Knitted Stranded Colorwork:
As a knitter, I have always been a fan of stranded colorwork. I enjoy creating my own colorwork designs using colored pencils and graph paper. This process allows me to personalize my knitting projects and add a unique touch to my projects. It's like painting with yarn, carefully selecting colors and arranging them in intricate patterns. I combined different yarn colors for Pumpkin Spice, including the Latvian Braid, to add depth and dimension to the cardigan.
Choosing yarns with strong color contrast is important to make the pattern stand out. For Pumpkin Spice, I opted for Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in Oyster Heather, Pumpkin, and Ash colorways. Interestingly, while working on the design, I named the cardigan "Pumpkin Spice Latte." The name felt appropriate, given the autumn hues I had chosen.
When knitting stranded colorwork patterns, I prefer to work in the round and use only 2 colors at a time per round. Additionally, I like to steek the front of the sweater to create a cardigan. To add some variety, I also enjoy incorporating new knitting techniques, such as the Latvian Braid.
If you're new to stranded colorwork, starting with a small project like a hat or cowl is best. That's what I did! I knitted the hat you see on the right as a way to practice the colorwork and Latvian Braid techniques on a smaller scale before taking on a larger project. The hat also served as a perfect swatch to determine the colorwork gauge.