My first colourwork – Saudade

I’ve finished my first Fair Isle project, Saudade! In my last post, I mentioned I’d been struggling to achieve consistent tension as a beginner to stranded colourwork. You guys assured me I was on the right track with my technique of spreading and holding in place the stitches on the right needle before knitting on the left with a new colour, and that any imperfections would come out in the wash.

An image of a woman's upper torso and head in front of a blue weatherboard background. She wears a handknit Fair Isle hat in yellows and greys, with a textured handknit grey scarf.
Worn with my Rockcliffe Scarf.

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Solas Hat

I gave you a sneak peek of my Solas hat in my Indie Pattern Month post – now here is the full review. Solas is an unusual design and one that didn’t catch my eye when it was first published for Ysolda Teague’s Knitworthy 3. But as I was in need of beanies this winter and wanted to experiment with different styles, I figured I’d get my money’s worth from my Knitworthy purchase and give it a go.

A photograph of a woman's upper torso and head. She wears a check cardigan, floral dress, pink glasses and yellow handknitted cabled hat. She is looking at the camera and smiling.
Worn with my Named Helmi Tunic Dress and Named Esme Maxi Cardigan. New specs from Clearly Contacts.

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Merino Blank Canvas Jumper

This post has been a long time coming. I started this project in August 2016, and completed it in November of the same year, or May 2017 depending on how you figure it. So a blog post is well overdue!

An image of a woman standing in a garden, under an archway. She wears a handknitted grey jumper, denim shirt, red jeans and brown boots. She is looking at the camera and smiling.
I call this: what am I doing with my head? Sussan denim shirt, Country Road jeans and Diana Ferrari boots from op shop.

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Experimenting with colourwork

Knitting colourwork has never been my strong suit. Besides my complete inability to choose cohesive colour schemes, the technical skills involved in stranded knitting and intarsia always seemed beyond me. Recently, I’ve decided to challenge myself and take on a colourwork project to broaden my skill set.

The pattern that tempted me was Ysolda’s Saudade. With a traditional Fair Isle pattern and the colours already selected for me in a kit in her shop, it seemed the perfect way to dip my feet in.

An image of the side of a woman's head. She wears a knitted hat, which has colourwork in grey, orange and yellow colours.
How could I resist this??

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Solving problems I didn’t know I had #2: biased knitting

In the process of swatching for the Armande Cardigan, I learnt that my tension problems were due to rowing out, and could be solved by slightly modifying my knitting technique. When it came to knitting the cardigan itself, I came across another curiosity I’d never encountered before in all my years of knitting.

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