View Full Version : Navaho Knitting

06-17-2009, 07:08 AM
Has anyone heard of this?

I am looking at a pattern by Lucy Neatby using Kauni (my new favorite yarn) and it states that the pattern is "Navaho knitted" using three strands from the same skein (the yarn is fingering weight.

I have never heard of "navaho knitting".

06-17-2009, 07:19 AM
I had never heard of this technique, but found a video on youtube. Also, here's a link about the technique from Lucy Neatby.


06-17-2009, 07:22 AM
Never heard of it before either, but google brought up these:


06-17-2009, 07:31 AM
Thanks, I read the explanation, it's a bit confusing. I'll have to wait til I get home to view the your tube video, I'm at work and the IT department has Youtube blocked!!

Sounds odd.....

06-17-2009, 10:15 AM
Wow-- that's an expensive pattern. I've never seen anything for $12 on patternfish, before! And it's not that complicated a pattern. I've seen things with all sorts of cables and bobbles for half that price. I have a feeling Ms Neatby is getting a lot of money for that. Navaho knitting looks like a complete pain in the butt to me-- you have to stop and do the finger thing crochet every few yards. It would be neat for a pattern where you use mostly a certain weight of yarn, and then every so often have to suddenly triple it. But for an entire sweater? Not for me. Because you don't have youtube at work, here's a basic explanation: it looks like you have to do a very simple finger crochet, like we did when we were kids-- instead of a hook, you use your fingers and just keep pulling a new loop through the one before, creating a chain. But with this, you pull an oversized loop that's a foot or 2 long, and that creates a triple thickness of the yarn. Then when you get near the end of that loop, you have to do it again, so that you'll have another couple of feet to work with, and on and on.

06-17-2009, 10:18 AM
Well, I bought the pattern. It is expensive but it is 18 pages of what appears to be very comprehensive directions and it is Lucy Neatby, after all!!

Yes, it is a "fussy" technique but I love learning new techniques and fussy things. That is one of the reasons I love fair isle.

So we'll see how it goes. Can't wait to get home and watch the video.

Jan in CA
06-17-2009, 12:10 PM
Now that is very clever! I'd never heard of it either, but I see how it works. It does look fiddly and more time consuming, but I'd prefer it to using 3 cones of yarn for a solid yarn. Neat!

Cute sweater, btw. It may be expensive, but it's cheaper than store bought and you can reuse it many times. :thumbsup:

06-17-2009, 12:18 PM
I think one advantage to this method is that the sweater is designed for Kauni yarn. Kauni, if you aren't familiar with it is know for it LOOOOOOOOOONG color changes, it makes neat fair isle projects suing two skeins and offsetting the colors. The "navaho" method of triple stranding ensures that the colors don't mix and become "muddy".

I'm going to give it a try (yarn ordered) and see what happens. I also have the Kauni Rainbow Cardigan "in the shoot", I'm going to use a thistle pattern rather than the squares.

Kauni is very reasonably priced yarn.