I’ve never really given stranded knitting techniques much of my attention. I do absolutely love the effect, but as I pursue knitting as a relaxing exercise I have often not given it much time as I have shied away from the thought of managing several colours, several balls of yarn, at once. Debbie Orr (AKA Skein Queen)’s Flossie Bear pattern seemed like a good place to start, whilst I await my copy of the Harmony Guide of 250 Colourwork stitches.
The patterning on Flossie Bear is almost Fair Isle, as I understand it. On all but two lines of the stranded colourwork, the stranding involves only two colours. The design element that distinguishes Fair Isle colourwork from other stranded colourwork techniques is that no row of knitting contains more than two colours, and colours are limited as to the number of rows that they will knit across in succession. Many people refer to all stranded colourwork as Fair Isle, whereas other knitters are very insistent on this distinction, some other knitters reserving it further only for certain traditional Fair Isle repeated motifs.
happily, the colours of my acrylic scraps all seemed to work quite well together
The rhythm of the two-stranded knitting seemed to settle quite quickly, and I haven’t yet had much issue with the tension of my carried yarn, so I am glad that I have given this a go. I’m knitting this up in acrylic yarn, so I unfortunately will not have the ‘cure-all’ benefits of blocking to rely on, but hopefully Flossie will be beautiful nonetheless.