I have never done any color knitting, but I've heard Fair Isle isn't that hard, I'm a quick learner and pretty good at following written directions. So I started knitting the bottom in the round figuring meanwhile I'd watch a few youtube fair isle videos to help with the argyle.
OK if you know how to color knit, you are already cringing for several reasons.
- Argyle is instaria, not fair isle
- It is not that easy - it involves bobbins and supposedly lots of untangling
- And, most importantly you CANNOT knit instarsia in the round
So I pondered. You can't knit instarsia, which creates argyle, in the round... so how do all those argyle socks exist? I swear they do. I checked in my sock drawer and sure enough, there they were several pairs of argyle socks and they were round and had no seams. I kept searching.
There must be an answer. I was already in deep - the gazillion bobbins of yarns were wound. At the 11th hour, literally since it was last night at 11 pm, on Knitty.com I found a pattern for knitting an instarsia hat IN THE ROUND by . It's called Instarsia Fun. Fun, yeah, right.
Her method is to knit something similar to short rows, but instead of the wrap part, you do a YO at the beginning of each round and either a K2TOG or P2TOG at the end of each round.
Seems to be working so far as you can see. I am 6 rounds in, during breakfast this morning.