Tag: colorwork

color knits and christmas ornaments

I'm swimming in colorful knits lately. Precious red on my red DPN's for a new pattern. rot1rot2 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......

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slip stitch vs knit in the row below

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 below

row-below The 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


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slipstitch1 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......

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knitting needle gauges

Mini-christmassock-knitting is happening around here. These teeny tiny socks are finished so quickly! Now that it's getting colder outside, my husband asks for super-duper-thick socks so he can survive working out in the workshop all day long. You would guess at a blacksmith's place it's warm all day, but it seems like the warm air does not want to warm the feet, but the upper parts only. Poor man, I think I'm about to break my yarn shopping rule (which says no more sock yarn!) and buy some sock yarn to make him some fairisle knitted socks with 6ply yarn or so. mini2 Today I made a new batch of knitting needle gauges. After my husband cuts them out and let the laser do it's work, the gauges get a sanding by hand and oil finish. I use camellia oil which is traditionally used......

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the vehicle christmas stockings knitting patterns

Phew I did it! The vehicle stockings I made in the last weeks are available as an ebook and as single patterns now. I enjoyed making these three patterns alot. The inner child in me always thrives when I do pixel art in bright shiny colors. So here they are: stockingsvehicles

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I showed you the cars stockings a while ago and a sneak peek of the other two. There are two color options for the plane stockings, one dark blue and one light blue (which you can see in the picture above). Because I get asked quite often......

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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). stockingsherzen Christmas Stockings HEARTS Set available in all of my shops Buy here:  youtube patternfish......

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faden1Cleaning up loose ends in knitted socks is my new hobby at the moment. Why do I work with colors again? Ahhh right, colors are awesome. But really, why does color knitting need to involve so many loose ends to sew in? Probably I should use some of these methods to avoid finishing-boredom: - russian join - weaving in ends on the go (I would do this with only 1 thread though and weave in the new thread tail in the next row/round) - braided join  (similar to the russian join but extra tight) In my opinion the russian join and the braided join are the best methods if you what your reverse side clean and no risk of loosening ends. However both are quite time consuming and need a tapestry needle at hand which is not always the case. Weaving......

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Tutorial: knitting intarsia in garter stitch

Usually intarsia is knitted in stockinette stitch (every front side stitch is knit, every back side stitch is purled). In most cases it's not neccessary to make a beautiful or reversable back side when knitting stockinette stitch because you will not see it anyway. That is why it's possible to just twist the yarns at the transition points and go on. This is totally adaptable to garter stitch intarsia IF you knit straight lines and no diagonal patterns. It all get's complicated if you want to to the diagonal lines. If you use the twisting only the backside will look untidy at the back side when leaningto the left and on the front side when leaning to the right. This is caused mainly because of the nature of the purl stitch. If you work a knit stitch over a purled one in two different colors you will see, that the line......

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