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Yesterday, I locked myself out of my house and in order to get back in (this was after trying a lot of other options), my Father-in-Law smashed a pane of glass in the front door. What a complete twerp I am. Big fat massive FAIL.

In better news, Kate put more patterns from Colours of Shetland up on Ravelry yesterday, one of which is Northmavine, the stripy hoody cardigan that I fell completely and utterly in love with on my trip to Shetland in October. I was so smitten, in fact, that I cast on a sleeve as soon as the original pattern text arrived in the folder for the book. Yes, I took advantage of my position as book designer, I do confess. But come on. I'm only human. How was I supposed to resist?!

I'm using the same yarn as the pattern calls for, in different colours. I actually prefer the colours of Kate's original Northmavine, but as I have a nearly-complete (ahem, although I think it's going to be frogged - another tale for another day) cardigan that is in very very similar colours, I decided I should choose some others from the VAST number of options in the Jamieson & Smith yarn emporium.

My MC is 51, a grey that has a slight hint of lavender to it (it is in fact, the exact same shade as Coopknit Rachel's hair!);  CC1 is shade 43, a heathered plummy purple (which is used as the hem turn contrast shade); CC2 is shade 133 a deep reddish-magenta; CC3 is FC9 a light heathered blue-purple that up close is a mix of pale teal and purple; and finally, my utter favourite of these shades, CC4 is FC56, a glorious peacock mix of deep purples with flashes of greeny-blue. I'm going to use this as my 'trim' shade to finish off all the icord edges. I had a ball choosing the colours on my trip, with lots of help from JenAC, Rachel, Sarah and Charlie - thanks guys!

As there are four colours used in the stripes, it's not advisable to carry all four colours along, so apart from the MC, the other yarns are all broken for each stripe. The thought of quite so many ends to weave in once the hoody was finished made me feel a little faint if I'm honest, so I had a chat with my guru (AKA JenACKnitwear) and decided to try weaving the yarn ends as I knitted - it's working well so far I think.

I found some tutorials online - try the lovely Cotton and Cloud video on YouTube which shows how to weave in as you knit Fair Isle. Basically, about 5 or 6 stitches before the colour change, on the back of the work I  bring the new yarn up and over the working yarn, and then bring it back over and under on the next stitch as I knit those 5 or 6 stitches, leaving just a small end, and do the same with the previous colour once I change to the new colour. I'm hoping this will minimise the number of ends that I have to weave in at the end and so far seems to work well to hide the colour changes at the back. I'm sure that makes no sense - sorry! Google is your best bet if you want to find out how to do this.

(Oh, just a note, the different, smooth yarn coming through in the centre of the photo is my 'decrease counter' another top tip from JenAC, via Yarnharlot, to keep track of decreases - basically I have a length of contrasting yarn threaded on a needle and every time I decrease I pull it through to one side of the work, then through to the other side when I complete the next decrease - it helps a complete numpty like me to keep track!)

So far I have one sleeve pretty much at the correct length and I'm happy with my tension - I have to admit that I often start garments with a sleeve instead of knitting a special tension swatch. I just have to bear in mind that I might have to rip out the first 4 or 5 inches of work if the tension doesn't work out!

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Reader Comments (4)

That's looking SO lovely! It will be fabulous m'dear! :)
J xx

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenAC

I really like your colour way. It is sometime daunting to try a different one from the pattern - so easy to take the safe 'tried and tested' route.

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizzi

Mwaah x

November 29, 2012 | Registered Commenterlaliloo

Thank you Lizzie :)

November 29, 2012 | Registered Commenterlaliloo

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