KIP 2012

KIP 2012

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lesson 3 - Fairisle and Intarsia

Fantastic lessons today.  Everyone a great time, charting patterns for a sample of both fairisle and intarsia techniques, then knitting them.  Most are still a work in progress, but one or two finished small examples.  Fairisle is when the wool is carried across the back of the work as you knit a repeating pattern.  Intarsia is used for a separate picture or pattern in an expanse of plain colour.

Here is the email people on the course have received:  Hi knitters!
Quite a challenging lesson this week.  Remember to pre-plan.  Use graph paper (knitters graph is wider than it is long, but you can use maths graph.  Just remember that the finished article will be slightly different).  Scroll to the bottom of this page to see knitters graph paper.  With both techniques, there are some important points to remember:
·         Very simple patterns are often the most effective
·         Very contrasting colours look great
·         Always carry the strands of different colours over the top of the previously-used colour
·         Consider writing your pattern out as numbers, rather than working directly from a graph
·         Use stocking stitch
·         In fairisle, twist yarn around that you are using every 2 or 3 stitches
·         Keep your work very loose
·         If it starts to annoy you – have a break!
We realised that intarsia is for decoration, but fairisle, because it doubles (or more) the thickness of the knitted piece, is a way of making clothing warmer.
The next two lessons will concentrate on crochet, including Tunisian, with an emphasis on both squares and flowers.  We’ll have some fun and be able to finish items quickly, with elements being able to be combined to make larger works.
Some beautiful and fun work happening already – the bags some of you have made are gorgeous, and Edith has brought along a cute little container with a lid she made, using plarn from bread bags!  Excellent.  Gillian and Sally are going great guns with their sea creatures and others have all sorts of things happening.  Scroll down to see new photos to the right.
Keep up the good work during the week, although  remember, if it’s not fun, do something else!

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Irish Hiking Scarf

Irish Hiking Scarf pattern

approx. 350 yards of worsted weight yarn
size 8 US needles and a cable needle or one double pointed needle
(Feel free to use chubbier yarn and/or larger needles to make a giant scarf. It will look just as lovely!)
Finished size, approx. 5 ½” x 55”
Cast on 42 stitches.
Row 1. (WS) K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2
Row 2. (RS) K4, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K4
Row 3. (WS) repeat row 1
Row 4. (RS) repeat row 2
Row 5. (WS) repeat row 1.
Row 6. (RS) repeat row 2.
Row 7. (WS) repeat row 1.
Row 8. (RS) K4, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K4
Repeat these rows to desired length, ending on row 7. Bind off.
C6F = Slip 3 sts. onto a cable needle and hold to front of work. K3, then K the 3 sts. off cable needle.
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Seagardens Aotearoa

Large Seagardens Aotearoa piece


Edith's veges

Detail of Gillian's seascape

Christine's stilt

Sally's work

Edith's toadstools

Well done Christine!

Kaywin and Jan's bunting


Jennie's roses

Elaine's birds made with sock wool

Gillian's monster flower

more fruit from Sally

Sally's veges

Gillian's starfish -back

Edith's fish

Sally's dolphin

Sian's flower

Gillian's paua

Robyn's sunset-inspired piece

Robyn's sunset-inspired piece

Jennie's hats

Barbara T's crochet