Dakota Dreams slipover

Dear Diary,

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!


  1. This is fabulous! Love that you have shown both sides. The colours and patterns look great. Have you tried using any NZ wools for this type of thing? How would that compare to the Shetland yarns?

    1. Thank you! The reverse side is equally important in stranded knitting as is the front side. I've not used any NZ yarns for this type of knitting. I much prefer the Shetland wools. The fiber is coarser and it is "sticky" meaning it adheres to itself because of all the tiny "barbs" on it. This (for me) makes it easier to keep an even tension and the wool doesn't slip off the needles. The Knitpicks Palette is slick and ladders down easily when a stitch is dropped (unlike Shetland wools).

  2. Wow! That's absolutely beautiful. Actually I was impressed with Adam's sweaters. One of my coworkers tried to teach me how to knit, but I just could not get the hang of it. As far as patterns, would this work for Adam -


  3. I was not familiar with the continental method of knitting until you mentioned it, so looked it up and watched a video to see how it is done. I am not sure if I will try it or not however the results you have produced with this piece of knitting are very impressive

    1. The Continental (picking) method is faster and safer (far less chance of Repetitive Stress Injury) than the English (throwing) method. I started with English but quickly moved to Continental. Admittedly, it seems awkward at first, but it very quickly becomes the preferred way to knit. I love it and encourage everyone to give it a fair try.


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