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Braden
09-01-2007, 11:16 AM
This month's challenge will be...

A COLORWORK project!

Colorwork has many outlets. There are 3 ways of incorporating 2 colors in your knitting, besides basic stripes.

Stranded Knitting
Intarsia Knitting
Slip Stitch knitting

Many of you might think that Fair Isle and stranded knitting are interchangeable. They really arent. Fair Isle knitting is done with shetland wool, in the round with steeks, using traditional patterns. Stranded knitting is anything that uses 2 colors carried across the row at once. So, in other words, a fair isle project can be stranded, but a stranded project can not necessarily be a Fair Isle. See?

Anyway, stranded knitting takes 2 colors around at once. Intarsia is knitting isolated blocks of color, and slip stitch knitting only uses one color at once, but slips stitches from the previous row to keep those stitches that color.

There are few designs available for free off the internet, but here are a few:

You can find some at www.KnittingPatternCentral.com (http://www.KnittingPatternCentral.com) and on www.WendyJohnson.net (http://www.WendyJohnson.net), there is a "Fearless Fair Isle" that uses jumperweight shetland wool. There are also a number of stranded hat and sock patterns at KPC and other sites.

Look in the Advanced Techniques tab for videos on Stranded and Intarsia videos, they're very helpful, and even show purling with stranding, which I wouldn't dream of, it's very awkward.

I'm sorry to say that I won't be joining in on this one. I have so many other things to work on, like Christmas presents. But, you might use this challenge to knit gifts for whatever holiday you celebrate!

Nobones
09-01-2007, 11:36 AM
Stranded Knitting
Intarsia Knitting
Slip Stitch knitting

Many of you might think that Fair Isle and stranded knitting are interchangeable. They really arent. Fair Isle knitting is done with shetland wool, in the round with steeks, using traditional patterns. Stranded knitting is anything that uses 2 colors carried across the row at once. So, in other words, a fair isle project can be stranded, but a stranded project can not be a Fair Isle. See?

Anyway, stranded knitting takes 2 colors around at once. Intarsia is knitting isolated blocks of color, and slip stitch knitting only uses one color at once, but slips stitches from the previous row to keep those stitches that color.



:whoosh: I'll think I'll sit this one out! I haven't mastered stripes yet!

Good luck everyone!

jeanius80
09-01-2007, 12:12 PM
what a great challenge! i was thinking of knitting the rosedale from knitty! (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall03/PATTrosedale.html)
i haev to sit this out too, cause i can;t afford to buy the wool! :pout:

Braden
09-01-2007, 12:34 PM
Nobones- Please don't sit this one out becasue you think it's too hard! Stranded knitting is incredibley easy when you do simpler patterns, like diamonds, squares, and triangles! And intarsia is simple, too! Please give it a try, and you'll find it's very simple!

Eloewien
09-01-2007, 05:33 PM
I love the fake isle hat from magknits- that was one of my favorite things I've made

jeanius80
09-01-2007, 05:42 PM
does the purlsoho cardigan (http://www.purlbee.com/striped-cardigan/) count as color work? i lucked out and got 6 cones of pure wool ( i am pretty sure they are full, 1300 yard cones too!) for about $12! i am thinking of knitting the cardi in slate blue and bone, or brown like the original...i also have a verigated cone, so maybe the brown and bone with the verigated for the cuffs and borders...?

chrislt8
09-01-2007, 05:46 PM
I'm taking a class on intarsia the middle of this month - so I should have something to contribute! I'll be keeping my eye on this thread in preparation for the class :wink: Can't wait to see what people choose to do...

dustinac
09-01-2007, 06:36 PM
I've been wanting to make the snowflake socks...maybe I can get everything finished and start them... or
Norwegian Mittens (May) by Elizabeth Zimmermann...:happydance:

redheadrachel
09-01-2007, 10:31 PM
Ooooh, I'm SO in for this September, too! It'll be a real challenge to finsih the whole pair of argyle socks before September is over with my crazy busy school schedule, but it'll a great way to remember that I need to take time out to focus on my knitting. These Monthly KALs are so awesome!!!!

