Star Wars Fair Isle Hat Part 3


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,

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!


Wearable Art Event Flyer

We are nearly ONE month away from the wearable art show and sale in the Shop @ DG at Dandelion Gallery. The show will feature a range of handmade and re-purposed clothing and accessories by Lake County area artists. Click on the PDF of our event flyer below and spread the word!

There is still time to enter your work- check the right side of the page for the link to an earlier blog post with more information about our artists’ call. Work drop off deadline is August 15, 5-7 p.m.



Wearable Art Show – Call for Artists!

Wearable Art Show & Sale

August 20, 2016 5-9 p.m. & special happy hour preview sale Friday August 19, 5-7 p.m.

The Shop @DG 109 S. Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085

Visit The Shop @ DG Facebook page to keep up with the latest wearable art show news.

Show basics:

  1. Artwork needs to be wearable by adult humans (includes fantasy non-human costumes), well-constructed and handmade.
  2. NOT ALLOWED: reselling, direct marketing (like Jamberry, knock offs, Silpada jewelry), 0r mass-produced items . No kids’ items- we may consider having a kids-themed show for a future event.
  3. Artwork must be durable and well-constructed. Badly constructed items will not be displayed for sale.
  4. Upcycled and repurposed materials are great and highly encouraged! Make sure items are clean and safe to wear. We will have an upcycled challenge- stop by our Dandelion Gallery info table from 5-9 p.m. at the June 18th and July 15 Art Wauk to sign up to select a plain item to transform and drop off by August 15!
  5. No fees, Gallery keeps 40% commission for any item that sells.
  6. Artists are responsible for any racks or other special forms of display for their items (hangers, hat forms, tables, etc.). We will have some table and shelf space.

If you would like to submit items for the show, it’s super-simple!

  1. Post a picture of your items and a general description on our Facebook event page or email us this info:
  2. Make sure each piece of your work is clearly priced and identified with your contact information. You will also provide contact information when you drop your items off.
  3. Drop off your artwork Monday August 15, 5-7 p.m. at Dandelion Gallery, 109 South Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085. If you are not able to make that drop off date, have a friend bring your items by.
  4. Pick up your work directly after Art Wauk on Saturday, August 20 starting at 9:00 p.m. OR Sunday, August 21, 10-2 p.m. If you are not able to make those pick up times, have a friend collect your items. We will not mail items back to artists.
  5. Payment will be made 1 month after the event concludes and checks will be mailed to you.