Sunday, 29 December 2013
Festive Fair Isle
Now that the below Fair Isle beret has been delivered by Santa I can blog about it without fear that this surprise Christmas present will be accidentally rumbled by its recipient!
I knew my friend had hankered over a Fair Isle beret for a while and thought that this would make an ideal hand knit pressie for her. As she's a lover of vintage too I thought it apt that I venture down the vintage pattern route by using this 1940s one by good old Bestway:
I varied the colours only marginally from the pattern as I didn't want to loose the vintage feel, using Debbie Bliss' Rialto 4ply which has now become my first choice of yarn for Fair Isle as I can achieve the correct tension (I've got a very tight tension) and it comes in a great range of vintage-style colours. Surprisingly for me, the beret didn't take long to knit - about a month and to be honest I really enjoyed knitting it.
The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed the Knit for Victory button on this here blog, which is a 1940s themed knit-along being run by Tasha from the By Gum, By Golly blog. I thought that the beret would fit in perfectly with this, so promptly joined up! As the knit-along runs until the 31st January I've still got time to knit something else (its also a good incentive to step up on the knitting) and I'm now in the process of knitting this re-worked cardigan from the brilliant A Stitch In Time - Volume 2. I've got the original pattern, but luckily in this book all the hard work of scaling the pattern to fit has been done. Bonus!