Braden
09-02-2007, 09:11 PM
The Purlsoho does count as colorwork!

michellebreton
09-02-2007, 09:33 PM
I've been wanting to make the snowflake socks...maybe I can get everything finished and start them... or
Norwegian Mittens (May) by Elizabeth Zimmermann...:happydance:

I've been wanting to make the snowflake socks from Fall IK too! As a matter of fact, I've got the yarn and I started swatching, but then I got distracted by the Nomad Hat and Scarf for my daughter. Let's see if I can finish that and then do the socks....of course I also started swatching for the Tilted Duster.... I think I have knitting ADD :teehee:

Michelle

jeanius80
09-02-2007, 11:16 PM
i was thinking of doing the vest (opposite the snowflake socks) but in a worsted yarn, not bulky. so more math :) ( i figured i am bulky enough, no need to add more bulk :rofl: )

SherKnit
09-04-2007, 11:03 AM
I haven't done a monthly challenge yet....I have been wanting to do argyle socks....SO...HERE I AM!!!!
Colorwork here I come!

ADAllen
09-04-2007, 11:19 AM
Oh I am definitely all about this month's challenge! Technically I've already started my project, but I need a little push and I would like to get it done this month. I'm working on a color work baby blanket. I'll take some pictures of it this evening when I get out of class!

ADAllen
09-04-2007, 09:10 PM
Can I join in with this project? I've already started it, but I've only got one row of hearts done.http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1092/1324912171_39b7f003a8.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adallen/1324912171/)

momwolf
09-04-2007, 10:10 PM
ADAllen that is just adorable:woohoo:Where did you get the pattern?

Braden
09-04-2007, 10:52 PM
Join in anytime, no matter what!

jeanius80
09-04-2007, 11:55 PM
a kal button

ADAllen
09-05-2007, 01:09 AM
ADAllen that is just adorable:woohoo:Where did you get the pattern?
This (http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babyafheart.htm) is the pattern I used. I made the adjustments to make it color work instead of textured, and hopefully, I did all of it right, because it's my first color work project.

dewdrops
09-05-2007, 09:13 PM
Once again a great KAL ContiKnitter!!:cheering:
Happy to join the September KAL too.:)
Out of lace,cable,fairisle etc., Fair isle is my favorite kind of knitting and spring my favorite season. While knitting fair-isle, it seems, as if I'am painting something creative with different colors or singing with different rythms.
Here are pics of the front and back of a stranded knitted sweater which I had been making for myself for spring 2008.
I hope to finish it with raglan sleeves and turtle neck.

FRONT:
http://shilpa.mishra.googlepages.com/Sept-KAL-front.jpg
BACK:
http://shilpa.mishra.googlepages.com/Sept-KAL-back.jpg
BOTH :
http://shilpa.mishra.googlepages.com/Sept-KAL-1.jpg

katiebug081504
09-06-2007, 12:22 PM
Does this bag count? http://www.knittingdaily.com/freepatterns/bags/Intricate_Stag_Bag_Knitscene134-1.html

If so, I'm definitely in on this!

momwolf
09-06-2007, 01:08 PM
dewdrops,The hat is beautiful. I love it!!

