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casicassie
« on: March 02, 2007 08:12:55 PM »

I am attempting (being the key word) to knit my boyfriend a book cover. I am doing it in Harry Potter, Gryffindor colors (yellow and red). I want to make it like the house scarves in the movie alternating between red and yellow. I started with red, but when I go to join the yellow yarn it looks very strange. Like a line of yellow and red mixed. Then it switches to yellow. The picture for the pattern doesn't show it happening this way.
Is there a way to avoid this strange happening???

Thanks!
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redwitch
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2007 09:12:39 PM »

Most likely what you are seeing is the purl bumps.

If you are doing stocking stitch, one side will have the two colours.

If you are doing ribbing, the purl side of each rib will show this two-colour stripe, but both sides will have this appearing at certain intervals. Unfortunately that's what purls do.

When you are doing an item with a right side like a jumper, and it has ribbing, you can do the first row with the new colour all in knit, this eliminates purl bumps on the RS and puts them all on the wrong side. The single knit row doesn't really show between the ribbing rows.

So if you are doing ribbing, you could add a knit stitch on the colour change row, this will fix the purl bumps on one side, and put them all on the same side. You will still have the same problem that occurs in stocking stitch scarves, which is that the purl side has the bi-colour purls.

This sounds like it could work for you, as a book cover is not viewed on the wrong side. Does the colour change occur on both sides?

Sarah
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2007 09:14:51 PM »

Are you knitting it in garter stitch (every row is the knit stitch)?

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casicassie
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2007 10:01:36 PM »

Perhaps if I detailed the steps leading up to where I see the problem and the step that the problem occurs in...it would better explain the situation??

Here's what I am doing:

Front Flap:
Cast on 60 stitches (with red)
Knit 5 rows
Switch to stockinette and continue for 2 3/4 inches ending with a purl row.
Front:
*Here's where I notice the problem*
Switch to yellow.
Purl 1 row.
Then continue in stockinette.

In the picture the book cover has white flaps and a blue cover. My problem is that when I look at the picture, where they switched from white to blue, I don't see the two colors mixing like mine do.

Thanks for your help so far!
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2007 10:18:54 PM »

I am working on a striped scarf right now and I think I know what you are talking about.  I have found that keeping the color changes all on the same side prevents the colors from mixing
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2007 10:37:54 PM »

If you follow those instructions, is there one side that doesn't have the bicolour stripe, and one side that does?

Sarah
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casicassie
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2007 08:28:30 AM »

Yes. The side opposite the stockinette does not have the bicolor stripe. The stockinette side is the side that has the bicolor stripe.
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2007 09:51:03 AM »

Is there any way you could post a pic, or a scan, of what you are talking about? It seems that everyone thinks they understand your question, but with a pic, it may make it easier for them to see what you are describing.
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2007 12:04:54 PM »

I'm gonna take a stab & guess that the side with the Vs doesn't have the line & the side with the -s does.  The V side is the stockinette side & the - side is the reverse stockinette side.  That line where the color change is located is normal in stockinette stitch (& reverse stockinette).  It's there due to how the stitches interlock.
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casicassie
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2007 03:32:33 PM »

Here are the best pics I could get (I took the bookcover off the needles last night to start over. So this is a smaller model that I made up really quick to show you all.):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v415/ReinasMommy/HarryPotterBookCover006.jpg
Here is the front side (a.k.a. stockinette)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v415/ReinasMommy/HarryPotterBookCover004.jpg
Here is the back side (a.k.a. opposite side of the stockinette)

Would the bicolor line appear if I just did garter stitch for the entire project? Or what other stitch could I use where I bicolor line would not appear? (I don't know very many stitches...I am pretty new.)
I don't mind learning new stitches or just doing garter stitch. I just want to make the best possible book cover that I can.

Thank you all for being so patient with me! I really appreciate it!
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