Your First Knitting Project
Are you intimidated by Fair Isle knitting? This technique, also called stranded knitting, uses two colors at the same time to knit a motif.
Well, it can be scary to think about completing a large colorwork project! But it really doesn’t have to be. The color knitting journey begins with one step, and I suggest that step be the Cactus Blossom pullover. It’s so attractive, and it’s a super intro to stranded knitting.
Cactus Blossom is a bottom-up seamless raglan sweater that’s knit in the round. All of the action takes place in the yoke section, which is the portion of the sweater that starts at the upper arms and bust, as you can see in the photo at right.
What’s really special about this pattern, and what makes me recommend this as a first colorwork project, is that the yarn does the work for you.
Although there are many colors shown in the yoke of Cactus Blossom, there are only two yarns used! That’s right—the contrasting color is a self-striping yarn, which changes color beautifully as you work the yoke section. I call this Faux Isle, and it’s one of my favorite ways to create impact easily.
As you knit the colorwork on this sweater, you can work on your technique without worrying about when to change colors.
Speaking of techniques, one of the challenging things about stranded knitting, is yarn management. Here’s a video that demonstrates several ways to hold your yarn while you work on Fair Isle projects.
As you can see, there are many different ways to manage your yarn while knitting color. Practice using a couple of these techniques to see what works best for you. My preferred method is to hold one strand of yarn in each hand, throwing with the right and picking with the left.
We’re offering a Cactus Blossom kit, so get yours now before they sell out!
P.S. Do you have a tip for beginning colorwork knitters? Share it in the comments!