How to Carry an Unused Strand Up the Side When Knitting Flat

How to Carry an Unused Strand Up the Side When Knitting Flat

When we want to knit wide stripes or work in a colourwork that leaves one strand resting for several rows, we have a choice – to cut the unused strand adding two more tails that we need to weave in later on, or carry that strand up the side of the project.

Of course, the second option is more appealing. Who needs more yarn tails, right?

But that option comes with its own challenges – the unused strand should be invisible on the right side of the project, and it should not constrain the natural elasticity of knitted fabric.

A while back, I shared with you several ways that allow us to carry yarn up the side of the fabric when we work back and forth. Fairly recently, I discovered a method that works better than the ways described in that tutorial.

This “improved” method is simple, it makes sure the unused strand stays hidden and does not mess up the stretch, plus this method can be used on projects worked with and without side edgings.

Here’s how it works step by step

We can also use this method to carry the unused strand up when the first stitch of a right-side row is a purl. The strand will get anchored, and it will not interfere with the stretch of the fabric, but it won’t be invisible.

If you want the strand to stay hidden, make sure the stitch that gets knitted together with the yarn wrap in step 3 is a knit stitch.


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Do you like to knit with several colours?

If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

How to Carry an Unused Strand Up the Side When Knitting Flat | 10 rows a day
How to Carry an Unused Strand Up the Side When Knitting Flat | 10 rows a day
How to Carry an Unused Strand Up the Side When Knitting Flat | 10 rows a day