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How to Carry a Contrasting Color Up the Edge

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Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Our very own Laura (Jimmy) stars in this knitting instructional video about how to carry a contrasting color up the edge of your project. We hope you enjoy it!

How to Carry a Contrasting Color Up the Edge

This knitting technique is a great method for alternating every two rows or making narrow stripes, probably not more than about four to six rows so you don't have a ton of ends to weave in. This same technique can be used for alternating skeins of hand dyed yarns as well. Laura aka Jimmy shows you how truly easy it is!

Here's how you do it!

  • Cast on and knit however many rows you want in your first color.
  • Then join and work two rows of your contrasting color.
  • To change colors in order to knit the next two rows in your first color, hold your work so that the right side of the work is facing you. Then pick up the working end of your first color by reaching underneath the second color and bring the yarn to the front and knit the first stitch. Repeating this partial wrap every other row locks the unused yarn in place.
  • Work normally for two rows.
  • Repeat to change back to the second color.

If you want to work more than two rows of a color, work this partial wrap method with the yarn you're carrying up the side each time you return to that side of your work.

Note: Be sure to stretch your fabric after the first couple of stitches after a wrap to make sure you're leaving enough slack in the carried yarn so that it doesn't pull that edge tighter than the opposite edge.

Posted by Doug of Jimmy Beans Wool

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