Knit Faster With Continental Knitting: Color & Texture
New to Continental knitting? Check out Lorilee's first class, Knit Faster With Continental Knitting.Work the patterns you love with more speed and less hand strain! Join popular instructor Lorilee Beltman and see how having a free hand to hold your yarn can make a huge difference when knitting texture and colorwork. You'll begin by learning the steps for the Tunisian knit stitch as well as the three-color linen stitch. Then, find out how much easier knitting Continental style (sometimes known as left-handed knitting) makes mosaic colorwork and even cables. When you move on, Lorilee will share a variety of Gansey-style patterns that work up easily from alternating knits and purls. Want to add even more colorwork to your Continental toolkit? You'll discover how Continental techniques turn stranding into a speedy, strain-free process. Plus, you'll knit a gorgeous sampler cowl along the way to hone your new skills!
If you are new to Continental knitting and want to master the basics before trying this more intermediate class, check out Lorilee's first class, Knit Faster With Continental Knitting.
Lorilee Beltman is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor and a TNNA designer and teacher who has taught at national events around the country since 2009. It was once Lorilee opened her own knitting business, City Knitting, that she realized her passion for spreading knowledge and helping knitters past their roadblocks. You can find some of her articles in respected magazines such as Twist Collective and Interweave Knits.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet popular instructor Lorilee Beltman and start by reviewing the yarn and tools that work best for Continental projects. Then, tackle the provisional cast-on, pick up tips for transitioning between differing stitch counts and find out how to use yarn markers to keep track in your work.
The beautiful Tunisian knit stitch is loaded with yarn overs and slip sttiches -- and Continental style lets you streamline all the steps! Find out how, before Lorilee demonstrates a classic Tunisian pattern: the three-color linen stitch. To work this gorgeous pattern, you'll move the yarn from back to front and back again.
Make mosaic stitch faster and easier with Continental knitting! This classic colorwork style only knits one color at a time, slipping stitches after the yarn is brought forward or back. Lorilee will show you how to work it in Continental and help you troubleshoot along the way.
Explore rich textures such as cables to make your knitting pop! Lorilee guides you through cabling without a cable needle or ever having to let go of your yarn. Then, discover some Gansey-style stitch patterns that are achieved by simply switching back and forth between knits and purls. When knit in Continental style these patterns work up faster than ever!
Find out how Continental knitting makes vertically stranded colorwork and even colorwork lace easier. Lorilee shows you how to work your main color entirely by picking, throwing in the occasional contrast stitch as you go. Then, get some practice with your cowl's colorwork lace motif to hone your yarn overs, increases and decreases.
In the standard style, stranded colorwork requires both of your hands to work together. But in the Continental style, your free hand provides added control for faster, more approachable stranding. Follow along for a step-by-step breakdown before Lorilee walks you through grafting the ends of your cozy new cowl together.