Catching Floats in Colorwork

My favourite method for working stranded colorwork is to hold one color yarn in the left hand and the other color in the right hand. It's easy and rhythmic to catch floats this way once you get the hang of it. Most of the time you'll be working only on the RS, but because patterns occasionally call for colorwork on the WS, I've included videos to show you how to catch floats on the WS too. The videos here show me catching floats every other stitch, which is a method I used in my Knitter's Dude and Tokul patterns. It's handy for motifs that have very long floats in a number of places. You can also use this method to catch floats every inch or so, which is more useful for projects with fewer long floats.

Wrapping the Background Color on the RS

Here's how I wrap my background color when I'm working with the dominant color. (I always hold my dominant color in my left hand.)

Wrapping the Dominant Color on the RS

Here's how I wrap my dominant color when I'm working with the background color. (Dominant color is in the left hand, background color is in the right hand.)

Wrapping the Background Color on the WS

Here's how I wrap my background color when I'm working with the dominant color on the WS. (Dominant color is in the left hand, background color is in the right hand.)

Wrapping the Dominant Color on the WS

Here's how I wrap my dominant color when I'm working with the background color on the WS. (Dominant color is in the left hand, background color is in the right hand.)


Patterns That Use This Technique