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Old 03-04-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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Basic Color Knitting Questions
Hello,

I am working on a pair of mitts which I posted about in the Pattern Forum:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=103586

I want to alternate colors on the welts of the cuff, and then add a simple graphic in a contract color to the back of the hand. My questions are:

1. Each welt is three rows. Do you cut the yarn after each welt, or just carry it up the wrong side to the next 3-row welt? If you carry it, how do you do so?

2. For the back, I found a cute owl to add:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...ttle-owl-chart

But how do you add something to the back without carrying the float all the way around to the next row? Do you just carry it up (sort of diagonally) back to the beginning of the next row for the graphic? I am having trouble figuring this out.

Thanks in advance, and sorry if this is a duplicative post with the one I posted in the Pattern Forum.
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:00 PM   #2
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I would just carry the yarn up the side. When you get to a new color you kind of twist them by bringing the new yarn under old one. It sort of "pins" it to the side.

When you make a large motif it is called intarsia. Normally it's done flat because if you knit across the motif and then drop the yarn it won't be in the right place when you come back around. I found this link that might help for knitting it in the round.
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall07/PATTintarsiafun.html
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:08 PM   #3
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Ugh, may be too complicated for me. I've never done color work, and I'm not sure intarsia in the round is the way to start! I suppose an alternative would be to make it fair isle by adding a simple pattern to the whole thing, even if it's just adding a CC stitch every two or three or four MC stitches for little flecks of accent. That would work, wouldn't it? Then I could just carry both colors all the way around.
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Sure, that way you'd not have to worry about long floats. Do you know how to catch them on the back so they don't get caught on fingernails?

This video shows you how.
http://www.philosopherswool.com/Page...andedvideo.htm

It's about two handed fair isle, but you can do it however you want.
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