Colorwork

Colorwork is one of the most exciting, challenging, and fun techniques in knitting. —Kathleen Cubley, Exploring Color Knitting: 7 FREE Patterns using Intarsia, Stranded Knitting, and Fair Isle Knitting Technique

Explore the many different articles we have gathered for you here! Kyle Kunnecke has a series of courses on stranded knitting. Kyle teaches all the basics, including sections on color theory and color dominance. You’ll also love his Modern Colorwork Cowl course! Kathleen Cubley explains intarsia, or “picture knitting,” a technique used to create basic geometric shapes or intricate pictures in a knitted piece. Faina Goberstein and Simona Merchant-Dest offer great tips on slip-stitch patterns. Also, be sure to check out the fabulous modern designs created by Jesie Ostermiller!

Discover all of the many tips, tricks, techniques, and tutorials we have here, then stop by the Interweave shop for even more knitting resources including videos, kits, books, ebooks, and magazines!

Color Play: Getting Stranded

Traditional stranded knitting designs from Fair Isle are composed of basic stockinette-stitch fabric worked with two colors per row, usually in bands of patterned stripes or in tiny allover geometric patterns. The key word of the previous sentence is “tiny,” because when you work with two colors, the yarn not used to knit a stitch […]

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Jesie Ostermiller has been knitting nonstop since the day in high school she found a family friend to teach her. She tells stories of her many mistakes made in the years since, such as sorting out the yarnovers she accidentally made every other stitch when she knit her first ribbed hat and how gauge finally […]

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Knit Marvelous Modern Colorwork Cowls!

It’s safe to say I am a fan of Kyle Kunnecke, King of Kolor Colorwork Knitting. His work is crazy-cool, often intricate, and always beautiful. Check out his most recent cowl pattern in our fall issue of Interweave Knits if you don’t believe me. But while it’s one thing to knit a colorwork cowl, however […]

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The energy around Andrea Rangel’s new book AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary is palpable. We’re all a buzz in the office (Meghan Babin has declared her love publicly and we’re already seeing tons of posts tagged #alterknitstitchdictionary popping up online. YAY!), and cannot get enough of gazing at these stitch patterns. Holy inspiration. When you get your […]

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Although slip-stitch textures worked in solid-color yarns are attractive and exciting, it is slip-stitch colorwork for which this technique is best known. By using two or more colors and basic knitting skills, you can achieve stunning fabric that gives the impression of requiring much more advanced skills and time-consuming work than it really does. Slip-stitch colorwork […]

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A Well-Kept Secret: Mosaic Knitting

Mosaic knitting may be the most unknown form of colorwork. Everyone has heard about intarsia or Fair Isle, but whenever I teach a class in this technique, my students always ask, “Why haven’t we heard about this before?” Mosaic knitting is perfect for beginners who are attempting colorwork for the first time. If you’ve worked […]

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From Slant to Curve: Shaped Intarsia

A few weeks ago, we discussed intarsia. One thing you may have noticed when knitting diagonal lines in color work is the characteristic jagged or stair-step edge you get at the color changes. That stair-step might be acceptable in smaller, intricate designs but when you have large sweeping diagonals or curved lines, it blurs the […]

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The art of working colored pictures into your knitting is called intarsia. Picture-knitting has its place in every knitter’s repertoire of skills. The Picture-Knitting Concept If you’ve worked stranded knitting (see last week’s post for more on this technique), using two colors in one row is nothing new to you. But stranded knitting calls for […]

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