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.