ADAllen
09-06-2007, 01:21 PM
Does this bag count? http://www.knittingdaily.com/freepatterns/bags/Intricate_Stag_Bag_Knitscene134-1.html

If so, I'm definitely in on this!
wow that bag is beautiful!

dewdrops
09-06-2007, 01:48 PM
Hey Momwolf(Julie)!!
Thanks! for your sweet comment.Glad :) you like my unfinished work in progress. :hug:
The above pics that I posted for sept07 kal do look like hat but those are front and back of raglan style unfinished sweater.
I hope to knit the sleeves with this kal.

stirsmommy
09-06-2007, 02:26 PM
Ok I have been out of pocket for a few weeks but I have to say I am beginning to think Conti has access to my brain. I needed to work on something lace for a friend in July. I was going to make cabled dishcloths in in August and now I was just looking at yarn for a couple of colorwork things I will be working on starting this month. What is the deal with this????
Still it is nice to be doing it knowing others are. I am ordering yarn for Thorne's Market Bag today. It is mosaic/ slip stitch color. I am also looking for yarn the damask bag that is done with intarsia. My knitting group is starting Christmas stockings in a couple of weeks using stranding. So I way on board this month. Too bad I don't know how to do any of this. I am sure I will figure it out with everyone's help though, right??

dewdrops
09-07-2007, 03:31 PM
Momwolf(Julie),Saw all the buntings you knitted for Compassionate Knitting Project (http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=37263).
That's a very kind gesture from you. Very precious and pretty buntings!!Great work!!:cheering:

dewdrops
09-07-2007, 03:35 PM
Hey AdAllen(Amanda), Your colorwork blanket is very pretty!! Great work!!Thanks for sharing the pattern with us.:cheering:

Blaise
09-08-2007, 12:44 PM
Does this count? :shrug: http://knitting.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=knitting&cdn=hobbies&tm=11&f=00&su=p445.92.150.ip_&tt=14&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.lionbrand.com/patterns/khs-winterNightAfghan.html

tarrentella
09-10-2007, 05:33 AM
colourwork? eek!! im scared. the thought of doing anything other than stripes fills me with terror! can anybody recomend a fairly simple begginers colourwork project? i think im more of a intarsia or maybe a stranding person than a Fair Isle sort of person (i find those patterns a little fussy).

Those things you all are making look fantastic, particularly the stag bag. I would love that design on a blanket.
your all so clever :yay:

katiebug081504
09-10-2007, 05:50 PM
I finished the center of the stag bag!

tarrentella
09-10-2007, 06:01 PM
katiebug, im in awe!!:cheering::yay:what a super knitter you are.

thats gorgeous. was it difficult to do?

OK question for you. if im working in two colours like for the stag bag, would i cast on in the MC then when it came to the CC just sort of knit it in without casting on? in other words i would use the CC as my working yarn instead of the existing MC working yarn)? does that make any sense toy ou guys (because im not sure if it does to me)?

katiebug081504
09-10-2007, 06:44 PM
It wasn't too difficult. It's the second color work project I've done. My first was the Farmer's Market Bag in Weekend knitting. When you get to the CC just act like you would when you would change colors. Begin knitting with it, no casting on, no cutting the MC. You will carry the MC along the back until the next stitch, then drop the CC, without cutting it off. I don't think I did a good job of explaining that at all. I think there is a video of it on this site.

jeanius80
09-10-2007, 09:10 PM
katie very nice work!

Braden
09-10-2007, 09:12 PM
Extremely nice work!

jeanius80
09-10-2007, 11:15 PM
here is the KAL button, if anyone would like to use it...
I just wanted to note that the background of very lovely colorwork, was knitted by our very own redwitch, you can see them here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=61124&highlight=anemoi+mittens), in all their beauty and glory ;)


http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1126/1358212956_4e75c5b145_m.jpg

ADAllen
09-10-2007, 11:32 PM
That is beautiful!

Braden
09-11-2007, 12:02 AM
Thanks Again!

jeanius80
09-11-2007, 12:11 AM
you guys are welcome!

KnittinMitchie
09-11-2007, 12:22 PM
Oh Count me in. I have two pairs of socks that I want to get done and this is perfect for them.

laikabear
09-12-2007, 12:26 PM
Hey nice work Katiebug! That bag is really cool!

