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January 05, 2007

Finished Fair Isle

Do you ever over plan?  nona does.  In preparation for the fair isle yoke of my EZ sweater I knit a hat.  Experimenting with this design and that design, this color and that color, I planned out the entire yoke -- good to go.  With much anticipation, the sleeves were joined to the body, a bit of raglan shaping was completed, and a few yoke decreases were incorporated.  Finally time for the fair isle to start.  After adding the first small motif I tried the sweater on to make sure the armholes fit, etc, etc.  Much to my surprise the yoke was already high enough and the sweater almost complete.  What the heck!  I still had my nicely planned fair isle to work.  Oh well, next time.   

I finished this sweater a couple of weeks ago and have already worn it many times.  I love the yarn -- Rowan's Felted Tweed -- and the fit.  I'll definately make another sweater based on my modified version of EZ's percentage system.  Maybe next time I'll make the entire thing fair isle, maybe even improvisational -- no planning -- fair isle.

January 5, 2007 in Project - Elizabeth Z. | Permalink


Wow, lovely! Even with the abbreviated fair isle yoke. I really like your color combo.

Posted by: Samina | Jan 5, 2007 9:15:54 AM

LOL... I did the same thing:


Posted by: Leisel | Jan 5, 2007 9:20:39 AM

How funny! I have felted tweed in exactly the same color, to make an EZ yoke sweater. Isn't it just the best color ever? Is it purple? Is it brown? Who knows!

What size needle did you use?

Posted by: Kat | Jan 5, 2007 9:25:11 AM

Beautiful! Planning paid off - it's perfection!

Posted by: Ann | Jan 5, 2007 9:54:19 AM

Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. I love the heather tweed.

Modified? Pray tell how? On my list of goals this year is to perfect making an EZ EPS-style sweater that fits. I'd love to learn from your experience.

Posted by: K2Karen | Jan 5, 2007 10:03:26 AM

Looks beautiful on you Nona! Fantastic job!

Posted by: tiennie | Jan 5, 2007 10:29:15 AM

Love the color, and the heart motif is darling. I liked your hat a lot too, so I am sorry to see that you didn't get to use the whole fairisle bit on the sweater, but hope to see it in the future! This yarn is luscious. When I am done with destashing, maybe I'll go out and find some.

Posted by: Heather | Jan 5, 2007 10:29:51 AM

Lovely! It is beautiful, simple and elegant.

Posted by: Isela | Jan 5, 2007 10:35:08 AM

Oooh - felted tweed is one of my all time favorite yarns. It looks great.

Posted by: stephanie | Jan 5, 2007 1:11:23 PM

Beautiful! And what's funny, is the first thing I thought when I saw the picture and before I read your post - I really like how small and simple the fair isle is. Just a "little bit" of patterning.

Posted by: jillian | Jan 5, 2007 2:16:22 PM

You must think I am just a crack-pot commenter, first the aztec suns, then the knitted boots, but skewed perception and sarcasm aside - that is one lovely sweater you have on there madame! The all over patterning is fine, but there is something so subtle and sweet about saving the fair isle for the yoke. Brilliant color choice - you have to share the color name, it must be something lip smacking. I could rename my children Rowan color names, oh all right, maybe just the pets.

Posted by: Sonya | Jan 5, 2007 2:52:29 PM

Very pretty. The colors are especially nice. I just started an EZ seamless sweater last weekend and I'm already done with the body and starting on the sleeves. Will it be a raglan, a hybrid, a fair isle? I haven't decided yet!

Posted by: Lisa | Jan 5, 2007 3:45:30 PM

That looks beautiful. It has a distinctive and sophisticated look to it, and I would never have guessed that it happened by accident.

Posted by: Country Mouse | Jan 5, 2007 4:52:26 PM

Wow. That sweater is beautiful and the fit is PERFECT. You must love wearing it.

Posted by: Wendy DG | Jan 5, 2007 5:34:23 PM

I love the subtlety of your "accidental" fair isle. It's really beautiful!

Posted by: janna | Jan 5, 2007 7:48:12 PM

Maybe not what you planned but you're getting dangerously close to hip with this one. I love it just as it is!Great fit and colors.

Posted by: gale (she shoots sheep shots) | Jan 5, 2007 10:01:21 PM

looks lovely, and fits great!

Posted by: hPNY Knits | Jan 5, 2007 10:11:36 PM

That looks really great!!!
I just pulled out my Knitting Without Tears after a long time, and now I'm itching to make one too!

Posted by: yuvee | Jan 6, 2007 3:28:53 AM

That's just the kind of fair isle sweater I would want. Just a little bit of a design, not too too. And the fit is perfect for you. I'm wishing for a bag of Felted Tweed now. :)

Posted by: Karma | Jan 6, 2007 12:41:39 PM

One of my project plans for this year is to do a full on fair isle sweater. Now, having seen your "subtle" fair isle, I think I'll try something like that first. Nona, always informative and, of course, sharing your most lovely work.

Posted by: Anne | Jan 7, 2007 10:37:40 AM

I'm experiencing intense sweater envy. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! Nona...... this one you must keep for yourself.

Posted by: esther | Jan 7, 2007 8:13:33 PM

Nona, beautiful sweater. If you deepen the armholes, then it in effect gives you more yoke to work on in pattern. I've been tinkering around with design variations on circular yoke sweaters for years because I love them. However, I knit them from the neck down.

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