66 thoughts on “Stranded Knitting – Methods of Holding Yarns

  • I'm a thrower and I've tried picking. I am able to pick the knit stitch with ease but I have great difficulty picking the purl stitch. Do you have any suggestions?

  • It is instinctively easier to hold the yarns in separate hands. I "throw" by keeping my right hand on the needles and scoop the yarn. Although I learned to knit English, I find Coninental to be faster. I really hate pushing the tip of the needle to get a stitch off, though, and am dismayed to see how many knitters do it. I end up with sore finger tips from that…and it slows me down.

  • I've never done stranded knitting because I didn't know how to deal with the yarns. I really enjoyed how you demonstrated the different methods. I'm keeping your demo in my library, you do a wonderful job of explaining your work. I give you an A+ πŸ™‚

  • I think your video is wonderful! I love how you show the different ways that can be chosen to work with two colors. I knit Continental (which now I know is called picking) and I like that I can try out different ways. Using my right hand too will be a challenge but it should be fun to try πŸ™‚ I'm looking forward to viewing more of yours πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  • I hold both yarns in my right hand (never did get the hang of Continental knitting!), but over separate fingers – one yarn over my first finger, the other over my middle finger. That way they stay separate and I don't end up with them both trying to end up in the same stitch!
    The other thing I do to keep my floats a decent length is to knit small things like socks inside-out. If the floats are going around the outside of the work I'm less likely to pull them tight; I can also see them as I do the next row and keep an eye on whether they're pulling in, did I get the yarns twisted, etc.

  • Hello, dear, with every video you help me so much! I've none to show me knitting so it's very bad needed tho me watching the best videos to help me – and yours are simply the best I could find: the right words, the right movings, you speak calm and clear no one feels down after watching your videos, thinking she can't do that, I'm contrast you lift uggs tho tho be prepared. THANK YOU SO MUCH! YOU'RE GREAT ALL IN ALL!

  • iΒ΄m a portuguese style knitter, but i always learn something lookingΒ  other's method.thank you for sharing your knowledge.kisses from Portugal !

  • I always wondered what the advantage is of using 2 circulars rather than 1 long circular. My knitting is so much better because of you. Dianne

  • I like the pace of instruction and the optional techniques of applying the stranded knitting method.Β  Thanks!

  • I thought you had to bring the new color up from underneath with each color change. This video was enlightening to me! Thank you.

  • Great tips! Β I learned using both hands and had not seen both yarns in either right or left hand before. Β I see why I was taught to use both hands and I am a continental knitter, so I found it much easier. Β Thank you.

  • This was a really useful demo, thanks for showing a comparison of all the different ways to hold the yarn πŸ™‚

  • Thanks Suzanne, your instructions are so clear. I too prefer 2 hand tension when color knitting but use the combo method of purling. As a teacher I always pick up some new tip or trick watching other knitter's videos so I can pass them on to my students. See you on avelry.

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  • How does this work as flat for a scarf? The working of the wrong side is confusing me. I've got bars where there should be none.

  • Hi, Suzanne! Thank you so much for this video! I made a couple of pairs of fingerless gloves using stranded knitting using two circulars, and my biggest problems were a fold where each needle ended, and tangled yarn. Using the methods you've shown here, I feel confident that both these problems will be solved. I can't wait to get out my yarn and try them! Again – thank you!

  • I’m so glad I watched this video. I watched your other one about knitting on the tips of your needles and I was trying to apply that to 2-color knitting on my sock. It got so bunched up and tight and I could barely knit. I almost gave up until I saw this video and realized what I was doing wrong. Thank you from a new knitter! I barely know what I’m doing half the time!😘

  • As a "picker" I really appreciate this video which shows the difference and helps me approach two handed knitting for my first "fair isle kep"….

  • I like the two colors you chose for your tutorial and I am now an avid fan of stranded knitting. I'm practicing techniques for baby hat donations.

  • Suzanne, thank you for making this video! It is very helpful. I am new to knitting, I have crocheted for 40+ years and have always wanted to learn to knit. I started knitting about a month ago, I'm finishing a hat and a dishcloth. I am still trying to find the most comfortable way to hold the yarn while knitting, this video is great for showing different ways to do that. You make it look so easy!

  • Thank you so much for this video. I have been hunting for a good video on this for weeks. I so appreciate it.

  • I have been scanning through videos all afternoon, trying to get some clarity on yarn dominance; in other words, when doing stranded knitting, should I hold my background color in my right hand or my left?
    I am a righthanded person. I prefer to knit Continental, but I can knit English. I have a main background color, and a contrast color that I do not want to recede into the background, but I cannot seem to determine which hand gives me the yarn with the dominant (non-receding) color when I use both hands.
    From watching this video with purple and white yarn, I think you are showing me that "white is right" and contrast is left, but I am still not really sure. Do you have a video that addresses this topic?
    I really like your video style. Calm and focused on the topic; no music or cats or comments on the weather or how you spent your weekend. Thank you for that!

  • Thank You just doesn't seem to be enough to really to express my gratitude. I am a new new knitter, and being my lifelong over achiever self, I bought a pattern that to me means I will have accomplished what I set out to do, in finally learning to knit. At 40 something, I had tried and failed to learn to knit a half dozen times. I tried to convince myself that crocheting was enough over the last three decades, but socks have been a disappointment all that time. Now with YouTube I had finally done it I knitted socks. Of course they are basic with the only color changes at the heels and toes. Now I thought that color work pattern was obtainable. Nope. But the pattern was similar enough to what you were doing here, that I finally got it. Knitting this type of socks was actually No. 3 on my bucket list and now thanks to you I've been able to mark it off my list. Like I said, Thank You just doesn't seem to be enough.

  • Big thank you for lovely clear shots and description. I'm a thrower, and have always struggled with using two or more colours. I'm flying along now using both hands! I've been knitting almost 50 years, so just shows you are never too old to learn a new trick. πŸ˜€

  • Does standed mean 2 different strands? I'm an airhead but trying to do one side white other blac fingerless gloves eith invisible cast on and thus far it isnt gong well. I realize this isnt what i am trying to do but im also using 2 different methods of k nk itting the Russian purling and something else im not sure maybe throwing

  • thank you for explaining tension…..looks like I need to frog a few rows back to the begin of my chart…..since it starts from a moss stitch border.

  • I like to watch several different videos to learn a new technique and always end up coming back to yours. They are the best. You take your time and don't rush through the demo. Thank You for your expertise.

  • Thank you Suzanne. I’m a new knitter who has been trying for years to learn. I crochet. If I hadn’t have found your channel I’m not sure I would have learned. You’re very clear and easy to follow and I love to watch you knit. Thanks to you I am now a knitter.

  • Hey…I'm a thrower….l.tried the two handed method…but my tension was a bit ..strange …..sometimes I use the two-handed method when working fairisle in the round…MAYBE A HAT

  • Suzanne, thank you so much for your wonderful tutorials. They are always so clear and easy to understand. As a brand spanking new knitter, I really appreciate how you always show each technique several times so I have an opportunity to see it from different angles. I think your tutorials are great! Thanks again. πŸ‘ŠπŸ˜˜

  • Great video! It was especially helpful to see all the different ways to hold the yarn. The pace was perfect – not too fast or too slow. Thank you very much. I have subscribed and will be watching more of your videos.

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