Where did you get your login name? Everyone calls my puppy Kate "Katiebug!" :mrgreen:

katiebug081504
09-12-2007, 01:22 PM
Nickname when I was younger. What a cute dog!

dagny
09-12-2007, 11:32 PM
I would like to join in. I don't yet know what I will make but I am trying to find a pattern for a triangular headscarf. I hope I can get the hang of the stranding.

dustinac
09-13-2007, 08:56 AM
Everything looks wonderful!!!


I ordered the yarn for my snowflake socks... I dug out the yarn for some illusion socks now to start them :teehee:

ADAllen
09-13-2007, 09:41 AM
I would like to join in. I don't yet know what I will make but I am trying to find a pattern for a triangular headscarf. I hope I can get the hang of the stranding.
This isn't really at all what you are looking for:doh:, but it is the first thing I thought of when I read your post. Hot Ears Headband (http://www.scribd.com/doc/275569/Hot-Ears-Headband)

astonh
09-13-2007, 09:58 AM
I finished the center of the stag bag!

Katiebug... That is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!!!!! WTG!:woot:

dagny
09-13-2007, 10:56 AM
This isn't really at all what you are looking for:doh:, but it is the first thing I thought of when I read your post. Hot Ears Headband (http://www.scribd.com/doc/275569/Hot-Ears-Headband)

That is so cute, if I don't find a headscarf maybe I will try this. Thank you!

Cia
09-14-2007, 05:07 AM
I've been wanting to get in on this... but haven't been able to figure out something to do... but now I've got it! I'll make a scarf for my sister (christmas present), double knitted with a scull pattern...

hydeemarie
09-17-2007, 10:37 PM
Ok, can someone explain to me what slip-stitch knitting is? Sounds interesting! :knitting:

Braden
09-17-2007, 11:10 PM
You are using only one color at a time, but slipping stitches of different colors from previous rows to make a long vertical stripe of that color. Some patterns look like honeycombs, but you are only using one color wool at a time. The technique was invented by Barbara Walker, but it's now a worldwide thing, not nearly as common as Fair Isle/Stranded or Intarsia, but still popular.

stirsmommy
09-17-2007, 11:38 PM
I am about 14 rows into my chart for the Damask bag. I am amazed but it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I did blow up the chart on the copier and I am coloring each row as I go. I am not speedy but I think I should be done by the end of the month. Well maybe. I am going to have to start forcing myself to get a move on with what all I have plan for Christmas. I am doing a mosaic/slipstitch color work bag next hope it is as easy as it sounds! If I ever figure out the pictures thing I will post my progress.

katiebug081504
09-18-2007, 12:57 PM
The Damask bag from Berroco? I want to make that in black and white for my sister. It is the pattern for her wedding coming up next year!

stirsmommy
09-18-2007, 01:09 PM
That is the one. It is really quite easy. I am doing it flat on circs even though it said straights. They would be hanging out for miles they would have to be so long. Once I figured out how to read the chart it was down hill from there. Granted I doubt that I strand right. My knitting teacher insisted I would have to learn to knit with two hand and to pick before I could do it but I still throw and use one hand. I am sure it is slower but it works!

stacyk9
09-19-2007, 01:14 PM
Oh, I know it's quite late in the month, but I just found a dog bed I would like to make for my Mom's dog for Christmas. This is my first venture into knitting with color that's not stripes! http://www.e-patternscentral.com/detail.html?prod_id=3451&source=EPOTDE

Stacy

mdog182
09-24-2007, 06:35 PM
when i saw this month's challenge i immediately bought the yarn to do the fake isle hat but waited awhile to actually do it because i had a few other ufo's i wanted to get done. soooo i finally got around to doing the entire hat last night. it took me about 6 hours but i could NOT put it down. i love how it looks but next time i will make sure the stranding in the back is looser and i would probably make the bigger size. first time doing colorwork and i love it!

jeanius80
09-24-2007, 09:14 PM
melissa, i really like your hat! i don't think i have seen one with white contrast, but i like how it stands out against the blue.

mdog182
09-25-2007, 03:54 PM
melissa, i really like your hat! i don't think i have seen one with white contrast, but i like how it stands out against the blue.

yeah i purposely chose to contrast the colorwork.... i figure if i'm going to do all this work you should be able to see it!!

dplantlady
09-25-2007, 05:03 PM
Colorwork has many outlets. There are 3 ways of incorporating 2 colors in your knitting, besides basic stripes.

