It is important in either stranding or weaving in that the yarn carried across the back is not pulled up too tightly. If it is, the knitted fabric will pucker and not lie flat. Keep spreading the stitches out on the needle to maintain the correct gauge (tension).
Fair isle knitting is easier and faster if you can learn to use both the right and left hands to hold the yarns. To do this you must practise the unfamiliar technique of either the English or Continental methods of knitting and purling (see page 16). If you find two-handed knitting awkward you can also hold both yarns in one hand (see right). If you find both of these methods difficult, you can hold only the working yarn, letting it drop to pick up the new yarn when you need to change colour but this is a very slow method of working.
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