Gorgeous yarn colors are the primary appeal for many knitters. When scanning the jewel-colored skeins in a yarn shop, who can resist gathering together a palette to take home and knit up? Who can walk by the odd topaz- or hyacinth-colored ball in the sale bin? Who can give away the remaining bit of rose and the tail end of periwinkle from the last project? Not us. But what do you do with a basket of single skeins? You knit in color, that's what!
Knitting colored stripes is a quick and easy way to get started in color work. Unlike other color techniques, such as Fair Isle or intarsia knitting that require you to go back and forth between colors in a single row (see Chapter 13), colored stripes allow you to use as many colors as you please while working with only one color at a time.
While knitting different colored stripes can be a lot of fun and an opportunity to let your creative juices flow, there are a few things you need to be able to do before you jump in. The following sections get you ready.
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