Colorwork Tips

Carli is in the process of moving household and family to a different state, so in her absense over the next week or so, I’ll pinch hit with some extra knitting posts.

When I was gathering how to’s and tips on knitting with colorwork, I started by looking at the instructions for the pretty free patterns I’d found on Ravelry. I picked Odessa’s Three Colorwork Coffee Sleeves because of how pretty they are, but when I went to download the pattern, I was thrilled to find two posts with detailed stranded knitting instructions on her Ohdessa Knits blog. The specific posts are: Colorwork Charts and a Free Pattern and Holding all that Yarn, which is a wonderfully detailed tutorial on managing your yarn. I learned a ton just reading through these and will refer to them when I actually begin the knitting too. Apparently Odessa had a colorwork contest last year. I’m sad I missed that because unlike me, she really seems to know what she’s doing when it comes to colorwork! I’m glad she continues to share this wonderful info. Thank you Odessa!

The Skull and Crossbones Wrist Warmer pattern would make such a cute coffee sleeve! This pattern is done differently, so you’ll need to know a thing or two about knitting in the round with intarsia. Luckily Yarn Yarns and Moth Heaven have taken the time and effort to explain it, and quite well, I might add! Intarsia works well for motifs on knitting that don’t go all the way around the project. If it was done stranded it would make very long strands that would be a nuisance. The intarsia method of color knitting solves that problem and isn’t difficult once you wrap your head around it! I knit an intarsia project when I was a brand new knitter and did just fine – before I knew enough to be scared of it. :-)

Crafty Friend Mary Gildersleeve shared some books she uses and/or recommends when teaching color knitting. Check out Mary’s fair isle design: Norwegan Mail Bag! Wow Mary!!!

Crafty Friend Tammie linked us to this video that helped her learn to knit colorwork, holding the yarn in both hands.

 I started planning my project by picking a pattern, digging out my scrap basket and making possible color combinations. Here’s my top three:

Putting colors together is so fun. Now, I read a thing or two about color theory. If you’re interested I found some interesting tips here and here. I get quite a bit of joy combining colors by eye alone – so I’m not necessarily following all those rules. I’m feeling adventurous that way and we’ll see what happens!

Have you chosen a pattern and colors? We’d love to see your planned project in our Ravelry Group!

Yay for color!


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