I'm swimming in colorful knits lately. Precious red on my red DPN's for a new pattern.
Burgundy/dark pink, dark teal and white for color studies. As you can see I have used stranded knitting and intarsia for this. Intarsia in the round is yet a technique I don't really enjoy. If it wasn't for the beautiful results, I would just leave it be. I have created a tutorial for knitting intarsia in the round some time ago for the penguin handpuppet. Nevertheless I'm still looking for an easier method and found the work of Anne Berk recently. I enrolled in her Craftsy class "Next steps in intarsia" (I hope this link works, if not search for the title and you'll find it!) and like the way she has approached the problem of intarsia......
There are many ways to create a knitted fabric with the use of multiple colors. For beginners working with more then one thread at a time can be intimidating. Nevertheless there are ways achieve a color pattern by working with one thread per row/round. The 2 ways I want to show today are slipped stitches and knit in the row below. Both techniques are easy to do and alter the fabric to mimic color patterns.
1. Knit into the row belowThe knitting needle is inserted into the loop of the stitch below the next stitch. You can cover multiple rows this way, too, but keep in mind that very long stitches can break more easily. The knit in the row below stitch creates an downward dart or longer stitch pointing downward.
2. The slip stitch......
my son brought me this beautiful flower when he came from school - so sweet :)
I tried some slipped stitch patterns yesterday and they are great! Why did I struggle with intarsia, stranded knitting and double knitting first instead of learning the easy mode color work first? I did actually even "invented" a method to work stranded knitting forward and backwards so I can knit it in rows all on the right side (yes I hate working stranded knitting on the purl side THAT much, and working in the round was no option for that project).So I made a lot of photos and there will be tutorials on how to work slipped stitch and knit-in-the-row-below patterns. I also made comparisons between these very similar techniques and they work out very differently in the endresult - I......
There are some color combinations which I'm very fond of one of which is teal and pink and the other one is yellow and pink. Combined to teal-pink-yellow thie sweet little cross stitch comes out. Compared with the other 3 pieces in this series it is so cheery and round. No need to say I like it a lot!
What, christmas? I don't want to even think about it right now, right? Actually. But somehow the christmas stocking mood came over me and I whipped up a set of 3 heart patterned stockings. I have some boys stockings in the making, too. It's so relaxing to knit some pixel art! My daughter keeps complaining that these lovely pink stockings are way to big to fit her tiny feet. Maybe I should scale them down to different sizes? I knitted the stars stockings with sock yarn and they fit perfectly (my big feet, not hers, I would have to knit hers in sewing lace yarn to get gauge, I fear).
Christmas Stockings HEARTS Set available in all of my shops
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