I love stranded knitting. I started knitting because I was in love with weaving charts and wanted to make fabric. My earliest projects were swatches of fabric that revealed how poorly I understood knitting but how powerfully I loved color and patterning.
I didn't know there were 'rules' or traditional techniques for Fair Isle or stranded knitting, so I 'unvented' as I went along. I've learned a lot since those early days, and I still love color work.
Lamb's Pride Worsted is a beautiful wool mohair blend in a heavy single--and an incredible range of colors. It is a great choice for an introduction to color work. The yarn is just 'wooly' enough to make an excellent fabric surface that is perfectly suited to Fair Isle.
As a knitting teacher, I particularly like to teach Fair Isle technique. I developed a simple repeating pattern for a cap or toque that allows you to learn and refine your strategies for color work. The hat is worked in the round.
We are very happy to offer kits featuring the First Time Fair Isle Cap Pattern for sale in our shop and online. Each kit contains two skeins of Lambs Pride Worsted and a Free copy of the pattern. We have nine color combinations available.
Note: The hat is knit on US #8 16" circular needles and US #8 DPNs, and you will need stitch markers.