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Learn to Knit: How to Knit Slip Stitch Colourwork

11th June 2021 colourwork 10 min read
Learn to Knit: How to Knit Slip Stitch Colourwork | Stolen Stitches Tutorial

Slip Stitch colourwork is a very easy way to create colourwork patterns. Using this technique, you slip the stitches in the second colour so you are only ever working in one colour at a time. 

You can find out how you slip your stitches and where you position your yarn in this video and if you continue to scroll, you can find our FAQ and tip section: 

How to knit slip stitch colourwork:

You can create different effects with slipped stitches depending whether you leave the strand of yarn across your slipped stitches behind or in front of your work.

To keep the 'strand' at the back of your work:

  1. On the right side, work to where you want to slip your stitches, slip the stitches purlwise, with the yarn in the back.
  2. On the wrong side slip the same stitches purlwise with the yarn in the front.

To keep the 'strand' at the front of your work:

  1. On the right side, work to where you want to slip your stitches, slip the stitches purlwise, with the yarn in the front.
  2. On the wrong side slip the same stitches purlwise with the yarn in the back.

 

FAQ's for Slip Stitch Colourwork:

Q: What is slip stitch colourwork?

A: As you can see from the above video, this is when we create different effects in our knitting by moving stitches to the front or back of our yarn without knitting them. This is a very easy way to create colourwork patterns. 

Q: What is a slip stitch pattern? 

A: In knitting, the slip stitch technique involves transferring stitches from the left needle to the right needle without working them. This can be done in two ways - slip stitch knitwise (as if to knit) or slip stitch purlwise (as if to purl). By changing the position of the yarn - either at the front or the back of the work - different effects can be created.

If you'd like to learn more, pop over to our colourwork tutorials.


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Carol Feller

Carol trained as a structural engineer, and she brings that love of analysing structure into her knitting, creating complex patterns that are easy to understand, while her approach to process is all about testing and playing, and making mistakes along the way. That’s where the joy lies!

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