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« on: April 29, 2005 06:25:39 PM »

Okay, I want to make a stripy scarf for my friend's birthday. But my stripes are doing something weird on the other side!



I understand this is probably inevitable, so in order to get all of these "mini stripes" on one side, do I have to do an even number of rows, or odd? I'm not any good at math. I want to make the stripes about an inch wide each, and I'm using number 11 needles. How many rows should I make?
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starlings
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2005 06:33:25 PM »

It doesn't matter whether you do the colour change on even or odd rows, just always change after the same number of rows.

I think you're working in garter stitch, right (knitting every row, no purling)? In this case, you'll always work the first row of the new colour with the side that DOESN'T have the "mini stripe" facing you.
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2005 05:24:03 AM »

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n this case, you'll always work the first row of the new colour with the side that DOESN'T have the "mini stripe" facing you.
Actually, if you do an even number of rows per stripe, this will happen automatically.  You'll still get the mini stripes, but they'll all be on the same side of the scarf.  If you have an odd number of rows, they'll alternate sides. 

The 'mini stripes' are also sometimes called 'bicolored purls' - they always show up on the purl side of the work, so if you're doing a knit and purtl stitch pattern like ribbing, you'll see a broken mini stirpe on both sides of the same row - with the mini stripes only showing up in the purl parts.   This can be avoided by just knitting the first row of a new stripe (on the right side, or purling it if it's a wrong side row) so that all the bicolored purls show up on the wrong side of the work - and you can't even tellt hat the ribbing or whatever is interrupted!

ETA:  Good question!  I added it to the knitting FAQ.
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f1r3w1r3
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2005 10:49:23 AM »

Thanks guys! I am working in garter stitch, indeed. So, just even numbers then, and I'll be good? Cool. So, now I just have to train myself to not lose track of how many rows I've knitted...XD
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2005 07:25:46 AM »

Actually, if you do an even number of rows per stripe, this will happen automatically.  You'll still get the mini stripes, but they'll all be on the same side of the scarf.  If you have an odd number of rows, they'll alternate sides. 

Holy cats, Melidomi, of course you're right. I don't know what kind of brain spasm made me forget that! I think I've been doing too many things at once!
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