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I LOVE fairisle.  I have found its not too hard to manage 2 strands of yarn if I wrap them both around my right hand the usual way, but put one strand under the thumb and one over the index finger.

I wanted this to be a black and color changing scarf, with the black staying constant throughout, but the color changing in its background.  I spun this bright color changing yarn to be striped, but in very wide stripes for this reason.   This scarf is done twice the width I want it to end up, so I can fold it in half longways and sew the edges together, making only the nice side show.  (That’s why I don’t mind that its curling, it will be sewed flat when it is finished.)

I use charts for the fairisle, but otherwise, there is no other pattern, just make it twice as wide as you want and as long as you want.  My charts come from the book in the photo (citation below).   I hadn’t noticed when I was picking these charts, (I was mainly choosing ones that are 16 stitches wide), but its coming out looking like seasons.  Snowflakes at the bottom, then flowers, then I hadn’t realized it but that next one looks exactly like pine pollen under a microscope, then more flowers as it gets hot pink and hot outside… I’m recording my year in my scarf!

All of the charts used in the scarf come from:  1000 Great Knitting Motifs by Louise Roberts.  Trafalgar Square Publishing, Vermont/ Collins & Brown Limited, 2004.

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