This weekend I joined the ranks of stranded knitters who hate knitting with more than two colors in a round. In principle, it doesn’t seem that difficult. Just put the extra color in one hand and knit each color as it comes up in the design. Since I’m a “picker,” it seemed natural to put the third color in my left hand.
The hitch is that I don’t hold the yarn “correctly”. Rather than loop it over my forefinger, as appears to be the standard method of Continental knitting, I thread the yarn through my thumb and forefinger. It is likely that I developed this style when I took up knitting as a 16-year-old, without the benefit of anyone to guide me. And since I’ve been knitting successfully this way for close to 50 years, it is one habit I don’t think I can break. Plus I do get excellent tension when knitting with one color and my fingers never get tired. It does leave me incapable of holding two colors in my left hand at the same time. I managed the three-color rows by picking up one color and then dropping it as it became necessary to work with the third color. Those three diamond rounds took nearly three evenings (counting time to rip the third row because I didn’t read the chart carefully enough). It didn’t help that the round had 192 stitches.
But after finishing them, the rest of the yoke seemed like child’s play:
All that is left is to finish the neckband, graft the underarms, weave in more ends than I care to think about just now, and block. And voilà! An FO.
Since this is the view from my front window, I think there will be enough cold weather left this winter to wear it.
The forecasted nor’easter has just started, and it is expected to snow until late Friday.