So I found out that a good way to knit a pattern without having lots of hanging strings (as with fair isle knitting) is to use a technique called Intarsia. For this I just looked it up on YouTube and used the first two videos to help me get started. And they actually turned out to be super helpful!!! This method is a neat way to knit complex motifs that have frequent colour changes, unlike with fair isle where you normally just alternate 2 colours.
The pattern here was supposed to be a heart of my own design but as it was my first go it didn’t quite take the form I had hoped for! As you can see the back is almost as neat as the front.
The back on this one was a lot messier due to having so many loose ends to sew in at the end! However this one is a lot cuter and looks more like a heart. So overall, I recon I’ve made good progress 🙌😁. Just got to watch out for my tension in places as at the moment it is looking a bit uneven. Although I think this might be due to me pulling on the loose ends a bit too much ❣