Colorwork
If you want your stranded colorwork to be as close to perfect as possible, you have to know how to navigate jogless knitting in the round.
Ashley Little
The colors of fall look great in foliage, but the warm hues are even prettier in crochet projects. This mug cozy combines the best seasonal colors with an awesome ombré technique. You're gonna want to wrap your morning brew in it every day!
Kathryn Senior
Stranded knitting is a style of colorwork that traditionally carries two or more yarns along the back of your knitting. There are a ton of ways to incorporate it into your work — Fair Isle is one most people know best — and it helps bring out a variety of detail and color in a single project. See for yourself in the patterns below, then download and start knitting!
You've been warned: Fair Isle knitting — a type of stranded knitting that traditionally uses no more than two colors per row — is straight-up addictive. After all, who could resist all that beautiful detail?! Dig into the technique (and bring on the color) with the below patterns — you can get 'em all totally free!
Ashley Little
Get started as Tanis goes over the materials you'll need for your project. Then prepare your chart and discover the best way to cast on for circular knitting and get into the meat of the pattern.
Start working the thumb as you explore the afterthought thumb technique (and how it's different from a gusset). This is a simple technique that won't break up or conflict with your colorwork pattern. After that, learn how to bind off purlwise.
Finally, complete your mitts by weaving in the ends and wet blocking. These small details are important and will help elevate your finished project.
The Latvian braid is a spectacular technique that adds visual interest with a 3D effect. Look at some examples, then see how to incorporate them into your colorwork.
Dive into Fair Isle as you explore the English, Continental and combination styles. Tanis explains the difference between "Fair Isle" and "colorwork,” shows how to avoid twisting your yarn, and shares her favorite way to trap floats.
Bust your yarn stash and knit a pair of Fair Isle fingerless mitts! Knitwear designer Tanis Gray shows you how, without shaping, step by step. You'll learn to work key techniques including afterthought thumb, Latvian braid, double-pointed knitting and more.
Tanis Gray
Tanis Gray
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