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Lanea Posted - 11/17/2010 : 3:20:40 PM
I've got enough Kauni to make one of those rainbow cardigans, but I keep resisting because of the horizontal stripiness of the thing. I've looked at the Autumn cardigan, and I like it but I don't think it's right for my cool colorway. Maybe I'm just too literal about color in leaf patterns.

Do any of you have good recommendations for two-color colorwork options? I'm happy to buy books or patterns, so no worries if your recommendations aren't for free patterns.

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Lanea Posted - 11/22/2010 : 07:13:29 AM
Thanks, everyone. I'll look at all of these suggestions.

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marjotse Posted - 11/21/2010 : 10:31:50 AM
Look up Ruth Sørensen (the designer of the Autumn cardigan), she has some quite nice patterns for Kauni. I really like her Anne-Evilla ( ).


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Janettoo Posted - 11/19/2010 : 8:27:43 PM
"Latvian Dreams" from Schoolhouse Press. It is my desert island knitting book. In the front are knitting techniques; not the standard how-to-knit-and-purl, but unusual cast-on and bind-offs, short-rows, how to do gloves from the fingertips down, and so on. Then some wonderful unique garments knit in the round with complex two-color patterns. Finally pages and pages of charts with small, medium, and large patterns.

I prefer to use a variegated/handpainted yarn in fair isle with a solid second yarn. It shows the design better and is less overwhelming, I think. You need to be very sure that the colors or shades do not overlap or your pattern disappears.

Right now I am making suede-bottomed slipper-socks for dh using two color brioche stitch with Malabrigo Rios iris (reds, purples, blues)and black. I'm making slippers for myself by double-knitting Koigu and a dark brown solid with a motif from the Latvian book for the colors to "switch sides".

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KathyR Posted - 11/18/2010 : 4:52:57 PM
Do you belong to Ravelry, Lanea? If so, you can see these garments made up in various colourways, including the Autumn cardigan you mentioned first, to get an idea of what it may look like in colours more to your liking.

In theory, you could probably take almost any fair isle pattern and use the kauni yarn - one colourway for the background and one for the foreground. try a good-sized swatch and see how you like the effect.


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Lanea Posted - 11/18/2010 : 1:30:24 PM
I looked at the Phoenix cardigan, but it's just too riotous for me. I might enjoy making it, but if I made it in multi-colored yarn, I would end up either giving it away or frogging it. Ingeborg and Venezia are closer to my style, I think. I will look at those.

I like the concept of socks too, but I have a sweater's worth of yarn, and for some reason I would feel guilty using part of that yarn on socks (or a shawl) rather than using all of it on a sweater. Somehow that equates to waste in my brain, even though it isn't. That's the sort of crazy I have.

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purlewe Posted - 11/18/2010 : 12:53:32 PM
well.. you could go for an epic knit like the Phoenix Cardigan by Meg Swansen.

I know a few people take Dalegarn/Dale of Norway patterns and use kuani instead.. like my Ingeborg.

Same applies to Venezia by Eunny Jang, or Autumn Rose by the same.

There are some stranded shawls out there. Thistle is one.

Also.. I love stranded colorwork knee socks. But then I have the crazy. I know you have a crazy but it might not be my crazy ;P

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Lanea Posted - 11/18/2010 : 06:21:01 AM
Thanks Bess. I will check that pattern out.

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BessH Posted - 11/17/2010 : 5:00:47 PM
I did the Knit Picks Pallette Fair Isle sweater kit a few years ago. It had fairly narrow stripes all done in a variety of 4 stitch repeats - 2 and 2, 1 and 3 diagonal and striped posts. The narrow stripes look nice even on a very round body and the easy to memorize repeats made it easy to knit "just one more row". though it actually covered about 4 months of life, it only took 3 months of knitting and part of that was my own adaptation of the pattern from a dropped shoulder to a fully fashioned set in sleeve style.


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