How to Add a Second Color of Yarn to Knitting in the Middle


If you consider yourself a pirate, you can jazz up your next hand knit sweater with a Jolly Roger motif using a technique called intarsia. This technique uses different colors of yarn to create designs. Intarsia, or picture knitting, can be as simple as blue polka dots on a pink background, or as elaborate as a poppy with 17 colors per row. In any case, you use the same technique to add new colors of yarn.

Things You'll Need

  • Knitting project on needles
  • Two balls of yarn in different colors
  • With the first color of yarn, knit to where you want to add the second color of yarn.

  • Insert the right hand needle into the next stitch. Lay the new color of yarn across the tip of the needle. On the back of the work, make sure that ball end of the new yarn is on the right. Leave about a six inch tail on the left. It does not matter if you are making a knit or purl stitch, the technique is the same.

  • Bring the yarn from the ball end of the yarn around and underneath the old color of yarn, then onto the right needle, and complete the stitch. This twists the stitches together so there will be no holes between the color changes.

  • Continue knitting with the color of yarn.

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