This is a lovely technique for working single rows of a color in the round.
Keep in Mind
- It NEEDS to be in-the-round.
- You can use the needle type of your choice – DPNs, Magic Loop, or 2 Circulars are all options.
- You can use more than 2 colors, but we’ll keep it at 2 just to keep it simple.
- Unlike some techniques for in-the-round, the Beginning of the Round DOES NOT MOVE.
- Just like many knitting techniques, the first few rounds will look weird. Given this, I suggest you try this out on a swatch first.
How to work it
Divide the stitches into 2. Knit the first half with C1.
Step 1: Using C2 (do NOT twist the yarns at all), drop C1 and knit the second half with C2.
Step 2: Continue knitting the FIRST half with C2 as well.
Step 3: Using C1 (do NOT twist the yarns at all), drop C2 and knit the second half with C1.
Step 4: Knit the first half with C1 as well.
Repeat these 4 steps. You can stop after either Step 2 or Step 4.
Here’s it after working a few rows.
And here you can see at one of the needle joins. You don’t see any jog!
If you forget where you are, the easy way to remember is that you always use the color that’s NOT the color that you’re knitting into.
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About the Instructor: Jody Richards
Jody is the founder and lead editor of Knotions. She loves poring over stitch dictionaries and trying out new stitches. And while she likes all things crafting (well ok, except that one thing), yarn crafts are her true love (and she has the stash to prove it).
She’s a serial starter-of-projects and has a serious problem with finishing things without a deadline.
And don’t get her talking about hand-dyed yarns. You’ve been warned.