A reader asks:
“This may sound like a dumb question but do fair isle sweaters like Hank 8 only consist of various permutations of only 2 colors/row or do some rows have 3, 4, etc colors in them? I’ve only just started knitting again and I’ve never done anything where I’ve done more than 1 color per row. I think Hank 8 is beautiful, but looks far too complicated for my fingers, but I wanted to ask that question, because I can’t really tell from the pictures. I think some of the colorways are “tweedy” or multi-colored and that might be throwing my eye off.”
Not a dumb question at all, actually a very good one.
Hank is only 2 colors per round. There’s a total of 12 colors and some are heathered and/or tweedy. There’s something about fair isle that deceives you into thinking the patterning is more difficult than it is. Traditional fair isle never has more than 2 colors per round, though I know there are some “fair isle” patterns out there that have 3 or more — like in a recent Jamiesons book. You will never find an Alice Starmore fair isle design with more than 2 colors per round. Correct me if I’m wrong.
And of the fair isles I’ve knitted, this one is not among the more difficult, in my opinion. It consists of a number of vertical charts, each one symmetrical in nature, so they are easy to keep track of — at least I think so! I know at least one of my knitbuds who sez that those vertical scrolly charts make her go wiggy!
What do you all think?
Shelter in Place Emergency Kit
To those of you who wondered, rest assured that there is sock yarn in my “SIP Emergency Kit.”
Yesterday at work we got email with information about SIP. In the unlikely event this comes to pass, we will all be given a kit of emergency supplies in our shelter location, but everyone was advised to make up their own small kit as well — containing any medications they need, phone lists, etc. So I’m ahead of the curve here.
And oh yeah — I’ve also got a paperback book in mine.
Could They Be Any More Identical?
Well, yeah, they could. But they are pretty darn close!
Izzy’s worn out from a tough week of lying around the house.
Me too. But not from lying around the house. I knitted exactly two rounds on Henry last night. Sigh.
Have a good weekend everyone!