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Feb 10, 2019 06:19:33   #
beanscene
 
My Fairisle pattern is 115 sts over 12 rows repeated 3 times. The first 6 rows use brown and white yarn and the second 6 rows use blue and white yarn. I’m debating whether to carry the unused colour up the edge for 6 rows or cut it and rejoin. What would my fellow KP’s with more experience of Fairisle recommend please?
 
Feb 10, 2019 06:34:19   #
BoBeau
 
I would carry the yarn up the side, being sure to wrap it every other row. This would prevent having to weave in so many ends.
Feb 10, 2019 06:45:48   #
beanscene
 
BoBeau wrote:
I would carry the yarn up the side, being sure to wrap it every other row. This would prevent having to weave in so many ends.


Weaving ends versus tangled yarn I guess!! Will see how I get on with carrying it as you suggest, thanks.
Feb 10, 2019 06:55:24   #
WendyMargaret (a regular here)
 
This topic is interesting to me. Most Fair Isle is knit in the round but when knitted flat, how do you deal with all the ends and join the seams neatly? The edges are not firm.
Feb 10, 2019 07:00:59   #
BoBeau
 
If the piece is knitted flat, and the pattern does not add 1 stitch each side for seaming, I add 1 stitch each side for anchoring the carried color, and seams.
Feb 10, 2019 07:02:51   #
cball1474
 
WendyMargaret wrote:
This topic is interesting to me. Most Fair Isle is knit in the round but when knitted flat, how do you deal with all the ends and join the seams neatly? The edges are not firm.


Yeah, I've only done Fair Isle in the round but I had a cool idea for some placemats. Then I get to see how it looks.
 
Feb 10, 2019 07:13:55   #
beanscene
 
WendyMargaret wrote:
This topic is interesting to me. Most Fair Isle is knit in the round but when knitted flat, how do you deal with all the ends and join the seams neatly? The edges are not firm.


I had actually never thought about knitting Fairisle in the round until recently when everyone started questioning how one could ever knit it flat? Simply hadnt occurred to me as Ive only really been knitting in the round for the last 10 years or so. Certainly any Fairisle I did for my kids in the 80s was knit flat. After all Fairisle yokes on cardigans were surely always knitted flat weren’t they or were our ancestors steeking by candlelight?

The pattern Im working on is a cushion cover designed by Martin Storey.


Feb 10, 2019 08:16:25   #
Swedenme (a regular here)
 
Carry it up the side but make sure its not to tight , no one will see it and it will save you weaving in all those loose ends
Feb 10, 2019 08:29:38   #
MsNewKnit
 
Swedenme wrote:
Carry it up the side but make sure its not to tight , no one will see it and it will save you weaving in all those loose ends


I agree; easier to carry it, than to deal with loose ends.
Feb 10, 2019 08:31:40   #
desireeross
 
I carry my yarns
Feb 10, 2019 09:49:06   #
m_azingrace
 
Since this is placemats you are planning, think about cutting the yarn at the end of each row, leaving enough to tie the ends in a fringe when you're finished.
 
Feb 10, 2019 10:52:38   #
knitnanny (a regular here)
 
I would carry it up the side...
Feb 10, 2019 11:59:51   #
beanscene
 
Yup, going to try carrying. Thanks everyone.
Feb 10, 2019 12:11:22   #
DesertPurl
 
beanscene wrote:
Yup, going to try carrying. Thanks everyone.


Anxious to hear what you think, especially while you’re seaming. I guess I’m odd-knitter-out because I don’t mind weaving in ends and always cut. Then, to make matter worse, I split the yarn and weave two ends in opposite directions and yeah, I know that’s twice the ends, but I have lots of Grocery Outlet wine.
Feb 10, 2019 12:56:18   #
beanscene
 
DesertPurl wrote:
Anxious to hear what you think, especially while you’re seaming. I guess I’m odd-knitter-out because I don’t mind weaving in ends and always cut. Then, to make matter worse, I split the yarn and weave two ends in opposite directions and yeah, I know that’s twice the ends, but I have lots of Grocery Outlet wine.


Well had to cut first colour as the 6th row is only one colour so the not needed colour for row 7 was left at the wrong end so I wove it in.....no wine yet! May continue like this depending which end my unwanted yarn ends up and how much wine needs to be consumed!? As it us a cushion cover its not going to get too much wear and tear so ends dont need to be that long I guess. Here is one I made earlier - intarsia - awaiting wine and weaving!




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