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« on: June 30, 2006 06:16:31 AM »


I want to make the Nautie (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/PATTnautie.html, as a side project while I'm working on my vest version of Samus http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTsamus.html. Whenever I get bored or frustrated, its nice to have a second project to work on.

However, one thing is stopping me. I can't for the life of me figure out how to add a second colour. I tried multiple ways last night, and every time ended up with a mess of tangled yarn and gaping holes in the pattern. I've searched and googled and watched the knittinghelp video, and I'm still flummoxed. So maybe someone here can help me out.

How do I add a second colour? Especially when (as in the Nautie) I keep switching colours every row? I can't just keep cutting the yarn and tying the new stuff on. Well, I probably could but it would take me forever and be a huge mess.

Help!

(I could just do the body one colour and the face another, but I want stripes dammit! If I can knit on dpns and circs and do cabling and all that other cool stuff, I should be able to do stripes!!!)
« Last Edit: June 30, 2006 06:20:43 AM by sandraregina » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2006 06:30:10 AM »

(tie the second colour yarn to the first right up close to the first stitch in the row)*
start knitting with the second colour.
don't cut the first colour.
when you need to swap colours, just grab that still attached first colour yarn, and start knitting with it again. don't pull it too tight. run it up the side of the work loosely or else your knitting will curve and bunch alarmingly (been there, done that).
repeat ad nauseum.

* apparently knots are bad. someone will probably correct me for making that the first step. but it's what i do and i've never had any trouble with it... i do have alternative ways of intro'ing a new colour, but theyre harder to explain when i'm a bit tired and multitasking Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2006 01:31:07 PM »

I agree that knitting the two colors together for a few stitches is the easiest way.  Sometimes, though, that shows.  Then the best way I know of is to tie the yarns (knots are bad, but whatever, I like them) and start knitting with the new color.  Don't cut the old one if you don't have to!  You can just carry it up the back.  Later on, go back and weave in the end.  If the stripes are really far apart, twist the old color you're carrying with the new one every few rows so that you don't have a huge loop of yarn on the back.
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2006 06:02:50 AM »

Well, in this case the stripes aren't far apart at all. Thanks and I'll see what happens...
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