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February 3, 2018

From Susan — PS about Invisible Stranding

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 10:30 am

This addendum to my previous post was longer than the post, so I decided to start a new post!!  Phyddy asked, “What is invisible stranding?”

Invisible Stranding is the term I coined to describe a technique for carrying stranded floats across any number of stitches without catching them.  It is a machine knitting technique that has been adapted to hand knitting.  I wrote up a pattern, called It’s Not About the Hat, to share this technique with others.  The pattern includes a series of videos that demonstrate all the steps, and the tricks I have learned along the way.  Invisible stranding is perfect for projects with long floats.  Here are some examples:

Mother Goose Hat

Rose and Lily

And the reason I dove into invisible stranding with both feet: Dale of Norway 10903.  There were places in the chart where you had to carry a dark color across 30+ sts of cream!

This technique is a game changer and removes any obstacles to stranded knitting.  It opens up all sorts of possibilities!!


  1. Your knitting is exquisite! What is your secret? I keep knitting and come with very subpar results?
    Keep the posts coming, great inspiration?

    Comment by Marlys m — February 3, 2018 @ 8:30 pm

  2. I’m the same way Susan. Only VERY occasionally am I happy with my work. Chloe

    Comment by Chloe — February 4, 2018 @ 10:56 am

  3. My dirty secret, on some projects where the wrong side will never show I don’t bother to catch the floats. Particularly on hats.

    I’ve never had a problem with doing this on hats because there’s nothing to catch on a float. Other than little girls, how many people put a hat on over a hair clip or other hair ornament that could catch on a float?

    Granted I don’t knit hats that look more like intarsia and have super long floats (the elephant and cow jumped over the moon hats), but since I’m not a fan of intarsia knits (that’s just me) it’s not a problem.

    Comment by Purrlie — February 4, 2018 @ 9:28 pm

  4. Susan,

    Is your method the same as invisible jacquard? Or something different?


    Comment by Nancy wagner — February 5, 2018 @ 6:33 pm

  5. Your modifications to the elephant hat are fabulous!

    Comment by Lee Winemiller Cockrum — February 8, 2018 @ 11:35 pm

  6. I tried to register for your current class, but it was filled – with a waiting list. Hope you have more classes planned.

    Comment by Bonnie — February 9, 2018 @ 2:11 pm

  7. I just watched your videos on the invisible stranding. Really clever and I can’t wait to try it.

    Comment by Evie — February 10, 2018 @ 3:56 am

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