Stranded Knitting
Intarsia Knitting
Slip Stitch knitting

Doesn't double knitting count as colorwork? I've got a project OTN that I could work to finish...

Thanks,
Diane

chrislt8
09-26-2007, 07:54 PM
Well, I still haven't finished my July challenge (lace) but did do this color work in my recent intarsia class...just needs to be seemed up and felted, then will add a zipper for a little change purse for my niece who is currently into the whole retro/hippie thing...color work is fun (if a bit futzy with all those bobbins hanging) and I am looking forward to my fair isle class next month :happydance:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1038/1428185965_885625a5ec_m.jpg http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1433/1428185299_1ab1b8e286_m.jpg

Braden
09-26-2007, 07:58 PM
Doesn't double knitting count as colorwork? I've got a project OTN that I could work to finish...

Thanks,
Diane

Double knitting does indeed count as colorwork! :thumbsup:

Marni
09-27-2007, 02:45 AM
:heart::heart: Wow, nice job on that hat Melissa!!

:heart::heart: Oooooh, and I like the change purses too!

I haven't looked at everyones FOs yet, but if this page is any indication I better a rag for all the drool. Awesome job!

dplantlady
09-27-2007, 06:24 AM
Your hat is GOR-geous!!! Nice job!
Diane

katiebug081504
09-27-2007, 11:58 AM
I'm having trouble with my bag now. I'm on the backside...and after having decreased for a border..it never told me to increase again. I'm confused, because I feel like I should increase.

jeanius80
09-28-2007, 12:56 AM
katie, a lady at my knit group was knitting the same stag bag! it's very impressive! she had altered it to knit it in the round... can't wait to see yours too :)

dplantlady
09-30-2007, 07:14 PM
Double knitting does indeed count as colorwork! :thumbsup:

Well, alrighty then, this Snuggle (http://www.snugglesproject.org) only had a coupla inches left to go, and a good impetus to get me there! :knitting: I'm knitting as fast as I can...<grin>there's a few bloobies, but for a first effort in double knitting, the animals won't care, eh? And I *really* enjoy double knitting!

Diane

katiebug081504
09-30-2007, 08:27 PM
So, the magazine never emailed me back answering my question about the bag...so I'm just going to increase the bag so that it is the same width as the front...that just makes sense to me.

stirsmommy
09-30-2007, 08:51 PM
I just bo'd the damask bag this evening. Hooray! I will take and post picks one I get it seamed and fulled. This was such a cool challenge. I am so impressed that I got it done.

chrislt8
10-01-2007, 12:05 AM
Diane - Love that Snuggle (and I'm not even a pet person!) Great job! I haven't tried double knitting yet, but you are inspiring me! Love the impact of the black and white.

dplantlady
10-01-2007, 07:16 AM
Diane - Love that Snuggle (and I'm not even a pet person!) Great job! I haven't tried double knitting yet, but you are inspiring me! Love the impact of the black and white.

Thanks! :hug:

The "black & white" is actually black & grey, though. Gotta love those digital cameras...

Diane :wink:

MommaG
10-06-2007, 01:30 PM
Ok so I am a little late. I started on Sept 29th with my project for the color work challenge, but I am done now. I made a little dress for my daughter. Sorry for the bad pics but our son dropped the camera and we can't afford a new one. I didn't have a pattern I just kind made it up as I went along. I think it looks ok. And she likes her pretty new dress.:happydance:

ADAllen
10-06-2007, 04:45 PM
That is completely adorable!

jeanius80
10-08-2007, 05:17 PM
that is very cute momma g:)