How to Knit: How to Change Color When Knitting

Example of basic colorwork stripes

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latch\xe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

This video will help you learn how to add a new color of yarn when knitting. This skill is used for most color work techniques and is much easier than it might seem. It is useful for doing stripes, fair isle, and even can be used to add a new ball of yarn when you run out.

Skill: Easy

There are no steps for this technique. Basically you want to hold your new contrasting color (CC) of yarn the same way you would your main color (MC) of working yarn and work your pattern with it. It might help to work the tail of the yarn with the working part of the yarn for a few stitches to secure the end so it isn’t too loose as you continue in your pattern.

Example of basic colorwork stripes
Example of basic colorwork stripes

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4 thoughts on “How to Knit: How to Change Color When Knitting

  1. ellen says:

    Please check out the video. Seems to have glitches in it. Very informative, but difficult to focus with all the little delays.
    Have enjoyed watching your other videos. Excellent voice for tutorials, and great camera angle.

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      Hi Ellen!

      The video works fine on my end. Most likely you just need to let it buffer before you watch it all the way through.

  2. Hailey says:

    Hi there!

    Just a quick question… what do you do with the tail of the main color (yellow) to ensure it does not unravel?

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      You’ll weave it in later. It’s not going to unravel once it’s integrated into the pattern.

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