Colourwork – Weaving in Two-Handed

You can weave in yarn using both hands to knit the stitches and holding one colour in each hand. This method of ‘catching in’ the yarn not in use makes sure the yarns looped across the back of the fabric in colour work do not snag or catch.

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Using both hands will speed up your technique when working large areas in more than one colour. Make sure that you are comfortable knitting with both hands before you attempt colour work with both hands.

Step 1

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Weaving two-handed on the knit side:

Work to the point where the second colour needs to be woven in, this should be every two or three stitches. Insert the right-hand needle into the next stitch knitwise and under the yarn that needs to be woven in, held in your left hand.

Step 2

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Knit the next stitch using the working yarn. Drop both yarns from the left-hand needle to bring only the working yarn through to make the stitch.

Step 3

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The yarn to be caught in will now be held at the back of the fabric as you knit the next stitch in the usual way.

Step 4

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Continue changing the yarn colours as instructed and weaving in the colour not in use. Keep the working yarn tensioned in the right hand and the yarn to be woven in tensioned over the left forefinger.

Step 5

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Weaving two-handed on the purl side:

Work to the point where the second colour needs
to be woven in. Hold the yarn to be woven in at the front of the work, using your thumb to hold it in position.

Step 6

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Place the right-hand needle through the next stitch and under the second yarn.

Step 7

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Purl the next stitch only bringing the working yarn through to make the stitch. Continue by purling the next stitch and the non-working yarn will be woven in place.

Step 8

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The yarn should be neatly woven across the back of the fabric. As with all colour work make sure that the yarn is not pulled too tightly or it will distort the fabric.