fair play

I bet you all thought I moved to Portland and stopped knitting/sewing/crafting, didn’t you? Well, you might not be so far off–I’ve slowed down a bit, but I’m still at it, and I managed to finish my fair isle vest!

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It was my first fair isle project, so I am pretty happy with the results. I used KnitPicks Merino Style yarn. I think I ordered about 12 skeins? Actually, I think I ended up using 10, because I found 2 unused skeins at the bottom of my knitting box. I used my knitting software to design the sweater, and the fair isle pattern is from Kiki. I highly recommend this fair isle pattern for any novice wanting to learn about fair isle.

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36 Responses to fair play

  1. Oiyi says:

    It looks great. I like the colors you chose. Can you show us a pic of what the inside of the vest looks like? I haven’t done any fair isle knitting yet.

  2. megan says:

    cute, donut. how about showing us your face…i know that there are eyes to go with that mouth :)

  3. Silvia says:

    Very pretty! I liked the way you combined your colors, very effective. Did you split/spit or weave those ends in?

  4. debbie says:

    i love your vest! i hope to try fair isle knitting some day – i’m afraid to try knitting with different colors – i might get too confused….

  5. myra says:

    Wow! It’s amazing! Love the colors.

  6. carole says:

    whoa. the vest is amazing!!

  7. gaile says:

    wow. that’s gorgeous!

  8. Marg says:

    Most beautious! I have casually mentioned that I would like a sampler from KnitPicks for my birthday. I was thinking of making something along the lines of a tank top as here in Virginia I don’t get much of a chance to wear heavy sweaters and I would really like to learn more about fairisle knitting. What kind of software do you use?

  9. Elli says:

    That’s beautiful! Those colors are fabulous…I’m so impressed!

  10. Jan says:

    Mariko’s amazing, technicolor vest. Gorgeous!

  11. Jenn says:

    Your sweater looks fab, Mariko! I’m really impressed that you were so ambitious on your first fair-isle project. Mine was the pirate hat. Congrats on a job amazingly done.

  12. Scout says:

    Holy! That’s amazing! Great job.

  13. Julia says:

    Beautiful! You did a great job, and the colors are lovely.

  14. Betsy says:

    Wicked cute vest!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. RC says:

    That is beautiful! Excellent job!

  16. Suzanne says:

    It’s beautiful! I love all the colors. They remind me of spring. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Robin says:

    Your vest looks beautiful! I love all the colours and the pattern is wonderful. Great job!

  18. Petula says:

    I love it! Here I was worried that you’d given up crafty stuff since the move, and you show up with one of the most adorable things you’ve made to date.

  19. amy in az says:

    ABSOLUTELY FAB! Great job! I recognized that as a kiki-creation even before I read the description :)

  20. Kathy says:

    I love all the color variation there! Nice :-)

  21. great job! i have yet to tacke a fair isle project. it looks intimidating.

  22. stephanie says:

    oooh! absolutely stunning :)
    Love it!

  23. AnnP says:

    Finishing that vest is not what I’d call slowing down! Quite an accomplishment I’d say. I just finished a hat using that same pattern but instead of random colors I used a specific color repeat and I’m very pleased. It’s a very adaptable pattern.
    Hope that Australian cyclone has not upset your travel plans.

  24. carolyn says:

    dude. it’s so awesome. now did you steek the armholes? or did you knit flat after the armholes?

  25. Carrie says:

    Oooooo I love all the colors. Great job!

  26. Patti says:

    Quite wonderful for your first fair isle project. Great color selection.

  27. susan says:

    the vest looks great! but actually what i wanted to tell you was that i was in HK the other day and found a notebook with the same quote as your blog!!! i was reading it and thinking ‘this seems so familiar, why is that? what’s it from?’ and then realized it’s from the headline thing on your blog! it was so funny!

  28. Peggy says:

    Amazing vest! And way cooler than most other fair isle I’ve seen. But haha, I see you’ve called it a ‘simple’ fair isle vest in the righthand sidebar. A contradiction in terms? Or was it relatively simple, for fair isle? And how did you like knitting with the Merino Style?

  29. Very cute! Looks like spring colors!

  30. melissa says:

    That turned out great! I love the colors. I can tell your hair is shorter too!

  31. maggi says:

    I love it! Making me think just maybe I should give that a try. Hey, have a great time Down Under!

  32. Rose says:

    Great vest!!!

  33. claudia says:

    Hey, that’s cute! Which is saying alot coming from this fair-isle hater.

  34. Stacey says:

    Your sweater is gorgeous!! I love the fun stripes and great color combos!!

  35. Jenna says:

    I’ve been meaning to use that fair-isle pattern for something – your vest looks great! Did you pick your colors at random? I love the idea of doing that, and I’ve been saving up a ton of scraps… for a future date :)

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