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simplycindy
« on: August 08, 2012 01:31:21 PM »

I got the crazy idea to learn to knit, I've done it before in the 2nd grade,I know that was awhile ago, (I'm 56) I got some yarn at the thrift store to practice along with knitting needles, size 8. The yarn tends to separate on me and knot up. Am I on the right track? Should I have bought some nice new heavier yarn? Is my needle size right?
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soozeq
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2012 08:14:50 AM »

It may be the  yarn is loosely wound which is why it's splitting. Also, if you knit tight, that may make it worse. The yarn might be too thick or too thin for your needles though. The only way for you to know if there wasn't a label on it, is to go to a craft store like Joann or Hobby lobby and compare it to other yarns. Thrift store yarn is perfectly okay to practice with, the yarn and needles need to be compatible though.
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2012 08:46:07 AM »

I don't normally ball my yarn, but I discovered that if you wind it the "wrong" way, you're basically un-twisting the strands. I bet your thrift store balls were wound the "wrong" way. Hold the strand in your right hand and wind it so the old ball is passing over your fingers from back to front.

Or at least, that's how I balled a bunch of yarn, because the intuitive strand in left hand, front-to-back un-twisted my yarns.
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simplycindy
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2012 06:22:23 PM »

Thanks for your help, I think I like crocheting better, the knitting needles are put aside for a bit. I do not see an afghan in my future !  Grin
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soozeq
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2012 07:09:25 AM »

I don't normally ball my yarn, but I discovered that if you wind it the "wrong" way, you're basically un-twisting the strands. I bet your thrift store balls were wound the "wrong" way. Hold the strand in your right hand and wind it so the old ball is passing over your fingers from back to front.

Or at least, that's how I balled a bunch of yarn, because the intuitive strand in left hand, front-to-back un-twisted my yarns.

It generally makes no difference which way the yarn is wound because the twist is the same one direction as the other. Continually turning the same direction at the end of the rows can untwist it though, as can some methods of wrapping the yarn.
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2012 12:29:12 AM »

I don't normally ball my yarn, but I discovered that if you wind it the "wrong" way, you're basically un-twisting the strands.

I've had that problem, too, but I've also noticed different yarns twist different directions, so it's important to pay attention every time you wind.  Roll Eyes

The way it's wound might not make a difference when wound with a machine, but by hand, it can definitely make all the difference.

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