This will be my last post for our Strange Brew Knitalong. My sweater is all done! This is how that last few steps went.
The Strange Brew – design your own fairisle sweater pattern by Tin Can Knits is knit all in one piece from the bottom up. In my last post I showed how I knit my sleeves and body of my sweater together so that it was all in one piece. The last step is to knit the yoke of the sweater. This is also the part of the sweater that is the most fun to knit as it has all the colour-work patterns in it. Yahoo!
If you are new to fairisle knitting you might not recognize this as the back side of the sweater. All those long bits of yarn you see are called “floats” They are the bits of yarn that are carried with you across a row while you are knitting with another colour in the same row. The most crucial of tricks with fairisle knitting is to keep the tension of these floats relaxed. If they are too taut they will distort your knitting pattern and make you knitting projects too small. Try to make your floats a little loose. Your knitting should not look buckled, if it does you are too tight with your floats. If you swatched your fairisle knitting on a different size needle now is the time to switch to that needle size.
One thing to consider when you are using multiple colours in a fairisle project is whether you will “carry” your yarn colours up a row when you are not using it. It’s worth thinking about. How many rows will you carry? The more rows you carry the less ends you will have to weave in, but on the other hand the more rows you carry up will mean that your pattern may get distorted in that area or if you are carrying several colours if will add lots of extra bulk in that section. Me, personally, I will only carry a yarn over one row, and that’s why I have soooooo many ends to weave in.
This is quite a chore. Best to take a few breaths and make a cup of tea.
…and now the big reveal!
Volila! I just need to graft the underarm stitches and block this baby!
Thank you for knitting along with me. If you would like to make your own version of the Strange Brew Sweater you can find the pattern HERE.
The Knit Café has a fairisle knitting class
you can read all about it and register HERE