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Purple Linda January
Purple Linda January

Joining in yarn

Work until one stitch before the first colour change, lay the new yarn (pink) across the main colour (blue) leaving a 10cm tail and knit the stitch in the main shade (blue). This method makes it easier to adjust the stitches later if necessary.
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Step 1

Changing from main colour (blue) to new colour (pink) Select the new shade (pink), pass it over the main colour (blue) and knit the required stitch. Keep the previous stitches evenly spaced along the RH needle, like they would be spaced in the finished fabric, so the float or strand of the new colour (pink) that passes behind them is the correct length for the distance. Use the same technique on a purl row, but purl the stitches instead of knitting them.

Joining in yarn

Step 2

Select the main colour (blue) from under the new shade (pink), and knit the required stitch. Again, be aware of the spacing of the stitches on the RH needle – do not allow the stitches to bunch up or become too widely spaced. Use the same technique on a purl row, but purl the stitches instead of knitting them.

Joining in yarn

Step 3

Twist one colour over the other before working the last stitch of the row. This continues the dense Fair Isle fabric to the edge of your work and positions both yarns to the left of the stitches on the following row.

Joining in yarn

Step 4

The strands or floats should be loose enough so as to not to pucker the work, but not so slack as to snag or create baggy stitches when the yarn is first worked again.

Joining in yarn
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Joining in yarn
Work until one stitch before the first colour change, lay the new yarn (pink) across the main colour (blue) leaving a 10cm tail and knit the stitch in the main shade (blue). This method makes it easier to adjust the stitches later if necessary.

Step 1

Changing from main colour (blue) to new colour (pink) Select the new shade (pink), pass it over the main colour (blue) and knit the required stitch. Keep the previous stitches evenly spaced along the RH needle, like they would be spaced in the finished fabric, so the float or strand of the new colour (pink) that passes behind them is the correct length for the distance. Use the same technique on a purl row, but purl the stitches instead of knitting them.

Joining in yarn

Step 2

Select the main colour (blue) from under the new shade (pink), and knit the required stitch. Again, be aware of the spacing of the stitches on the RH needle – do not allow the stitches to bunch up or become too widely spaced. Use the same technique on a purl row, but purl the stitches instead of knitting them.

Joining in yarn

Step 3

Twist one colour over the other before working the last stitch of the row. This continues the dense Fair Isle fabric to the edge of your work and positions both yarns to the left of the stitches on the following row.

Joining in yarn

Step 4

The strands or floats should be loose enough so as to not to pucker the work, but not so slack as to snag or create baggy stitches when the yarn is first worked again.

Joining in yarn
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