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carrying yarn in back for fair isle knitted hat
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May 4, 2012 09:54:11   #
pdurkee
 
I know the directions always say, "don't carry yarn for more than five stitches". I am knitting a I Heart Knitting hat from lulu knits. Sometimes there are 6, 7, or 8 stitches between colors. What do I do? Thank you for this site. Have gained so much knowledge of knitting from reading this site. Thank you in advance for your help.
 
May 4, 2012 13:51:42   #
Linda6885 (a regular here)
 
As you carry the yarn in back you catch it in with the stitch you are knitting every 3 or 4 stitches, instead of have a long thread on the inside of your work.
May 4, 2012 14:23:45   #
LaLaWa
 
This video is very helpful for learning to do colorwork. The technique shown here suggests you catch the carried yarn more often than you need to for your pattern. The same technique will work for you, just do it to "catch" the yarn that is not being used, every 4 or 5 stitches, when you are doing a long section in the other color.

http://www.philosopherswool.com/Pages/Twohandedvideo.htm
May 4, 2012 14:25:46   #
mirl56 (a regular here)
 
The video LaLa posted is my 'go to' video for fair isle. I watch it every time I start a fair isle project (which isn't too often, probably why I watch it every time).
May 4, 2012 14:27:54   #
UKnana
 
I agree with Linda. I always weave the yarn at the back of the work, it gives an even thickness to the finished item and means there are less chances of any snags.
May 4, 2012 15:08:00   #
donmaur
 
If you are doing traditional fairaisle you are not carrying the wool across any stitches (this is done in scandinavian knitting) When you are doing fairaisle the wool is woven under with one stitch and over with the other it will form a y on the back and be very warm
 
May 4, 2012 21:37:24   #
TammyK (a regular here)
 
Here's a picture tutorial on this subject: http://osbornfiber.com/2011/09/30/fair-isle-102-securing-long-floats/
May 5, 2012 06:30:45   #
Gladrags
 
LaLaWa wrote:
This video is very helpful for learning to do colorwork. The technique shown here suggests you catch the carried yarn more often than you need to for your pattern. The same technique will work for you, just do it to "catch" the yarn that is not being used, every 4 or 5 stitches, when you are doing a long section in the other color.

http://www.philosopherswool.com/Pages/Twohandedvideo.htm


Thank you for this LaLa Wa,it's brilliant,what a good teacher,so easy to listen to,this is definitely a save-o.Gladys .
May 5, 2012 08:21:50   #
fromourhands
 
Thanks for asking this question. I've learned a lot from everyone's answers!
May 5, 2012 08:59:56   #
pdurkee
 
Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions. Appreciate them all.
May 5, 2012 09:23:28   #
Klockie
 
Could someone please tell me how to use the bookmark feature? Thank you in advance.
 
May 5, 2012 09:59:39   #
headvase1
 
Thank you for the info
May 5, 2012 10:38:08   #
Melodypop
 
Thank you I saved it for when I try to kint Christmas Sox's N
May 5, 2012 10:52:04   #
LaLaWa
 
Klockie wrote:
Could someone please tell me how to use the bookmark feature? Thank you in advance.


Just click on the bookmark link at the upper left when you are looking at a discussion. It will ask you whether you want it to be a public bookmark or a private one (meaning that when someone looks at your profile, do you want it to be seen by the public - some people bookmark specific types of topics and when someone asks "how do you do this or that" they will say "look at my bookmarks").

Then on the main page after you log in there should be a link you can click called "my bookmarks" that will show you all of yours, whether public or private.
May 5, 2012 11:06:46   #
perlestellar
 
Klockie wrote:
Could someone please tell me how to use the bookmark feature? Thank you in advance.


I didn't even know the bookmarking feature existed. Thanks for asking! Now I've bookmarked this topic as well. I can't wait to try fair isle knitting on a hat.
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