Working in Fair Isle for Stockings
December 3rd, 2014
As I mentioned in my last post I have not had much internet to distract me lately so I have been sat bossing my husband around as he organizes things. You know me I am never far from my needles and yarn! I have been sat here knitting away. As well as some lovely festive decorations I have also finished this lovely personalized Christmas stocking that I was asked to knit, I worked in fair isle and really enjoyed it!
I enjoyed both the name and knitting the snow and snowflake. I have made stockings before but it is nice doing full names as well as just letters 🙂
One thing I did learn is that a soft pink colour does not show up white letters and snow, so I did have to rip back a fair amount of work and re-do with pink, but I do think it looks nice now 🙂
I work my fair isle so there are no big ‘loops’ to get caught up in, this would be frustrating in a stocking as presents would keep getting stuck on the way in and out.
This is the inside of the stocking.
There are no big loops on the back even though it is over 15 st between colour change
I do this much the same as when I weave in my ends, by putting the yarn not in use above and below the yarn in use, at the back of my work, as I knit, this stopped the yarn making loops at the back of the work and ties them in neatly.
This is how I do it
The green yarn is not in use and white is in use,
Then move yarn not in use down (green yarn)
The back of your work should look like this
This is working fair isle or tying in ends on back of work when purling, it is much the same when ‘knitting’ the row rather than purling.
You can create all sorts of items by doing this, I am currently making my son some hand-warmers using this technique, it is great for this as he would get his fingers caught in the loops if I did not work this way, I do hope this made sense and will help you with your projects.
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