Inside-Outside Knitting

So here it is: the beginnings, or rather the middleings (that should definitely be a word spell-check I don't care what you say) of my new little nephew Jackson's sweater.

I just learned this really cool trick last year for getting better tension on fair isle that I think you should know. If you already know it than good for you that means you're much cooler and hipper than me, which is really not saying too much so don't be too proud of yourself. All I'm saying is that when I found out, it blew my mind. It's one of those, "Why didn't I think of that?!" things like when you're browsing Pinterest and you find out you've been peeling bananas the wrong way for 27 years.

I think we can all agree that the main issue with stranded knitting is pulling the floats too tight, right? So we need all the help we can get with that. Most knitters know to go up a needle size on stranded knitting and to make sure your method for holding even tension with multiple strands is solid before you embark on an entire, adult-sized, fair-isle-yoked, pullover. But here's a tip you may not know: turn your knitting inside-out and knit with the RS facing you like normal, but with the WS on the exterior and the RS on the interior of your circular needles/double-points.

This diagram shows what I'm talking about (I really felt like this blog needed more diagrams):

The chartreuse represents the body of the work and the gray line represents the needles.  

The chartreuse represents the body of the work and the gray line represents the needles.  

By doing this very simple maneuver, you allow for more yarn to run across the WS because you are working your RS on a slightly smaller circumference than your WS. I think it makes a difference for sure, and just gives me a little more insurance about my floats being loose enough. Here are some live-action shots on my baby sweater:

Pretty neat huh?