TUTORIAL: Continental Stranded Knitting

hey everyone it's Kristin from volyn vine yarns and the yarngasm podcast and today I thought it would share a quick tutorial on how I knit stranded colorwork and lately I've been on a huge colorwork kick so I thought I would share with you how I've started holding the yarn in my hand while knitting it in the past when I knit color work I would knit holding one strand of yarn in my left hand knitting continental style and another strand in my right hand knitting English style and knitting from either side as I need the colors so just to demonstrate I would knit from my left hand and then I would knit from my right hand while it's totally acceptable to knit this way you there's no right or wrong way to knit fair isle you have to find a way that's most comfortable and efficient for you however I was finding that it wasn't knitting as quickly as I would liked it to and you guys all know me I love a challenge so I decided to teach myself how to hold both strands in my left hand knitting continental and picking the colors up as I need them while knitting my project and here I have the sunset highway pullover a gorgeous pattern by Kaitlin hunter it's very popular right now and I couldn't resist casting one on and yeah I'm currently using two strands of yarn and I will just do a quick tutorial on how I knit holding two strands of yarn in my left hand so when I knit continental using just one strand of yarn I tensioned the yarn by wrapping it around my pinky grabbing it with my two middle fingers and my pinky and then dipping my finger under the Strand and then grabbing my needles like such however when it comes to knitting with two strands of yarn at the same time on your left hand I start off by tensioning the yarn by bringing my pinky under both strands and again grabbing grabbing those two strands together through my last three fingers on my left hand and instead of wrapping both strands around my index finger I take I do a little bit of acrobatics I take my middle finger splits those two strands down the middle and then bring my index finger under so it looks like that so you see that both strands of yarn our attention but separate so they don't get twisted while you're knitting with them so let me do that again so I take my pinky bring it under the two strands grab it take my middle finger split the yarn and then take my index finger and bring it underneath both strands and then I'm ready to knit so now I'm in the position to start knitting so since I need this a lighter speckled color I'm just gonna dip under grab it get under grab it Thunder grab it so now that I need to grab this mรณvil color which is all the way on the other side of that other strand I'm basically just going to reach across grab it and bring it under so it seems really complicated but honestly once you get the swing of it it's it's a pretty fluid motion so you just knit and grab it and grab and you can use your index finger to help you long do a couple rows for you and if you're fairly new to stranded knitting it helps to pause a couple stitches in and just kind of give your stitches a nice little stretch to prevent any puckering that might happen so and give your stitches a shuffle and I also noticed while knitting on a style it helps to prevent your yarn from twisting as opposed to knitting holding two yarns one on the left and one on the right so it is definitely a more efficient way to knit color work again no right or wrong way to do it it's just the way that I'm finding to be the most helpful for me personally and yeah I am again no expert by any means that color work I'm just getting back into it however you know I just thought I would share share the knowledge that I've learned over the past couple of weeks since learning to knit continental and when reaching for the color over here you always want to go over the first color not under but over the only exception to that is if you are catching a float so let's say like over here over here this is a far distance for this contrasting color to travel behind the move color this rose color right here so in between there if you look very closely you can see I caught the float Midway I caught the green strand Midway with a technique and so if I have to reach over here to grab this move color and knit it but for demonstration purposes if I want to catch this strand this teal strand on this stitch I am gonna go under and grab the Rose so you can see like it catches it goes over this strand right here and then lifts it off and then I'm gonna grab that and it's caught that teal strand is caught behind that stitch so yeah that is a neat little trick to practice on and again I am no expert at this I this is just how I've been adding stranded colorwork lately and I thought I would share my techniques with you so I hope you found this helpful if you did please like the video subscribe share and let me know what you think and yeah so happy knitting and I'll see you next time bye


  1. I haven't touched my knitting needles as of yet because of all the crochet projects I have lined up & have been looking at the different styles of knitting. Continental seems to be the fastest, in my opinion, and what you just showed is awesome; you've got a new subscriber…๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is so much easier and quicker. I'm glad yours was the first video in the list when I did my search.

  3. Thank you so much for this tutorial ๐ŸŒธ Iโ€™ve noticed after rearranging your stitches, the order of the two strands changed, the speckled one get more to the right (above… while before, the pink was above the speckled one) so this would mean the color dominance changes from there?

  4. Thank you so much. Do you have a tutorial on Purling the stranded knitting for Continental knitters?

  5. Thank You! Iโ€™m a continental knitter..so many vids are English style…I end up not using them. This is doable!

  6. Thank you for this new idea! I am a continental knitter struggling a bit with one strand knitting continental and one strand knitting English (which I totally dislike๐Ÿ˜ฌ)….gotta give this a try !!! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป

  7. Thanks so much for this video! I watched it when it first aired and knew it would be a big help once I was ready to attempt colorwork. This is my year to learn color work and I am a continental knitter. It's taking a bit of practice to develop the muscle memory, but your method is the best I have seen so far for me. Thanks again!

  8. I am just starting a stranded scarf pattern and could not figure out how to do the purling without making a mess of it all. Thank you. Also, do you have a stranded colorwork from the very beginning of the pattern that you can show us? I appreciate it.

  9. Thank you for sharing your technique, now I can challenge myself to do a two strand beanie!!! I am a continental knitter now I won't be afraid to do fair isle projects. Thank you!!!

  10. Thank you so much!!!!! I am exclusively a continental knitter and I couldnโ€™t even get my right hand to hold yarn let alone get it around one of my needles!!!!

  11. I love the video, this is how I do colorwork. But I was hoping you could actually link the yarn, I can't find the exact yarn. Thanks โค

  12. Every knitter at one point will try stranded knitting. Your video is creative and encouraging, so Imwill share this with my class of newbies! Thanks, Kristin ๐Ÿ’•

  13. Love this! Iโ€™m currently learning double knitting, and this hold speeds up the process considerably. Thanks!๐Ÿ˜˜

  14. Oh I thought this would be so complicated but I can do that! I used to knit western and very very slowly. I now knit continental and fly trough it (thank you youtube for telling me there was another way) and this looks so much fun!

  15. I have tried this several times, but you go way too fast. It would be great if you slowed down and showed the stitch slowly – and I'm not a new knitter!

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