Jesse: Earlier this year I posted photos of some garments I was trying to knit for Adam. They don't look all that flash because I was attempting - poorly - to make up a proper pattern. I am certain that people must think I am one of the worst knitters on the planet. So, just to give everyone an idea of my abilities as a knitter, I am posting photos of a slipover I just completed a couple of days ago.
This cannot rightly be termed a "Fair Isle" pattern because none of the patterning is according to traditional Fair Isle design. It is more properly termed "stranded knitting"; the knitting technique is the same.
|The front side of "Dakota Dreams" knitted with Knitpicks' "Palette" colourway knitting wools.|
The colours are very beautiful (I hope your monitor reflects that). The "Palette" colourway is wide and lovely. I have never used these knitting wools before as I always knit with authentic Shetland knitting wools. After doing this project, I will definitely return to the Shetland wools. Shetland knitting wools are perfect for stranded knitting.
|The back side. The garment is on the wolley board for blocking.|
I knitted it with 3.25 mm needles; there are 32 stitches/10 cm. I hold both colour strands in my left hand and knit continental; this gives me more control over my tension and I can knit more quickly. I always knit in the round, making steeks and cutting. There are no sewn seams in this garment; it is knitted in one piece.
|The inside showing stranded knitting.|
If you're like every other knitter I know, you'll look at the facing side and then immediately look at the reverse side to evaluate the technique. I trust I'll not be found wanting. If someone would provide me with a knitting pattern for Adam, I'll be set!