Favorite Team Logo, Fair Isle style

I am knitting in the round a mohawk beanie for my friend, who's going through chemo, with her favorite football team's logo (GBPackers) on both sides (left/right).
I am fairly good at intarsia on a flat (back and forth) piece. But as this is a beanie for her soon to be bald head, I must put it together in the round.
The first few times I trying the Fair Isle (stranded) knit technique, I couldn't figure out how to strand the prime yarn (gold) and throw in the others (green/white) in turn. Two or three rounds later, too tight or many holes between color switches. Aggghhh!
I am better at this than what has been made thus far. I want it to look great for my SickieGirl. How best do I throw/twist the yarn to avoid the holes? How much flop is there in the strands for an average beanie? Should I just work the piece as a "flat" intarsia piece and hide the seam some how? HELP!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

One thing that may help is to knit the Fair Isle with the hat turned inside out. This is the way traditional Peruvian hats are knitted and it helps keep the floats more even. I imagine it may take a bit of getting used to but would be worth it.

As to carrying the yarns...The average rule of thumb is catch it as you work along. Since this is an intarsia-based design, I'm uncertain as to how you can accomplish that. I know that one knitter mentions taking a strand of wool and "skimming" it through the floats, occasionally catching it in the main fabric to anchor things.

My take is that you have a lot of learning opportunities as you make this wonderful gift for your friend. I wish you well.

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Tallguy's picture

Intarsia doesn't lend itself well in the round. You may have to do it flat and seam it.
Rem3ember that FairIsle is not the same as intarsia! If Carrying the yarns all the way around, you may have to introduce some design where alternate colours are used. And remember to catch the float every 3rd stitch to avoid long floats.
There is a way to do intarsia in the round, but you essentially do it flat, and hook the ends together. Maybe a seam is best.

Sara Katsan's picture

Here's another way

I am assuming that the color work is like a 'patch' on a baseball cap, and that the rest of the hat is plain ( a simple one or 2 color pattern).

If the extra color(s) are just in that one area, you don't have to carry them all the way around, just work with them in the concentrated area that you need them.

knit in the round, as usual. when you get to the area where you need to start a new color, start the color, but only take it as far as it is needed in that row. continue in the round, and when you are ready for the color again, pick up that color and use it. it might seem weird that the yarn is now coming from the left, but that's ok, just pick it up and use it for the stitches you want. the colors not being carried all the way around just zigzag back and forth over the area that they are used. the floats and carries might look unusual from the inside because they are also floating upwards. that's ok.

in this manner, you can can use many different colors in one row, yet still not have the bulk as if you carried all those yarns across the whole work.

i'm sure there is a name for this type of knitting, but i don't know. it is how women in Greece do it for socks, and how the men and women of Peru/Andes knit their beautiful chulos(hats).

this way seems to me to be analogous to supplemental weft weaving, whereas the intarsia you mentioned is more like tapestry/kilim weaving.

i can post some pictures if you like.