Color Stripes – June 2018 Mish Mash CKAL

Color Stripes This is going to be the color work month. I want to give you fair warning, I am not fond of color work so there may not be another month of it. This pattern will give you the basics of color work. Showing you how to “tie” two colors together as you go across a row.

This month’s square is a simple textured square. This is a simple square of stockinette (knit on the right side & purl on the wrong side) with the addition of color stripes. If you do not know how to knit then I suggest going to knittinghelp.com or go to youtube.

I am able to answer any questions you have about this pattern. Feel free to email me at tigerwhispers@gmail.com or contacting me via Ravelry (username: Hev).

You can download this wonderful pattern at my ravelry store {Ravelry}. You can also direct download the pdf from here if you would like.

May I introduce you to Color Stripes Square:

Gauge Swatch:

  • 4st & 6 rows equal 1in in worsted weight yarn with a US 8 (5.00mm)

Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • US 8 5.00mm or needle to produce gauge.
  • 2 diferent color sitch markers

Notes:

  • This is going to be the color work month. I want to give you fair warning, I am not fond of color work so there may not be another month of it. This pattern will give you the basics of color work. Showing you how to “tie” two colors together as you go across a row.
  • This square may come out looking more rectangle then square but once blocked it will be square. The color work makes the square contract in but blocking will fix it.
  • I fully expect you to have some issues with this month so I made it as easy as I could. This is a simple Stockinette square just like we did for the month of February except that you have vertical stripes going up & down the square.
  • This is basically Fair Isle knitting. I suggest you watch this video before starting your square {https://youtu.be/_mOWT-ct4X8} I did not go into knitting with both hands so I am dropping & picking up colors as I move across the row.

Legend:

  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • PM – place marker
  • SM – slip marker
  • C1 – Color one (in my case the cream)
  • C2 – Color two (in my case the teal)

Instructions:

Cast on 38 (Pay attention this is 2 more stitches then normal) stitches I used long tail {http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/long-tail-cast-on}, but feel free to use your own choice of cast on.

Row 1 (RS): Slip first stitch with yarn in front as if to purl. Knit 3, place stitch marker, Knit 28, place stitch marker, knit 3, with yarn in front slip the last stitch purl-wise.

Row 2 (WS): Knit first stitch through the back loop, knit the rest of the way across
including the last stitch.

Row 3 & 4: Repeat rows 1 & 2 slipping the markers as you come to them.

From now on the first & last stitch will be treated as thus & no longer mentioned in the pattern:
     RS: slip first stitch purl-wise with yarn in front, complete pattern till last stitch. With yarn in front slip the last stitch purl-wise.
     WS: knit first stitch through the back loop, complete pattern till last stitch. Knit the last stitch as you normally would knit a stitch.
This will create a smooth edge that you will use to join the squares later.

Row 5 (RS): (This is where we start the color work) With C1 k3, sm, add C2 {http://youtu.be/_mOWT-ct4X8} (same basic principle on how I add my yarn colors I just do it this way anywhere in the work, make sure to leave enough of C2 to weave in later), k2 (leaving C1 hanging behind the work), *drop C2 & pick up C1 making sure that C1 is going underneath C2, K2, pick up C2 making sure that C2 is going underneath C1, k2* Repeat from * to * across to stitch marker. Drop C2, pick up C1 & k3.

(See in the photo below showing how the teal is over the top of the cream since I am ready to knit with the cream again. This “ties” the yarn together. Basically you are making a twist in the yarn.)

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Row 6 (WS): K3 in C1, bring C1 back to the front ready to purl & drop, *pick up C2 & k2, drop C2, pick up C1 & P2* Repeat from * to * across until you reach the stitch marker, drop C2 & pick up C1 & move yarn to the back ready to knit, sm, k3.

(see the photo below showing how the dropped yarn is always over the top of the to be worked yarn)

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Repeat rows 5 & 6 till your piece measures 8.5 inches.

Then drop C2 (to be woven in later, you can cut this just make sure to leave enough to weave in later) and complete 4 rows of garter stitch (knit every row) & then bind off using your choice of bind off. I normally use a basic knitting bind off {http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/binding-off} the first video for a square like this. Just do your best to keep your tension even.

Now go back & weave in the ends of the teal into the garter sections of C1.

SIDE NOTES:

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Your two yarn colors are going to get twisted horribly during this work. I have tried every trick, tip, or cheat I can find to prevent this but it has never happened. You can work with bobbins if you choose to, but I find it is just as easy to unwind the colors at the end of each row. This is my main issue with color work. I find it to be annoying but some people don’t.