Fair Isle and I have a love/hate relationship.
I love the repetitive patterns, the chance to mix different colours together, the cuteness of vintage kids' knits and of course the appeal of a Fair Isle beret.
I hate following the charts; getting confused with the decreases whilst trying to keep to the pattern and maintaining an even tension.
So when Helen at LoveKnitting asked me if I would like to review a pattern from Debbie Bliss' Land Girls book, I thought it would be an opportune moment for me to attempt the Fair Isle child's beret included within it. Helen kindly posted the yarn and book to me, and I set to work whilst recovering from my recent bout of pneumonia. I have to admit that it took about five attempts to get the start of the Fair Isle pattern right; I ended up ripping out the rows down to the ribbed band and re-starting at that point. It wasn't too bad once I got into the swing of the pattern repeats and I even managed to strand the knitting at the back of the work relatively neatly and without any puckering. However, when I started the decreases everything went downhill; so I popped onto Ravelry and found some tips that other knitters had posted when knitting this pattern. Armed with my new found knowledge, I re-attempted the decreases - but still no joy. So, I thought "Stuff that - I'm going to do it my way"! Okay, the finished item isn't exactly like that in the photo in the book, but I'm happy, Monkeychild is happy and it fits her noggin a treat!
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Happy knitting, folks!
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