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Monday, February 20, 2017

Sleeve Knitting - Working Inside Out / WCCKAL

I recently moved on to the sleeves of my Thunderbird WCC for the knitalong and finished in time to block the cardigan and let it dry over the weekend! Here it is before it's bath...

Working Sleeves Inside Out

If you've ever worked stranded colourwork on a small(ish) circumference like a sock or a sleeve, you might have found your fabric had very little give – try flipping your work inside out so that the strands/floats are carried on the outside – it makes a huge difference!

Working this way doesn't change anything except your perspective (your working needle is now in the back instead of the front) — you don't have to purl or change the way you follow the charts! Everything remains the same. It's difficult to visualize with just a photo — this video was shared in our knitalong group and is an excellent demonstration of the technique!

I hope you find this tip useful! Do you have any tips or tricks you've picked up while learning to work with colour? 


If you are thinking of casting on your own WCC, feel free to post in the knit-along thread here — even though the official deadline has passed, it's a great way to share your project with other WCC knitters.

It's also become a wealth of information. I've compiled a list of all of the WCCKAL posts. Some of them break down the more involved portions of the pattern. They're a great resource if you're looking for more in depth instruction and visual tutorials!



  1. I know you're not lying but it so hard to imagine until I try it. I hope to cast on this summer for an Xmas gift to my daughter.

    1. Everything is easier when you're doing it (rather than just reading through), that's how I feel about this pattern! And it would make a wonderful gift!

  2. I have a hard time even 'imagining' it. I wonder if you'd get someone to take a close photo of you knitting the first few stitches so we can see what that looks like to get started. Greatly appreciated if you could.

    1. There was a really great video that was shared in our knitalong group that makes it so much easier to visualize! Here is the link: