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  • Fall is here and I’m going to give it a try. Really. Thanks for the push and the inspiration!

    • So glad to hear it, Laura! I do think that the first bit of fiddling is pretty fiddly. But so was riding a bike, right? Have a great time with this.

  • I do fair isle holding both colours in my right hand. You are making me rethink this. Hmmm.

    • LOL–now I think you are making ME rethink this. Hmmm.

    • I hold the strands in my left hand and had 2 rows with 4 colors at one time yesterday. There is no one way to knit anything!

    • I do fair isle holding both colors in my left hand, one over my middle finger and one over my fourth finger.

  • A shameless plug here for Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Craftsy class “Modern Stranded Knitting.” It is beyond excellent. She shows multiple ways of holding yarns, discusses fixing mistakes (duplicate stitch, anyone?) and even covers how to purl in stranded knitting. I worked through the class project, a cowl done in worsted weight yarn, and now I can’t get enough of stranded knitting.

    After the class project cowl and a mouse in a fair isle sweater, I am now planning a large blanket…I mention this only because to other knitters, this will seem perfectly reasonable.

  • I do fair isle knitting but in a completely inefficient way. I have never learned how to properly hold and throw the yarns to minimize tangles, so I then spend a fair amount of time unwinding the two yarns. I really should look into Mary Jane’s Craftsy class and discover how to eliminate or minimize that problem.

  • If you are going to knit a Fair Isle piece, especially in the round, I highly recommend this video from Philosopher’s Wool, Using the four easily learned stitches they teach, you do not have to worry about floats since they are all woven in as you go. You never make more than two stitches of each color and after a very short while you develop the rhythm of the stitches and you can just let your fingers do all the work. Oh, and big bonus, your yarns never get twisted up!!


  • I knit fair isle/stranded but I do not use two hands. I’m a thrower and I work merrily across the row with one colour at a time, dropping & picking up the yarn as the colours change. The colour not in use is left hanging until I need it again. The best trick I learned is that the background colour comes from the top and the main colour comes from the bottom. I never get tangles any more. (If I need to catch one colour because of long floats, I physically move then entire ball instead of just twisting the yarn.) And my speed is not so bad when I get going.

    • Me too! I thought I was only one!

  • My first fair isle piece I knitted was actually the Passerine hat 🙂

  • I’m actually signed up for a class this Saturday and next, because I am determined to “get” two-handed knitting! My problem is, I’m a continental knitter and cannot make my right hand work. It just won’t! Which is weird, since I’m right-handed. Anyway! Here’s to learning something new and keeping my brain fresh!

  • Great words of encouragement. I gave the yarn and the patterns. I just need to sit down and do it. (Why is is so scarey?)

  • I really want to try the Lost Diamond hat out of the Making Merry field guide. While I feel like I could crochet these up in a jiffy I’m such a noob knitter I don’t even know where to begin. I would love some suggested tutorials.

  • Just finished stranded mittens…from a year of techniques..learned a few new tricks….fun…deb

  • I had the fever for that Passerine hat – and I knit it! It is a wee bit too tight, but that’s ok – I have enough yarn to make a bigger one! 😉

  • Learning stranded knitting was quarantine goal. I am now nearly done with my Persian Dreams blanket, and I am so happy to have learned.

    I am a slow knitter, and I knit with only my right hand. I drop the yarn and pick it up each time. And though I am slow, it still works and I am happy!