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Old 01-09-2011, 09:55 PM   #1
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Changing colors?
I've been wondering how to change colors when in the middle of a row. (Like, how to switch colors when knitting large blocks of color.) I'm knitting my friend a penguin stuffed animal for her birthday, and the pattern I'm following requires me to knit a few stitches of one color, knit a few stitches of a second color, then go back to the first color.

I've looked it up elsewhere, but the only things I can find are about how to change colors for stripes in a scarf, and I'm not sure if the method is the same or not. I'd really appreciate it if someone could help me out, please.
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:45 PM   #2
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I'm not sure from what you said whether you need intarsia or stranded knitting, but their is a free video on this site here about each. Scroll down to "How to Knit with Two Colors". Intarsia is if you need to use quite big blocks of color, and stranded is if you are moving from one color to the other quite often. If you decide it is intarsia the main thing to remember is that when you switch the colors to pick the new color up from under the old color so that at the change it is caught up, if you don't do that you will have a hole at the changes. You also need to be working flat to do intarsia, there is a way to do it in the round, but I have never learned it and may not be where you would want to start with 2 color knitting. Another option is to knit all in one color or do the biggest blocks in intarsia and if there are small bits of the contrast color do go back and do them with duplicate stitch. Duplicate stitch is a kind of embroidery over the knit fabric that looks just like knitting. You can also do all the contrast color with duplicate stitch.
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Originally Posted by MerigoldinWA View Post
I'm not sure from what you said whether you need intarsia or stranded knitting, but their is a free video on this site here about each. Scroll down to "How to Knit with Two Colors". Intarsia is if you need to use quite big blocks of color, and stranded is if you are moving from one color to the other quite often. If you decide it is intarsia the main thing to remember is that when you switch the colors to pick the new color up from under the old color so that at the change it is caught up, if you don't do that you will have a hole at the changes. You also need to be working flat to do intarsia, there is a way to do it in the round, but I have never learned it and may not be where you would want to start with 2 color knitting. Another option is to knit all in one color or do the biggest blocks in intarsia and if there are small bits of the contrast color do go back and do them with duplicate stitch. Duplicate stitch is a kind of embroidery over the knit fabric that looks just like knitting. You can also do all the contrast color with duplicate stitch.
Thanks for the link!

Yup, Intarsia is the method I'm looking for. Thanks, this really helps alot.
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