A simple way of introducing colour into your knitting is by knitting stripes in. They are fun to do and can be added to almost any existing pattern easily once you know how. This is a perfect next step if you’ve learned the basic knitting stitches and are ready to try working with colour.
Joining in a new colour and knitting stripes
Simply join in a new colour at the side seam by loosely tying the second colour to the first colour and continue working with the new colour. Knitting Expert Freddie Patmore shows you how to knit stripes in our how-to video.
When working a two row stripe, carry the yarn along the side of work. For wider stripes, carry yarn along the side of work, catching it from time to time at side at the start of each row. To do this take the colour your working with around the carried yarn.
When your work is completed, make up your garment first, then work ends along the seam.
Top Tip: If the stripes are over an odd number of rows, the next time you need a specific colour it will be at the other side of work. Rather than breaking the colour and rejoining it, you can work with a circular needle, as this will allow you to begin work from the other end. When working in this method, it is important to take care when shaping.
Keeping your stripe edges neat
Narrow stripes with even numbered rows can be worked in the following way, which will help to keep the edges of your work straight and make sewing up stripes much easier.
Once a stripe is finished in one colour, leave the yarn you had been using attached to the work when it is out of use. Carry that yarn up the row-ends of the work as your knitting continues to grow in the new colour, until you need to use it again later on, it will then be waiting for you at the beginning of the row when you need to pick it up.
How To Knit: Sew your stripe seams using mattress stitch
Stitch your knitted pieces together with the right-sides of your knitting facing you. You’ll then be able to see the stripes much clearer, and line them up as you stitch.
Top Tip: With backstitch, always pin first. Pin your knitted pieces together before backstitching and this will make sure they don’t move out of place as you work.