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Kiki Mariko

Knitting
September 2008
Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches in Stitch pattern before felting
US 15 - 10.0 mm
1125 yards (1029 m)
Approx. 34" x 60" before felting; 30" x 40" after felting

This fair isle rug is knit as a tube, steeked, and cut after felting. Pattern calls for 8 colors of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky.

Tip: The first and last rows are plain, single-color knitting. DO NOT ADD ANY ADDITIONAL PLAIN ROWS, or you will get a ruffle when you felt it. Due to the stranding, Fair Isle felts faster/tighter than plain knitting. The resulting ruffle can be cured by re-felting just the ruffled part, but it’s best to avoid it in the first place. If you want to add more plain-color rows to the ends, work them in “Invisible Fair Isle”, i.e., use 2 strands of the same color.

A knitter who added extra plain rows and had to deal with the “ruffle issue” (ahem, one of the authors) blogged about it here.