Extras: Stripes of All Types

Welcome to the goodies page for Stripes of All Types. Here you’ll find an assortment of links, mini tutorials, inspirational photos, reference lists to take you further, and the like. Thanks for being a student in one of my classes!

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Single Row Stripes Scarf

In a blog post from 2016, I detailed how to work the one-row welted stripes you learned in class, and included a pattern for a super-long bulky weight scarf. It’s a great way to practice slides and turns and one-row stripes, and makes a nice present for those in colder climes.

I used the same stitch pattern in a different fiber and finer gauge on the Slip Into Summer shawlette I designed for Creative Knitting. The shawlette is an example of one of my favorite ways to make a shawlette!

Colorwork Without the Work Discount

The first part of our class overlaps with content in my Annie’s online class, Colorwork Without the Work. The online class also covers working stripes in the round, helix knitting, mosaic knitting, and simple intarsia. It also includes patterns for four projects so you can practice what you learn (you may recognize these, too ;-). For 20% off the class, use this affiliate link or enter the key code CLRWORK when purchasing.

Stripes In the Round: Carrying Colors Up the Inside

Hat with 4 balls of yarn attached.

The four colors are always worked in the same order. Markers show where shaping at top of the hat will shortly take place!

The Slouchy Cap in the online class didn’t really go into detail on carrying the yarns not in use up the WS. At the bottom of this 2015 post you’ll find a mini-tutorial with close up pics on how I like to do it. Give it a try, and let me know if you have any questions!







Swatch Play: Three Color Stripes

What if you want to make 1-row stripes with three colors? Here’s some more experiments to try. These methods can be worked on straight needles—no slides, just turns. The yarn you need to use next will always be waiting for you on the other side.

Garter Stitch
With A, cast on desired number of stitches.
Row 1: Join B. Knit.
Row 2: Join C. Knit.
Row 3: With A, knit.
Row 4: With B,  knit.

3-row stripes. From bottom to top: Garter, Stockinette, and Welting Stripe patterns.

Row 5: With C, knit.
Repeat last three rows for GS stripe pattern. When you are ready to try the next pattern, end on a Row 5.

Stockinette Stitch
Continuing from last swatch:
Row 6 (RS): With A, knit.
Row 7: With B, purl.
Row 8: With C, knit.
Row 9: With A, purl.
Row 10: With B, knit.
Row 11: With C, purl.
Repeat last 6 rows for St st stripe pattern. When you are ready to try the next pattern, end on a Row 11.

Welted Pattern
Row 12 (RS): With A, purl.
Row 13: With B, knit.
Row 14: With C, purl.
Row 15: With A, purl.
Row 16: With B, knit.
Row 17: With C, purl.
Repeat last 6 rows for Welting stripe pattern.


Two books have been influential in my quest for more information on stripes. Michel Pastoreau’s slim volume is a history of stripes, particularly its use in clothing. “Stripes” is more inspirational, a coffee-table volume with photographs of stripes on everything from furniture to flags, walls to wearables.

Pastoureau, Michel. The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes. Washington Square Press. 1991, 2002.
O-Keefe, Linda. Stripes: Design Between the Lines The Monicelli Press, 2012.


In our knitting world, the following may be of interest as you continue your stripe explorations:

Bigelow-Suttell, Jill and Jane Bigelow, A Knitter’s Gallery of Mitered Squares. Blue Cabin Press, 2014.
Gardiner, Kay and Ann Shayne, Stripes. Modern Knitting Media, 2016.
Hoxbro, Vivian, Domino Knitting. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 2002.
Hoxbro, Vivian, Shadow Knitting. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 2004.
Radcliffe, Margaret, The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2008.

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