FO: Ravenclaw Pride

Whew, 2017 was a doozy, wasn’t it? Maybe it’s just me, but I was pretty excited at the prospect of starting anew in 2018. And of course I made a couple resolutions for this year; I’ve decided to keep a bullet journal to help keep me focused on tasks that need to be done, including posting regularly in this blog again.

So, for my first post of the New Year, I want to share an FO from the end of 2017 that I think is my favorite project ever!

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This was my first ever stranded knitting project, Hogwarts During the Holidays by Emily Gaynier. It’s a free pattern that includes color charts for every Hogwarts house. Of course I had to have one to show my Ravenclaw pride, but I enjoyed knitting this so much that I almost want to make the other houses just for fun.

For this project, I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted; one 100g skein of each color was enough to finish the hat, add a cute pom-pom on top, and still have a little left over. I also altered the pattern a little. It called for one of those tucked brims, but I added visible ribbing instead. I liked the way it looked and it made the hat a little slouchier, which I thought was cute.

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I was so excited to try stranded knitting for the first time in a project. I’ve done little swatches to practice the technique before so I had a little confidence in my ability by the time I started this project. It still came out better than I thought it would! Even the inside of the hat came out nice and neat!

If you are interested in stranded knitting, but aren’t sure where to start, I highly recommend the following videos:

VeryPink Knits Learn to Knit Fair Isle (3 part series)
Positioning the Yarns and Catching Long Floats by Knit Purl Hunter

I watched them when I was first dabbling in colorwork and again when I started to do this project. They really helped me wrap my head around what I was supposed to be doing.

I already have another couple projects lined up so I’ll be back soon with those!

Thanks for reading and happy new year! ❤

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Let’s try some Fair Isle knitting!

During the holiday gift-knitting rush, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to learn this year in regards to needlework. Up until now, I’ve only knitted with one color and avoided all patterns that require anything with multiple colors. (Unless it’s made with variegated yarn and such.) The idea of knitting with multiple colors excited yet terrified me, so I ended up putting off Fair Isle and Intarsia in the past.

While I was visiting with my parents earlier this week, I got a wild hair and decided to try knitting a small swatch in the Fair Isle style. I even happened to have a couple balls of Sugar’n Cream in my bag! I thought back to the videos I watched on YouTube and dove right in. (I used this video and this video, in case anyone is interested.)

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I used the two-handed method where you hold one color Continental-style and the other English-style. It was actually pretty easy! I had this little swatch worked up in just a few minutes. It may not look that nice, but the fact that I have the technique down makes me very happy~

I’m currently making some long delayed socks for my dad, but once I finish, I really want to try making a hat with a colorwork design. I haven’t knitted a hat before so combining that fact with my lack of colorwork experience will make this my most complicated project to date. I can’t wait to get started on it!

Now that I have the basics of Fair Isle down, I think my next goal will be to try Intarsia. I’ve heard it’s even easier so I’m feeling positive about it. Can’t wait to see what I can make now that I have these skills down. 😉