Multi-colour vest

Ok, having just bought Kaffe (rhymns with safe) Fassett’s Glorious Knitting; I’ve decided to knit every row a different colour. Is it best to leave long kengths at the end od rows where I know I’ll not use that colour again. Also where I have my base colour that will appear every 5 or 6 rows, should I just leave off and start using the yarn again without breaking? So trailing it up the seem edge,

Love and light, David x:knitting:

I would probably only carry it up the side if you’re doing the colors every few 2 or 3 rows and/or if you’re going to be seaming it.

I have to admit though it’s tempting to give it a try since weaving in all those ends is daunting… :zombie:

Jan, you’re right - actually I would keep one colour going for two rows (as it’s all stocking stitch basically). I love the way Fassett also uses the colours in his rib, too. Certainly the addition of colour changes to rib can ONLY make it more pleasant.

Is it just me or do most knitters find 1 x 1 rib tedious … yarn forward, yarn back, yarn forward, yarn back … erk.

Kaffe Fassett is a master of color. I’m looking forward to seeing your finished vest. I carry the yarn loosely up the sides for several rows, usually catching it every few rows by twisting it with the working yarn at the edge. It’s all going to be in a seam but it’ll still make the seam neater.
I think you need a rich interior life to get through 1x1 rib, at least I do.

Is it just me or do most knitters find 1 x 1 rib tedious … yarn forward, yarn back, yarn forward, yarn back … erk.

I do, but I knit english so it’s very tedious to yf, yb all the time. I avoid ribbing unless it’s just for a few rows on a hat. Sometimes. But it’s a lot easier to rib if you knit continental or combined, so it depends on your style. If you knit english but flick the yarn with the index finger, it might not be so bad.

There are lots of combinations of ribbing, so if you don’t like 1x1, try something else (2x2, 1x3, 2x4, etc.) and see what you like. I love using seed stitch and garter stitch for ribbing, too. And some of the fancier ribbings are both fun to do and very pretty; however, if you’re making this vest for you or some other man, most of the fancy ribbings are probably too lacy. Lion Brand Yarn has a bank of knit stitches, which includes some of these ribbings (you have to log in to their site to see it–but it’s free and they don’t send you junk mail; pssst . . . . I always use a fake name and email address).

So did you conquer the seam puppy on your hoodie? Would love to see the finished project!

And your current project sounds really interesting. Hope it works out the way you’re imagining it.

Is it just me or do most knitters find 1 x 1 rib tedious … yarn forward, yarn back, yarn forward, yarn back … erk.

I’ve wondered if Continental knitting was invented for ribbing. Since I’ve only just learned the English method (for a different color in each hand) I now understand the distaste for ribbing. You knit English? You might try learning Continental even if you only use it for ribbing. It is so so so much easier.

Ribbing…:zombie: although I learned as an English knitter I did learn continental for a 1x1 ribbed scarf. Worked great. Now I can use the two handed method for fair isle, too. :thumbsup:

Fascinating to read all your views on ribbing. I do, of course, knit “English” style (as both the vast majority of Aussie knitters).

The group I’m Secretary of (Sutherland Shire Spinners and Weavers Inc) has a wonderful knitter as a member and he knits continental style. I must learn this as he says it will save you 1/3 of the time to knit or more than English.

Food for thought.

David - love and light

That’s not entirely true. Many continental knitters will tell you that, but I’ve seen english knitters knit like the wind. I’ve also seen slow continental knitters. So it’s really how you learn to tension the yarn and experience I think. It’s just a bit of a pain for ribbing.

I’m thinking of keeping the back of the vest a gorgeous, soft green colour (think pistachio with a dollop of cream mixed in). But using that green as one of the coloured rows. Kaffe Fassett’s advice is not to keep the back plain but utilise all the colours but in a more subtle way. Mmmm, what do you think?

The k1,p1, ribing is one of my favorites. But then, I’m an Eastern European knitter.

I think that could be really nice!

Well - now that I’ve finished the back of my vest. I’ve come to the conclusion that a multi-coloured front probably is going to be very tricky as both parts are in two halves (it’s a button up vest).

I think I may need to consider colour changes VERY carefully and make sure they line up (not so easy).

Or - keep the whole garment the lovely avocado/pistachio green it is.


If you have a circular you can do both fronts at the same time - with their own separate yarn, of course. It may get convoluted with different colors, but that way you’d be sure to use the same colors on the same row.

I’m always in favor of knitting two sleeves or the fronts of cardigans at the same time. You can easily get the color changes and shaping on the same rows that way. It may be easier to wind some small balls or bobbins of the separate colors. That may mean a few more ends to weave in but it’ll be worth it to avoid a tangle of different (though beautiful!) color yarns.