Yes, now that I’m past the evil corrugated ribbing, I am happily fair isling along.
4-ply Katie asked:
Which in your experience is more irritating corrugated ribbing or checked garter stitch in the round?
Oooh! Good question!
After giving this some careful thought, I think that checked garter stitch in the round is more irritating. Because garter stitch mooshes down when knitted, giving you a really sucky row gauge. You can knit forever, only to discover you’ve made only one-half an inch progress. Very annoying.
I’m curious… do you strand with both hands? On one hand? On one hand dropping as you change colors?
I use one hand, dropping as I change colors. I carry the foreground color on top, the background color on the bottom and never twist the two.
Deborah C. asked:
Do you cut the colors you are using once you are finished with the row? I am assuming yes for the body of the cardigan (because of the steek), but what about sleeves? Do you ever carry colors up to another row?
Yes, I do cut the colors. I almost never carry colors up. Perhaps if it were only one row, I might carry. But generally, no.
Fair isle and I have never gotten along though I admire it greatly. My tension always gets screwy. How do you keep it even? Are there any books that you would recommend.
I think maintaining proper tension in two-color knitting is one of the hardest things to master and it simply takes practice. A couple of tips, though:
Use a wooden needle. Wood grabs the stitches more than metal does, so it helps you to maintain tension.
Make a conscious effort to spread your stitches out as you knit. If they are spread out to normal gauge, you have a better chance of your floats being the proper tension in the back. (Long-time readers will remember that I always float the yarn not in use — I don’t weave. Well, only in traffic. Hyuk! Hyuk! Hyuk!)
Books I’d recommend — the Ann Feitelson fair isle book is a good one. So is Sweaters From Camp — lots of good tips and technique talk in there.
You mentioned that you used long tail cast on for the corrugated ribbing project. I have a question, do you normally just cast on over 1 needle or do you cast on really tightly over 2 needles of the same size? I read somewhere that casting on over 2 needles makes the edge not so tight.
I cast on over one needle — the only time I ever cast on over two needles (or on a larger size needle) is when I’m making lace, which will be blocked within an inch of its life upon completion.
But I cast on fairly loosely, so my edge isn’t too tight. If you feel that your cast-on is habitually tight, you might wanna use a larger needle.
Goin’ to the Sock Hop!
For Debi, because she begged 😉 — an X-treme closeup of my Sock Hop yarn!
And note Teyani’s comment about the Sock Hop yarn:
Please let folks know that we have now completed all the backorders from the first round, and are spinning as fast as we can on the new batch 🙂 We’re having lots of fun here ! We hope to have more for sale in a couple of weeks.
Have a good weekend, y’all.