#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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