Using several colors by putting them together in ways other than just going from one color to another is a great way to gradually introduce the new color!
Being able to do this allows you to use up more of your stash or just add another color that you want to use!
Row by row
This gives you quite an obvious color change, especially if knitted in stockinette stitch, but this is great for garter and lace knitting where you aren’t able to carry the yarn for the other color in the back.
Work with C1 until you are 7 rows from where the color should change.
Bring in C2.
Row 1: C2.
Rows 2-4: C1.
Rows 5-6: C2.
Rows 7-8: C1.
Rows 9-11: C2.
Row 12: C1.
This gives you an even more subtle color change.
Start 5 rows from where the color should change. This is more of a recipe than pattern and it does include some counting and knitting with both colors.
Row 1: Alternate between knitting every 4th and 5th st with C2.
*C1 3 times, C2, C1 4 times, C2; rep from * to the end.
Row 2: C1.
Row 3: Alternate between knitting every 3rd, 4th and 5th st with C2.
*C1 2 times, C2, C1 3 times, C2, C1 4 times, C2; rep from * to the end.
Row 4: C1.
Row 5: *C2, C1; rep from * to the end.
Row 6: C1.
Row 7: * C1, C2; rep from * to the end.
Row 8: C2.
Row 9: Alternate between knitting every 3rd, 4th and 5th st with C1.
*C2 2 times, C1, C2 3 times, C1, C2 4 times, C2; rep from * to the end.
Row 10: C2.
Row 11: Alternate between knitting every 4th and 5th st with C1.
*C2 3 times, C1, C2 4 times, C1; rep from * to the end.
Row 12 and onwards: C2.
This gives you and ombre effect.
It’s worked with two strands of yarn so you have to take this to account when choosing your yarn.
Another thing to consider is how the colors work together.
Here the row count is not crucial, but it should be at least 3 rows high and somewhat consistent throughout the whole color change.
Rows 1-3: Two strands of C1.
Rows 4-6: One strand of C1 and one strand of C2.
Rows 7-9: Two strands of C2.
Rows 10-12: One strand of C2 and one strand of C3.
Rows 13-15: Two strands of C3.
And so on….
About the Instructor: Artesanitarium Designs
Artesanitarium Designs is a one-woman show run by Annina from Finland, a distant, cold land.
She creates her designs thinking outside the box. They are made to be practical, beautiful, and easy to make and maintain. They often have a secret feature or are multi-purposed in some way and they are most often inspired by nature, fantasy, or sci-fi.
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