When working stranded knitting with multiple colors per row, maintaining even floats is extremely important. When a pattern calls for a long run of a single color, we can avoid an extra-long float by “catching” the float — twisting the two strands of yarn together behind the work.
Catching the yarn held continental
You have worked 3-5 stitches with the yarn held English style, and now you need to secure the continental float.
Catching a continental float is easy:
- Insert your needle into the next stitch knitwise
- Bring the continental yarn over the top of the back needle. The popover link will be the stranded knitting
- Wrap the English yarn around the back needle. This yarn will form the new knit stitch.
- Bring the needle, with the English yarn still wrapped around it, back underneath the continental yarn and through the working stitch.
A new stitch has been created with the English yarn. The continental yarn has been caught behind the stitch. You can now work another 3-5 English stitches before needing to catch the float again.
Catching the yarn held English
You have worked 3-5 stitches with the yarn held continental, and now you need to secure the English float.
This looks a little bit trickier, but in practice is very fun:
- Insert your needle into the next stitch knitwise.
- Wrap the English yarn around the back needle clockwise as though to knit.
- Wrap the continental yarn around the back needle. This yarn will form the new knit stitch.
- Unwrap the English yarn, pulling it counter-clockwise off the back needle. You will see that it is ‘caught’ by the continental yarn.
- Bring the needle, with the continental yarn still wrapped around it, through the working stitch.