When you knit a single / odd numbered-row stripe pattern in flat knitting, you keep having to cut the yarn and re-join the new colours. I don’t really like having lots of strands to tidy at the end.
This meant that I never really designed any flat-knitting-style pattern with single / odd numbered stripes. BUT things are now changing!!!!!
I have discovered the way to knit a single / odd numbered stripe patterns without cutting the yarn and rejoining the new colours using circular needles and today I will show you how this can be done.
Following is the basic rule to this technique:
- 1) It only applies to flat knitting (and not circular).
- 2) You need a circular needle to make this happen.
- 3) When the colour of the yarn you want to knit on the next row is NOT at the beginning of the next row (i.e. still at the beginning of the previous row), pull the needle to the left all the way to the other end of the circular needle. This means that you may knit the Right or Wrong side row more than once – so keep an eye on the row count.
Here is how to do it.
Step 1: Knit 1 row with colour 1 (in this case, pink) (pic below).
Step 2: The next colour I want to knit is green. But this green yarn is not at the beginning of the next row (i.e. still at the beginning of the previous row (on the right). So I pull the needle to the left. Hold the fabric and move all the way to the other end of the needle facing the right (pic below).
Pic below shows where all the stitches have moved to the other end of the needle, which is facing the right.
You can now knit with the green yarn without having to cut and re-joining (pic below).
Notice that when you work the green yarn, you have knitted the RS row again (pic below).
Step 3: The next row I want to knit is pink. This time, the pink yarn is already at the beginning of the next row, which means that you can work the next row straight away without pulling the needle (pic below).
Step 4: After working one row (or an odd number of the row) with pink, I now want to knit the next colour with green. But the green yarn is not at the beginning of the next row (i.e.still at the beginning of the previous row). So I pull the needle all the way to the other end.
Work the WS row again but without cutting the yarn (pic below).
Using this technique, you can do various combinations of rows in stripe patterns as well as colours. I experimented with single garter pattern using this technique and I really like how the pattern looks – it’s retro!
Below is the video tutorial on this technique Happy stripe knitting!