Wednesday 21 November 2012

Trying Something New

I decided to set myself a challenge and try something new - some knitting techniques I've never tried before.

Using Kate Davies's pattern for a Fair Isle headband (available as a free Ravelry download, here) I did a provisional cast on and an i-cord bind off.

The  headband is knitted in 4 ply yarn in the round and has a plain lining.  The double thickness makes it extra snug and warm.

It looked a bit of a mess whilst in progress but looks pretty nifty now it's finished.

I used oddments of Rowan Scottish Tweed 4 ply (sadly, now discontinued) which accounts for the garish combination of colours.  The provisional cast on was easy and I wonder why I've never used it before - very versatile.  The i-cord bind off was a bit slow going but gave a lovely edging to the band.

All in all a very satisfying few days work.

My next challenge will be - as usual - to finish projects already started and not to let myself get distracted by setting other challenges!


  1. Ooh it looks good :) I like the colours xxx

  2. Very pretty! and it looks great on you:)

  3. I love it! It's funny because I was marveling at your coordination of color and taking note of how well those colors work together for future projects of my own, then I read the next sentence and you say that the color combination is garish...obviously, I disagree. It doesn't matter if the color choice was skill or chance, it looks great. Oh, and you're pretty brave to take on two new techniques in one go. Great headband!

  4. Oh gosh, that's lovely. The bright colours are just right to make these cold winter days seem less gloomy!


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