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Emily Explains: Colorwork With Two Hands

For those of you who have not seen it already, booklet #360 Folk Art is full of beautiful garments and accessories using colorwork. I’m dying to knit Dahlia and Agave for this spring.

I do not have a lot of experience with colorwork, so to refresh my memory I’ve been swatching with some yarns used in Agave.
I practiced knitting with two colors in two hands with information from one of my favorite stitch dictionaries, 150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone.

Follow along with me to see how it’s done.

Hope this helps with your next colorwork project!

Happy Making,



3 thoughts on “Emily Explains: Colorwork With Two Hands

  1. I don’t remember when or where I first heard about this technique. I normally knit continental (a smidge tightly) and have trouble with very loose tension using British-style knitting. When I try to knit two-handed colorwork, my work puckers. How do I keep this from happening?

    1. I think it is all in the practice but something I read I found helpful is to consistently be smoothing out your work on the right side of your needle. By doing this you are also smoothing out the floats running behind your knitting, keeping them at just about the right length. This should help avoid puckering!
      Good luck!

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