D20 KAL Pt. 3: Choosing how to stripe!

And without further ado, here is the third and final installment of the D20 KAL preparation posts! If you missed part 1 or part 2, make sure to check them out first. After you have your yarns together and have decided on a pattern, the next step is to decide how to stripe your yarns. 

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The first and most basic way to implement a stripe pattern is to follow exactly what you roll; first roll chooses which yarn/color you'll use, second roll chooses how many rows or rounds of that yarn/color you'll knit. That ends up looking like my first sock project and like the swatch pictured below. 



However! If you're wanting more of a fade effect, I've made a few colorwork charts that you could implement as you transition colors to make it a little less dramatic of a change! These would end up looking a little bit like the Sprocket Socks I mentioned as a potential pattern to knit in part 2. I'm telling you, there are so many ways to take this technique and run with it! I hope this inspires you to try something new!

Another clever way to change up your stripe patterning I have to credit to the lovely Kate who is implementing a helical knitting technique on a pair of socks. The main color is a solid that she'll knit every other row of the sock, and the contrast colors will be randomized using a D20! I think this is a great idea, especially if you're only using a few colors of contrasting yarn and you'd use up a good amount of a solid skein as most of us already have in our stash. That would look like the swatch below!

And finally, I'm going to share my personal technique for creating a fun striping method! I've mentioned that my plan is to knit the Partner Pullover using the D20 technique and neglecting the colorwork motifs. Because I'm using fingering weight yarn and the pattern calls for a DK, I'm holding two strands together. But! Not for the same amount of rounds. The way I've been able to organize my stripes is by keeping two columns of numbers, one for each strand of yarn. When I start a new color, I attach a removable stitch marker to that first stitch. Each column where I'm keeping track of my numbers is labeled with either a green or orange stitch marker to make tracking how many rows I've knit as clear as possible. And then I knit for however many rows of that color I'm supposed to!
It's not the easiest thing to explain, but I think the striping ends up looking super neat using this technique! I did make a pair of High Desert socks using this technique which is how I was able to finesse a way to keep track of my color changes. If you're not confidence reading your knitting, I would perhaps encourage you to come back to this technique at a later date. The swatch on the right is also implementing this technique!

I cannot wait to see what you make during the #M3D20KAL! I'm so happy to part of such a thriving community. To find out how to participate, check out this post

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