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21. January 2015 15:59
by Jobo

Colorwork... Just one more Row!

21. January 2015 15:59 by Jobo | 2 Comments



Knit Picks Chroma in Prism and Black (Worsted)



Started with Drops Rainbow Mittens 143-32... and branched out from there


After a few cuff modifications... I am off to the races on these lovely little colorwork mittens for a friend. 

I had forgotten just how much I enjoy the process and technique with knitting stranded designs.  After much practice a few years ago, I learned how to do the Philospher's Wool technique of holding one yarn in each hand.  Basically this means you "pick" with one hand and "throw" with the other.  I like to hold the color I want to be dominant in my left hand (continental style) and the other color gets held in my right hand and worked like my usual style of knitting allows.  I have never been good at knitting continental style, and I don't think I could work a purl stitch that way to save my soul... but for colorwork it just makes sense to me.  Go figure. 

the plan is for these mittens to run the whole spectrum of color - starting with pale green, through yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue and back to green.  I still haven't decided what should be done with the thumb.  I'll figure that out when the time comes.

Originally I had considered making a lining to double the warmth... but the nice tight gauge means that the fabric is already really thick.  These puppies are going to be bulletproof even without any lining I think.  I might try some alternate lining method... maybe weaving some strands of Angora inside or something after the fact. 

More photos coming soon!

Comments (2) -

These are going to be amazing!

I am looking forward to trying some colourwork someday, so I might have to give that two-handed technique a try. I am a Continental knitter though, so I don't know if I'll be able to stand the throwing part. Are you able to throw with just your right index finger, or do you move your whole hand and/or drop the yarn?

When I knit my slippers, I wrapped both colours around my left pinky and let the colour I wasn't working just hang. The yarns are twisted around each other at each colour change to pull the ridges together, so at the end of a row it was a bit messy, but then when I knit in the other direction it magically untwisted them. I have seen some finger guides you can wear for two-colour knitting, but I don't really like the idea of needing an accessory.

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