Checkers Beanie On Sale Now

 

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Another new Fair Isle pattern. This one is great for male or female. Using self striping yarn or a solid color will get you a cool criss-crossed effect.

Fair Isle is a technique where two colors are used in any particular row to create pictures or designs in your project. Don’t know how to do Fair Isle? Don’t worry, there is an extensive photo tutorial section (13 pages!!!) that will not only teach you how to create Fair Isle but also covers all of this:

1. Color Changing throughout the beanie including at the round join.

2. Catching the yarn to create short floats.

3. How to keep your yarn untangled.

4. How to keep your seam straight on your beanie.

5. How to make a magic adjustable loop.

The beanie includes full written instructions as well as a color chart for the Fair Isle portion.

 

50% Off This Week Only

 

Use promo code: checker50 during checkout to receive discount.*

*Offer good until Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 midnight Pacific time.

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The Diamonds Beanie is Now On Sale

 

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Use up your stash with this five color beanie. Small amounts of each color mean you can make a couple beanies from just one skein of each color.

The intricate pattern may look difficult, but it’s actually quite easy using Fair Isle crochet.

Fair Isle is a technique where two colors are used in any particular row to create pictures or designs in your project. Don’t know how to do Fair Isle? Don’t worry, there is an extensive photo tutorial section (13 pages!!!) that will not only teach you how to create Fair Isle but also covers all of this:

1. Color Changing throughout the beanie including at the round join.

2. Catching the yarn to create short floats.

3. How to keep your yarn untangled.

4. How to keep your seam straight on your beanie.

5. How to make a magic adjustable loop.

The beanie includes full written instructions as well as a color chart for the Fair Isle portion.

 

50% Off This Week Only

 

Use promo code: diamond50 during checkout to receive discount.*

*Offer good until Sunday, August 16th, 2015 midnight Pacific time.

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Another Beanie To Choose From ~ Get It While It’s On Sale

 

 

 

The Drip Drop Beanie is the next Fair Isle crochet beanie available in the shop.

The color oozes in this funky beanie perfect for just about anyone.

This pattern may look spontaneous and difficult, but it is really easy and is a great introduction to fair isle crochet since it only uses two colors throughout.

Fair Isle is a technique where two colors are used in any particular row to create pictures or designs in your project. Don’t know how to do Fair Isle? Don’t worry, there is an extensive photo tutorial section (13 pages!!!) that will not only teach you how to create Fair Isle but also covers all of this:

1. Color Changing throughout the beanie including at the round join.

2. Catching the yarn to create short floats.

3. How to keep your yarn untangled.

4. How to keep your seam straight on your beanie.

5. How to make a magic adjustable loop.

The beanie includes full written instructions as well as a color chart for the Fair Isle portion.

 

50% Off This Week Only

 

Use promo code: beanie50 during checkout to receive discount.*

*Offer good until Sunday, August 16th, 2015 midnight Pacific time.

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Adorable Dino Beanie ~ 50% off On Sale Now

 

 

 

I brought up if you are starting on your holiday projects in this here giveaway. I’m not trying to pressure you, but I’ll be releasing some new Fair Isle patterns in the next few weeks and these are all great fast projects for your loved ones.

Each of the fair isle beanies can be made in a weekend so you can get lots of presents done in a short time. Plus the intricacy of the fair isle makes everyone think you spent much longer on them.

This super cute beanie is perfect for the dinosaur lover in your life. No matter their age, this beanie will fit them all.

You can use either a solid color or variegated yarn to create the fair isle pattern. This pattern is a great untroduction to fair isle crochet since it only uses two colors throughout.

Fair Isle is a technique where two colors are used in any particular row to create pictures or designs in your project. Don’t know how to do Fair Isle? Don’t worry, there is an extensive photo tutorial section (13 pages!!!) that will not only teach you how to create Fair Isle but also covers all of this:

1. Color Changing throughout the beanie including at the round join.

2. Catching the yarn to create short floats.

3. How to keep your yarn untangled.

4. Photo tutorial of stitches used on beanie brim.

5. How to keep your seam straight on your beanie.

6. How to make a magic adjustable loop.

The beanie includes full written instructions as well as a color chart for the Fair Isle portion.

 

50% Off This Week Only

 

Use promo code: beanie50 during checkout to receive discount.*

*Offer good until Sunday, August 16th, 2015 midnight Pacific time.

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New Fair Isle Beanie ~ 50% off On Sale Now

 

 

This fun and graphic beanie is great for any age.

You can use either a solid color or variegated yarn to create the fair isle pattern. This pattern is a great untroduction to fair isle crochet since it only uses two colors throughout.

Using the Fair Isle technique this beanie will fit all ages and can be made in all colors.

Fair Isle is a technique where two colors are used in any particular row to create pictures or designs in your project. Don’t know how to do Fair Isle? Don’t worry, there is an extensive photo tutorial section (13 pages!!!) that will not only teach you how to create Fair Isle but also covers all of this:

1. Color Changing throughout the beanie including at the round join.

2. Catching the yarn to create short floats.

3. How to keep your yarn untangled.

4. Photo tutorial of stitches used on beanie brim.

5. How to keep your seam straight on your beanie.

6. How to make a magic adjustable loop.

The beanie includes full written instructions as well as a color chart for the Fair Isle portion.

