#EweEweYokeAlong: Increasing in color work on the Threipmuir sweater

Thank you to those of you that wrote in asking about how to increase during the stranded knitting section of the Threipmuir sweater. Knitting an increase during color work can be a bit tricky but it’s not as bad as it seems so let’s give it a try!

On Round 3 of the chart there is a new stitch at the beginning of the chart that’s labeled as an increase. The designer asks that we work a “left lifted increase into the last KNIT stitch worked”. That sounds like a lot to unpack but it’s ok, I got you.

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In the color chart the first and second stitches are to be worked in our MC. By working this increase we are creating a stitch that means we have worked BOTH the first and second stitch by the time we’re done.

Step 1: Knit the first stitch in MC.

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Step 2: Insert the left needle from back to front through the stitch you just worked.

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Step 3: With MC, knit into the front of the loop on the left needle (creating a twist in the loop).

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This is how the stitch should look. There is a small bar under the new stitch but as you can see it fades away among the other stitches as you knit across the round.


On Round 6 of the color chart we encounter an increase at the end of the stitch pattern. In this case we will do the same thing but just knit the new stitch in a different color. Take a look.

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How to work LLI with 2 colors: Knit as instructed on the color work chart across to stitch 5. Work stitch 5 in CC1 as shown, work left leaning increase as shown above but rather than using the CC1, knit the new stitch using CC2.

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Let me know how it goes!

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#EweEweYokeAlong: How to get started on a color work chart

Making a knitted chart clearer for your project

Making a knitted chart clearer for your project

We get to start with some coloring! The sweater I’m making is in different colors than the designer’s original project so rather than confusing myself with her colors, I decided to print the chart page in black and white and color it to match my project.

I think it helped a ton! This really gave me a good idea of how my chosen colors will look in my sweater. I grabbed 3 markers that resemble my yarn shades and had a fun five minutes of coloring time.

Getting started with stranded knitting

Getting started with stranded knitting

To work a color work chart we start from the bottom right edge at the box labeled 1. We read the chart from right to left and because that mimics how we knit — always working to the left. We’re only ever working on one particular row and in this pattern we’ll only ever have two colors on any given row which is great.

In this case on the first row the first stitch is in MC, the second stitch is in CC1, and the third and fourth stitches are in MC again. We repeat those four stitches around and around until we make it back to the beginning.

Knitting with two colors at the same time

Knitting with two colors at the same time

The second row has an alternating color pattern. One stitch CC1, one stitch MC, 1 CC1, 1 MC and so on around. I like to hold my yarn as one color in each hand and cruise along the row.

Carrying yarn behind the work

Carrying yarn behind the work

As you work the alternating colors be sure to carry or “float” the yarns loosely behind the other stitches. These floats should have a light tension that will allow the actual sweater stitches to still stretch as normal. If your floats become too tight you may see some puckering in the color work section that could make the sweater a bit out of shape. If you think this might be happening you may want to hold a finger behind the work to help loosen your floats or in some cases you may need to go up a needle size when working the color pattern.

Those are both OK things to do! Color work is something that takes a bit of practice so take your time and figure out what works best for you. Remember that the sweater and the stitches will relax when we block it so an irregularity here and there is normal just like in normal knitting.


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A place for us to chat and post photos: Join the Ewe Ewe KAL Party!  

We'll check in online on Facebook, Instagram with the hashtags #EweEweYokeAlong and #EweEweKALFollow @eweeweyarns on Instagram now! Plus you can join my Ewe Ewe Yarns Ravelry group if you like that type of thing. Whichever!

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Heather Walpole appears on The Knit Show with Vickie Howell

Learn how to knit Fair Isle socks -- the easy way!

That's me right there! I am on the incredible new knitting series called The Knit Show with Vickie Howell. I teach the easy way to knit Fair Isle socks with instructions on how to make socks for you or a Christmas stocking for your home! Watch the Handmade Holiday episode now.

Holidays are made better when a little something handmade is involved. On The Handmade Holiday Episode of The Knit Show with Vickie Howell we show stitchers how to make their season bright with projects to give and decorate with, plus gift ideas for the crafty types in your life!

Southwest Stockings Free Sock Knitting Pattern

Southwest Stockings  free Fair Isle socks and Christmas stocking pattern designed by Heather Walpole

Southwest Stockings free Fair Isle socks and Christmas stocking pattern designed by Heather Walpole

On the show I teach this adorable socks and Christmas stocking combination. The Southwest Stockings knitting pattern includes instructions for both a Christmas stocking knit in Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky AND cozy Fair Isle socks using Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted washable merino yarn. 

