How to Catch your Floats in Fair Isle KnittingBack to Search
|Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011|
|Last Updated: Monday, August 20, 2012|
Our very own Jeanne stars in this knitting instructional article about how to catch your floats in Fair Isle knitting. We hope you enjoy it!
How to Catch Your Floats in Fair Isle Knitting
Traditionally, Fair Isle only uses two colors on any given round and is only worked in the round. Floats are not usually caught because their colors runs are never more than 5 to 7 stitches.
Many knitters prefer to catch their floats to maintain a tidier wrong side and to keep the floats from becoming troublesome later or catching on your fingers or rings when you pull on your sweater. Other times when you may need to catch your floats are when there are longer stretches of more than 7 stitches between color changes.
When you catch your floats, your carried yarn will be caught by your working yarn, behind the stitches without showing on the front. You can catch your float every other stitch or every 4th or 5th stitch. Jeanne prefers every 4th or 5th stitch.
When you are carrying one color in each hand as Jeanne does in this video, catch floats as follows:
If the color you are catching is in the right hand, proceed as follows:
If the color you are catching is in the left hand, use the following steps:
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