Stranding

This method allows a colour to be carried across the back of the knitting without being caught in by the other colours used. Ideally, not more than 3 stitches should be worked between colour changes because this can cause long loops to form on the reverse of the work. These are known as 'floats' and can easily snag when the item is used.

1 Using yarn A (pink), work 3 stitches. Drop yarn A and pick up yarn B (yellow), carrying it over yarn A. Work the next 3 stitches, then drop yarn B.

2 Pick up yarn A from underneath yarn B, bring it across the back of the last 3 stitches and work the next 3 stitches. Continue in this way, keeping the stitches on the needles spread out so that the carried yarn is not pulled too taut.

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