This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco
this ain’t no fooling around
No time for dancing, or lovey dovey
I ain’t got time for that now
Well, heck no! No time for anything but fair isle! All fair isle, all the time! Woo!
Why all the excitement? Because, dear readers, I have reached the point where I can start the v-neck shaping on Mara. Again, woo!
You do the decreases on either side of the front steek. I have placed a pin at the first decrease so I can more easily see where the v-neck shaping starts. This becomes important after I cut the front steek and pick up stitches for the neckband. The pattern directs you to pick up “x” number of stitches from the bottom to the beginning of the shaping, et cetera.
Ten rounds after the start of the v-neck shaping — the armhole shaping! So from this point forward, all sorts of exciting things will be happening in the knitting.
Mara is currently on an 80cm (approx. 32″) needle. I find that most comfortable for fair isle work. The 60cm (approx. 24″) needle is a tad too short and my stitches are smooshed up too much for my comfort. However, there will probably be a point when I will need to move this to a 60cm needle. When starting the armholes, you put some stitches at each side on a holder and cast on for a steek. Then when you get to the back neck shaping, you put all the back neck stitches on a holder and cast on for another steek. All the while you are decreasing for the v-neck as well. At some point, this baby will not fit on my 80cm needle.
Thank you for all your nice comments on this design. I’ve had the yarn for Mara in stash for a couple of years, and I’m not sure why I’ve not knitted it up before. I really do like it quite a lot, and the designer’s use of color is amazing, I think.
By popular request, a photo of the inside:
I’ve got yarn for another Starmore fair isle in stash as well. so there’s at least one more that will make an appearance at some point in the future. (Can you guess which fair isle it is?)
Lately I’ve hauled out my old Starmore books for a look-see — to see if there are any more of her fair isle designs I have a burning desire to knit. Apart from one or two, I think I’ve knitted all the ones that I like. This makes me sad. But I may at some point get the Virtual Yarns kit to make the Oregon cardigan in the Autumn colorway — it’s different enough from the original colorway (which I’ve made) and I love it.
Several of you have remarked on how fast I am knitting Mara. I find that I always knit fair isles faster than other stuff because I enjoy seeing the colorwork develop so much. It entertains me!
But speaking of knitting other stuff . . .
My new sock-in-progress. Made from Socks That Rock in the “Falcon’s Eye” colorway.
Lucy seems impressed, doesn’t she?