Here you go . . . a real, whole, 4-part tutorial on stranded knitting, of which Fair Isle is only one flavor. I’m especially tickled because it’s the biggest project I’ve done in my new studio, it fulfills a reward for the Kickstarter campaign that helped build the studio, and it helps prepare a VIP client for the exact sweater she wants to design when she gets here next month. Enjoy!
PART 1: An Introduction to Stranded Knitting
You’ll be able to recognize it, see multiple examples, and understand how the term Stranded Knitting is related to Fair Isle Knitting.
PART 2: 2-Fisted, 2-Color Stranded Knitting, the Knit Side
You’ll learn to do a speed swatch, how to do simple stranding and how to trap the strands or floats on the wrong side to make a dense, textured fabric.
PART 3: 2-Fisted, 2-Color Stranded Knitting, the Purl Side
You’ll learn how to do simple stranding and how to trap the strands or floats on the wrong side when purling.
PART 4: Stranded Knitting, Kaffe Fassett’s Persian Poppy Design
Here I focus on one beloved motif. I learned a lot and I hope you will too. There’s a 12 second black gap starting just before minute 8 . . . breathe through it . . . in a zen way. YouTube and I haven’t been able to fix it yet, and maybe never.
So what are YOUR experiences with stranded color knitting? Triumphs? Goofs? “Mistakes”? Too afraid to try it? Why? You realize by now, of course, that when we are learning new skills that every project is a triumph, right? Even the ones with “mistakes.”