Tips & Tricks

Tips and Tricks for Your Colorwork Journey

The Fall Sweater from our Season of Sweaters features a geometric all over stranded colorwork pattern. We are big fans of colorwork knitting here at Kelbourne, from Setesdal to Fair Isle to Roositud, even embroidery, Latvian Braids, and Bohus! I thought it might be useful to round up our past colorwork tips and tricks to help you on your knitting journey, whether it be stranded or otherwise.

Working from Charts - Colorwork

A Chinese American woman in a modern plant store wearing Ballard, a hand knit color work beanie in Kelbourne Woolens Scout in natural and navy heather. Most - if not all - colorwork patterns use a chart to help you create the motifs in your knitting. Read our post on Working From Charts: Colorwork to learn all the ins and outs of charts when working stranded colorwork.

Working From Charts: Alternate Colorways

Many knitters run into a problem with charts if the colors of their project do not match those in the chart. You can use an alternate chart if one is provided in the pattern, or print your chart in black and white and use markers or colored pencils to match those in your project. Read how in our Working From Charts: Alternate Colorways post.

Latvian Braid

While the Latvian braid is not used in the Fall Sweater, it is a very popular technique as an accompaniment to stranded colorwork. One of our post popular tutorials, read all about how to work this lovely detail here.

Embroidering on Knitting

Embroidery is a super fun way to add color and texture to your knitting after the fact. Featured on our July Mitten pattern, we have a tutorial for working the super versatile chain stitch and lovely dimensional "spider web" flower. Check it out here!

Colorwork vs Fair Isle Knitting

Knitters commonly use “Fair Isle” knitting to describe any knitting with two or more colors per row/round, but this is not actually the correct terminology. So just what is Fair Isle knitting? What is stranded colorwork? And how do the different colorwork techniques differ? Find out by reading our blog post on Fair Isle vs. Colorwork Knitting.

Nordic Knitting Conference

Courtney and I had the pleasure of attending the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle back in 2016. We took so many amazing classes, including ones featuring Roositud. Sami knitting, and Bohus, and shared our experience here. Do you love colorwork as much as we do? Check out all our patterns featuring colorwork here!