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ReticentPurple
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« on: July 14, 2009 10:48:11 AM »

So I am trying to knit my first project with more than one color (aside from simple stripes, anyway). The pattern and someone else's knit version can be found here: http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/who/knittardis.html

I ended up knitting with some combination of stranding and intarsia, which may have been my problem, I'm not sure. (Like I said, new to this whole multiple colors thing.) My biggest issue is with the line down the center - in the place where it isn't close to the dark squares, it became disconnected from the rest of the knitting, forming a sort of loop/hole, where I could fit my finger between the line and the rest of the piece. I also kept ending up with the sides where there are only a couple stitches of each color in a row looking weird and lumpy. (I hope that is clear enough - I frogged it all in frustration, so I don't have pictures to show.) However, the pictures of the completed project show that it should be possible to not have this happen, only I don't understand how. Help, please?
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009 11:28:44 AM »

You're getting spaces in between the colors, right?

It's solved with twisting the 2 colors when you knit. I'm not an expert at all (I've just read this in a bunch of places Wink) but the way I've seen, when you get to a color change, take the new color, and twist under the old color.

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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2009 11:35:26 AM »

You're getting spaces in between the colors, right?

It's solved with twisting the 2 colors when you knit. I'm not an expert at all (I've just read this in a bunch of places Wink) but the way I've seen, when you get to a color change, take the new color, and twist under the old color.

Someone with actual knowledge come clarify Cheesy

Not sure if it's any help, but I had the exact same problem as ReticentPurple, started doing this and now all the spaces are gone.

If there's only a few gaps you could 'tie' them together on the backside of your project. That's what I do whenever I mess up the twisting.
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2009 04:49:12 PM »

Hm.. I think I understand. It's hard for me to picture it in my head, but I'm pretty sure I know what you mean, and that makes sense. I will try that on my next attempt. Thanks to both of you!
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2009 07:58:51 AM »

And one more tip that has saved me some sanity - if you are knitting with, say, black and white, and you twist the black over the white counter clockwise, next twist do in the opposite direction - white over black in clockwise.  Twisting back and forth keeps your yarns from becoming a twisted mess.  By going back and forth, you are twisting and untwisting the yarn lengths. 

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