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creepyhugger
« on: January 30, 2007 03:41:21 PM »

hey y'all.  so, i'm working on a sweater with the misfits skull on the sleeve.  i finished up to the top of the mouth (working from the bottom up, of course) and i'm not liking the way it's looking.  it turned into some bizarre intarsia/fair isle bastardization and it's kind of bunchy in parts with some uneven stitching....  my hubby thinks it looks fine, but i'm anal. 

anyway, my question is do you think i should rip it and then do the big blocks of color with intarsia and come in later and do duplicate stitch for the details?  or should i rip it and try my intarsia-with-some-carries with more careful tension control...   here's a pic of the skull, just for a reference (and so you can see what a nightmare the mouth is!).
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starlight1221
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2007 05:08:29 PM »

Um, can you try ironing it?  I've only done intarsia a couple times, and it looked horrible until I ironed it.  It may save you from frogging the whole thing.
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2007 06:51:13 PM »

I am just learning how to do colourwork, but i had the same problem that you have with my first project. i did some research and my problem was that the yarn in the back that carries over was too long (it shouldn't be passed over more than 5 sts). if you want to make it longer you have to weave the yarn into the back as you go.

hope that helps Smiley
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creepyhugger
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2007 10:20:21 AM »

i just frogged it and it was surprisingly satisfying.  probably since i'm too anal and i was obsessing over it for two days...  thanks for your insights.  i think i'm just going to intarsia with duplicate stitching for the details. 
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diosaperdida
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2007 10:32:53 AM »

I often do a mix of stranded and intarsia color work.
As was mentioned above, it could be you are having the bunching because of carrying the stranded areas over too many stitches.
Also, many times instructions will incorrectly tell you to twist the yarns around one another.
You really only need to pass the new working yarn under the old.
Not twist...twisting usually will cause puckering.
On that note, any form of too tight tension can make the fabric pucker.
As for duplicate stitching the details..absolutely!
In fact, in my humble opinion, it would be just a waste of time to try to knit in certain kinds of details....again..only my opinion and please no one think I am deliberately trying to insult.

I'm sorry this post is physically so long..taking up all that vertical space.
My "enter" key is sticking, and making the post in progress scroll way down.
I have no clue as to what to do to fix already posted entries.
I better look for a sub keyboard around here.







































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creepyhugger
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2007 11:29:29 AM »

i think i was just trying to get too detailed with my intarsia.  i ended up with like six different bobbins going!  i just need to get over my hatred for duplicate stitching.  i wasn't trying to carry more than five stitches, i think it was just too busy back there... 
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diosaperdida
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2007 02:24:20 PM »

I kind of hate duplicate stitch too.
It never looks...duplicated, but more like odd threads on top of my work..I sometimes try to con my husband into doing mine, as his is GOOD!
I think with knitting, you HAVE to do what feels good and right for YOU.
Take advice for what it is, and then carry on with what you can use of it, and what you already know fits into your knitting.
For me, 6 bobbins wouldn't be at all to busy...but too much detail in lace makes my head hurt.
Eh..sorry..I tend to get overly chatty on occasion...
Good Luck to you darlin' * tips hat*
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creepyhugger
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2007 10:01:44 AM »

i redid it and left some to duplicate stitching.  the tension came out *much* more even.  i will, of course, post pics when it's done!  thanks for the moral support!
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Pantgirl
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2007 11:25:06 AM »

Yeah I was going to post that you maybe got the tenstion too tight. My first fair-isle esque project hadbits that were far too tight and werw all puckered!  Oops!
Nice Misfits skull though Wink
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