Would you like to add intricate colorwork and texture patterns to your knitting in a new and exciting way? This technique is just for you! Purl inlay colorwork technique creates unique designs that are sure to impress. My adventure in this new technique started when I stumbled upon an old machine-knitting book that featured some curious and interesting patterns. The designs of this “weaving” technique immediately caught my attention as something I had never seen before in hand knitting. So, I spent some time experimenting to recreate this machine knitting “weaving” technique by hand. The technique is similar to the inlay technique, but the yarn always stays on the right side of the fabric, never crossing to the wrong side.
To achieve this you have to secure the contrast color yarn on the right side of the fabric, creating an intricate pattern that looks like an embroidery stitch. Then you combine this with weaving principles to create beautiful motifs. In resume, the colorwork patterns are worked by weaving the new color into the fabric using a purl stitch. Despite its intricate look, this technique is surprisingly simple to execute! With a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to create stunning, one-of-a-kind designs that will impress everyone. And if you know how to purl on the Portuguese knitting style it gets even easier. You’ll love it!
- introduction to purl inlay colorwork, how to secure the 2 colors;
- how to work the basic purl inlay stitch using the 2 colors;
- how to read the purl inlay colorwok charts;
- how to work the motifs, following the charts, knitting in the round;
- how to work the motifs, following the charts, knitting flat (in rows);
- all students receive the pattern for a cowl using this tecnhique.
1 ball of DK/aran weight yarn + 1 ball of super Bulky weight yarn in contrasting colors; 5 mm circular knitting needles (or the number recommended by the DK yarn used).
You should know how to cast on, bind off, work basic stitch patterns, increases and decreases and knit in the round small circumferences (magic-loop or DPNs); it’s a plus if you know how to work stranded colorwok (jacquard).
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