I've been trying my hand at fair isle or stranded knitting, but really had no instruction or visual aids to go by. I was going by something I heard years ago about always having the yarn go under the color change so there won't be a hole.
By putting the yarn under each other, it required physically changing the position of the yarn after each stitch, which not only slows down the knitting process, but gets old very fast.
So I did some research on line and came across this wonderful video showing how to knit stranded work without tangling or changing position! I feel like a silly goat that the items I've knit with color change so far have been knit completely wrong, not to mention the hard way.
If you are new to stranded work, take a moment to view this video from the Philosopher's Wool Company. She calmingly walks you through the two handed technique.
This brings us to right or left handed knitting. I have always held the yarn in my left hand. This technique requires holding yarn in both, one color in the left, one color in the right.
I have found that I am completely uncoordinated using the right, but I'm sure with some practice I can master this.
I started out with a simple hat, using scraps that I had laying around.
Knitting this was SO MUCH FUN! I love working with colors and using the technique from the video, it goes super fast.
I'll send this hat out to my grandson, Warren who loves skiing and sledding. With the stranded work, it is like a double knit and sure to be an extra warm hat!