|An unpublished design by Theresa Schabes.|
Yarn: Rowan Kid Silk Haze
|#18 Checkerboard Hat by Theresa Schabes|
from 60 More Quick Knits
For me, the biggest challenge to two-stranded knitting is working with the many strands of yarn, since there is a yarn for each vertical column of color. While many knitters use bobbins (small plastic clips with yarn would around them), I prefer to cut long pieces and frequently join ends. While both bobbins and long ends will tangle as they are wound around each other (required by the technique), at least the long ends can be pulled loose. And, although I am often joining ends, mohair blend yarns respond very well to my favorite joining technique, spit-splicing.
To make two-stranded intarsia a more visually sophisticated fabric, I like to combine it with the applied crochet technique. Looking closely at the shawl design at left, the gray and white background is worked as double-stranded intarsia, while the contrasting orange stripes are horizontal stripes and vertical applied crochet chain. In the next post we'll cover applied crochet chain, which is such a great technique for creating plaid.
|Gait's Hair Shawl by Theresa Schabes|