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Petunia0384
« on: July 05, 2007 12:58:28 PM »

I tried searching, but I couldn't find anything...  Possibly because I don't know what to call my problem.

I decided to make a Ribbed for Her Pleasure scarf from Stitch n Bitch for my second knitting project in my school colors.  Everything was going fine until I decided to change colors.  I didn't learn how to change in my knitting class at Michael's, so I followed the directions in Stitch n Bitch.  That went pretty well, until this happened...



What did I do wrong to make the colors do that?  Huh  More importantly, is there a way to fix it and make the color transition more seamless?  I decided to stop and come here to ask.  Obviously, it's very noticeable since the colors are complete opposites, but I'm hoping that means someone will be able to see what I did wrong and help me fix it. Smiley  Any help is appreciated!  Thanks in advance.  Grin

Edited to add: This is a few stitches into the second row of the new color.
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2007 01:54:18 PM »

You didn't do anything wrong, its just what happens when you change colors :-/ .
I don't know if there's a way to fix it, honestly.  I'm pretty sure though that it won't be noticeable when you look at the scarf as a whole.  Don't worry about it, I never do!
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2007 02:03:53 PM »

When knitting in Stockinette the purl side has that issue and the knit side does not. When knitting in garter the side you switch colors on looks fine but the backside has that little stripe. There's really nothing you can do about it. All knitted garments have that issue.
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2007 02:15:26 PM »

I've read that when you change color in ribbing, you should do the change row plain (either all purl or all knit) and then start the ribbing again.  That way, you then have a "right side" and a "wrong side," and the weird bumps become the wrong side.

Or just call it a design element and move on.   Wink  It actually looks kinda cool.
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2007 03:28:53 PM »

I've read that when you change color in ribbing, you should do the change row plain (either all purl or all knit) and then start the ribbing again.  That way, you then have a "right side" and a "wrong side," and the weird bumps become the wrong side.

Or just call it a design element and move on.   Wink  It actually looks kinda cool.

Yeah, I don't think it would bother me if they were all stripes on the same "wrong side" but the fact that it does it on the purls, it looks like (maybe?) and not the knits kinda bugs me.  I'll just take those two rows out and see what it looks like the other way...  I may not like it breaking the ribbing either, but ya never know til you try. Smiley

Thank you all for your help.  I'm glad to know I'm not crazy. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2007 10:41:21 PM »

I've read that when you change colors in a rib, you knit the entire first row with the new color. (Does that make sense?) Once you get the rest of the rib done, those knits where they should be purls will just kind of disappear against the ribbing. I don't know this for a fact since I've never tried it, but I think I read it in Donna Kooler or Nicky Epstein's book, so I think it must have some merit.
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2007 01:50:00 AM »

I've read that when you change colors in a rib, you knit the entire first row with the new color. (Does that make sense?) Once you get the rest of the rib done, those knits where they should be purls will just kind of disappear against the ribbing.

It's true. I've done it and it looks a lot better than purling the new color.
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2007 08:50:36 AM »

I've read that when you change colors in a rib, you knit the entire first row with the new color. (Does that make sense?) Once you get the rest of the rib done, those knits where they should be purls will just kind of disappear against the ribbing.

It's true. I've done it and it looks a lot better than purling the new color.

Yes, that's how I ended up fixing it, because doing it the pattern way put a stripe on both sides.  The break in the pattern for a row isn't very noticeable (certainly not as noticeable as broken stripes on both sides).

Thanks for your help, everyone.  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2007 09:44:03 AM »

Was the stripe in ribbing? Because if it wasn't, all you had to do was change it on a right side row.
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2007 11:47:12 AM »

ahh phooey!! That totally explains what happened in my little sweater!!  I was seed stitching though...and it looks wonky.  I should have just knit across!!  Oh well. I'm so not ripping it out!! My friend won't care anyway! lol
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