Using colours...

Am having trouble with using two colours - stranding the green colour on this reindeer behind the white when it's not being used, keeps making the stitching uneven. Have done this panel about 6-7 times already, and it is getting better as I keep the the colour behind looser, and it works better when I don't strand the green all the way along behind the white, rather just use it in the centre for the reindeer, but then it pulls around the edge of the design when I introduce the new colour. Am I doing something very obviously wrong?!

*Forgot to say I knit continental, if that might be something to do with it...


You need white on either side of the green. When you knit across the white, twist the green and white yarn and continue with the green. When you have knit all the green stitches you twist the green and white yarn and continue in white. In other words don't carry the colours behind each other.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I agree that this pattern will probably work better with intarsia knitting versus stranding back and forth over the entire piece. (Especially with the really dark green you are using with the white.) You might be able to work out stranding the white behind the green for the main body of the reindeer, making it so you won't need two balls of the white. (Which, I guess, could be called a modified stranded/intarsia hybrid.) -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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mrossnyc's picture

If it was me, I'd opt for intarsia rather than stranded knitting, especially given the contrast in colors.