Stranded Colourwork Part 3

You can use two hands for stranding rather than one-handed methods. It enables you to work faster although the techniques are similar and the results identical.

TOP TIP

Always work a swatch before you begin a colourwork pattern as stranding or weaving the yarn across the back of the fabric will cause the finished piece of knitting to condense.

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Stranding two-handed (knit stitches):

It is worth experimenting with one and two-handed stranding to see which you find the more comfortable. Here we explain how to work two-handed stranding on a knit row.

Step 2

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Knit to the position of the new colour. This colour becomes the working yarn and is held in the right hand. Hold the non-working yarn in your left hand. Bring the working yarn over the top of the yarn in your left hand.

Step 3

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Now knit with the right hand and the working yarn to the next colour change.

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Make sure that you keep the tension of the knit stitches the same as you are only using your right hand.

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The yarn in your right hand is now the non-working yarn and the yarn in your left hand is the working yarn. Bring the working yarn under the non-working yarn and make the next stitch using your left hand.

Step 6

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Knit to next colour change using your left hand to wrap the yarn around the right hand needle.

Step 7

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At the next colour change the new yarn becomes the working yarn and is brought over the non-working yarn to begin the next set of colour stitches using the right hand.

Step 8

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Continue in this way across the row, alternating taking the working yarn under and over the non-working yarn and knitting with the right and left hand where appropriate.

Step 9

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Make sure that you keep an even tension when knitting with different hands and that the loops of yarn across the back of the fabric are kept to an even length.

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The resulting fabric should have blocks of colour with an even tension so the look is of a smooth stocking stitch fabric.