Visit The Knit Show to download the free pattern!

The techniques I teach in the video are how to read a color work chart for Fair Isle knitting, knitting with two colors of yarn, turning the heel of a sock, and how to graft the toe of a sock using the Kitchener Stitch. 

Ready to make the Southwest Stockings?

We have knitting kits available! Grab the pattern from The Knit Show's website and then take a look at our kits. We put together some great color combinations so you can choose and get started right away.

Southwest Stockings Bulky Christmas Stocking Knitting Kit
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Southwest Stockings Cozy Socks Knitting Kit
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I hope you have as much fun knitting these socks and stockings as I did. The color work is easy and the projects go fast. Download the Southwest Stockings free knitting pattern. Shop yarn kits.


Saint Padraig Hat & Cowl Knitting Pattern Set

March is here and that means St. Patrick's Day! Woohoo. A little Guinness stout on draft while we sing weird songs and wear too much green. It's a party! And here's the too much green you should be wearing while you drink that cold one...

Shamrock love! Adorable. The Saint Padraig hat and cowl set is designed by this pretty lady on the left, my friend Erica Owens. This knitting pattern features a great shamrock motif and comes in all the hat sizes you'll need to outfit the whole family. The simple two color Fair Isle pattern will be easy and fun to work just in time for St Paddy's Day. Plus, it works perfectly in my Wooly Worsted yarn

Erica is knitting the cowl version in Wooly Worsted yarn colors Pistachio and Vanilla and they look great. She has the main color as Vanilla and will use two balls and then just one ball of the Pistachio for the contrasting color shamrocks. It's going to be super cute!

Look how fun! 

Buy the Saint Padraig hat and cowl knitting pattern set on Ravelry >

Get your Wooly Worsted yarn. Remember it's 2 balls for the MC and 1 ball for the CC! That will make any size hat or cowl. Shop now >

Wooly Worsted yarn in Vanilla

Wooly Worsted yarn in Vanilla

Wooly Worsted yarn in Pistachio

Wooly Worsted yarn in Pistachio

Wooly Worsted yarn in Black Licorice

Wooly Worsted yarn in Black Licorice

Find a Ewe Ewe yarn store near you to get your yarn today!

Sláinte, friends!

Hillsborough Yarn Shop {yarn shop interview}

Wooly Worsted Washable merino wool superwash yarn is sold in local yarn shops all over the country and our new series, Yarn Shop Interviews gives a little taste of what knitters like to make with Ewe Ewe!

Hillsborough Yarn Shop found Ewe Ewe from this great Knitters' Review article. Here's what Anne and her knitters are up to at this lovely North Carolina yarn shop. 

How long has your shop been open? We opened on October 18, 2006. I am a breast cancer survivor,
October is breast cancer awareness month, in Hebrew the word for life is the number 18 - so the stars aligned!

What does your shop specialize in? We specialize in natural fibers only. I like to tell folks that no
acrylics gave their lives up in our shop!

What kind of projects do your knitters like to make? Our knitters are always looking for a challenge; they enjoy making garments that include the three S's: shawls, socks, and sweaters. Our knitters enjoy colorwork, lace, and working in the round, steeks are no problem for us!

What's your favorite color of Wooly Worsted? My personal favorite color in Wooly is #80 indigo but then again, I'm the gal who thinks black is a color - the darker the better I say!

What's your favorite Ewe Ewe pattern? My favorite pattern is the Preppy Hats pattern for the Boston Whaler hat - a great introduction to colorwork - we've used it for classes and cannot keep it in stock. Did you know you can make two hats with just two skeins of Wooly Worsted?

Shop: Hillsborough Yarn Shop, 114 South Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC
Owner: Anne Derby 

Thanks, Anne!

Same yarn and another hat!

I just got a great tip from the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. You can knit two Boston Whaler Fair Isle hats with the Wooly Worsted yarn required to knit just one hat. The Boston Whaler uses one skein for each color in the Fair Isle pattern and there is enough yarn left over to knit the inverse color pattern. For example, if you knit a pistachio background with indigo whales then you could make an indigo hat with pistachio whales. Perfect for twins! :)

Click here to find a Wooly Worsted retailer near you.

Click here for the Boston Whaler Fair Isle Baby Hat Knitting Pattern.