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Tutorial: Carrying Yarn Up the Side
The new winter issue of Creative Knitting is filled with beautiful, easy colorwork accessories that will delight the knitting brain from start to finish. It's the perfect time to learn a few new skills and techniques!
When it comes to stripes, mosaic or most other colorwork, handling the changing colors along the edge of the knitting can leave you feeling uncertain. This step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to deal with those colorful strands that sit around at the selvage.
Note: I'm showing how to handle three colors here, but the method is still the same whether you are working with only two colors or more than three.
- Step 1: Insert the right-hand needle into the stitch as normal, but don't actually work it yet.
- Step 2: Look at the three strands of working yarn and notice how they stack in the order that you used them. Take the bottom strand and lift that in front of the top two strands.
- Step 3: Use that bottom strand to continue knitting that first stitch.
And that is all there is to it. REALLY! At first glance, it doesn't look like you've done anything noticeable, but as you work forward, you'll find that this technique allows the stitches to wrap around each other loosely. This ensures a firm edge that maintains its shape through the seaming process. Repeat Steps 1 through 3 each time you change color. And one final note: When it comes to seaming or picking up along that edge, you'll want to make sure you go into the entire edge stitch and not just the carried yarn.
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