How To Change Colors in Knitting: Making Stripes
This is the same technique you should use when you run out of yarn and need to switch to another ball.
To Change Colors, Start Knitting With The New Yarn
When you get to the end of your row, start knitting with the new yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail hanging down for weaving in later. It'll all become clear when you watch the video.
Twist Your Yarn So You Don't Have To Cut It
If you are making thin stripes (six rows or fewer), don't cut your yarn!
Instead, twist the unused color up the side of your knitting every two rows, like I show in the video below.
Other classic striped projects to try:
Here's how to bring your yarn with you unobtrusively so you can change colors without having to cut your yarn or weave in ends:
Knit A Plain Round Before You Switch Colors in Ribbing
Rebecca, one of the KnitFreedom Forum's knitting angels, asked a great question this morning about adding stripes on a ribbed project, like a hat.
She was worried that the tell-tale two-color bumps would show on the purl stitches and look awful.
An easy solution to the problem is to work a knit row all the way around right when you start the new color.
Worried that it will look funny? Try it for yourself and see.
Rebecca says, "It doesn't look bad at all! It looks great. You really can't tell that you knitted on the purl stitches, and it transitions beautifully. I made sure to knit that round a bit on the loose side, and it still stretches very nicely."
So there you have three tips for how to change colors in knitting and make stripes. Now go forth and stripe!
If you liked this tutorial on how to change colors in knitting, post in the comments!
See also: How to Change Colors on Garter Stitch
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