As the craft course progresses, the projects become bigger and more involved. Class 4 fair isle knitting followed on from the cross stitch. I guess this this is the culmination of the knitting projects as crochet is introduced in Class 5. Crochet is introduced in class two in European schools as it is very similar to the continental style knitting taught there).
With 16 ply wool on 6mm needles ,we had some simple rules to follow. Only two colours per row and no more than 5 stitches in any one pattern repeat(to prevent long threads at the back) Other than that it was all about experimenting. From the experimentation you begin to see patterns popping out and eventually, through the 'doing' you begin too find a rhythm to the patterns. I think the patterns at the back are quite beautiful too.
Usually I would work out a pattern on paper before I began anything like this, so it was refreshing to be allowed to simply experiment and see what happened. I imagine it must be magical for the children to see for themselves. Following a brief steam with the iron, I sewed mine into a tea cosy, but commonly vests, bags or hot water bottle covers can be made from the finished piece. I also made a smaller sampler on 4mm needles with 8 ply (and bent the rules slightly using 3 colours on one row!). I sewed this up into a wee doll.
See what other folk have been crafting at Nicole's place today.