Claudia's Color Stranding Techniques
When you are color stranding, and the color is showing through on the front, there is a technique that works for most folks. I knit with one color in each hand, so it is very easy to keep track of what I will describe here as I just move the hand I am holding the carried color in. You have to think of the yarn being carried as being held ABOVE the knitting or BELOW the knitting. All this means is that you are keeping track of where the yarn is. When you are "stranding" color X behind the knitting being worked in color Z and you are working over the more than 3 sts of the color being knitted....Z in this case...you have to "catch" color X in some fashion to keep long floats from forming. If you simply move the carried yarn....X...across the knitting (in the back!) from top to bottom, or bottom to top (depending on where it was left "hanging" from a previous stitch), then you have "caught" the yarn, BUT.....and this is a bit but.......if you move color X back to where it started when you knit your next stitch, you will see color X through your fabric......especially if the fabric gets stretched (hello...we are talking abot SOCKS, here.....). The answer is to NOT move color X again until 3 sts have been knitted in color Z, THEN you can move it(or knit it). As for continued color stranding tightness.....sigh.....keep at it. Some of us are very tight knitters and we like to keep those stitches tidy. This results in a natural aversion to anything left loose. Color Stranding MUST be loose, and therein lies the problem. I remember Elizabeth Zimmerman mentioning the DOUBLE WRAP somewhere in her books...........put your carried yarn twice around your needle before you use it again.