Joining Yarn Along :: WIP Wedensday :: Keep Kalm Craft On
What's on your needles today?
Knitting: I've come to the part where I have to bring out my sewing machine on my Nancy jacket... But I think I'll wait a couple of days before I'll do the steeking. In the meantime I can knit on my Squirrel socks :) They are a fun knit. I'm about to turn the heel on the first sock.
Reading: I've just finished the two books in the Highland series and although I love to read histirical fiction I needed to change genre for a while. So I picked up a book from the library - The Amulet of Samarkand. Love it so far :)
I got a comment the other day asking if I could show the inside of my colourwork knitting.
Well, here is one photo of my Nancy jacket and one of the last socks I knit and the one on the needles. Hope it can show how the inside of colourwork should look like.
Before you start colourwork knitting there are a few things to think about.
- Decide which strand will be “A” and which will be “B.” You will knit with only one strand at a time, while the other waits for its turn. When you change from using one color to another, keep their orientation consistent.
“A” is the background, or receding, color, and that strand should always cross below the other.
“B” is the foreground, or outstanding, color, and that strand should always cross above the other.
- The second key to stranded colorwork is making the strands of the unused color loose enough to keep the work from puckering. When changing colors, stretch apart the last stitches made in the prior color, and then loosely lay the new color across them on the wrong side. This strand on the back of the work is called a float. Knit with the new color, releasing the tension on the previous stitches. For a tidy look in the back of the work, securing loose strands or “floats”, consider “wrapping” the two colors while knitting. I do this if there are 5 stitches or more of one colour in a row.