Things are chugging along! This post covers the lettering, red circle design next to the lettering, and white top border portion of The Force Awakens hat pattern by Mrs. Luedeke, available for free here. Parts one and two are on the right hand side of our website, www.stitchingbevy.com.
Prior to starting on this section, I changed the lettering chart to read Rogue One, using a pencil and an extra-light copy of the original chart. Since there were fewer letters than The Force Awakens, I centered those and added in the circular design in the blank spaces.
The foundation row of any fair isle pattern is essential to get things rolling so it requires major concentration and a quiet place to work. I know firsthand because I had to backwards knit to undo the first row two separate times. The first was because I somehow forgot the “U” and the second was due to being off on one of the circle design sections. I realized this in the second row both times, even when using a post it note to cover up the chart except for the row I was working on. The human mind seeks to insert patterns once they are learned and sometimes that can work against you! For the circle design, I forgot to insert the first black stitch so I was off count on the second row of the pattern gleefully following the established pattern I had just learned.
It’s also important to not get mixed up on your colors if you use different ones than the pattern calls for. The chart being grey scale can help, but in my case, the colors were reversed in some spots so I had to create a key to keep things straight. You could even go through and color in the chart to match your yarn colors to keep things simple. More tips on reading fair isle charts here.
After requiring the force to help me get the first row of the lettering and circle pattern established, the rest went a lot faster. I’ve found that with fair isle, the rows themselves aren’t hard to focus on if you can cover up the other rows; it’s the individual stitches in each row that can be hard to lose track, especially if you can’t really memorize a pattern set to move things along. Stopping to cover up each of those stitches would be a royal pain so double checking after 10 stitches or so can be a good way to monitor accuracy. I’m looking forward to the next section with the stormtrooper helmets!