Stranded knitting involves using multiple colors of yarn in a single row or round to create intricate colorwork patterns.
When working with two different colors in stranded knitting. It's important to consider yarn dominance to ensure that your pattern looks as intended. Yarn dominance refers to which color should appear more prominent or dominant in the finished fabric.
In stranded knitting, you can hold one color in each hand (one color in your right hand and one in your left hand) or both in the same hand. You hold one colour so that it’s always coming from under the other colour when you switch yarns. This will naturally be consistent across a row or round unless you are one of these people (like me) that drop the yarn when switching to the other yarn. In this case its important to be consistant in which yarn comes under the other yarn.
An explanation of yarn dominance - If the colour is held higher it’s going straight across to the next set of stitches in its colour. The yarn held lower is dipping down a little before stranding across and then back up again to reach the stitch. Some of that extra yarn naturally transfers into the stitch, making the stitches in the lower yarn bigger. Hence dominant colour — it makes the pattern pop more against the background.
Yarn dominance is a matter of personal preference and the specific effect you want to achieve in your project. You can try different methods and see which one works best for your desired outcome. It becomes more noticeable when using slippy yarns (wool/alpaca mix for example) as the yarn tends to slip into exagerated bigger stitches than it does for sticky yarns and when doing corrugated ribbing (ever noticed those big purl bumps?).My sample photos below show corrugated ribbing worked in a slippy yarn.
Make sure to catch the floats (strands of yarn not in use) behind the stitches consistently so that they are not too loose or too tight.
Maintain even tension in both colors to avoid puckering or distortion.
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