Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Beginner Projects

If you are just getting started with "two color" knitting, I've put together a list of tutorials, books, and patterns that I found to be helpful when I was teaching myself how to knit in this style many years ago which I have posted here on this blog as a reference resource for everyone who would love to learn this method of knitting.  First off, some simple patterns to make. The easiest pattern to begin with is a ski headband like the one to the left (Never Knit Your Man a Sweater Until You've Got the Ring). Using a variegated yarn for the background color (Noro Silk Garden) gives the illusion that you've used more than two colors. Updated: The Benon Headband Pattern designed by Hazel Tindall (who grew up in the Shetland Islands) is also another really great project to learn this technique.  This is offered as a FREE DOWNLOAD on her website (Thank you Hazel!) You can knit these projects using circular knitting needles "in the round" which is the easiest way to begin two color knitting.  

If you are ready to jump on board knitting something smaller in circumference using two colors per row with double pointed needles, I've discovered a super fantastic pattern from the very lovely "Churchmouse Yarns and Teas" company to make very simple, quick and easy wrist cuffs with a beautiful Norwegian snowflake motif which is called Colorwork Cuffs and Mittens Project.  The pattern gives you the choice to make just the cuffs, fingerless mittens or a full set of mittens with just colorwork around the wrist area of your mittens so you don't have to worry about increases or decreases in your pattern.  It is offered as an instant PDF download from their website for US$7.00. Arne and Carlos have a you tube video giving some pointers on how to make color work wrist warmers in the round on double pointed needles here.

If you haven't used double pointed needles yet, and want to try your hand at making a pair of fingerless mittens using two color knitting with regular knitting needles, there is a great pattern for a pair of men's fingerless mittens which are not knit in the round, in the book Knitting for Him: 27 Classic Projects to Keep Him Warm.  I've made 3 pair so far and it is great fun knitting and purling in two colors with this pattern.

Intermediate Projects: Its a little more challenging but once you've mastered the foundation steps in learning how to knit in the round in two colors, here is a pretty project where you can take things up a notch.  The Fresco Winter Wonder Mitten Pattern is offered as a free download by Amy Loberg here. She knitted hers in Classic Elite Fresco yarn (a wool, alpaca, angora blend) which Jared Flood used to make his Beaumont Tam.  The pattern has a 4.3 out of 5 star review on Ravelry from 95 ratings.  If you are a member of Ravelry, or decide to join (its free) there are 280 pics of these mitts made by knitters! I bought two "test" skeins of this wool that I found on sale for half off at yarn.com (because they were discontinued colors).  If I like this yarn, I'll post my review here once I get the chance to work with it.

15 comments:

adam said...
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Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Glad to have discovered your lovely blog!
Isabelle x

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Wishful Knitting said...

Thanks for the great info!!!! It was very nice of you to put it all together : )

Kathleen said...

I have a cute hat pattern in norwegian and I need it translated - is anyone out there norwegian and can translate a pattern?
Thanks so much,
Kathleen
ksilves@mac.com

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