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Loomy Q & A Day: Colourwork on the Knitting loom

In our Loomy Question and Answer Day we are going to tackle the question of adding color to your loom knits.

Question: How do I add horizontal stripes to my loom knitted items? How do I work fair isle patterns?

Colorwork

(Picture caption: samplers to find the perfect motif for the Knitty Gritty show)

This topic right now comes close to my heart as it is part of my presentation for the Knitty Gritty show on knitting looms and to face reality, I know so little about it compared to some of the great needle knitters out there that I have acquired a small library of books with this topic. Some of them come with only charts, others come with informational and historical background.

If you are in search of books in this topic, I recommend the following:

1000 Great Knitting Motifs--great for loom knitters as everything is charted and you do not need to make any "translation".

The Art of Fair Isle Knitting--superb book: historical and informational, plus some patterns, and some charts.

Traditional Fair Isle Knitting--my first book that I got on this subject and I highly recommend it. Easy to read, great history background, charts.

In the video below, I demonstrate horizontal stripes, and working a simple stranded color pattern. Sorry for the background noise, the kids were playing :).

Enjoy, and as always, tips and questions are always welcomed.

Isela

Tip 1: When working your stranded color patterns, remember the following: consistency/yarn dominance

Background color--Over (reach over the foreground color to get this yarn)

Foreground color--Under (reach under the background color to get the foreground color yarn.

Keep this consistency throughout your pattern, if you don't, your motif won't be as defined.

Experiment before embarking with your project, try by exchanging which yarn is coming from above and which one from under--knit a complete chart repeat and see the difference.

Tip 2: Do not travel too far with your yarn, keep it to less than 1". If you travel to long, the knitted item will have overly long floats (Floats: the strand of yarn that travels behind the work). If traveling for more than 1 inch (or 3 stitches), weave the yarns around each other.

Tip 3: Block: items worked with stranded colour knitting look their best after blocking.

Tip 4: General tip when working with 2 different colors: keep a ball of yarn at each side of you. By keeping them separated the odds of the yarns tangling are less.

Tip 5: If possible, try to obtain a small gauge or even fine gauge knitting loom to try out your fair isle knits--your stitches will look more defined and the entire motif will look more crisp.

The samples swatches in the video were knitted on a fine gauge knitting loom and the hat was knitted on a regular gauge with 2 strands of worsted weight yarn. The three items were knitted with the Knit Stitch.

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Clara Marx

I would like to be on the waiting list. Thanks, Clara

Tracey

Isela,

I love your video. :) You always present everything in an easy to understand way. You are going to be fabulous on Knitty Gritty. :)

sara

Thank you for this video! this rocks! I love love love your pieces! they are so pretty! nice work! now i want to try!!! I love your choice of colors too! I am working on a scarf for franco on my ajal at the moment. i wonder if he would like a little pink fair isle. hehe NIce job! thank you!

lee

I cant even believe these things! wow....

Esther

Isela,
I would love to know what yarns you used in the samples or what types of yarns would be best for blocking? Also I'm wanting to make a scarf with a similar size to your sample. Which of your fine gauge looms would you suggest? You keep coming up with all of these great ideas,twisting my arm to buy more looms.

Esther

Isela,
I would love to know what yarns you used in the samples or what types of yarns would be best for blocking? Also I'm wanting to make a scarf with a similar size to your sample. Which of your fine gauge looms would you suggest? You keep coming up with all of these great ideas,twisting my arm to buy more looms.

Jeannie

Isela,

Another outstanding video! You are gonna ROCK on Knitty Gritty! (We must be on the same "wave length" because I have been designing and working on some colorwork as well!)

If I may comment on the direction we wrap the loom - Personally, as I am right hand, I prefer to work clockwise when doing circular knitting. This allows me to hold the working yarn with my left hand and the tool with my right hand. I find that it is much faster this way. When doing flat knitting it doesn't matter since you have to go back in the opposite direction at the end of each row anyway.

So I say - Do whatever feels comfortable to you.

Huggz!

Isela

Hi Stacey,
The direction in which you knit doesn't have an effect on your knits, unless you are knitting a picture in which case, you should follow the direction the pattern designer used if not, you will end up with a mirror image.

Just like in needle knitting we have continental and the English method, loom knitters have the Clockwise and Counterclockwise methods. I am one of those rebels who learned by herself so I wrap clockwise around my loom. Many whom learned from the instructions that the Knifty Knitter have loom knit in a counterclockwise direction.

Stacey

Another great lesson! I can't wait to get the package and start playing. Apparently, I've been going the wrong direction. I've been going to the right from the anchor peg and you go to the left. I'm going to have to switch that!

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