Saturday, August 24, 2013

How to hide color changes when knitting stripes or chevron tutorial

Time sure flies! It's already almost fall which means fall knitting, evenings by the fireplace and cold mornings. Just in time for this, I have prepared this tutorial to showcase the little trick I use to hide color changes when knitting chevrons in the round. You could also use this for knitting stripes in the round, but it works better for chevrons.

This possibly exists elsewhere (nothing new under the sun!) but since I use this in my chevron tube scarf patterns, it's nice to have it handy here.

I have called it "lift the stitch just knit, knit it together with the next stitch", since this is basically what you will end up doing literally.

Step 1
This is the starting point. Say you got to the spot where you need to do this trick
Step 2
Lift the stitch you just knit and place it on the left needle as shown below
Step 3
Insert your right needle into the stitch just lifted and the next stitch on the left needle
Step 4
Knit them together
Step 5
And move to the right needle as you normally would. And voila! you're done!
Hope you have enjoyed this and found it helpful!


Staci Bruce said...

Do you change the color as you are doing this or after you have knitted the two together.

SweaterFreak said...

Hi Staci, I just saw your comment.

Your first stitch with the new color is when you knit the two stitches together.

So basically, you lift the stitch just knit, then do the k2tog with the new color.

I really should have used 2 colors here. Time to update the tutorial.

andrea chiu said...

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Leslie Lim said...

This is a great website, so many people need this information, thanks for providing it. I love your color scheme too!


Selena said...

I'm working on a striped project right now so this will be very helpful! My one question is that won't this reduce the number of stitches in your row? Should we do an increase after this stitch?

SweaterFreak said...

Hi Selena

I just saw your comment - it would not reduce the number of stitches because you lift the part of the stitch onto to the needle, hence creating the stitch where there were none. Then you knit this lifted stitch together with the next one, going back to your count. Happy knitting!

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