Tips for Stranded Colorwork

by Faye Kennington

Adjust the tension of the carried yarn at the end of each round, if necessary. The floats should lie flat without being taut when the stitches are well stretched out across the needle. If a stitch is pulled too tight and appears too small on the right side, it can be fixed by making a duplicate stitch over top in the correct color. The internet has lots of great resources for learning “Duplicate Stitch” technique. The strand of yarn that is carried lower than the other on the wrong side can appear more dominant on the right side of the fabric, so carry the float of the background color in the upper position on the wrong side. Search for resources online about color dominance in stranded knitting for more information. The key to nice stranded work is consistency and tension; practice makes perfect.