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!

When Steek Happens

If you have done Fair Isle knitting, or worked a stranded knitting project, or just know someone who has, you’ve probably heard of this thing called a steek. Steeks are terrifying monsters, all claws and sharp teeth and dripping jaws, and they feed on the screams of hapless knitters. Actually, steeks are none of those […]

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I personally take in every Interweave submission, carrying the piles from the mail drop-off to my desk, cataloging, and showing each one of them to the editor. I see a lot of swatches. Sometimes, when a particularly exciting swatch comes through, I swivel around in my chair to half-shout at Laura, our project editor, to […]

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Embrace Colorwork with Love of Knitting Winter

When I was a teenager, I had an amazing knitted colorwork sweater that I wore practically to rags. It had a white body with a wide band of bright Fair Isle colorwork across the chest, and it was warm, cozy, and perfect for cold winter days. It was also the first sweater I ever owned […]

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9 Tips for Knitting Stranded Colorwork Socks

Stranded colorwork is the knitter’s version of painting by number—and just as simple. It produces intricate patterns using just two different colored yarns per round and a straightforward chart. It’s a great way to add patterning to your knit socks. But even knitters who have successfully used this technique for other garments may find that […]

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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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