November 08, 2020
Sweaters with a contrasting colourwork yoke seem to universally loved by everyone, and not just knitters! Whether you knit from the top down so you get to start with the colour play of the yoke, or prefer to knit from the bottom up to get the satisfaction of the sleeves suddenly joining up with the body and then colourwork to the finish, you'll have a stunning and unique statement sweater to take you right through to Spring (and beyond, in Scotland...)
Recently we've re-released Threipmuir, a stunning colourwork sweater knit from the top down that's been incredibly popular since it first started making its way on to knitters needles. Have you made Threipmuir? If you loved it we have some suggestions of patterns that we think will inspire you to dive a little deeper into colourwork as well as developing your skills. Or if you just finished your first colourwork sweater and aren't sure what to knit next? We're here to help.
If it was the colourwork that you particularly loved about Threipmur, then a garment design with all-over colourwork would be a great next project to try. Cruden is a traditional Fair Isle vest worked from the bottom up. The pattern uses seven colours, though this can be varied and if you've never tried steeking before (cutting your knitting to make space for the neckline and armholes - it's not as scary as it sounds!), this would be a perfect project for a first time. We even have a tutorial to guide you through it!
Cruden would knit up beautifully in Rauma Finull PT2, which has over 100 colours to choose from. We've written more about why we love this yarn so much on the blog, and you can read that here.
Do want to explore colourwork a little more but looking for a quicker knit? Pyukkleen is a stranded colourwork design with geometric patterns, short floats and no steeking. Ideal if you're looking for a project with a soothing repetitive rhythm and in an aran weight yarn it creates a fabulously warm fabric with plenty of body - perfect to protect you from chilly winds at this time of year.
If you enjoyed the traditional
Icelandic Lopapeysas style of Threipmur and want to delve deeper into traditional colourwork, Elska could be just the thing. The stitch pattern of this Fair Isle hat is from the endlessly inspiring A Shetlander's Fair Isle Graph Book. Although it has traditional patterning, Elska has a less traditional slouchy shape to give it a modern feel and there's always the option of adding a pom pom for a little more whimsy. Find the pattern for your version here.
If you're looking to get very, very cosy this winter and need another yoked sweater on your needles, our Strokkur sweater pattern may solve all your problems. The construction is different to Threipmuir - it's knit from the bottom up - which means that you get the magic of joining the body and sleeves in one go, and then marvelling as the colourwork appears. It's knit up in Lett Lopi, so a heavier weight than Threipmuir, and perfect for winter. We have kits available as well as the individual pattern and you can find those here.
We know lots of knitters can't get enough of stranded colourwork, and the Rhodiola hat and mitts pattern gives the fun of combining colours along with an interesting technique - mosiac knitting. This is an easy technique that uses multiple colours but only ever involves working with one colour at a time. The pattern is created by slipping stitches to carry the previous colour up a row. Intrigued? Find the pattern here.
If you're looking to refresh your memory with colourwork techniques, we've put together a handy guide to get you started. Here you'll find some of the basic skills you'll need, tips and links to free tutorials, as well as even more pattern suggestions.
Have you knit any of these patterns? We'd love to know why you chose them so please do let us know in the comments.
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Working the brioche neck detail on the Polwarth sweater
Decorative Channel Island Cast-on
3 Easy Stretchy Bind-offs (p2tog bind-off; k2togtbl, k1 bind-off; Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off)
Tubular Bind-off for brioche stitch
Paired increase methods compared
Brioche stitch double decreases
How to Knit in the round using Magic Loop
How to Knit in the round using DPNs
Avoiding ears when binding off
Tighter purl stitches for neater cables and ribbing
Cabling without a cable needle
Understanding "continue in pattern"
Joining the body and sleeves on a seamless bottom up sweater
How to pick a garment without a model for you (specifically addresses finding garment patterns when your gender identity isn't represented and the styles you want to knit might not be sized to fit your body)
How does ease affect inclusive size ranges?
Identifying and fixing mistakes in lace knitting
Getting started with stranded colourwork
Understanding colour dominance
Working stranded colourwork over small circumferences
Decreases in stranded colourwork
Holding the yarn for stranded colourwork
Ladderback Jacquard (a neat way to deal with long floats)
Cabling without a cable needle
Cabling without a cable needle on the wrong side
How to knit cabled decreases
Closed ring cable increases and decreases
How to work brioche stitch in the round
How to begin your first large cross stitch project
How to finish a cross stitch project with an embroidery hoop frame
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