How to Use Two-Color Knitting Techniques To Crush Colorwork

Sure, you could spend your whole life happily knitting away in one color. Or you could cut loose and explore the full range of wild and wonderful colorwork techniques. Even just two colors will give you a whole slew of techniques to try, from beginner-friendly stripes to more complicated double knitting.

Easy Colorwork Techniques


While not generally thought of as a colorwork technique, marling deserves a moment in the spotlight. By simply holding two or more strands of different colored yarns together as you knit, you create a fabric that has an interesting allover color pattern.

Texture is totally the star of this hat: you've got two different yarns held together for a bit of woolly goodness and a hit of alpaca fuzz. And when you go with neutral tones, the nubby stitch pattern really gets a chance to shine. (But don't worry, it's just knits and purls!). Add a faux fur pompom to really push the fuzz factor over the top.


Stripes are one of the simplest two-color knitting patterns. Once you get the hang of changing yarn colors, you're good to go! Your stripes can be thick, thin and everything in between.


Sometimes called picture knitting, intarsia is worked by using separate balls of yarn to make blocks of color. The colors are not carried across the back of the work (as with stranded colorwork), making it a great beginner option (though, not all intarsia is created equal: this technique can get quite advanced, too!).

Intermediate Colorwork Techniques

Stranded Colorwork

Stranded colorwork involves carrying (or floating) two or more colors along the back of the work. Start with two colors and, if you're ambitious, work your way up to four.


Mosaic knitting, a variety of slip-stitch knitting, creates cool geometric patterns with a very simple premise: you only ever work with one color in each row. By slipping stitches from the previous rows, you get a two-color effect that is deceptively simple.

Advanced Colorwork Techniques


Brioche knitting is a beautiful technique that uses one or two colors to produce a reversible knitted fabric. There's no wrong side; the colors take turns being dominant in the pattern to produce a unique look.

Double Knitting

Like brioche, double knitting creates a reversible knitted fabric. It's like creating two layers of knitted fabric at once.

January 16, 2019
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