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:
When you are working long stretches in a single colour in stranded colourwork it creates a very long 'float' across the back of the stitches with the second colour.
The best way of dealing with this is by 'trapping' that long float at the center of the stitches so that you don't have a very long loop that can get caught at the back of your work.
When working stranded colourwork you will need to work with at least two colours at a time. Using both of your hands to hold the yarn allows you to ensure your yarns never get crossed. In addition to this it will help keep the dominant and background colours consistent.
The yarn you hold in your left hand (as it come from below) will be the dominant colour. This is usually the main pattern stitch. The background colour will then be in your right hand. You can opt to swap these around but once you keep it consistent it works well. (I'd suggest even swatching to check which you prefer).
Helical Stripes, or helical knitting, has got a huge variety of uses, the basic concept is that you change the colour every round but to avoid a jog you only knit to 3 stitches before the previous colour change, slip those 3 stitches and then pick up the other colour. The place you change the colour of your yarn keeps jogging back 3 stitches and one colour is 'chasing' the other one which means that you have no colour 'jog' or place where you have the yarn looping over itself. It's idea if you are working in the round and need to alternate 2 skeins of hand dyed yarn.
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