I have always been a little frustrated at the seeming lack of YouTube tutorials that explain how to create colour dominance in stranded knitting. One would have been immensely useful to me when I was working out how to get my motifs to ‘pop’ against the background fabric when I was learning to knit fair isle/stranded colourwork correctly.
I put these videos together to demonstrate techniques that I describe in my upcoming sock pattern, Veronica Speedwell. The videos were shot in one take, and they are by no means a polished performance, but I think they get the message through, so I am happy enough to post them! Please forgive the verbal fumbling and the plaster in the first video. My finger is suffering from excessive contact with sharp, pointy sticks. 🙂
I don’t address holding the yarn in this video. There are many, many YouTube tutorials out there on this subject, so feel free to explore them to find a method you prefer. As you can see, my technique is the simplest – I carry the yarn one colour at a time.
The sock you see in the video is my prototype for another pattern. Don’t look too closely now! 😀
On colour dominance and general tips on stranded knitting:
On catching long floats: