Stranded knitting for Fair Isle

Knitting with different colors is fun. The simplest way to introduce color is to work in stripes, working with one color 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 color. Then, when changing colors pick up the second color, take it under the first color and knit the next stitches. Change back to first color and, taking it over the second color, work the next stitches.
  3. Repeat, making sure that the same color is taken under, and the same color 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 color. Change color by picking up the second color and taking it under the first color and purling the next stitches. Change back to the first color and, taking it over the second color, work the next stitches
  6. Repeat, making sure that the same color is taken under and the same color 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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