So, I finally broke down and tried fair isle. I must say, I am in love. I don't think I'll ever knit with a single color again. Well, no that's not true, but get ready for a slough of fair isle patterns! Did I mention that I also love charting? Mmmmm.... Excel for Mac.
*Again, I apologize for the crappy photos. My camera is near death and appears to have acquired a profound distaste for both light and color.
Here's the first of (hopefully) many fair isle patterns:
(it means knitted hat in Norwegian in case you are wondering. Real original, huh?)
Size 8 16" circular needle
Size 8 dpns
5 colors of Patton's Classic Wool - I used New Denim, Denim Marl, Worn denim, Natural Marl and Winter White.
Cast on 80 stitches using your main color (I started with New Denim).
Work in K1 P1 rib for 8 rows.
Continue knitting in stockinette stitch using the charted pattern below. You will repeat the charted pattern 8 times each row. Switch to dpns when necessary.
/ = k2tog (knit two stitches together)
You should have 8 stitches left on the needle. Break yarn leaving enough to sew through the remaining stitches on the needles a few times. Weave in ends.