This DVD delves into color-stranded knitting, sometimes erroneously called “Fair Isle” knitting. Beth begins slowly for beginners by explaining the basics of English style knitting and purling (holding the yarn in the right hand), Continental style knitting and purling (holding the yarn in the left hand), as well as instructions for the Norwegian Purl and reading color charts.
Next, Beth explains a few different cast-ons and bind-offs in both English and Continental style. The concept of Yarn Dominance begins the section on Stranded Knitting, and is referred to through out the demonstrations so that knitters can understand with clarity how to manipulate Yarn Dominance to suit their needs. While many knitters know how to knit with two colors on the right side, working on the wrong side is not usually addressed in many resources. This DVD will teach knitters how to strand in all three styles (English, Continental, and Two-Handed) on both the right side and wrong side of the work.
In the following section Weaving is covered, which is the technique used to shorten the strands on the wrong side. This is taught for both yarns (near and far/ left and right) in all three styles (English, Continental, and Two-Handed) for both the right side and wrong side of the work.
The DVD also covers Corrugated Ribbing which is a blend of textured knitting with color stranded knitting. The knit ribs are one color while the purl ribs are another. Again, this subject is thoroughly explored through all three knitting styles and on the right side and wrong side of the work. A slide show of all of Beth’s patterns to date finishes off the DVD video material.
There are two patterns to download: one that is a little pillow for practicing the techniques of the DVD. Beth’s Pattern Fair Isle Bag is also included for further practice, and can be knitted in the round or flat (this version offers the most practice for the knitter).
You can view a video on YouTube to learn more about the DVD.