Twisting colorwork

So I was talking to Kiwiknits and I got to thinking about this. As I am sure you know I get bored and do multicolored hats in the round. At first I just carried the second color I was working with behind the work and got these fun jumps. My earrings decided to get caught one time, so I went looking and found that I was supposed to twist my yarns to make this not happen. My question is if this is right? I have attached pics of what I am talking about.

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ronhuber's picture

There is no right way or wrong way. The manner in which you handle colour stranding is your choice. I usually only do colour stranding with Shetland wool and do not twist. This felts during the first wash and blocking so there are no floats. I have had experience with Paton's Merino and with Lopi from Iceland and they also felt and become part of the fabric. Traditional knitters on Fair Isle and on the Shetland Islands did not twist and took great pains to keep the yarns separate. Time was important for them as their families lived on the proceeds of the sweater sales.

daveballarat's picture

Wow ... am impressed ... I didn't know anything about that....

I like knit bits like that.... can you confirm the story I was told as a youngster that it was the men of the villages on the Island of Aron in West Ireland, who were the ones who knitted their aron jumpers ... and the design of the sweaters indicated the family of the fisherman who were unfortunate enough to be dragged from the icy waters...

do you think its true?
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kiwiknitter's picture

I've done both ways but only carrying strands now. I agree with Lars that the weaving (sometimes called the Philosopher's Wool method since they promote it) is too slow. My experience with the natural felting of the strands is the same as Ron's. In addition, weaving makes for a stiffer fabric. I think the benefit of weaving, other than there are no strands to catch anything on, is that it is less likely to have puckering from strands carried too tightly.

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