Beautiful Knitting

Where Mt.Mom knits, crochets, designs, and seeks Beauty as food for the soul.

New Swatching

Posted by mtmom on June 3, 2007

I’m still working on  my “Mad to Dance” socks, also called — at least by me — “Dancing Dominoes”, but I’ve gotten back to doing some “Fair Isle”-style color-work. 

I’ve long intended {ahem} to knit a Fair Isle jumper or vest, so when I read of Jamieson & Smith’s decision to discontinue 70 (eek!) of their Shetland Jumperweight colors, I figured I’d better get a move on.  So I seriously poured through my books.  I’ve focused in on a few patterns/palettes from Schoolhouse Press’ Sweaters from Camp, and one from Ann Feitelson’s  The Art of Fair Isle Knitting.  And I’ve ordered lots of small, colorful skeins:  both actual J&S Shetland wool from Meg Swansen and Peruvian wool from Knit Picks.

No one individual design has struck me as “the perfect one”, so I’ve begun a swatch that I expect to become a long, narrow tube — probably end up as a sampler-scarf — in which I’ll try out several repetitive patterns in several colorways, mixing and matching and recombining as I go.  Or, I could stop after a few and make it a hat. . . or a series of hats. . . .  I don’t have to know yet.  We shall see.

This first part is based on Betts Lampers’ “Northwest Sunset Fair Isle Vest” from Sweaters from Camp, pages 62 – 65. 

The ribbing is in 2-color moss stitch.  Yarn is Knit Picks Palette:  purple, 3 greens, and 3 oranges.  Worked Magic Loop style on HiyaHiya needles in sizes 1, 1.5, and 2.  Four repeats of an allover 30-stitch motif, as used in the SFC vest.  You can just begin to see the design showing up.  I keep wanting to knit more to see more!

And here’s a view of the inside. 

(I think the ribbing looks really cool on the wrong side!)

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