Stranded knitting for fairisle

Knitting with different colours is fun. The simplest way to introduce colour is to work in stripes, working with one colour at a time to create a single fabric. Stranded knitting involves carrying the yarn not in use loosely across the back of the work. It is best not to carry over more than three stitches at a time to avoid loops that can get caught. Here's how you do it:

Step by step

  1. This involves carrying the yarn not in use loosely across the back of the work. It is best not to carry over more than three stitches at a time to avoid loops that can get caught.
  2. On a knit row, insert the right needle into next stitch working with the first colour. Then, when changing colours pick up the second colour, take it under the first colour and knit the next stitches. Change back to first colour and, taking it over the second colour, work the next stitches.
  3. Repeat, making sure that the same colour is taken under, and the same colour over. This will stop the yarns from tangling.
  4. Keep the work on the right needle spread out to avoid the work from pulling in and to keep the work elastic.
  5. On a purl row, insert the right needle into the next stitch, working with the first colour. Change colour by picking up the second colour and taking it under the first colour and purling the next stitches. Change back to the first colour and, taking it over the second colour, work the next stitches
  6. Repeat, making sure that the same colour is taken under and the same colour over.

Pro tip

To keep the fabric in the same thickness throughout, take both yarns to the end of the row. To do this, take the yarn not in use over the one to be worked and catch.

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