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Oct 29, 2012

A note from Kathleen: Color knitting is a technique that once mastered—or even tried, if I'm being honest—is addicting. When I'm knitting with color, whether it's intarsia, Fair Isle, or even a simple stripe, I have a hard time putting my knitting down because I want to see what comes next. Knits Editor Eunny Jang loves color knitting, too, and she and the eBook team have put together a new pattern collection, Stranded Color Knitting Gifts to Give, with small projects to knit and give —if you can part with them after you're finished! Here's Eunny to tell you more:

    
The Chivalry Mitts by Alexis Winslow. These heart-patterned mitts can be personalized with the initials of the recipient!
Stranded Color Knitting

I've always loved stranded colorwork.

Originally intended as a way to show off the many black, brown, and cream shades of wool that can come from primitive-breed sheep, stranded colorwork today is a lively, lovely connection both to knitting's past and its bright present. And with good reason: there's serious magic in how a  handful of colors, a simple pattern, and a bit of technique can turn plain knitting into lush, painterly fabrics with rich visual depth.

Stranded colorwork is also extra-warm and dense, making it perfect for cozy, sturdy accessories. For this collection, we've chosen small projects for the hands, feet, and head that make perfect gifts, with patterning that ranges from traditional to ultra-mod.

All are knitted in the round, making it easy to practice your stranded colorwork skills with the right side of the work always facing you. And we've included a bonus guide to color mixing for knitters, so you can make color choices with ease and confidence.

Download Stranded Knitting Gifts to Give from the Knitting Daily Shop, choose your pattern and your colors, and get knitting and giving.

Cheers,


P.S. Do you love color knitting? Leave a comment and tell us why!


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Get five quick knitted colorwork projects, plus tips and techniques for successfull color knitting, with this new eBook! Patterns include mitts, socks, a hat and mitten set, and a small colorful bag. These quick knitted projects are sure to make great gifts.

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Bev Moon wrote
on Oct 29, 2012 11:33 AM

I knit these fingerless gloves last Fall as a birthday present for my grand daughter.  They were fun to knit--color knitting is definitely not boring--keeps you on your toes!!

Bev Moon wrote
on Oct 29, 2012 11:32 AM

I knit these fingerless gloves last Fall as a birthday present for my grand daughter.  They were fun to knit--color knitting is definitely not boring--keeps you on your toes!!

Bev Moon wrote
on Oct 29, 2012 11:32 AM

I knit these fingerless gloves last Fall as a birthday present for my grand daughter.  They were fun to knit--color knitting is definitely not boring--keeps you on your toes!!

on Oct 29, 2012 9:00 AM

I'm working (still) on a Fair Isle beret...I think I will fall in love with stranded knitting once I finish this project. What's more, stranded knitting is easier on the yarn budget since it takes so little yarn!

on Oct 29, 2012 7:11 AM

The fabric produced with shetland fair isle knitting is very warm relative to its thickness. There is a good reason that the close fitting sleeveless pullover endures among folk who are looking to withstand cold blustery weather. Of course they are beautiful to look at as well.  The same principle applies to mittens, dense guage and two strands of wool yarn used alternately are the only practical way to approach mittens.  After a bit of wear, the stiches and the strands behind the work felt together to make a wind and water resistant mitten.  

Wendy Leigh-Bell, Hamilton, Ontario