Star Wars Fair Isle Hat Part 4

This blog post covers the finalĀ fair isleĀ chart of the hat (red with white storm troopers and x wings) and the decrease section. See http://www.stitchingbevy.com for parts 1,2,3. Pattern can be found at: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-force-awakens-hat

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By far the final chart was the most challenging in terms of concentration required to establish the pattern. There was also a lot of carry-overs in this section with spans of 6-8 stitches, meaning that midway through it was important to wrap the inactive color behind the active one so that there wouldn’t be too long of a loop inside the hat. The tactic paid off, as the inside of the finished hat was nice and orderly.

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The final decrease section was easy to handle, especially with the directions suggesting to place markers every 12 stitches, marking the decrease points. Super-simple with alternating rounds of decreases and knitting around to create a nice even slope shape to the hat.

Even though the wool was super-wash, I still blocked it by washing the hat in cold on the normal wash cycle, inside a lingerie bag. You can see the difference in the unblocked and blocked versions, with the washing and blocking evening out the fair isle stitches. For blocking, I use interlocking foam flooring like you see at day care centers, and rust-proof t-pins.

unblocked- hat was rippled with loose and tight stitches at points of color changes

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blocked- loose and tight stitches evened out after washing in normal cold cycle (in lingerie bag)

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At long last, the hat is complete! My husband loves the slouchy beanie style and the softness of the yarn which is washable and blocks nicely. I heartily recommend this pattern to anyone interested in trying out fair isle. Much thanks to the designer, Mrs. Luedeke.

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