color knitting without floats

Darrel's picture

I just read this article and there's a section that reads "And these are knit at 18-20 stitches per inch, with up to four colors per row. *Every* stitch is twisted so there are no floats, and they are worked without charts. Amazing."

My vocabulary is still weak, but what is meant by twisting each stitch? I thought a twisted stitch was like a knit stitch where you insert the needle from the back, rather than the front... regardless, how can you knit four colors in a row with no floats? does this involve live roosters or chicken bones?

JPaul's picture

Wow, a puzzle...I'm intrigued

Wow, a puzzle...I'm intrigued.  4 colors and 20 stitches per inch!  It could be that the designs are actually intarsia, which actually does involve twisting the yarns together to avoid holes, but I don't so.  Or it could mean that simply that every strand of yarn is twisted together once between every stitch..so you would make a stitch with your working color, then twist all four yarns together before the next stitch....I dunno...that would prevent floats, I guess.  I'm almost certain it's the yarns being carried that are twisted and not the stitches.  So it's also pretty feasible that "twisted" wasn't the best word choice.  When you do fair isle, normally you just let the unworked yarn "float" across the  back of the work.  If you have to go more than a 4 or 5 stitches, it's wise to "catch" the float so it's not really long and easy to snag with a finger when your putting the sweater on, for instance.  I do it by laying the non-working color over the tip of the right needle after I've inserted it into the next stitch to be knit.  Then I wrap the working color over the tip for the knit stitch just like normal, then pull the non-working color off the tip before completing the stitch.  It's easy to say, but I'm having a hard time visualizing it myself...anyway, the non-working yarn get's caught by the working yarn before the stitch is knit.  In practice, it's not a time-consuming move, and if you were working with fine alpaca (20 stitches to an inch!), I don't think it would add any more bulk than having those 3 extra strands laying across the back of the fabric.  I'm going to have to do some research!

Not very experienced myself,

Not very experienced myself, but perhaps it means that they carry the different color yarn(s) by twisting them with the main yarn every stitch? Though it seems like that might be bulky with such a guage, particularly if they're carying all 4 colors. It's called twisting in Vogue Knitting and seems to work quite well - I'm using it for my vertically striped hat to carry the black/orange along the edge of the work. Works a /lot/ better than cutting and weaving it in.