Traditional Cabled Aran Hat

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This traditional cabled Aran hat was the last of the 2 final projects for my Master Hand Knitting Program of The Knitting Guild Association.

It was designed and knit by hand by me. I knit the hat in the round using Donegal Yarns Original Aran Natural Yarn in natural light cream white (báinín).

This is a view of the top, showing the patterned decreases:

The hat is an adult’s size L and measures 9.5in / 24cm from beginning of brim to top of crown. I’ll be working up a pattern for it if anyone’s interested.

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

My First Traditional Fair Isle Gansey: Finished!

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I just finished knitting this all-over Fair Isle-patterned gansey. It was designed following a traditional shape I found in Michael Pearson’s Traditional Knitting and some patterns I found in A Shetlander’s Fair Isle Graph Book in Colour.

The first photo is on its own; the second is the gansey worn by the recipient; and the third is the piece of Asian embroidery that inspired the color palette.


The finished measurements:
Chest – 45in (114.3cm)
Length – 25.75in (65.4cm)

I’m working up the pattern for a man’s size L (US).

This is one of the final two projects for my Master Hand Knitting Program of The Knitting Guild Association.

The other project is a traditional cabled Aran hat. I’ll be posting some photos of that project soon.

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

A Quick Update on the Fair Isle Gansey

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Right sleeve done! This is the progress to date on my traditional Fair Isle-patterned gansey.

I’m posting this to keep myself motivated – and honest. I’m quite pleased overall with the result but frustrated with how long it’s taking.

I can’t believe that I still have another sleeve to do!

Hopefully I’ll be able to show the completed garment soon.

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

Traditional Fair-Isle Patterned Gansey

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I’ve been bitten by the Fair Isle bug and am designing a man’s traditional Fair Isle patterned gansey. As you can see this is a work in progress!

This design is for The Knitting Guild Association Master Hand Knitter Program.

I still need to pick-up stitches for the sleeves , cut the steeks at the armholes, finish the gussets, knit the sleeves, and add the neckline trim. I’m taking a vacation first though!

As I work through this garment I’m preparing a pattern with charts that I’ll make available when it’s completed and reviewed. This is a man’s size large and knit with Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift wool.

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

The Perfect Start for a Circular Knitting Project

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I’ve just finished a knit doily sample and wanted to share the cast-on method I used in case anyone plans to tackle this type of project in the round. It’s certainly suitable for circular shawls as well!

The technique creates a really smooth, neat, round center as you can see in the photo above of this piece being blocked.

Here’s one of the best tutorials I found on the the Magic Ring Cast-On:

Emily Ocker’s Circular Cast-On (Magic Ring Cast-On)

Hope you find it useful.

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

Traditional Fair Isle Fisherman’s Kep – Finished, Blocked and Tasseled

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Here’s a photo of my first kep finished, blocked and tasseled.

Here’s a photo of the same kep being worn in the wilds of coastal Thailand!

I joined a knit-a-long on Facebook because I wanted to build my stranded colorwork skills and thought an online group would be a good way to do this.

It’s been a great experience, and in the process, buying the pattern has helped support the museum on Fair Isle – a very worthy cause indeed.

If you’re interested in knitting one of these hats, you can visit The Fair Isle Fisherman’s Kep Page on Facebook and ask to become a member.

The pattern you purchase gives a lot of helpful guidelines and allows you to choose from a selection of Fair Isle designs to create a masterpiece of your own, also choosing colors that interest you.

For my kep I used a range of colors from Jamiesons of Shetland, in their Spindrift range: ginger, cinammon, buttercup, flax and mermaid.

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

Knitting a Fair Isle Fisherman’s Kep

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I’ve been learning more about Fair Isle knitting recently and wanted to  try a pattern that used this color-stranded knitting technique before embarking on a larger project for my Master Hand Knitting course.

I found a group on Facebook that offered a paid pattern by an expert in the technique, with proceeds going to support the museum on Fair Isle.

It’s a closed group, but if you’re interested in joining a knit-a-long and meet knitters from around the world, it’s worth going to the site and asking to be added as a member:

The Fair Isle Fisherman’s Kep Page

The photo above shows my progress on the kep (cap) – one more small pattern repeat and I’ll be ready to start the decreases, add a tassel and then block the cap.

I hope to wear it when I visit Fair Isle in July.  It’s not really suitable for the climate here in Thailand.

Happy Knitting!
MikeH

Boyfriend Bandana 1: Pattern Published

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Variation A

This is the first in a series of bandanas designed for the boyfriend in your life that may be a reluctant wearer of traditional accessories.

There will be 4 basic designs, of which this is the first. Each of the designs will have two variations: the first (variation A) will feature the basics of the design, and the second (variation B) will feature the same design, in different colors, and have a pendant embellishment at the tip of the bottom point.

Variation A

You may well find that the appeal extends far beyond the boyfriend, and you may end up knitting one for yourself – or even a girlfriend!

The amount of yarn needed for color C in either variation is small – around 50-75 yards/45-70 meters.

If you want to add the embellishment to variation B you’ll need a small pendant to attach to the bottom point during bindoff. I chose a small gold-plated brass that’s a reproduction of preColombian jewelry I found on a recent visit to Bogota.

Variation B

Variation B

You’ll find the pattern in my Ravelry store at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boyfriend-bandana-1

and the accessories, hand knit by me, in my Etsy shop at
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ScarvesShawlsandMore?ref=hdr

Happy Knitting!
MikeH