It's here! Time to start our Year Round Wreath knitting and crochet project. Today we're going to work on the main part of the wreath and learn how to work these stripes without cutting the yarn. Awesome, let's get started!
If you want to read more details about the knit along you can see the intro post here. I decided to make a Valentine wreath for my project. Here's my Cotton Candy, Berry and Red Poppy Wooly Worsted yarn along with the 12" wreath foam form, my US 10 knitting needles and my trusty K/10.5 hook. Party on!
First we need to pick our color order. I chose the Berry as my Color A and I'll be striping it with Cotton Candy as my Color B. The wreath with have pretty red roses, perfect for Valentine's Day!
With my Berry and my knitting needles I'm going to cast on 32 stitches using the long-tail cast-on.
A long-tail cast-on is not crucial for this project but if you do use it you can count it as Row 1.
And just start working as for your second row, a purl row. Do note that this row-skipping really only works with a long-tail cast-on. Be sure you work four rows; knit, purl, knit, purl. And that brings us to the best part of the day!
How to knit stripes without cutting the yarn!
Look at that! It's such an easy technique that you're going to love because it saves a ton of time and there won't be all those extra ends to weave in when we're done! If you're an experienced knitter you may already know this simple trick but I like to make sure the newer knitters can pick up some good tips!
Step 1: Add your second color. You don't need to tie a knot, just get the yarn in the working position and remember, don't cut the first color!
Step 2: Leave about a 6" tail of Color B to weave in later. Knit across the row and then purl back to this position.
When you get back you'll see that Color A is still here waiting for you. Color B is in the normal knitting position.
Step 3: Simply bring Color A over Color B to create a single twist.
Step 4: Continue knitting with the second color, Color B. Purl back.
Now we are back to the start of our row and look who's here waiting for us but Color A. Yippee! Good little Wooly.
Step 5: Gently lift the first color and begin knitting your new row with it. Be sure not to pull too hard on this first stitch because that may warp the edge of the knitting project. Leave a nice, easy tension as you bring the new yarn color up to knit with it.
Leave Color B behind and just keep knitting across and purling back as normal. Remember to twist the colors again to help lift Color B toward its new destination higher up the project.
Continue working in stockinette stitch. Remember when we see Vs we knit.
And when we see bumps we purl! If you remember those two little things then your stockinette stitch will turn out just right.
Continue to work in your stripes without cutting the yarn! – until you have 19 stripes of both colors. Bind off and come back on Tuesday!
Tag your projects with #YearRoundKAL and we'll all stay in touch. Have fun!