In this week's tutorial I'll be sharing my technique for adding contrast colors to Gaugetastic Stitches in your knitting. (If you don't know what Gaugetastic Stitches are, here's a tutorial on the basics. They were previously referred to as Large Gauge Stitches.) The technique is very similar, but this time you'll be adding in an extra strand of yarn to add interest & some color-play.
I taught a class on this technique last Summer and had a wonderful time seeing everyone's color combinations in their projects. Please make sure to tag me if you share your projects on Instagram so I can see how you take this technique & make it your own! As always, if you have any questions, you can always email me directly: email@example.com
Have fun & happy knitting!
Knitting project with stitches live on the needles
Knitting Needles Appropriate to the Yarn
Crochet Hook similar in size to your knitting needles
Contrast Yarn in Lace or Fingering Weight
Work in pattern to the stitches you will be working the Gaugetastic Stitches on.
Slip the next 3 sts off the left needle & drop down a multiple of 3 rows. (If you drop down 15 rows, you will have 15 "bars"of yarn between the un-dropped stitches. This will create 5 Gaugetastic Stitches.)
Starting with the leftmost stitch, insert the crochet hook knit-wise from left to right into the dropped stitches (treat these as one stitch).
*Placing the hook behind the bars in the rows above, lay the contrast yarn over the neck of the hook & use the hook to grab the 3 bottommost bars from behind & pull them through the 3 stitches on your hook; repeat from * until all bars have been worked.
Without twisting, place the stitches from your crochet hook onto your left needle so that they are not twisted (right leg of the stitch should be on the front of the needle).
Knit across the 3 stitches you've just placed back on the left needle, working the contrast color into one of the stitches as you go and holding it together with the working yarn as you go.
Continue in pattern, adding Gaugetastic Stitches as called for. (Or as you see fit if you're winging it.)
Now you can add Gaugetastic Stitches into any project that needs a bit of jazzing up. I hope you have fun adding them in and customizing your knits!