Stranding

The loops formed by carrying the yarn between areas of colour are called floats. To get the floats to lie neatly and without lumps where the colours are changed and to prevent the yarns from becoming twisted together and tangled, one colour always lies above the other on the wrong side of the work. By keeping the back of the work neat in this way, the stitches on the front of the work will lie flat without puckering and without holes appearing between the colour changes. Never strand yarns over more than five stitches. In stranding, one colour must always be above the other on the back of the work. If they constantly change position, the fabric will be bulky and the yams will tangle.

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