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  1. Laurie Rickward
    January 22, 2022 @ 4:07 am

    Just starting a colour work sweater. So glad I found you. Your videos have inspired and taught me so much. I definitely feel more confident. Thank you!

  2. Elizabeth DeHaven Abel
    December 2, 2021 @ 7:56 am

    I love your blog and all your instructions along with perfectly placed videos! Thank you so much! In this day and age, it’s extremely difficult to go for knitting lessons and I feel like I’m sitting right there with you learning. What is the best method for making sure your floats are loose enough when knitting. I’m working on it and I realize no matter which method I use for trapping the longer floats, I’ll sometimes have to loosen the yarn. I have some puckering snowmen on a hat right now, but I’ll live with it. I can see improvement. I know it’s a slow work in progress. I hate to avoid stranded knitting or fair isle because I love, love the look, but I don’t want to ruin a lovely pattern with novice work. I know: slow and steady, right? Thank you again for all your beautiful patterns and knitting lessons. I so appreciate it and YOU!

    • Alexa Ludeman
      December 2, 2021 @ 12:24 pm

      Hi Elizabeth – Thanks so much for your kind words! For keeping those floats nice and loose I recommend trying a longer cord to your circular needle (this spreads out the stitches and forces those floats to be nice and long) and spreading out your stitches on the right hand needle after a long stretch of one colour.

  3. arlene j shipper
    October 28, 2021 @ 9:04 am

    A huge thank you for sharing your wisdom! I was introduced to your helpful tutorials when knitting the Grumpy Grandpa Cardigan.


  4. Lisa Narayanan
    October 28, 2021 @ 6:19 am

    Hi. I recently completed a color work sweater and the yoke is snugger than the body. Likely because I need to work on the tension of my floats. I’ve heard of some people switching to a larger needle for the color work. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Alexa Ludeman
      November 1, 2021 @ 10:33 am

      Hi Lisa – Yep, lots of folks find going up a needle size very helpful! Give it a try and see if it’s the solution for you.

  5. Maureen Murley
    October 5, 2021 @ 10:50 pm

    This is a great email, which I just found because it went to spam. 🤔 Thank you for the information – I feel more confident about trying colorwork .

  6. Laura Trickel
    October 4, 2021 @ 8:17 pm

    Hi Ladies
    Your great presenation has take the fear out of at lease trying colorwork.
    Thank you
    Whale woman

  7. Lindy Van Fleet
    September 30, 2021 @ 5:56 am

    I do colorwork using continental knitting, with both strands on my left forefinger. Foreground color nearest the fingertip, background further down. When doing more than 4 stitches in a row, just flip the unwanted color over the correct color. That will trap the float.

    Lovely colorwork in the tutorials.

  8. Julie Paige
    September 29, 2021 @ 7:46 am

    Tension is my struggle-any tips or videos on how to tension properly to avoid floats? This is my biggest hurdle in colourwork-the float tension.

    • Alexa Ludeman
      September 29, 2021 @ 10:06 am

      Hi Julie – The key to tension in colourwork is keeping those floats nice and loose. You can’t avoid them, but they need to be loose so they aren’t causing your fabric to ‘pinch in’. One tip is to spread out the sts on the right hand needle before carrying your yarn across in a long float.

  9. Neisha Dahlstrom
    September 29, 2021 @ 5:52 am

    Thank you!! This was all very helpful. I’ve done a couple colorwork projects and I appreciate all of this good info in one place!

  10. Marge Sturgill
    September 28, 2021 @ 6:17 pm

    This is perfect timing. I’ve knit for over 50 years and have just stuck my toe into colorwork. Your explanations and videos are so helpful (as always). Thank you for the simple, easy to follow directions. What I’m gathering is that the ease of the floats comes with practice.

  11. Mary
    September 28, 2021 @ 8:53 am

    This is fantastic!
    Just perfect.
    Thank you so much ☺️

  12. Mona Wadington
    September 27, 2021 @ 4:42 pm

    Great videos. Thank you. I have a question on color dominance. I thought you said to put the red yarn in your left hand to make it dominant, but then I thought you said to make a diamond shape stand out, you would put the yarn in your right hand. I’m assuming you are right handed. Why would the shape be different from the color dominance? Thanks again!

  13. Eva
    September 27, 2021 @ 1:35 pm

    Hi ! Thank you for the videos!

    I have a question, how loose should I knit when changing colors ? I was told it is never too loose when knitting multi colors . But I got big Vs in knitting color pattern stitches, then stockinette stitches. It there any way to fix this problem?

    Thank you for your help.


    • Alexa Ludeman
      September 28, 2021 @ 10:49 am

      Hi Eva – This isn’t the most satisfying answer but: if you have big Vs it probably means it’s a little too loose. You want it to be loose, so the floats don’t cause puckering, but not so loose that you get distorted stitches.

  14. Katherine Hill
    September 27, 2021 @ 11:20 am

    This email came at the perfect time. I am a knitting chicken. I often stick with what I know instead of trying new things. You have inspired me to cast on a colourwork hat this week! Thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowledge.

  15. joan
    September 27, 2021 @ 9:47 am

    Thank you for videos!!!!

  16. Anna Buchholtz
    September 27, 2021 @ 8:17 am

    I’ve been embarking on my first colorwork sweater and of course, accidentally chose one where a few times, there are three colors within the same row! I usually do colorwork with the two hand method – any tips for how to add in that third color? (I’ve ended up doing a not-so-sophisticatd continental CC and the “drop and pick up” method with the other two colors on my throwing hand)

    • Alexa Ludeman
      September 27, 2021 @ 10:53 am

      Hi Anna – For the odd 3 colour round I usually have one yarn in my right and two yarns in my left, but I ‘drop and pick up’ with the two in my left hand.

  17. knittingissofun
    September 26, 2021 @ 8:59 pm

    Excellent timing as I start a pair of colorwork advent socks.

  18. jane Straut
    September 26, 2021 @ 6:29 am

    Thank you, been nervous about trying this but after watching and reading feel confident to give it a go

  19. growbakeknit
    September 25, 2021 @ 11:25 pm

    Fantastic information and lots of great resources,,,and 2 free patterns to get started! Thank you so much!

  20. Theresa Hofstetter
    September 24, 2021 @ 9:28 am

    Thank you! It is my goal for this winter to knit my first colorwork sweater. This is all very helpful information.

    • Emily Wessel
      September 27, 2021 @ 1:50 am

      Good luck! Sometimes the toughest bit is casting on :)

  21. askcarolynwarren
    September 24, 2021 @ 8:01 am

    What a great tutorial! Thank you for the idea of tying ends and letting them felt themselves over time.

  22. Linda Natanagara
    September 24, 2021 @ 6:08 am

    The timing of this is hilarious. I’ve always been intimidated to try anything with more than one color. This past week I was thinking, “Maybe if I had someone really break it down for me . . ” and thought I might start poking around to find tutorials for beginning colorwork. Thank you so much!