Ladderback Jacquard for Stranded Knitting

Amy Snell

Friday PM

Once you add this technique to your knitting toolbox, you may never want to go back to any other method of carrying floats.

Easy, seamless, and beautiful, the ladderback jacquard technique will improve the tension of your stranded knitting while allowing you to span much larger areas between stitches. This knitting method adds stretch to the floats while preventing the alternate color from peeking through, and can be applied to nearly any form of stranded knitting.

In this class we'll explore several different options for setting up and resolving ladders, explore best practices for placement and charting, and talk about edge cases like single-row ladders and working with three or more colors.

Whether you're interested in tweaking patterns or developing your own colorwork designs, incorporating this technique means you can design without limits on the space between alternating motifs.

Skill Level:

Advanced: Students should already be comfortable working stranded knitting.

Material fee:

$3 - Students receive the full color handout


Student Supplies:

Smooth worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors and your choice of needles in a compatible size (US #7-9) suitable for working a small-circumference project in the round (dpns, magic loop, or two circulars).

Homework: None