|I know the back of my knitting is supposed to look like this, but I still freak out a little every time I see it.|
But I am Fair Isle knitting and so far, it hasn't been a disaster. I'm working on the Columbia River Ear Flap hat. Please note the ear flaps. You knit them first and then cast on stitches for the band. Weird, but true. I picked the Columbia River Ear Flap hat because it only uses two colors. I figured that would be the most I could handle for my first attempt. Also, I liked how outdoorsy the pattern name sounded. Again, weird. But true.
And! This is knit with worsted weight yarn. I'm not sure why it would make much of a difference, but I tend to hold thicker yarns a little more loosely than something of a finer weight. Since I would be carrying my spare yarn behind my stitches, I wanted to make sure I wouldn't grip anything too tightly and wind up with some bunchy colorwork.
As it is, I just wound up with some messed up colorwork. Because that's what I do.
But I don't care that much because 1) this was my first attempt (actually, it was the second row of knitting on the chart, but there was a lot of talking going on at my local knit night while I was working on this), and 2) no one will care as much as I do about this minor mistake. So if I don't care very much, then I guess people won't care at all. Or something. I think I'm going to give this to my husband, and I know he especially won't care. I have knitted him hats before that didn't even fit, and he wore them. The man is a saint as far as being a knitter spouse goes. I have a lot of other complaints about him, but he has knows better than to judge a knitted gift--especially one that I made for him.
I think he's really going to like the ear flaps.
I'm a third of the way through the chart and it's not terrifying. Hooray! And it's even pretty! More hooray! I'm using Patons Classic Wool because I had some in my stash and I thought the colors would go well together in a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup sort of way. Also, and I know this is silly, I felt like I should use wool instead of an acrylic blend for Fair Isle knitting. Fair Isle feels classic and lovely and real wool seems classic and lovely and I don't know. I just thought it would look nice.
And it does so far! I hope your WIPs are going just as well. Minus the mess-ups, of course.