|Colorwork patterns–such as the gorgeous Poetry Mittens we put into the online store on Wednesday (see below)–are some of the most beautiful knitting on the planet. But they can also seem quite daunting, since they involve working with more than one yarn at a time.
But learning to work with two or more colors of yarn is just the same as learning any other knitting technique: It's really quite easy once you see it done!
Today we have color expert (and Interweave Knits editor!) Eunny Jang with a video that shows you exactly which yarn goes where, and how to knit both stranded and intarsia patterns with ease.
This video is an excerpt from Episode 203 of Knitting Daily TV Series 200, "Crazy for Colorwork." In this episode, Eunny and the hosts of KDTV give us tips, tricks and techniques for no-stress knitting in color! (Watch the video carefully and in addition to Eunny, you might see another familiar face on screen. Yep, that's me, doing the opening interview.)
Want the pattern for the mittens Eunny was knitting in the video? Download the free pattern for the White Witch Mitts!
What's a poetry mitten?
In the January/February 2008 issue of PieceWork magazine, Veronica Patterson told us about a fascinating knitting tradition in early America: Women would choose a favorite poem, and knit the text into their mittens. There are several examples of these charming mittens in the Smithsonian, and so Veronica and Jane Fournier decided to knit up a modern version for the PieceWork audience. That mitten pattern made that issue one of our most popular back-issues ever.
That's when we decided to have the poetry contest, so we could have a pattern inspired by YOU. The winning poem–by Angela Lane of Vidalia, Georgia–has been knit into a new set of poetry mittens, with a poem to warm any knitter's heart.
The newly updated pattern PDF contains the full instructions and charts for the 2008 PieceWork mittens, as well as an all-new chart for Anglea's winning poem-knit-into-mittens. We've also included Veronica's article on the history (and the mystery!) of poetry mittens, plus photos of everything because photos are the best part!
A little lace, a little colorwork…and ten fingers later you have warm, pretty gloves on a snowy day! The patterning in these gloves is based on that of a pair found in the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. And best of all, the pattern is free!
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? I've been finishing up things this week–seaming sweaters that had long languished in my knitting closet, for one thing–and now I have to decide: do I start the Central Park Hoodie my sister asked for, work on baby gifts for all the new members of my family, or start another lace shawl that is a gift for (shhh) someone else? Choices, choices.