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I'm feeling kind of discouraged about Fair Isle knitting. I started my second hat with this type of knitting, and I read online that you should have a lot of slack in the strands of yarn at the back of the work so it won't get puckered up like an accordion. I try to be extra-careful about it by spreading out the stitches on the needle before switching colors, but my first hat came out rather puckered, and I'm scared that this hat is turning out the same way. Anyone got tips for me? Or is some slight puckering inevitable? Does it help to hold the first stitch of a new color with your finger after you knit it so it doesn't tighten up on its own (I'm trying this and it *might* be helping)?

I also read online that this is easiest for people who knit the more common way, holding the yarn in their right hand. I hold it in my left hand. Maybe that's somehow screwing me. But I'm still determined to get this hat! And I felt a bit better to see some slight puckering in the adult-sized hat in the pictures. But I'm a perfectionist...

Date: 2011-07-30 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaberwockynmt.livejournal.com
Some slight puckering is inevitable. Hold even more slack than you are already to reduce the puckering. I think Continental (rh knitting with yarn in lh) is more common than English (rh knitting with yarn in rh).

Date: 2011-07-30 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfteaparty.livejournal.com
Yeah--my first hat looks a bit puckered when you're not wearing it. But come to think of it, it looks fine when you're wearing it. Hopefully that will be the case for this hat too.

Date: 2011-07-31 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] possibilities.livejournal.com
I tend to leave too much slack when stranding, and I still sometimes get puckering! I don't know how people making bulky sweaters end up with anything but horrid lumps. Fortunately, I only do stranding in hats and toys, both of which get pushed out to flatness, either by my head or stuffing.

Date: 2011-07-31 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfteaparty.livejournal.com
Yeah... now I'm amazed when I see these hats in stores that have a perfect smooth texture (probably a sign they were made by a machine even if they look hand-knitted!) I am not interested in making socks and sweaters, so I think I'll stick to funky hats.

Date: 2011-08-01 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaberwockynmt.livejournal.com
Except for Peruvian Connection, everything you'll see at stores was made by machine. At Peruvian Connection, at least some things are hand knit or hand machined.

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