Believe it or not, I dreamed about this technique and I made it work. You will never color knit like before (means fiddling around with 2 or more threads of yarn). But see for your self, spread the word and tell me about your experience with this astonishing Fair Isle Technique.
Video #1 * Understanding the technique
There is a simple rule, where to place Yarnovers (YO). We need them to “weave” in the other color during the next turn (every 2nd stitch actually). So therefore you slip groups of stitches of the “other” color according the following rule::
1 stitch: NO YO, just slip
2 stitches: slip [YO slip]
3 stitches: slip [YO slip] slip
4 stitches: slip [YO slip] slip [YO slip]
5 stitches: slip [YO slip] slip [YO slip] slip
6 stitches: slip [YO slip] slip [YO slip] slip [YO slip]
7 stitches: slip [YO slip] slip [YO slip] slip [YO slip] slip
and so on…
Video #2 * Practicing by knitting along stitch-by-stitch
To prove that my new Fair Isle Technique works with practically every pattern, I made this video for you, where you may knit along with me stitch by stitch through a complete pattern repeat of a simple animal print (24 stitches by 24 rows).
While this special video is extraordinary long (more than 1 hour) you don’t need to watch it to the end actually. I am sure you get the principle after a few minutes. But if you like to knit along with me, I promise you have learned color knitting after this hour.
I chose a simple animal print for beginners as it forgives small errors. And if you are not ready yet to start with color knitting, then you may use this video instead of counting sheep >;o)
In addition to the video you may download two free animal print knitting charts: