed with this sweater.

It’s been so hot here, I haven’t even tried it on yet but I think it will fit just fine. Should be nice and toasty for Autumn.

Maybe good for a new avatar photo too! 😉

Happy Crafting!

PS: WordPress blogger ???

Anyone know how to keep line spaces in a post, when using WP? I put in spaces and when I come back to that place on the page, they are no longer there. I don’t know why this happens over and over, but it sure is annoying. 😦 

Fairly Easy Fair Isle Cardigan Update

                                                             

Taaaa daaaa……. 

I am so happy that I finally got this sweater started. 🙂

The photo above is of the first sleeve (completed but not blocked). I struggled with the pattern for a couple of reasons but with a little bit of help along the way from some bloggers, knitting videos and books on the subject of Fair Isle, I finally figured it out. So far at least LOL.

For anyone who is making this pattern from the Stitch and Bitch Nation book, here’s a few tips you might also find helpful:

-The sleeve instructions do not mention that there is 1 stitch at each end of row, that is not included in the chart. So when you start the chart, keep that in mind and just knit or purl the first and last stitch and then work the chart rows in between.

-The chart rows have the numbers all on one end but the rows go back and forth on the chart. I always thought that charts were to be read from the number and then forward but that’s not the case, at least with this pattern.

-Finally, when holding the yarns (I knit English/American style with yarn in my right hand only) keep the dominant color that is currently in use, under the other yarn. For example, if as in my case you have a pink main color and are working the green pattern you would start the green design with the green yarn below the pink one.

Floats (the strands of contrast color yarn in between patterns) I am still working on to get them a bit neater. But not too bad for a first try.

I am really happy with how this pattern looks so far. It needs to be blocked to make the patterns really POP (or so I’ve been reading) but the colors seem to go together so well. So much nicer in reality too.

This yarn is working out great. You can read more about it in the post below this one.

I need to pick out some nice buttons for this cardigan too. The pattern and ones I’ve seen online show contrast buttons. I don’t know yet what I’ll use but hope to find some vintage or reuseable buttons to give it a nice finished look.

I’m off to knit sleeve two. Yippee!!! 🙂

Have a wonderful week. And happy knitting (if you are too). 😉

PS: If anyone reads this that is making this sweater and wants to ask a question about it, leave a comment and I’ll try to answer it here. I think I’ve worked out all the kinks now!!!