|Emerson by Kate Gagnon Osborn|
from Kelbourne Woolens
Our first example of stranded plaid knitting, Emerson, is a pretty cardigan with a basic pattern in two colors. If you look back to the first plaid post, you'll see this is the same pattern as the slipped stitch Dhurrie from Rowan. The difference is Dhurrie's slip stitch technique resulted in puffy solid squares which created dimension in the fabric. With Emerson's stranded knitting, the result is a smooth surface.
(Of course, a smooth surface of stranded knitting is only achieved with blocking and good technique. If the floats of carried yarn across the back of the work are pulled too tight, stranded knitting will also be puckered.)
|Aunt Fred by Pamela Wynnefrom The Rhinebeck Sweater|
One of the potential drawbacks of stranded knitting is its warmth. With two strands of yarn used to create every row, a stranded sweater is both extra warm and extra heavy. And when a heavier yarn is used, the sweater is often too warm to be worn indoors. Of course, that might be just what you want in an accessory such as a hat or mittens.
|Gingham Neck Warmer in Double Knit|
by Gabriella Kartz
Next up: one-stranded intarsia.