I finished the fake isle hat at SnB last night, thanks mostly to Terri (I won’t mention here that she hasn’t updated her blog since JULY). I probably would have finished this in a day or two, it was so much fun to make, but I didn’t have double points in size 6 and the local craft store didn’t have them either.
After having made this, I’m not quite sure why it’s ‘fake isle’, except that the background yarn is variegated, making it appear that the knitter used several different colors. I think this hat would be nice in the reverse, with a variegated contrasting color. Actually I think this hat would be nice in two solid colors and I’m thinking of doing one with white as the contrasting color (or two shades of the same color, like a dark and light blue).
All in all, it wasn’t bad for my first fair isle project. I need to learn the jogless stripe technique because, if you look really closely you can see the center of the hat. I learned how to knit continental with an awkward two-fisted fair isle technique (knitting continental with the contrasting color and english with the main color). The final rows of decreases were fiddly and difficult and it required a good blocking to round out the pointiness of the top. It might need a couple good blockings to remove it altogether, actually.
Yarn: Main (background) color: Plymouth Boku in colorway 9. Contrasting color: Columbia Minerva Knitting Worsted (vintage) in black.
Needles: Size 6 circular/DPNs. I used size 5s for the brim.
Mods: I changed the ribbing from 3×1 to 2×2 for a firmer, stretchier edge. I knit the smaller size and otherwise followed pattern as directed. The last row of decreases is confusing; at least it was to me. You start with a CC, then MC, and so on so that every other stitch is a different color and the pattern directs you to use SSKs and K2togs around to decrease, which would have you decreasing the different colors together. I thought this would obscure the pattern at the top so I slipped the first stitch to the right hand needle and decreased the like colors together instead.
Overall, a clear pattern, easy charts, and I’d definitely make another one.
Chillin’ on the back porch (you can see my jogged stripe in this one):
Sorry for the crappy DIY photoshoot. It’s early and S. isn’t up to take pics for me. We have a busy day planned — driving to Fairfax, then to the doctor’s office in Annapolis, and who knows where else.
Still plugging away at the lace scarf (not quite through the second repeat). I’ll likely cast on for another hat or two in between now and November (sweater making month!).