Get Started Stranding

Class photo for Get Started Stranding

3 class hours.

Learn to work holding two colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the wrong side of the work lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small project you’ll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn how to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different ways of holding yarn and needles. You’ll gain an understanding of how charts represent our three-dimensional knitting in two-dimensional form as you work traditional stranded motifs.. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!

Know Before You Show

Must know long-tail cast-on and how to knit in the round.

Materials 

  • #5 (bulky) weight yarn, 50 yds in each of two complementary colors
  • Small amounts  #5 yarn in additional colors (optional)
  • US 10½ [6.5 mm] circular needle, 16″ measured tip to tip or size appropriate to the yarn
  • Second needle in same size as above, any kind
  • US 9 [5.5 mm] circular needle, 16″ measured tip to tip
  • Basic knitting supplies: ring markers, tapestry needle, scissors

Homework

With smaller 16″ circular needle and one color (A), cast on 52 sts.