I’m getting ready for a fun fair isle holiday knitting project – MJM’s Fair Isle Vest via her Craftsy class. I’ve already done a few fair isle projects, and this Spring I made my first steeked project, but I have yet to made an adult-sized fair isle garment. So here we go.
Step One: Yarn Acquisition
I decided to be somewhat uncreative/safe and go with the pattern-suggested colors. [Aren’t they lovely?] The yarn base is Jamieson’s Double Knitting which is quite exciting for me because I’ve only ever knit with J’s jumper weight.
Craftsy was selling a yarn kit for this project, but sold out before I could purchase one. Thankfully, Camilla Valley Farm sells this kit, plus a few others using Jamieson’s. The pattern does list which yarn colors are required so you don’t need a kit, but I think I saved a few bucks going with the kit. Also, the Double Knitting base was a little more challenging to find online. This is the first purchase I made from Camilla Valley Farm and I would definitely buy from them again.
Step Two: Study Pattern Materials and Preview Class
In my Craftsy experience, I have found that it’s a good idea to watch the entire class all the way through before beginning my project. And study the pattern. But that could just be my Type-A-ness bubbling up. Anyway, between the clearly-written pattern and the details/demonstration via the class, I think this should be a fearless project.
Step Three: Swatch
OK, I really shouldn’t start swatching this until I’ve progressed much further on my current WIP, but the happy balls of Jamieson’s are staring at me from over there on my project table and I just want to play with them a little bit….
I purposely purchased a larger kit size so I would have plenty of swatching yarn. I plan to make a swatch cap (a la EZ). MJM doesn’t give stitch counts or guidance for making a swatch cap (even though she does encourage you to do so), so I’ll wing something here. Probably 6 repeats of the 16-stitch pattern, so cast on 96. That sounds about hat-right.
In the meantime, I’m still working on my Secret Sweater which is coming along slowly but nicely. Suspicion has not yet been aroused. Surprising? Slightly.