There were a couple of questions in the comments recently, so I shall attempt to post coherent answers here.
Catspaw asked: “Do you knit with a color in each hand? Which color is in which hand?”
A long time ago I did learn to work two-color stranded patterns by holding a color in each hand. But I find it easier and faster to knit with both colors held in my left hand. (I am left-handed, by the way, but knit for the most part right-handed.) I keep the background color on top. I want the foreground color to “pop” and to get that effect, I need to keep it consistently on the bottom.
Everyone is different and knits slightly differently, so you need to find a technique that works well and is comfortable for you. One of the most difficult things about color knitting, I think, is maintaining an even tension so you don’t have annoying lumps and ripples in your colorwork project. By using the two-colors-in-one-hand technique I can maintain a pretty good, even tension in my colorwork. Here’s a close-up of my work, unblocked:
All I need to do to block it is give it a light steaming with my steam iron.
Techknitter had a really good series on color knitting techniques:
- Part 1: How to knit with two or more colors: background information
- Part 2: Color knitting, one color in each hand
- Part 3: Knitting with two colors on one hand AND three color knitting
- Part 4: Multi color knitting, one color at a time, also called multiple pass knitting
- Part 5: Color knitting, one color at a time, also called slipped stitch knitting
Second question from the comments was if I intend to publish the pattern for my current work in progress, the Nordic Scarf. I do and I will, when I finally complete it. It is taking a fair amount of time to knit because it is a big project — fingering weight wool knit in the round to make a double-sided scarf that is pretty wide (like 13″, so that’s 26″ around) and pretty long — I estimate the finished length will be close to 80″. Another factor is lack of knitting time. I rarely pull out knitting at lunchtime anymore (too busy with “real” work at the day job), and never knit on my commute (too crowded for comfort) so my only knitting time is during weeknight evenings (when I also have a million other things to do) and on weekends, when I get most of my knitting done.
This does not concern me overly much as I have no deadline for this piece. The only downside is that it makes for boring blog posts. Look! another 3″ of the same pattern is done!
But here to entertain you is Loki, who has just decapitated his little bird toy. Doesn’t he look proud?