Color Dominance – Myth or Fact?
In preparing to teach, I have again learned much more about my workshop subject. With stranded knitting, there is the possibility of color dominance!
Color Dominance – Who Knew?!?!
I’m putting together workshop materials for a two-handed, stranded knitting workshop at the Men’s Knitting Retreat in May. I’m also creating samples of knitted items using the technique. During my research, many of the experts seemed to think that how you hold your yarn during stranded knitting can affect the visual prominence of one color over the other.
The prevailing theory is that the yarn held to the left will create a slightly larger, more prominent stitch. Most of the people that discuss this phenomenon say it’s because you use more yarn to create stitches from yarn coming in on the left-hand. So, with two-handed, stranded knitting, you’d want to hold the color that you want to show up more clearly in your left hand.
I had to test this theory for myself. In the two gaiters in the feature photo, can you tell which color I held in my left hand?
Especially on some of the diagonal lines, and the legs of the deer, it is noticeable. In the green/yellow version I held the yellow yarn in my left hand and the purple/yellow version I held the yellow in my right hand.
Other Things I Learned
My theory, however is the more prominent stitches are caused by the position of the floats behind the work…not the amount of yarn it takes to execute the stitch.
I also learned new ways of keeping floats neat, but relaxed enough not to restrict the stretch of the fabric.
Anyone else have thoughts or ideas about this?
Fred and Connie both guessed cables for my new project. But Connie was closer when she suggested an edging for a knitted piece. Although Fred was definitely correct that it is Malabrigo…Rios to be specific (promotional link).
I’m doing a slip-stitch afghan that starts with an i-cord cast-on. I’ll be using six or seven different colors of Malabrigo Rios, so it will continue to look very different as I progress.
So far, it’s been a very pleasant knit.