 

50% Off This Week Only

 

Use promo code: beanie50 during checkout to receive discount.*

*Offer good until Sunday, August 9th, 2015 midnight Pacific time.

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New Pattern ~ Bubbly Beanie ~ 50% Off Now

Bubbly Beanie ~ So Colorful!
Bubbly Beanie ~ So Colorful!

The Bubbly Beanie

This polka dot beanie is the perfect way to learn a new crochet technique.
The self-striping yarn does all the color work and the simple repeat gives you an easy intro to Fair Isle crochet.

What?

You haven’t tried Fair Isle crochet yet?

What are you waiting for?

It super fun and addicting — it’s like drawing and crocheting at the same time. Watching the picture develop as you crochet keeps you engaged and on track.

Plus it’s 50% off!

Use promo code: bubbly50 at checkout to receive discount.

Hurry, the offer is only good until Sunday, February 16th midnight Pacific time.

And if you haven’t already, follow the blog so you never miss out on any of these deals!

 

Black Friday Sale and A New Pattern

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Save 60% off every single thing in my shop.

Use promo code: turkey at checkout to receive discount.

The offer is good until Dec. 1, 2013 midnight Pacific time.

Fair Isle Love Beanie
Fair Isle Love Beanie

You can use your discount to make this award winning beanie!

This beanie might look difficult with its intricate color changes, but the yarn does all the work!

Using self-striping yarn, and a solid color you can whip up this beanie in no time. Use white to make the colors pop, or grey for a more muted look. Click on the picture to see more about the pattern and purchase it.

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Working Fair Isle Crochet in Rows

Why yes, you can do Fair Isle crochet in rows.
Why yes, you can do Fair Isle crochet in rows.

I keep getting asked by people if it’s possible to use Fair Isle crochet in rows instead of the round. The simple answer is yes, and this tutorial will show you the basics of how to do it. However, before we begin there are a few important things I should mention before you run off and try this technique.

Most of the people that were looking for this tutorial wanted to convert a pattern they already had that was originally made for intarsia or tapestry crochet. This can definitely be done but remember that Fair Isle crochet usually has short color runs (that are patterned in the round) and a tapestry or intarsia pattern might have long color changes (which are easily accomplished when you run the tails inside the stitches). Changing to Fair Isle can leave you will long floats that need to be caught often to prevent snags (see tutorial for how to do this).

Also because you will have floats along the back of your project, you will most likely need to put a backing on it. Either a solid piece of crochet fabric, or you can even sew a lining on your project (like a fleece backing on a baby blanket).

So now lets get on with the tutorial. I also have a video tutorial available on this information found here.

Backside of above project, see all the floats on just the backside.
Backside of above project, see all the floats on just the backside.

So when you work Fair Isle crochet in rows, you want to keep all your floats on one side. I’m not going to go over the basics of Fair Isle, you can find those tutorials here. This is just going to show you how to keep your floats all on the wrong side of your fabric.

After you finish your first row of actual Fair Isle crochet and turn your work you will have the wrong side facing you.

This is one of those times that the wrong side of your work is pretty obvious.
This is one of those times that the wrong side of your work is pretty obvious.

Now you will work your pattern as written up to your first color change. Normally, you would just drop the main color and join the contrasting color, but if you do this, your mail color float will be on the “right side” of your fabric. We definitely don’t want that.

That float wouldn't be very cute along the front of the project.
That float wouldn’t be very cute along the front of the project.

Instead of leaving the tail behind like we normally would, you will instead bring it under your hook and to the front of the work.

Bring the tail under your hook and put it in the front.
Bring the tail under your hook and put it in the front.

Next, pick up your contrasting color and join it to change color.

Notice the green tail that we brought to the front right below my thumb.
Notice the green tail that we brought to the front right below my thumb.

Now, if it is necessary to catch a float because your stitch run is longer than 7 STS (my recommended stitch run for catching floats), before you insert your hook into your next stitch (the one you wanna catch your float on), bring the float between your hook and next stitch you are going to work into.

You can hold on to it or lay it between your hook and next stitch, totally up to you.
You can hold on to it or lay it between your hook and next stitch, totally up to you.

Then insert your hook into the next stitch.

Time to catch that float.
Time to catch that float.

We can’t leave the float where it is because it will be sticking out on the “right side” of our project, so now we need to bring it back to the front of our work laying over the hook.

Notice the hook is still in the stitch, it hasn't moved... yet.
Notice the hook is still in the stitch, it hasn’t moved… yet.

Now, pull up your loop and finish off your single crochet to catch the float.

Viola! Float catching magic.
Viola! Float catching magic.

Then continue on with your pattern and change colors as it calls for. Just remember at every color change, bring that tail to the front of the work. Then work the Fair Isle as usual when the “right side” is facing you.

Tails to the front!
Tails to the front!