I started knitting my first stripy scarf last week in bright and funky pink and yellow acrylic yarn!
I didn’t want to have the hassle of having to cut the yarn every few rows and weave it in whenever I changed colour so I started looking for an alternative method. Instead of cutting the yarn, you can weave it up the side of the piece of work until you need it again.
To weave the unused yarn up the edge of the scarf, simply loop it round the working yarn
One you’ve looped the yarn, start to knit as normal with the working yarn (the yellow yarn in this example)
Once you’ve knitted the first stitch, give the working yarn, the unused weaved in yarn, and the scarf itself a gentle tug. This will ensure an even tension.
Once you get to the end of the row you will have the unused yarn on the left and the working yarn on the right. Simply knit another row as normal. Repeat the process when you start the next row.
Here you can see how neat the edges are with the unused yarn being woven up the side.
Not only is this a neat method of knitting stripes, but it’s faster as you don’t need to keep cutting and weaving in ends. The next colour is there ready to be used whenever you need to switch.