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06 january, 2007

Inspiration: Returning to the multi-colored yarn & mohair pairings used in my 03 January swatch, I was curious to see how the same pairings would work in a fair isle design.  In this swatch the same multi-color yarn is used throughout, but is paired with a different color mohair -- brown, red, or beige -- to achieve the color variation.  The tweediness and subtle color contrast I liked in the 03 January swatch totally bugs me here.  There is not enough contrast to effectively highlight the fair isle design.  Lesson learned:  for a crisp, graphic design you need a crisp, clear constrast between the colors.  I think tomorrow I'll knit this same fair isle design, but with different yarns. 
Yarn: Crystal Palace Waikiki (viscose & cotton) in color #436 (chocolate-almond) held together with 1 strand of Madil Kid Seta in one of 3 colors: dark brown, beige, and red 
Needles: US 7
Gauge: 27 stitches = 5 inches
Stitch: Stockinette stitch, 2 color stranded fair isle design.
Source: The fair isle pattern used this chart from the Center Squares hat.
Techniques: 2 color stranded fair isle, combining yarns.

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