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10 Projects to Learn New Skills: Colorwork

Often, when I am looking for a new pattern for a project, I like to pick something that features a technique that I haven't tried before. This way, I learn something with each new project. Usually, I pick something on the small side (a hat, scarf, mitts, etc.). But I know more than a few knitters and crocheters who like to "go all in" when they take on a new challenge, picking out large, more complex designs to keep their yarncrafting interesting.

Whether you like a small project or a large one for a new challenge, I hope you learn something with these projects.

Join me next week for 10 more projects with which to learn new skills!

Intarsia Knitting

Create elaborate-looking designs with basic stitches when you follow a colorwork chart! By switching colors at various points in the pattern, you create graphic designs that look extremely impressive.

Got the hang of it? Create your own designs  with knitting graph paper.


Image of Intarsia Polka-Dot Scarf Image of NYC Skyline Afghan
Knit Intarsia Polka-Dot Scarf Knit NYC Skyline Afghan

Intarsia Crochet

Just like in intarsia knitting, you'll follow a chart to create beautiful designs in simple stitches.

You can also create your own charts by using crochet graph paper to draw your designs!

Image of Stripes And Arrows Afghan Image of Intarsia Brocade Afghan
Crochet Stripes and Arrows Afghan Crochet Intarsia Brocade Afghan

Slip-Stitch Knitting

Create colorwork without having to work two strands of yarn at a time. With slip-stitch knitting, elongated slipped stitches give the look of a more complex pattern.

Image of Berry Sparkle Scarf Image of Shaded Stripes Afghan
Knit Berry Sparkle Scarf Knit Shaded Stripes Afghan

Spike Stitch Crochet

Crocheters, you can get a similar effect to slip-stitch knitting with patterns using elongated stitches or spike stitches. By working stitches that sit in front of a previous row, you create colorwork without having to switch colors within the same row.

Image of 2 Color Crochet Sally Doll Image of Zen Spiral Afghan
2-Color Crochet Sally Doll Crochet Zen Spiral Afghan

Fair Isle (or Stranded Knitting)

Working with two colors in a row can feel a little strange, but once you get used to it, Fair Isle allows you to create wonderful repeating patterns in your work.

Image of Fair Isle Hat Image of Colorful Fair Isle Throw
Knit Fair Isle Hat Knit Colorful Fair Isle Throw
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