Look! It’s a float! Catch it!

If you’ll remember, back when I finished my Bird in Hand Mittens, I promised a couple of posts that would helpful for others working on the pattern. The first of this was the quick, easy, seamless Estonian braid. The other thing I wanted to share was how I catch my floats.

When I was sharing my mitts with my knitting group we started to talk about how we catch our floats. I showed everyone who I caught my floats and got some intrigued looks. I think that the way that I catch the main color (held in my right hand) is a little different than the way some people do it. You can see after the part about how I wrap the contrasting color (held in my left hand), which is probably the way most people do it.

Um. So I hope this is helpful – and just so you know, all the videos I’ve made/will make are also up on the helpful videos tab.


12 Responses to “Look! It’s a float! Catch it!”

  1. 1 ~Kristie February 9, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you!

    With all the great tutorials you’ve given, I think I’m ready to purchase the pattern.

  2. 2 Stephanie February 10, 2008 at 11:49 am

    That’s great! I have been wondering how to do that!

  3. 3 Lisa February 11, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Ooooh! I’m going to use that method on my 2nd Corazon mitten when I get back to working on them. (just purchased a jacket that does NOT look good with the colors I chose, ever, at all, even in the dark).

  4. 4 Delia February 11, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    OMG. You are a genious!!!! I love it. Thank you so much for this oh so helpful tutorial.

  5. 5 chemgrrl February 11, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Oh thanks for posting that. But I’ll probably still ask you to do it again. And again. And again. 🙂

  6. 6 Diane February 12, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I am about to attempt these mittens, as I finally purchased the pattern. Thanks for taking the time to share your technique of catching the floats. Much appreciated. I’ll be doing replays over and over, which is wonderful for my not-so-young brain.

  7. 7 Rachel February 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Nice video-very well made! Granted it’s sort of Greek to me since I’m a continental knitter, but it looks like it’ll be helpful for those who do English. I always love tutorial videos!

  8. 8 Anne February 17, 2008 at 9:13 am

    That’s a different way to catch the background shade float — I’ll have to try it on my stranded knitting and see if it’s easier than what I do now.



  9. 9 Dad March 4, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Great video , Great work . I love the music . I now have the float technique mastered ,, You are awesome ! Love Dad

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